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Release Date:
3 March 1997 (USA) See more »
Talks Slow, Thinks Fast
A smart & cynical girl goes through teenage life as a proud outsider in a world of mainly idiotic teens and condescending adults. Full summary »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 10 of 41)
Tracy Grandstaff ... Daria Morgendorffer (65 episodes, 1997-2001)

Wendy Hoopes ... Jane Lane / ... (65 episodes, 1997-2001)
Julián Rebolledo ... Jake Morgendorffer (60 episodes, 1997-2001)
John Lynn ... Sick, Sad World Announcer (57 episodes, 1997-2001)
Janie Mertz ... Brittany Taylor / ... (55 episodes, 1997-2001)
Marc Thompson ... Kevin Thompson / ... (51 episodes, 1997-2001)
Ashley Albert ... Tiffany Blum-Deckler / ... (43 episodes, 1997-2001)
Jessica Cydnee Jackson ... Jodie Abigail Landon / ... (36 episodes, 1997-2001)
Wes Spencer ... Dog (35 episodes, 1997-2001)
Alvaro J. Gonzalez ... Trent Lane / ... (31 episodes, 1997-2001)

Series Directed by
Karen Disher (57 episodes, 1997-2001)
Guy Moore (13 episodes, 1998-2001)
Tony Kluck (13 episodes, 1998-2000)
Ray Kosarin (12 episodes, 1997)
Eric Fogel (7 episodes, 1997-1998)
Patrick Smith (7 episodes, 2000-2001)
Gloria De Ponte (5 episodes, 1998-1999)
Sue Perrotto (5 episodes, 1998)
Ted Stearn (5 episodes, 2000-2001)
Paul Sparagano (3 episodes, 1997)
Joey Ahlbum (3 episodes, 1999)
Karen Hyden (2 episodes, 1997-1998)
Ken Kimmelman (2 episodes, 1997)
Series Writing credits
Glenn Eichler (65 episodes, 1997-2001)
Peggy Nicoll (10 episodes, 1997-2001)
Anne D. Bernstein (8 episodes, 1997-2001)
Neena Beber (6 episodes, 1997-2001)
Peter Elwell (6 episodes, 1998-2001)
Sam Johnson (5 episodes, 1997-1999)
Chris Marcil (5 episodes, 1997-1999)
Rachelle Romberg (4 episodes, 1998-2000)
Dan Vebber (3 episodes, 1999-2001)
Rachel Lipman (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
Peter Gaffney (2 episodes, 1998)
Jonathan Greenberg (2 episodes, 2000-2001)
Jacquelyn Reingold (2 episodes, 2001)

Susie Lewis (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Glenn Eichler .... supervising producer / executive producer (65 episodes, 1997-2001)
John Andrews .... supervising producer (13 episodes, 1997)
Abby Terkuhle .... executive producer (5 episodes, 1997-1999)
Susie Lewis .... producer (3 episodes, 1997-1999)
Amy Palmer .... producer (1 episode, 1997-2000)

Maria Rodas .... associate producer (unknown episodes, 1999-2001)
Cindy E. Brolsma .... producer (unknown episodes, 2000-2001)
John Lynn .... studio supervising producer (unknown episodes, 2000-2001)
Series Original Music by
George Brennan (1 episode, 1997)
Janet Wygal (1 episode, 1997)
Series Film Editing by
Karen Sztajnberg (unknown episodes, 1999-2001)
Series Art Direction by
Tom Marsan (1 episode, 1997)
Series Production Management
Adam Liggio .... production manager (65 episodes, 1997-2001)
Leslie Carangi .... studio production manager (42 episodes, 1997-2000)
Karen Kunkel .... post-production supervisor (39 episodes, 1999-2001)
David Trexler .... production manager (14 episodes, 1997-2001)
Series Art Department
David Trexler .... design coordinator (26 episodes, 1999-2000)
Bob Suarez .... storyboard artist (18 episodes, 1999-2001)
Tony Eastman .... storyboard consultant (13 episodes, 1997)
Sophie Kittredge .... color design supervisor (13 episodes, 1997)
Charles Foulds .... storyboard revisionist (13 episodes, 2001)
Pat Giles .... design supervisor (13 episodes, 2001)
Kim Arndt .... storyboard artist (12 episodes, 2000-2001)
Maurice Fontenot .... storyboard artist (6 episodes, 2000)
Series Sound Department
John Bowen .... supervising sound editor / sound re-recording mixer (65 episodes, 1997-2001)
Regina Mullen .... sound editor (4 episodes, 1997)
Series Animation Department
Michael C. Breton .... layout artist (26 episodes, 2000-2001)
Gloria De Ponte .... storyboard artist (25 episodes, 1997-1998)
Evan Cheng .... layout artist (20 episodes, 1998-2000)
Aaron Augenblick .... designer / layout artist (13 episodes, 1997)
Sophie Kittredge .... background artist (13 episodes, 1997)
Bill Moore .... layout artist (7 episodes, 1998)
Euralis Weekes .... layout artist (6 episodes, 2000)
Eileen K. Kohlhepp .... layout artist (6 episodes, 2001)
Karen Carnegie Johnson .... layout artist (4 episodes, 1999)
Sal Zaffino .... layout artist (2 episodes, 1997-1999)

