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      06.05.2010 15:35
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      An MTV animation that is 100x better than Beavis and Butthead

      The tv programme Daria serves to highlight our vapid culture down to a tee. From looks being more crucial than brains to the ever present doctrine of society that states you must fall in line, Daria is ready and waiting to make a sarcastic and insightful remark about it.

      The programme follows Daria Morgendorffer and her family - her mum who is work obsessed in order to gain her mothers acceptance, her dad who is constantly having flash backs of his fathers awful treatment of him and Quinn, Daria's sister, who out and out lies that she even has a sister and is embarrassed by her parents.

      Daria is an outcast in school and is befriended by her one friend Jane that shares her cynicism or society. The episodes are usually to do with issues in society that Daria is usually a backseat observer. They touch on beauty pageants, big business corporations, plastic surgery and college applications. Other episodes feature Daria's personal struggles with living in society such as giving in to vanity, being in love with Jane's brother then boyfriend and the eventual fall out with Jane.

      What is especialy nice about the programme is that all the characters grow threw the series - even somewhat minor characters like the fashion club members. Daria who remains stoic throughout much of the series suddenly caves towards the end and grows upset with her somewhat unlikeable personality. While Quinn begins to understand that she can be more than just a popularity figure. It all leads us in the direction that these characters aren't just stupid stereotypes of a person which is rather nice.

      It's an enjoyable half hour with some good songs due to its original run as an MTV flagship show. The drawings are simple but in adult entertainment that's animated I suppose we are used to that now. Witty dialogue and a tongue in cheek poke at modern day society make this a winning combination.

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        07.04.2002 00:38
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        I never understood how this programme ever made it as a TV show. The usual idea is that the main character is a likeable one, or at least someone with likable qualities- Homer in the Simpsons, Fry in Futurama etc. etc. The main character can have flaws- the two examples I gave clearly do, but you should have at least ONE likeable quality. However, this Daria has absolutely NO likeable qualities whatsoever. If she were real, she'd be the kind of person you want to hit repeatedly and tell, literally, to "get a life", because evidently she doesn't have one! She just seems to be a cynical, moody, boring, unattractive, unemotional... being (because being a person requires one to have feelings and emotion; something Daria is lacking). I only ever saw one episode of this, and that's all I could manage. I'm a teenager myself, and I know other teenagers, and not ONE of them is anything like Daria. The people I know tend to have feelings; Daria doesn't. She doesn't raise her voice. She doesn't smile. She doesn't have any qualities that would make her funny or likeable. If she were a real person, I would advise someone to check her pulse, because if the series centred around a corpse, you'd get the same effect. What is the genre of this show? Comedy? I didn't catch any comedy in the episode I saw. She just seemed to be sat on her bed looking extremely bored. This is supposed, I think, to be a play on the way teenagers are and how they act. This is unfair on my generation, because NONE of us are like Daria. We have feelings. We smile, laugh, get angry, get upset, but we NEVER act like she does. This is DEFINITELY one show that you should avoid like the plague. Don't watch it, I implore you!

