“Jane: When they say “you’re always unhappy Daria”, what they mean is: “You think Daria, I can tell because you don’t smile. Now this guy died and its making me think and that hurts my little head and makes me stop smiling. So tell me how you cope with thinking all the time Daria until I can get back to my normal vegetable state”.
Daria: Ok… so then why have you been why have you been avoiding me?
Okay so this was a little tricky to decide. Seasons 4 and 5 obviously were not my favorites so that left me with seasons 1-3. So I counted how many episodes I love in each season and season 1 and 2 tied. So then I thought about it and really put some meaning behind a favorite season so I picked season 1 for several reasons. Obviously reason 1 because it’s the 1st! We meet all our favorite characters! Reason 2, Jane’s voice and attitude weren’t as “goofy” or super enthusiastic as it is in later seasons. Reason 3, you have awkward goofs such as in “The Invitation” Jodie looks almost bald and Tiffany Blum-Deckler is first heard with a valley girl accent instead of her trademark monotone voice. Another reason why this has to be my favorite because it was the first time we saw all of Daria’s quirks. At first you think she’s a cynical asshole, then you realize she’s not an asshole she just has very high beliefs, she has a weakness (trent) so she’s somewhat relatable, you figure out yes she’s a “brain” but she’s that way by choice and not to be some excellent student to get into the best college (opposite to Jodie) and in the last episode of the season, “The Misery Chick” we realize that Daria isn’t sad or miserable she’s just a realistic person and doesn’t feel the need to let the world know she isn’t miserable by smiling every second.
Episodes in the Pictures above:
1st Episode- Esteemsters
2nd Episode- The Invitation
4th Episode- Café Disaffecto
6th Episode- This Year’s Model
11th Episode- Road Worrier
13th Episode- The Misery Chick
Which season of “Daria” is your favorite and why? Tell me here
(Actually, a Daria 2015 pitch but, in a cynical move she’d condemn but half-approve of, I’m altering the title for marketing purposes. I’m edgy)
Last year, myself and my friend Brian knocked out a pitch for rebooting MTV’s Daria. Here it is again with a few snips and edits, for you all to see, to be condemned as unpopular and badly dressed.
So long as there are bright, sullen
teenagers who think their classmates are imbeciles and that they know better
than their parents and their teachers and everybody else, there’s gonna be room
for a Daria on the airwaves.
And that brings in a specific
MOOD AND HUMOUR
The original Daria traded in black
humour and barbed words. We plan to take this further than the show used to. We
already know the market can have darker humor than 1997 would allow – Adventure
Time has running gags about Princess Bubblegum running a police state, Gravity Falls gives us a seemingly-amoral conman as the parental figure and stories about mugging a unicorn, and even Scooby Doo was able to do a straight-up Saw
pastiche. The way is clear.
Why go for broke? In this we’re going back
to the first season of Daria, the original plan for the show. The show
got less nasty as it went on and more prone to give characters some dignity,
but S1 was acidic. This is the one where Daria and Jane are laconic about a
woman having a hyperglycemic shock in front of them; where the Morgendorffers
don’t always seem to like each other that much; where Jake Morgendorffer
mutters that he hopes all his military school peers died in ‘Nam; where the
kids are taking bets on when their history teacher will have a heart attack.
This was the foundation of the show. This was the worldview that Daria’s
pessimism was built for, and S1 had episodes like The Lab Brat, Road Worrier,
and The Misery Chick, which are seen as the top eps by fans.
And that was in 1997! The original Daria
also aired during a period of economic growth for the United States, while 2016
is a time of economic recovery many people aren’t feeling. Daria groused that
college applications were about money and what clubs you’d been in, in 2016
kids like her are grousing that they’ll end up with hideous debt for the chance
of a ‘good job’. The future hasn’t looked bright for a few years now.
In this kind of soil, black humor’s got
to be blacker yet.