Karen Disher .... original character designer (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Robert Leaton .... colorist (38 episodes, 1999-2001)
Series Music Department
Janet Wygal .... composer: theme song "You're Standing On My Neck" (65 episodes, 1997-2001)
Splendora .... music performers: theme song "You're Standing On My Neck" (39 episodes, 1997-2001)
Series Other crew
Glenn Eichler .... creative supervisor / story editor (39 episodes, 1997-1999)
David Trexler .... production assistant (26 episodes, 1997-1998)
Ed Lim .... intern (13 episodes, 1999)
Chris Siemasko .... intern (9 episodes, 2000)
Susie Lewis .... creative supervisor (1 episode, 1997-2000)

Peggy Nicoll .... executive story editor / story editor (unknown episodes, 2000-2001)
Matt Noce .... studio production assistant (unknown episodes, 2000-2001)
Ben McCrea .... voice director (unknown episodes, 2001)

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Additional Details

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30 min (65 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:G (some episodes) | Australia:PG (some episodes) | Chile:14 | Colombia:12 | New Zealand:G (some episodes) | New Zealand:PG (some episodes) | Peru:14 | UK:12 | USA:TV-14 | Venezuela:PG-13

Did You Know?

Production of each half-hour episode takes ten months to a year, from concept to post-production.See more »
Continuity: When Tiffany Blum-Deckler is introduced in "The Invitation", she talks in a valley girl voice. In all subsequent episodes, she speaks in a monotone voice.See more »
Trent Lane:[his breathy greeting to everyone] H-hey.See more »
Movie Connections:
You're Standing On My NeckSee more »


Why do the fashion Club accept Daria as Quinn's cousin,etc, even after her revelation as her sister in episode 1?
Why aren't Beavis and Butt-Head on the show?
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29 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
More than the sum of its sardonic parts, 5 February 2004
Author: liquidcelluloid-1 from

Network: MTV; Genre: Animated Comedy; Average Content Rating: TV-PG; Classification: contemporary (star range: 1 - 4);

Season Reviewed: Completed series

'Daria' was a show that I didn't like for a long time. At some point during that time it attached to my unsuspecting self and grew on me like a leech. I found that it is a show that is unable to fully articulate itself in isolated episodes. Instead, 'Daria' is more about it's tone and an attitude that works more than any story it can come up with. It throws together a small world of conflicting characters and lets the sparks fly. As all their adventures begin to pile up the show's real vision comes together. I wonder if even MTV got it. 'Daria' mocked fads & shallow teenagers (and the culture that feeds off them), regularly taking aim at the heart of everything the network makes a living on.

The world around Daria Morgendorffer is filled with ditsy cheerleaders, brain-dead jocks, zit-faced nerds, miserable artists, touchy-feely teachers, favorite siblings, condescending or aloof parents and teenage garage bands trying to hit it big. If your willing to buy that Daria and the show share the same vision (not a big leap at all) you're one step closer to getting the show's great, subversive running gag: that the show is depicting what it believes are real teenagers, and that teenagers have been influenced and conditioned by the culture into acting out the stereotypes that come with their position in the high school caste system. It's art imitating life imitating art.

And in the middle of it all is Daria - our central axis to call everybody out. She knows her place in the world and stands outside it all. Daria herself is as daring a lead as TV gets. So (intentionally) abjectly dull that she sucks the air out of every room she enters. She rarely changes the bland expression on her face or raises the pitch of that monotone voice. It's not entirely clear if she has a low self-esteem or thinks she is above everybody. Even the most exciting weekend adventures are a nuisance to Daria. Everything just gets in her way and keeps her from lying around on the couch watching 'Sick Sad World' (a show within the show apparently based on the idea that there is an entire untapped niche of Daria Morgendorffers around the world).

The best and most admirable thing about this show is its unflinching guts to let Daria be Daria - in all her faceless, bland, monotone, personality devoid glory. It is also the only show in my memory (apart from occasionally 'Seinfeld') that was content to reduce it's leads to taking the role of spectators to the story. They never grew, they never learned a lesson, they never swoop in and save the day, they rarely even impacted the world around them. The show was not worried with contriving phony problems and solutions. Whether it was being dragged to camp or dragged to the mall with her sister Quinn, Daria and Jane where content to spend entire episodes hanging on the sidelines watching everyone else makes fools of themselves.

Picking up the slack where our heroine can't was a well constructed cast of supporting characters. Jane's deadbeat brother Trent, would-be Casanova Charles Ruttheimer the 3rd & Daria's rage-filled father Jake (who longs for his hippie days) all walk off with the biggest laughs.

'Daria' was a sharp, sardonic, timely, funny and substantive series that dared to bite the hand of it's own demographic on a network that is to dumb to know the difference. It had a learning curve, but if you can get over that hump it can be rather addicting. A contemporary classic that ranks with 'The Sifl and Olly Show' as one of the few really great MTV offerings.

* * * ½ / 4

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