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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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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?

Sandy never refers to Daria as Quinn's sister. Instead she refers to her as Quinn's "cousin or whatever", "that girl that lives with you or whatever" or "that exchange student that stays with you or whatever" to Quinn.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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103 out of 107 people found the following review useful.
"Daria" epitomizes ironic ingenuity, 4 January 2006
Author: morphion2 from Australia

The self-defeating world of MTV began as a spark in the mind of one perceptive demographics adviser or another, but soon it grew to epidemic proportions, numbing and sugarcoating all things rebellious in a depressingly successful attempt to convince the masses that nonconformity is all about styles and fads. Any sensible teenager will tell you that it is an unwitting mockery of the things it believes it is making available to an already converted audience, but amongst the throngs of bright colors and loud-but-not-too-loud noises that essentially is MTV, you will occasionally find a gem; an intelligent, insightful, informed show of independent thought, sincerity and sardonic subtlety. "Daria" is one such example.

Anybody who used to watch "Beavis and Butthead" (no comment) will recognize Daria already, as the plain girl with glasses and the monotone voice that would often foil the titular duo's moronic and half-baked plans. When the show began to think about packing it in, MTV approached the creators with the offer of giving Daria her own show. And thank heavens for that. Not only is "Daria" up there with "Frasier" as one of the greatest spin-offs of all time, but it threatens to take a place as one of the greatest stand-alone shows of all time.

Daria Morgendorffer, our bland anti-heroine, is not your average teenage girl. Smart, sarcastic, opinionated but highly unmotivated, her life revolves around observing the actions of others with her best friend Jane Lane, a misfit artist from a family of unconventional thinkers. Together Daria and Jane see fit to mock the sea of stereotypes that is their suburban hometown of Lawndale, mainly the student body of their high school. Daria's deep loathing of all things superficial is regularly tested by the presence of her shallow and materialistic sister Quinn, while her workaholic lawyer mother Helen and her perpetually stressed out and slightly unbalanced father Jake struggle to do the right thing by their daughters in the interactive jumble that is life in Lawndale.

At a mere glance, one might perceive "Daria" as a children's show, due to its animation. However, even the slightest exertion of further examination would reveal that it is no more a children's show than "The Angry Beavers" is a sophisticated portrayal of American Wildlife. Where a lot of shows sell their credibility for cheap laughs and mold their characters on popularity polls, "Daria" is firm in its subtlety, never wavering in its belief that, given time, its audience will get the joke. Some may take longer than others, but all that do never turn back.

The genius of the show lies in its ironic reflection of a culture that would never allow a show like this to get off the ground. Surrounded on all sides by the trivial and materialistic values she lives to hate, Daria takes refuge in the companionship of Jane, the isolated safety of her own room and the glow of the television (which will probably be tuned in to dissocial ironathon news program 'Sick Sad World'), emerging now and again for a futile attempt to significantly impact the alienating world around her. And perhaps the experience might be alienating to us, the audience, if it weren't for the shows strategic and successful ploy to get us to see the world through Daria's eyes. Once there, we're completely hooked, and all the rest of the show's intrinsic jokes fall into place.

Arguably the most enviable quality of animation is its freedom to let characters be exaggerated without being unrealistic. The most brilliant thing about this is that eventually, characters that are truly only meant to serve as tired clichés perversely become beloved, unique personalities. Trent, Jane's lazy soft spoken musician brother with delusions of future stardom with his garage band Mystik Spiral, Kevin and Brittany, quarterback of the football team and head of the cheerleaders respectively, two blissfully ignorant airhead lovers with no aspirations beyond their current high school status, Mr. O'Neal, the hypersensitive English teacher, balanced in the extreme by the borderline psychopathic Mr. DeMartino, an irate History teacher who has lost the will to educate. Even the unbearably shallow and conceited Fashion Club, four fashion-victimized teenage girls who believe their undeservedly elitist circle is doing the world around them a world of good, gradually grow on you until, like it or not, you couldn't imagine Lawndale without them.

It is because of this paradoxical attachment to the characters that serious plot developments towards the end of the series are able to engage the audience on a level that is more than just honesty for the sake of mockery. Once we've grown accustomed to Daria's detached and cynical attitude, the show begins to admit that perhaps it has been having us on a little bit, at least concerning the rigid personalities of our beloved caricature personas. Therefore, once Daria has opened up a smidgeon , so does her/our view of her world, in an event suspiciously symptomatic of personal growth. And from there it's a small step to actually caring about the students, teachers and residents of Lawndale as we farewell them in the "Daria" movie finale "Is It College Yet?", in which we see our little high-schoolers graduate and move on. It says a lot about the show that it is able to gradually soften its bite enough to let us feel for the characters without ever feeling inconsistent.

If one were to only catch a few episodes of "Daria", then they might like what they see, and they'd be well justified. But they'd ultimately be missing out. Because as entertaining as the self-contained half-hour segments of the show can be, the world of Daria is not about separate jokes, separate characters, separate stories or separate anything. Everything within the show works to build to a greater understanding about teenage life, indeed about life in general, and everything it entails; a simple masterpiece that's value only increases when put into social context.

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