Daria

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Biting social commentary has mature themes.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 15 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Peer influence and antisocial behavior are central to the show. While diversity is accepted, stereotypes are used to bring attention to social issues. Many negative roles with negative consequences.

Violence

Very limited acts of violence are visible. But there are many references to potential school violence and extreme security measures.

Sex

Making out, but no simulated sex. Often contains light sexual humor, including the propositioning of teen girls by teen boys.

Language

Mild to moderate: "damn", "hell", "ass," "pissed," etc.

Consumerism

Popular and alternative music is used throughout the show. Few specific references to popular culture icons and musical groups and no discussions of brand-specific clothes, food, or beverages.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drugs, alcohol, and tobacco are used in some episodes. Any discussion about this use does not look at the consequences of such behavior, especially among teenagers.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while this animated series provides some important social commentary about teen life, if viewers aren't mature enough to see through its extreme satire, the significance of these messages is easily lost or misinterpreted. Also, while Daria's parents clearly love her, there's almost a complete lack of strong positive adult role models or constructive examples of adult-teen communication. Controversial subjects, such as sexual relationships and drug use, are mocked, and the consequences of these actions aren't fully discussed. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5 year old Written byCranberries June 23, 2010
Daria was a wonderful show.Daria is the girl every high school has, she was brilliant, cynical, sarcastic, and wasn't afraid to say what was on her mind.... Continue reading
Adult Written byPHS_Togusa April 30, 2014

A definite must-watch for teenagers and adults alike.

This is one of those shows that both adults and teenagers can really get a lot out of. With all the vapid programming for teenagers permeating every corner of t... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byanonmouse November 12, 2010
I am honestly very disappointed with the "common sense" review. Here's my opinion: Daria is a great show that encourages teens to think for them... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bytonythefishmas November 22, 2014

Dissapointed by common senses review.

It is blindly obvious that adults (really 30+) aren't the target audience. It is for teenagers who don't really fit it, young adults who are having an... Continue reading

What's the story?

Television viewers were originally introduced to Daria Morgendorffer (voiced by Tracy Grandstaff) when she appeared as an occasional character on MTV's animated series Beavis and Butt-Head. In 1997 the animated sitcom DARIA -- created by Glenn Eichler -- debuted, showcasing Daria's intelligent-but-antisocial personality as she offers her dark point of view about the trials and tribulations of life in the suburb of Lawndale. Living with her loving-but-dysfunctional parents Jake (Julian Rebolledo) and Helen (Wendy Hoopes), and fashion-conscious younger sister Quinn (Hoopes), Daria spends her days trying to alienate herself from mainstream society. She shares most of her observations with best friend Jane Lane (Hoopes), who usually sympathizes with Daria, despite her own more-positive outlook on life. Together Daria and Jane attend Lawndale High, where they must co-exist with the likes of "dumb jock" star quarterback Kevin Thompson (Marc Thompson), brainless blonde cheerleader Brittany Taylor (Janie Mertz), and Charles "Upchuck" Ruttheimer III (Thompson), whose mission in life is to have sex with any girl who falls for his cheesy and inappropriate propositions.

Is it any good?

Daria provides some biting social commentary on many aspects of teen culture -- and on American suburban life in general. This is accomplished by exaggerating and often stereotyping recurring characters' personalities to the point of ridiculousness. Most of the teachers and staff at Lawndale have personality disorders so severe that they (hopefully) couldn't work in a real-life high school. And most of the show's teenagers represent what's most problematic in teen society -- including image consciousness, lack of academic interest, and consumerism. It's all meant to be funny, of course, but .....

And unfortunately, while Daria is particularly critical of her generation's willingness to conform to these mediocre standards, she's never motivated enough to do anything to change it. Instead she spends her time thinking cynically about the world she lives in -- which doesn't exactly make her the best role model for teen viewers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what things in their community bother them and the pros and cons of choosing to work to change those things. They can also talk about their adult role models at home and at school. Which teachers mean the most to them and why? Which of their characteristics do teens most admire? The show's use of negative stereotypes and inappropriate behavior are also topics that families may want to discuss.

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