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          25.05.2001 05:57
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          My first brush with Daria was on Channel 5, you can catch the show on Saturday afternoons if you can manage to get a decent reception. If you want more of a fix then I'm afraid you'll have to open up to the joys of cable/digital/satellite tv and get MTV where the show can be found every weekday at 1.30pm. The show is a cartoon with a whole host of characters. The main one being Daria, a teenager at school who isn't the typical american schoolkid stereotype. She's actually quite deadpan and neagtive about everything but then again she's the voice of reason in a crazy american world. The only one who shares her opinions is her friend Jane, another one with a real outlook on the world and someone who also likes to dabble in freaky modern art. Most of the storylines take place at Lawndale High School and really poke fun at some of the glitzy trashy american ways of life or views on the young society. Here's some of the main characters you'll find at the school. BRITTANY -------- She's the head cheerleader, she's blonde and always wears her cheerleading outfit. She speaks in a ditzy squeeky voice and doesn't really have much going on in the brain department. She's often a but of Daria's sarcastic remarks. KEVIN ----- He's the star quarterback on the football team (or 'QB' as he calls it). Naturally he's britannys boyfriend and they often fall out over the most stupid things. Football is the only thing he knows and like his girl he doesn't have much in the brain stakes. THE FASHION CLUB ---------------- One of the best things in the show. This is a club made up of four girls Sandi, Stacy and Tiffany. The fourth member is Daria's sister Quinn. The leader is stacy and the only thing they have time for is fashion. They stay alert for fashion crimes as well as going shopping. They are caring. One episode has them collecting clot
          hes for the homeless but they don't come back with much "Just because they are homeless, it doesn't mean they shouldn't be fashionable". They care a lot about others ! MR O'NEILL ---------- Mr O'Neill is the teacher. He's one of the touchy feely types. He speaks in a soft voice and really tries to get in touch with the students. He tries to sense negativity and turn it into positive energy. Most of the time he's just completely out of touch. MR DEMARTINO ------------ Another teacher and without question the funniest character. This man has some deep mental anguish and is constantly stressed about life in general. When he speaks, it with rage and his eyes bulge as the stress builds in his words. He always has some outlandish comment for one of the stupid pupils such as Kevin or Brittany. One episode was all about dreams and saw him with metal teeth, the only problem was that they picked up radio signals and constantly he would find himself singing 'Girls just wanna have fun' MISS LI ------- The school principle. Always looking to make the school seem really good to the outside world. Not for education purposes but becasue it makes her look a great principle. She's always trying to promote a positive outlook and will stoop to low levels to get what she wants. These are the main characters who normally feature heavily in storylines. there are still loads more supporting characters such as school nerd Upchuck, man hating teacher Miss Barch and numerous other classmates. Daria also has to contend with her family who are very dysfunctional. The main time they all get together is dinner and it always comprises of ready made lasagne. JAKE MORGENDORFFER ------------------- The dad, he's a bit unstable. He's a bit of a failure at work and he's always in the shadow of his wife. He constantly gets aggrevated at the smallest things b
          ut mostly harbours some resentment towards his father. HELEN MORGENDORFFER -------------------- The mother, she's a lawyer and is quite involved in her job. She's constantly on her mobile phone and rarely has time for her family. but sometimes she takes time out to bond with her girls. QUINN MORGENDORFFER -------------------- Daria's sister. As mentioned before, a founder member of the fashion club. She is very ashamed to be realted to Daria and even tell's the other fashion club members that Daria is just someone who lives at their house. Most of the time she get's upstaged when trying to be cool. There is so much more I can say about this show but it would take pages and pages. Daria is a character who tells it like it is. Yes she's negative and some might find her depressing but it's good to see a cartoon with a sense of reality and a lot of irony. It says that all the bubble heads and cheerleaders you associate with american schools are correct but there to made fun off becasue they are so stupid. I for one love it.

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            28.04.2001 23:59
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            Daria's only a cartoon character, and we all love her, but if she was real, you know you'd hate her! You've got to love the cynical chick, full of sarcastic comments, and witty comebacks. There are 2 main families that this show is based around - the Morgendorffers - The Mom - Helen, the Dad - Jake, and Quinn and of course, Daria. Then the Lanes - There are extended members of this family, but you mainly get to know Jane - Daria's best friend, and Trent - Jane's brother, who incidently, Daria rather likes, and she loses all sense of, well, anything! when she's around him. The show is also great, with overly stereo typical teenagers at Lawndale High School - which the show is based around - such as the Fashion Club, The Cheerleaders, and the misfits such as Daria and Jane. It's original, funny, and you just can't help loving it. Full points for Lawndale High!

