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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Biting social commentary has mature themes.

TV TeenNick Comedy 1997
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

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age 12+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 13+

As Awesome, & Cool as MTV's DARIA was throughout our lives, Still, Parents, Boys & Girls, Be On Your Guard!

Dramatic Comedy is a genre in which comedy and drama are mixed in roughly equal amounts. The creation of a story in the dramatic comedy venue can be achieved through the mixing and matching of the various sub-genres present in the respective parts of the overall genre, such as action comedies or parodies that operate more as an homage to the original work than a mockery of it. While some dramatic comedies blend each part together seamlessly, others will switch back and forth between the two throughout the story, often starting off comedic, then becoming serious toward the end. Online Reference: Note: Satire, Definition: A literary work, or work of art in which human vice or folly is ridiculed or attacked scornfully, the branch of literature that composes such work. Irony, derision or caustic wit used to attack or expose, even unmask that same human folly, vice or even stupidity. Online Reference:
age 11+

CSM is confused yet again

Daria is an amazing TV show. For sex, it has a few scenes of people making out, but no simulated stuff. There is innuendo but it's not nearly as crude or lewd as the Simpsons or family guy. For violence, there is absolutely nothing you need to worry about. The only thing even remotely violent in this show is people talking about shootings. Once again there is nothing simulated. As for swearing, it's pretty normal for kids to hear cursing, this show contains the words: hell crap and d*mn. But apart from that, this show is amazing and I highly recommend it to anyone eleven or older

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (22 ):

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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