“La, la, la, la, la…This is my stop…”
We have had the Daria theme song running through our heads ever since we found out MTV was bringing back our favorite 1990s cartoon this August as part of their retro summer. We could always relate to leading lady Daria’s perspective on life, and we could never get enough of the show’s smart, sarcastic humor. Sure, we have the complete series on DVD, but there is just something about MTV re-airing it that brings a smile to our faces.
1. Daria and Jane’s friendship
The crux of the show rested on the relationship of Daria and Jane-two teenage outcasts united in their mutual hatred of everyone and everything around them. They got each other in a way that nobody else could, and their bond was pretty unshakeable. Even on the rare occasions when the didn’t see eye-to-eye, we always knew they would work it out in the end.
2. Lawndale High’s unique student body
One of Daria’s greatest strengths was the show’s ability to make every character three-dimensional. From the Fashion Club to the dim-witted but lovable Kevin and Brittany, each student at Lawndale High had their own personality and point-of-view that kept us interested and made us care about them.
3. Sick Sad World
We always kind of wanted Daria and Jane’s favorite television show to be real. Rats on Ritalin, the fly fishing pathologist who uses human organs as bait, freeloading familial phantoms…actually, compared to a lot of shows today, Sick Sad might have been ahead of its time in the 1990s.
4. The alter-ego pictures of characters during the credits
One of our favorite quirks of Daria were the crazy renderings of the show’s characters that flashed during the end credits. We could never get enough Standouts we loved include Jake as the Birth of Venus, the Fashion Club as the Ramones and executioner Brittany holding Kevin’s head.
5. The musical stylings of Mystik Spiral
They didn’t have many songs or much talent, but we always got excited when Trent’s band Mystik Spiral performed. Our favorite song? Freakin’ Friends. Click and enjoy!