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              22.02.2001 05:54
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              Daria, I suppose, is a teenage Ally Mcbeal, and has a similar image to Harry Enfield's character Kevin, the sulky, spotty, whiney teenage boy who likes to make his parents life hell. Except Daria of course is a girl, she is smart, and her sulkiness comes from being very intelligent and world-wary. The central characters are caricutures of the type of people you had at high school, (or maybe you were one of them)except they are very American (the Britney with the football player boyfriend etc.) but still one can relate to the character. Daria herself speaks in monotony, symbolising her character in general. She is saracstic and is a loner with one friend - Jane, a kind punky-gothy type character. Quinn is her Barbie doll sister, and the two of them living togther in a house with a super business-woman mother and stressed and flippant father leads to hilarious results. There is a heavy use of Sterotype in this cartoon, but is intellegently used. Being a MTV cartoon, popular, and even not so popular tracks are blended into the background of the cartoon, spot them if you can! Either way this adds quite a funky base to the cartoon. Daria is not all doom and gloom - there are elements that make her like every other teenage girl - for example she madly fancies Jane's somewhat dim-witted brother Trey. Daria is like a Alanis Morrisette, very angst ridden, but very funny and I think you can relate to her insecurtites about being a oddball in a world of perfect blondes. It's not quite the Simpsons, but it is the second best cartoon ahead of Futurama, Stressed Eric and King of the Hill. If you relate to Daria then your laughing with her at type of beautiful but not all there teens, if you don't realate to her then you laughing at her for being so neurotic and miserable. Either way, your laughing.

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              12.02.2001 21:20
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              Daria Morgendorfer and her sister Quinn provide an entertainment that is almost beyond comparison. Along with the other superb characters this cartoon series is hilarious. Many of the jokes are witty and are not to desgined to please everyone's humour. It's the whole concept of the cartoon that makes everything so amusing. Daria uses sarcasm to an infinite degree and that is what makes it that little bit more special than similar cartoons. My favourite quote is based on this sarcasm principle: Jake: "See those berries? That's our breakfast! See that stream? That's our drinking water!" Daria: "See that skeleton? That's our future." Its this kind of humour that lives ripe in our hearts and is not usually accepted by many as they see it as degrading, where the sarcasm is used against them. My favourite character is Trent as he can simply be seen as the coolest guy around, the one that people would really like in real life. His attributes include his mellowness, irnony, and best of all the fact that he plays in a 'rock' band. If you have never seen Daria you should definitely check it out and even if you don't enjoy it immediately keep watching as you should get into it after a while. If not you risk missing out on the best humour the Americans can provide

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              20.01.2001 01:14

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              Do you have a really cynical view of the world, is everyone against you, are you paranoid or is it just that people are saying that behind your back. If so then Daria is the show for you. It’s another animated series from America and has been here on our shores for at least three years, the character grew out of another popular ‘toon Beavis and Butthead. I never really liked, or even watched Beavis and Butthead so the first taste I got of the character was in her own series. Daria Morgendorffer is a very cynical, smart but uncool teenage girl who attends Lawndale High School. She is surrounded by a plethora of brilliant characters, many parodies of real life. There is her sister Quinn, the popular girl, and her cronies the Fashion Club with all their infighting and backstabbing, her mother is a too-busy high powered lawyer and her stressed out father gets better every series, forever getting flashbacks about his fathers horrendous treatment of him or his own self failings (‘cats are for sissies Jakey!’). The horror continues at school with dumb star American football player Kevin and his bimbo girlfriend Brittany, who has an annoyingly squeaky voice, the three boys endlessly trying to impress Quinn, teachers, caring Mr.O,Neil and outraged eye popper Mr. D-Martino. Most of the show involves Daria and her only friend, bizarre artist Jane Lane (whose band slacker brother Trent, Daria has a crush on) making cynical comments about everything and watching Sick Sad World (featuring many bizarre topics), a brilliant running gag in the Itchy and Scratchy vein. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t good plots though, for example the girls looking round a college and Daria ends up doing homework for money, Jane’s weird family returning home, lost on a mountain, a weird TV inspired dream involves Daria killing Kevin, a musical version, Daria and Quinn almost switching places etc. It’s a good show but it w
              on’t appeal to all tastes. Daria’s monotonous unemotional voice does get on your nerves a bit though and the shows humour is very analytical and cynical so fans of Seinfeld or Blackadder would probably get the most out of it –be warned this is no Simpson’s!

