Daria - TV Review

Daria was a show that ran on MTV from 1997-2002. It was a spin-off of one of MTV's most popular shows Beavis and Butthead. It follows the life of Daria Morgendorffer, a cynical and often abrasive minded, yet highly intellectual teenager who moves to Lawndale along with her younger sister Quinn, a fashion-obsessed girl who quickly becomes one of the popular ones at Lawndale High School, her mother Helen, a workaholic attorney who feels bad for not spending enough time with her family, and her father Jake, who is often oblivious to what's going on,

The primary second character, Jane Lane is Daria's best (and perhaps only) best friend. Jane is artisticlly inclined and although she shares many of the same views as Daria, she often is more open to ideas. Her parents are shown as somewhat neglectful, causing Jane to look up to her older brother Trent as her somewhat "father" figure. Trent Lane is a musician, in a band called Mystik Spiral, who doesn't remember if he graduated high school or not. Trent is Daria's first crush, and she often gets embarrsed when he is near her or she mumbles incoherently. According to interviews with Daria creator Glenn Eichler, Trent is supposed to represent the typical Generation X'er of the 1990s.

Daria follows Daria and Jane as they go through high school, with the series finale TV movie showing her and Jane graduating from Lawndale High and moving onto college. In addition to their droll and often comedic observations, they both go through the typical things that teenagers go through, such as first crushes and first boyfriends. Daria was seen as one of MTV's greatest show, due to it's intellectual comedy and the fact that the show was relating to teenagers around the world.

Even though I was too young to remember this (sadly), I found out about it a few months ago and have since watched almost every episode of YouTube. I absolutely love it and it's intellectual humor, and the fact the some jokes you actually have to think about to get.

Here's the very first episode for those who may want to look into it. (:

-FYI, the first 3 paragraphs were the same as my opening for the Daria thread in the entertainment forum.-
Posted on September 29th, 2008 at 04:49pm


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