Daria: The Complete Animated Series [8 Discs] [DVD]

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Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (305 out of 309)

Special Features


  • Pilot episode "sealed with a kick"
  • Mystik spiral music video "freakin' friends"
  • Daria Day intros
  • Top ten video countdown hosted by Daria & Jane
  • Never-before-seen mystik spiral spin-off script
  • Cast and crew interviews
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


During its initial 13-episode run on MTV, Beavis and Butthead spin-off Daria established the enormous cast of characters and the biting brand of satire that would carry it for four additional seasons. Relocating his heroine from Highland (Beavis and Butthead's hometown) to the similarly fictional suburb of Lawndale, executive producer Glenn Eichler surrounded Daria (voice of Tracy Grandstaff) with a high-strung family and a cool-chick best friend. Beyond these core characters, Daria's writing staff fleshed out the diverse social strata of Lawndale High, from an autocratic principal and several neurotic teachers to junior fashionistas and plain old dumb jocks. Early episodes almost invariably hinged on the attempts of Daria's parents and teachers to overcome her apathy and involve her in extracurricular activities that would expose her to the clueless masses she so despised. It wasn't until late in the season that Daria met Trent (voice of Alvaro J. Gonzalez), the alt-rock singer (and brother of best pal Jane [voice of Wendy Hoopes]) whose taciturn coolness would enchant her for most of the series. Later seasons would explore more grownup themes and relationships, but it's season one that set up the show's enduringly skewed world view. ~ Brian J. Dillard

Cast & Crew


  • Tracy Grandstaff - Daria Morgendorffer
  • Wendy Hoopes - Jayne Lane/Quinn Morgendorffer/Helen Morgendorffer
  • Julian Rebolledo - Jake Morgendorffer
  • Alvaro J. Gonzalez - Trent Lane
  • Janie Mertz - Brittany Taylor




Customer rating

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid set, solid show

    Posted
    Anonymous

    Music clearance issues aside, this is a worthwhile purchase. "Daria" is a rather peculiar show when I saw it as a child. BECAUSE I was a child, I didn't get most of its highbrow colloquialisms conveyed as humor, and mostly laughed at when Daria's father, Jake, gets angry. Being older, I understood most of the jokes and I laughed at most of the season one episodes, which didn't happened to me before. It definitely works better as a mature show for a mature audience, and by that, I mean it's for smart people, not for something sinister to the gutterballs that this show makes fun of. Seasons one and two were the strongest that the series has to offer in terms of humor and grounded storylines. Season three took a bizarre turn with surreal elements like the musical and humanized holidays, but it does have some good episodes. Season four takes a bit of the dramatic turn once a new character named Tom steps into the picture, which some fans of the show don't like but I personally don't mind him; this season also shattered Daria's sarcastic ego a bit. Her attitude had an even bigger change in the final season, to the point when she's started to rely on the very people she despised. I like how much she has changed over the seasons, from being a non-conformist misanthrope to learning she's following the same patterns as the people she hates (although she still has that wonderful cynicism), making her less of a character type and more human. That's what I like about this show, people changing and learning about their state of beings. Most characters won't change, but by the end of the series, it's easy to see how far they have reached from the beginning, even if its subtle. Moving on from the content itself to the technical aspects of the DVD. The extras are pretty worthless, although kudos for MTV having the two movies. They're packed in the same bonus disc, so they are continuity issues since "Is It Fall Yet" takes place after season four; also, it only has the edited version of "College" which is a bit of a letdown. It does have the Daria intros scattered across the first five DVDs, but they're set within the episode selection, and it doesn't indicate which episodes have the intros until an episode has been selected. The intros themselves are rather amusing, but worth seeing only once. It's a DVD set that's worth it only by the content itself, and the content is strong. If you want a cartoon with a cerebral attitude and sarcastic charm, this is it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nostalgia ftw

