A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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 & Scariness
Very limited acts of violence are visible. But there are many references to potential school violence and extreme security measures.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Making out, but no simulated sex. Often contains light sexual humor, including the propositioning of teen girls by teen boys.
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Mild to moderate: "damn", "hell", "ass," "pissed," etc.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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.
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