If you’re not familiar with the show, Daria is a cartoon that aired on MTV from 1997 to 2002. Since then, fans (count me as one) have been eagerly awaiting its arrival on DVD. We waited, and waited, and waited. Because of the hundreds of musical snippets from popular artists used throughout the show, MTV had trouble obtaining licensing at a cost that would allow Daria’s DVD publication at a reasonable price. It took them eight long years, but now the cartoon has been released with music written specifically for the show to replace the popular music originally used. Honestly, I’ve forgotten what a lot of the original music was, so the overlaid music doesn’t make the show any less enjoyable for me. I think it actually makes Daria more timeless, for future generations to enjoy without being distracted by music that might be seem dated (even though it’s an inarguable fact that ’90s music was awesome. Just sayin’).
Yes, this is a cartoon, but it’s not meant for children. I absolutely loved this show as a teenager; re-watching it all these years later from an adult perspective, I love it even more. While the Daria character is ripped straight out of MTV’s popular Beavis and Butt-head series, the show’s humor is completely opposite to the immaturity Beavis and Butt-head are known for. Daria’s life is a satire of suburbia, where her pessimism, wit, and sarcasm contrasts with nearly everyone she interacts with. On her first day of school in a new town, Daria is immediately labeled as the brainy, unpopular girl, while her little sister Quinn is identified as the popular, cute girl who girls want to be friends with and boys want to date. And that’s just where this sitcom begins!
WRL now has Daria: The Complete Animated Series on DVD available for your viewing pleasure. If you’ve ever felt like an outcast in school, watch Daria. If you just want a funny cartoon to be entertained by, watch Daria. Finally, if you want to experience a piece of MTV history, when their shows featured intelligent teens making fun of spoiled teens (instead of the other way around), watch Daria.
Check the WRL catalog for Daria: The complete animated series