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              15.10.2000 19:35
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              "Daria" is a bitterly funny cartoon that seems to be highly underrated and doesnt get a look-in what with cartoons like "The Simpsons" and "South Park" grabbing the public's attention. Although this show is a spin-off from the hideously bad "Beavis and Butthead" (Daria sometimes appeared in it) dont let this put you off, as "Daria" is a wonderfully intelligent satire on high schools in America, although there are many comparisons to British highschools too. We are first introduced to Daria on her arrival in a new town, as well as a new school. She instantly comes across as a sarcastic and smart teen who passes cynical judgement on the many docile teens and condescending adults around her, for example Britney the stereotypical dumb blonde cheerleader and her equally idiotic quaterback boyfriend Kevin. Her family is equally worse, with her work obsessed mother and almost schizophrenic father. Her sister Quinn couldnt be any more different than Daria, the former being popular and shallow, the latter staying as far away as possible from popularity. Other characters include Daria's best friend Jane, an equally cynical artist, and Jane's brother Trent, who Daria has a crush on. Standout episodes include the episode where Daria has to take over Quinn's babysitting job, and in one night transfers two obedient and naive 10 year olds into rebellious, television obsessed, cursing brats. Another good episode is when Daria and Jane accompany Trent to a music festival, and everything that could go wrong for Daria does, all in front of her #1 crush. I would recommend Daria to anyone, especially those who are fed up of the popular masses around them. "Daria" gives us all hope that it's not only us that have to withstand family and shallow teens in our everyday lives. Now go watch.

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                12.08.2000 03:26

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                This animated series show on Channel 5 is extremely funny. It is about a teenager called Daria who lives with her stressed out Mother, Dad and her airhead of a sister. She has one friend Jane and most of the plots centre around this as she avoids her family and is plunged into a mad world. This show was also shown on one of the satellite channels but I can’t think which one it was. Check it out to see what you have been missing.

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                08.08.2000 08:35
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                I don't get Daria. I mean why make a cartoon about a character who is unpopular but not even slightly likeable. With Bart Simpson you get the point, he's a bit dim and fails at most things but you love him to bits. If you knew a real Daria you'd be beating her up daily because her constant negativity would get on your nerves. Daria's character is basically a cross between a nerd and one of those weird kids you're convinced has psychological problems but nobody official has noticed yet. She is rubbish at sports, unpopular, unattractive and dimissive of everything. I can't recall too many kids like that who would have made a humorous subject of a tv show. I don't know who would find Daria funny. I can't see guys finding it amusing. Girls who can somehow relate to her might get some kind of kick out of it but I find it difficult to believe anybody would be that much of a loser in real life without being able to raise at least a degree of sympathy for their plight. Daria, you just want to see one of those cartoon pianos fall on her head like in the Looney Toons animations. Now that would be funny!

