I watched a lot of Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network and Disney Channel as a kid, but I honestly watched just as much MTV, too. And despite the fact that this was back in the days when MTV had music videos, TRL was the coolest thing ever and Diddy was still Puff Daddy, my favorite MTV show always was and will always be Daria.
It wasn’t until I was older that the show actually made sense to me and truly became a formative influence. I watched it again as a teen when it was airing on The N and in the early stages of my teenage I-hate-everyone years, Daria and Jane felt like role models. We were on the same page in this weird journey of teendom and their cynicism was refreshing. Watching it now, I’ve actually noticed how much the characters all grow as individuals, something that normally doesn’t happen in many cartoons. Daria became a little less misanthropic and even her shallow sister, Quinn, discovered some inner depth. The characters aren’t as stereotypical as they seem and it’s just a great commentary on what it means to be a teen, no matter if you were a Jane, a Jodie or even Sandi, president of the Fashion Club.
If you haven’t seen it already, definitely check it out because above all else it is incredibly funny and entertaining. If you still need some convincing, maybe these 15 moments from Daria that changed my life might tempt you!
Daria Messing With Quinn's HeadRemember the episode when Quinn got a good grade in class and suddenly thought she was incredibly deep? She started wearing all black and Daria felt ridiculously insecure about her own status as a total brain. To retaliate, Daria dressed like Quinn so that she could properly freak Quinn out. It worked, and Quinn dropped the sensitive, tortured soul act. But as much as I love Quinn and Daria at each other's throats...Source: Daria Wiki
Daria And Quinn Heart To HeartsThey were almost always butting heads, but when they confided in each other with their problems, they really did do their best to help each other out. When they had go work as a team, they always came out on top because they were surprisingly compatible partners in crime. I just really loved those moments.Source: LiquidTelevision
Daria's ParentsI loved Daria's parents. I loved how her dad, Jake, was lovably clueless while remaining comically bitter about his childhood. Her mom, Helen, was the ultimate power mom: Cell phone always at her ear and ruthlessly kicking butt in court as an attorney. They totally subverted the idea of a stereotypicalSource: Tumblr
Trent Being TrentDaria had a massive crush on Jane's older brother, Trent, for ages. And it's hard not to see why: He was cool and in a band and while he was the ultimate slacker and may or may not have been in a constant state of drug induced bliss, he was a good guy.Source: Daria Wiki
Daria Piercing Her BellybuttonNothing says I-have-the-biggest-crush-on-you like getting your body pierced because your crush thinks it'll look hot. Well, Daria--yes, our angsty, misanthropic, Daria--did it to look cool for Trent. But the thing itched like hell and she took it out one night, leading it it closing up. Easy come, easy go!Source: Tumblr
The Fashion Club's Never Ending DramaOh, fashion club. Quinn, Sandi, Stacey and Tiffany were the fashion queens of the school and despite being best friends they were incredibly vindictive, chose sides and fed off of each others' shallowness like it was an all you can eat buffet. Sandi and Quinn in particular were the ultimate frenemies, but that's what made them so entertaining.Source: Tumblr
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That Time Brittany Dyed Her HairOur favorite blonde cheerleader dyed her hair in an attempt to go undercover at this grunge club or something to spy on some chick she thought her BF hooked up with? Yeah, it was a one off thing but I remember her looking really dope in all black.Source: LiquidTelevision
Jodie, The Most Badass Black Chick In LawndaleJodie's character really meant a lot to me. She was one of the few black girls at Lawndale High and she felt the burden of having to be a representation of black girls as a whole. That is something that I can definitely relate to. I also loved the occasional heart to hearts she had with Daria. When it comes down to it, they had a lot in common. They were cynical and intelligent. Jodie was just a little more cup half-full compared to Daria's cup-half-empty.Source: Daria Wiki
Tom And Jane Becoming An ItemThis definitely changed the dynamic of Daria and Jane's relationship. There was never a serious guy involved with either of them, so Daria definitely built up some resentment. But that resentment must have turned into sexual frustration because...Source: Daria Wiki
Daria and Tom's KissNothing says betrayal like kissing your best friend's boyfriend. That's why I was so scandalized when Daria and Tom made out when he was still going out with Jane! Daria confessed and they were cold to each other for a while after that. Even though they eventually became friends again and Daria ended up dating Tom, it was still so shocking and surprising.Source: Daria Wiki
Sick Sad WorldOkay, I've come to a sad conclusion: Sick Sad Word is pretty much what the channel TLC has become.Source: Tumblr
Jane Questioning Her SexualityI'm pretty sure that my understanding of sexual orientation was limited as a nine-year-old. But when Jane questioned her sexuality after finding out that a fellow artist and friend has feelings for her. Jane eventually realized that, despite her questioning, she was, in fact, straight. This could definitely be seen as a cop out or a missed opportunity, but nevertheless this moment became one of my earliest interactions with the concept of sexual preference.Source: Tumblr
Quinn's Unexpected CrushWhen she had a tutor over the summer who noticed some untapped intellect residing under all that orange hair, Quinn fell for him. Hard. But for the first time she was rejected because he still saw her as a shallow snob. As annoying as Quinn can be, I actually felt bad for her.Source: Youtube
Everything Can Be Solved With PizzaNo matter what was going down--boy drama, family issues or some run of the mill teen angst--pizza was always the cure. I've adopted this mindset, too, and I can safely say that it absolutely works. If you're ever feeling down, pizza and a friend will heal all wounds.Source: Tumblr
I know that I left out a billion other things that I love about this show, but What moments from Daria are the most memorable for you? Who were your favorite characters? Tell us in the comments!
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