I recently rediscovered an old favorite TV show, titled Daria, which used to air on MTV when I was younger. I found out that the entire series including the two TV movies were out on DVD! Yay! Of course I had to get it and watch all of it. I loved it just as much as before. The main character, Daria, for whom the show is named, is an amazing and hilarious character, but not in the typical way (which is why I…and many others, love her). Daria is an intelligent, monotone, and very sarcastic teenager. Her specific brand of humor is smart and witty, but in a way that some people might not get or understand. Personally, I love her. Intelligent, Funny, Sarcastic: what more could you want in a character.
(I felt like describing all the characters, so here…) Daria has reddish brown hair to about her shoulders and constantly wears her green trench type coat with a black skirt and black boots (that scream 90s grunge). Her look is completed by her ever present round glasses. Her voice is almost always monotone, which compliments her humor, except for the few times where she is scared and yells or makes that “eeepp” noise. Now, the other characters are…well…an interesting bunch of stereotypes and funny people. Daria’s sister, Quinn, is the typical shallow mallrat, popular girl who cares only about herself and her hair…haha! Quinn usually wears a cropped pink T-shirt with a smiley face, jeans, and some type of clogs. **Note: Beginning in season 4, her shirt changed to a slightly darker pink ¾ length sleeve shirt that doesn’t show as much midriff.** She has light orange (red?) hair with bangs. She has a high pitched often screechy voice that often makes you want to claw your eyes out…though not as bad as Brittany’s…haha! Quinn is usually the most selfish airhead one could possibly imagine but, throughout the series she has a few moments where she is a little compassionate or a smidge of intelligence shines through her shiny fake exterior. She is vice president of the fashion club at her school, which is a group of four girls who sit around and sometimes discuss fashion in a ridiculous way (I’m all for fashion but they’re not the brightest girls). She is a little more like her sister than she cares to admit and is not as fake and awfully slow as some of her friends or classmates. If she tried, she could be more deep and intelligent but, she hides it to fit in most of the time. Daria’s parents, Jake and Helen, can be a tad daft, but they sometimes get a clue, Helen more than Jake. Helen is a lawyer who cares a lot about her career and is smart but a little crazy at times. She does not relate to Daria because she is a little more like Quinn but is also a little more concerned with intelligence over appearance. Jake is some kind of businessman (I’m not sure if they ever define exactly what he does) and is hilariously insane and tends to over react to everything. That concludes Daria’s family…now onto the other characters.
While Daria is somewhat of an outsider, she finds a friend in Jane, an artistic girl with a similar sense of humor to Daria’s. She’s a little more outgoing than Daria but is just as sarcastic though with more expression. Jane’s brother, Trent is a typical guy in a band who sleeps all day and plays shows in crappy bars, etc. at night. He is of some undetermined age, though he is older than Daria and Jane but, I do not think it is mentioned how much older. Daria has a crush on him throughout the series until she gets a boyfriend. She eventually realizes through that it was just a crush and that they did not really belong together (in a daydream she has in one episode where she is a scientist or something like that and Trent is sleeping on the couch with a beer and is unemployed...lol!). I would have liked to see them together at least for an episode or two but, oh well. Jane’s parents are not very important to the show, or their children’s lives, but they're interesting. Jane’s mom, Amanda, is very artistic like her daughter, but is more of a hippie, peace, and love kind of girl. Her dad, Vincent, is less important and even less present than her mom in all his children’s lives and the show. They probably didn’t even deserve that much of a mention, but I tend to overanalyze and describe everything. Next, there’s the most common high school stereotype of all, the popular dumb cheerleader and her even more slow and dumb quarterback boyfriend. Brittany, the cheerleader, has blond hair (shocker!), which she constantly wears in high pigtails. She, of course, always wears her cheerleading outfit to school and Kevin, her boyfriend, wears his football uniform complete with shoulder pads every day. Next, there’s Jodie and her boyfriend Mack. Jodie is Daria’s friend, though not as close as Jane, they get along probably because they are both very intelligent and well read. But, Jodie is much more involved in school and everything else than Daria. She is one of only a few African American students at their school and feels pressure from both her parents and herself to be the perfect example of a perfect well rounded intelligent girl for others to look up to. Mack is on the football team with Kevin and is one of the only team members who does well in school.
The other members of the fashion club and Quinn’s friends are Sandi, Stacy, and Tiffany. Sandi is president and is eternally jealous of Quinn’s popularity and looks, though she would never let her know it. She is rather controlling and speaks in one of the most annoying voices I’ve ever heard…though that was probably intentional. Stacy, secretary of the club, is usually submissive to Sandi’s orders for fear of losing her popularity and spot in the club, though she eventually stands up to her towards the end of the show. Lastly, there’s Tiffany…oh my...she is an interesting character. She is the least intelligent of the group and possibly the shallowest. She speaks in an awfully slow voice that makes you want to strangle her or yourself by the time she finishes a sentence…so it probably good that she usually only says a few words to agree with whomever is speaking.
The last few characters I think that are worth mentioning are the faculty of Daria’s school. First, there’s Ms. Li, president of Lllllawwnnndale High (she drags it out like that when she says it lol). She is constantly obsessed with things like fund-raising and making herself and the school look good, but not really with the students or their education. Next, there’s Mr. O’Neill, the overly sensitive slightly crazy English teacher. He is constantly talking about feelings and crying, and can never really relate to or help his students. Then there’s the complete opposite of Mr. O’Neill, the history teacher, Mr. DeMartino. He is constantly extremely angry, always yelling at his students while his one eye bulges out of his head, lol! He frequently complains about his life and choice of career. Lastly, there’s Ms. Barch, the science teacher and obsessive man-hater due to her divorce after years of marriage, which she constantly brings up and blames on all other men.
So, that’s my take on the characters, which I believe are the most interesting and best part of the show. You don’t watch Daria for the animation, or music, but to watch the often hilarious, interesting, and sarcastic lives of the characters unfold. I recommend this show to everyone, whether you’re in high school now, graduated a few years ago, or even a few decades ago…Daria is a great show because she says what you thought or wish you could say. Plus, if you’re a fan of sarcasm…why haven’t you watched this yet?! You can get the complete series on Amazon (above or below, it’s cheaper!) or in stores. I definitely recommend it…I’ve already hooked a few people on this show with one episode.
Xoxo Gabriella (lalalalala…you’re standing on my neck!)
(P.S. I love the theme song!)