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                  28.07.2000 22:44
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                  I was expecting a fair bit from Daria, and I have to say that it completely failed to deliver. It's all about the life and thoughts life of sarcastic teenager Daria and her various acquaintances/friends/relatives. The episodes tend to consist of some random life event type plotline allowing Daria's intellectual superority and general dissafection with superficial classmates and the social game as whole to be expressed, with a sneer. Now having such a lead character in a slighty black comedy cartoon is all very well - I've shared traits with her a few years back, I know others who have similar opinions. But I don't find it funny - and it's meant to be funny; and by saying this, I don't think I'm missing the point. This program is supposedly (from what I can gather) a bit of a flagship for that teenage middle ground - not in the popular set, not in the unpopular set, and generally unwilling to place oneself in any set anyway due to aformentioned intellectual superiority and dissafection with social games/conventions. It's all very nineties. It tries too hard to speak to said mindset - and in doing so, becomes every bit as formulaic as the programs it sneers at. I can understand the hatred many have of the perfect teenage life put forward in content-free American trash, Saved By The Bell and so on, and I can fully understand why many people (myself included) would love to give anybody who becomes even slightly emotionally involved with any of the characters or plotlines such shows portray a great big belt in the gob. But, just as Dawson's Creek et al. attempt to be post-media in their depiction of life, just as they too seem to give the impression of eschewing the conventions and not minding if you spill your food or sneeze at them or have a mental problem etc, so too does Daria. And it's fake. It doesn't convince. I know it's just a 'funny' cartoon, but it has such pretensions that I f
                  eel it needs to be cut down a size. Not fitting in with the accepted social norm is a problem many (most, even) deal with, and so it's a decent general topic for comic exploitation. But by being so formulaic, and therefore stereotyping not simply those who are MEANT to be caricatures but also the not-fitting-in main character/characters, the program fails to reach its target market. Everyone worth their salt has some of Daria's opinions and thoughts, and feels apart from the social norm, and if they turn into a jaded, sarcastic Daria-type, then that's their fault. A celebration of the sort of tired, oh how unique is my suffering type of musings that this program celebrates ends up making them as superficial as what this program hates. It's been done before, it's been thought before, and it's been phrased far more comically and far more poiniantly before - and problem is, Daria doesn't know it. Beverly Hills 90210 has no pretensions - the program makers know it's rubbish candy-floss devoid of content, but it sells. The makers of Daria think they're clever, you see, which is why it's so hard to swallow. This opinion I expect will only be read by Daria fans - and as such will receive repeated 'not useful' ratings. Feel free to like Daria, maybe I just don't get it. But when you turn 20, I'm sure you, like me, will stop being so cynical about life and start being a bit more cynical with cynicism - or specifically, this sort of program that does all the cynicism for you. Watch it for entertainment value -just don't swallow any of the sentiment.

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                  11.07.2000 17:24
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                  I love this program! It is about a teenager called Daria (see picture above!) who lives with her stressed executive mom, gullible dad and airhead sister, Quinn. She is intelligent, sarcastic, witty and generally misunderstood. Her only refuge from the mass insanity of the teenyboppers around her is her friend Jane, an artist. Her attempts to ignore her family and watch "Sick Sad World" - typical feature - Are Microbes Having Sex in you Drinking Water? - are often misconstrued as being weird and anti-social. Typical quote: "My parents want me to live up to my potential, so I'm careful not to let them know what it is." If you've ever felt misunderstood, or been told that you're too sarcastic/flippant/cynical, then this is the show for you. Go watch - if you can be bothered.

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                  How interesing. This is a very realistic program which really understands the main character daria and how she feels about life. Im sure there are many people like daria in america. From what i know, i would probably be the same if i lived there. One thing i find amusing about the program, is that quinn darias sister is obsessed with buying clothes. Why is this funny? well, havent you noticed that she always wheres the same thing evey day? that little top with the smiley face and jeans? well im sad like that <@:)

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                  05.07.2000 22:35
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                  Daria is an animated show, covering the life of the eponymous hero. Darker than The Simpsons or King of the Hill, more mature than South Park, but less adult in content. Daria is a rather dour student, plain looking and intelligent, she is a little like a teenage Lisa Simpson who has barbed comments for everyone. For those of you who went through school being less than popular, bad at sports, and hopeless withe the opposite sex you'll know where Daria is coming from. To make her life more miserable she is cursed with an irritatingly gorgeous but empty-headed sister who constantly tries to pretty up and dumb down Daria. Her parents are well meaning but despairing. The overall tone of the show is rather drab, and Daria’s depressing view of life being highlighted by the excellent voices employed. The animation is rather stilted, but this fits in well with the theme. Teenagers may find the show a little too depressing, but if you remember your teenage years as a time of trial, never quite fitting in with the popular crowd, yet not really being a geek then you will identify with this show. I recommend Daria as a little light relief from the relentless prettiness and fun view of school shown in regular high school stories like 90210 or Clueless.

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