MTV's Daria is no doubt one of the defining cartoons of its generation. Though the series began life as a spinoff of Beavis and Butt-Head, Daria Morgendorffer has amassed a substantial cult following of her very own since her solo series first premiered in 1997 and won over the disaffected youth of the day with its iconic brand of sardonic humor and cynical social commentary.
On top of that, the Daria universe will soon return to television screens, with a spinoff series starring Daria's friend Jodie Landon making its way to Comedy Central alongside new seasons of Beavis and Butt-Head (which also is slated to have more spinoffs of its own). With that in mind, it seems like the perfect time to take a look back at what exactly made Daria such a hit among MTV viewers in the first place.
Whether you're a veteran fan who wants to take a sick, sad walk down memory lane or a newcomer trying to figure out just what all the fuss is about, here are some of Daria's misanthropic misadventures that are most worth seeking out.
11. Honorable Mention: Both Movies
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While they're not exactly episodes, per se, it would be remiss to talk about the very best Daria has to offer and not bring up the show's two television films: 2000's Is It Fall Yet? and 2002's Is It College Yet?.
Is It Fall Yet? is probably the stronger of the two. The film picks things up after Season 4's cliffhanger ending (oh, we'll get to that), chronicling a summer where Daria is without her best friend Jane, figuring out how to move forward with her newfound relationship with Tom, and forced to volunteer at a day camp where she meets something of a kindred spirit. This main story is supplemented nicely by the various other Lawndale High students working summer jobs, with humorous results.
Meanwhile, Is It College Yet? takes place after Daria's fifth and final season, with Daria and company coming to terms with the massive changes in store for them as they prepare to leave high school behind and begin their foray into higher education and, by extension, the rest of their lives. The film ends on a characteristically bittersweet, but still very touching note to round off the series.