A triumph in our Sick, Sad World

Happy Daria Is Finally Out On DVD Day, everyone!

Even with the annoying news that apparently just about all of the original music has had to be replaced, I am mega excited to dash out and purchase Daria: The Complete Series. Daria was a show populated by such a sharply built cast of characters that I have zero worries it will feel like it’s lost anything to time. Lawndale could still be just about any place in the U.S., and every teenager you know could still be one of those characters.

I was about to turn 14 when Daria premiered. Though I didn’t quite reach her level of misanthropy, I saw a lot of my own deadpan, sarcastic, eye-rolling self in her. These are not what society has decided are desirable qualities in a teenage girl. Not to get too “it spoke to me personally”—Daria is universal on a lot of levels—but that scene in the credits where she lets the volleyball go by her in gym class and then half-heartedly sticks out an arm? That was basically a scene from my life. Funny joke, yes, but also an all-too-true moment for a certain kind of high schooler. I don’t think I can overemphasize how amazing it was to see a show with this girl as the heroine.

And let’s not forget our amazing supporting characters! Jane, Trent, Quinn, Brittany, Kevin, Jodie: I love them all. I still consider Daria’s dad, the tightly-wound Jake Morgendorffer, to be one of the funniest characters in all of TV land. Also, fun trivia: did you know that the same actress, Wendy Hoopes, did the voices for Quinn, Jane, and Helen? I just discovered that today. So crazy. That is some talent.

In conclusion, whatever you had planned for today? Please draw a triangle in the air and repeat after me: “Change. Of. Plans.” (And if you don’t remember that reference, just trust me when I say you should not ride with the Fashion Club if you want to make it to Alternapalooza.)

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5 Responses to “A triumph in our Sick, Sad World”


  1. 1 Rebecca May 12, 2010 at 9:12 am

    I always thought of Jake Morgendorffer as a proto-Hal from Malcolm. He doesn’t have quite the same crippling self-doubt, but a lot of the neuroses are the same.

  2. 2 Brandi Sperry May 13, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    I LOVE that comparison.

  3. 3 Chelsea May 21, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    “When you WEAR chunky shoes, the REST of you looks ever KA-YUTER in comparison!”

  4. 4 Kelly Millman May 24, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Whoa! Daria is out on dvd?! YES!!! I still have a photo of Trent Lane. F**k, my email address is even captainkellylane. I can’t wait to watch some old episodes!

  5. 5 Brandi Sperry May 24, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Yes Kelly! You will have to borrow the DVDs from me once I get through them.


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