    Posted
    StellarRemnants
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    Loved this show in the 90s. This was back when you had to record episodes on vhs to be able to watch them later ... I saw this as I was walking to checkout and had to grab it. So glad I did. I've always wanted a collection of this on dvd or bluray. I already have owned is it fall yet and is it college yet, but still really nice to have everything in one collection. I understood in logic, but I was disappointed they had to change the music. That stuff really bothers me normally. Especially since I watched this all the time and knew the music well. I have to say tho, they did a good job choosing music with the same vibes as the original licensed music. It is one time the music changes didn't bother me. If you were a teenager at all in the 90s, then this is probably a must buy. If you weren't a teenager in the 90s, it's still a great show. Clever, charming, funny. Holds up to years passed imo. Watch them all and decide. Besides, it's seriously inexpensive for a boxed set. Just buy it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I wish my Wife was more like Daria ............lol

    Posted
    franco151

    Daria is about a teenage girl with a sarcastic attitude. She's one of the smartest characters in the whole show and if she were real, she would be one of the smartest girls you would ever meet. I was terribly sad when Daria ended. I watched this show way before I entered high school and I still enjoyed it. She had such a quick wit that was always a laugh to hear. I could relate to her feelings of being surrounded by superficial people and their idiotic comments. She should be looked at as a role model for many teens. She wasn't unbelievable either. She had a crush on her best friend's lowlife of a brother, Trent. She had her own human flaws and she learned from her mistakes in many of the episodes. She came off as being sarcastic and full of dry wit most of the time, but she was the awkward teen that we could all relate to. There hasn't been an actual witty teenage show like this one since.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great to see an old classic come back!

    Posted
    MangoWOW

    I think the main hype over this is that this is a classic MTV show that has finally resurfaced in DVD format for us to enjoy! I am SO happy that I was finally able to save up enough money for this. I used to watch this show when I was in elementary school! Back then I barely understood what was going on, enjoying more the weird teachers and connecting with daria and her friend being outcasts. Now I watch this as an adult. It's the same show but I see the different side of it. I love the humor and cynicism that Daria conveys. The show overall is very well put out. Of course it's great to be able to look back and reminisce about your childhood but the show DOES stand on it's own. My friend was raised in Brazil and whether it's from lack of popularity there or whatever, he has never seen the show. I plan on sharing it with him as soon as possible!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Set

    Posted
    SBacklin

    I was a big fan of Daria when it was on TV in the '90s. I am glad to see that the series was finally released on DVD. Its well known among the fan base that the music clip licensing issues is what held up the series being released. They decided to replace just about all the music on the series to bypass the licensing issues. Luckily though, they kept the main title music. Unless you are one of the most hardcore fans that memorize episodes, you will not notice the difference in music. I did in only two episodes and that is because they were my favorites and had those episodes memorized. The quality of the DVDs are excellent. If you were a fan of any scope of Daria, then you should get the DVD set. I'm glad I bought mine.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth the wait

    Posted
    slappykincaid
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    After waiting years for MTV to finally secure the release of the Complete Daria, fans were disappointed that due to licensing rights, most of the period music from the show would be replaced with a non licensed incidental soundtrack. Aside from a few minor instances where the original song was scene specific, one wouldn't even know the difference. The soundtrack is seamlessly edited into the episodes. My only complaint is the edited versions of the film Is It College Yet?, which appears in a version 7 minutes shorter than the original cablecast version. Other than that, all episodes are nicely presented, and the special features are adequate. If you loved the show, you'll love this collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for binge watching

    Posted
    roboton
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    This release of "Daria" is missing a lot of the music. There's an insert within the dvd case that explains the situation, and for the most part, the people behind this release made sure any music important to plot was kept in. The theme song is still there, so that's a plus. There are some scenes where newly added public domain music feels a little out of place, but it's bearable. I would give it a full 5 stars, but it isn't a perfect release. It's great for binge watching or leaving on in the background. Overall, I'm happy about this complete series release because it didn't cost me an arm and a leg to obtain, and it's REAL!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Daria is my idol.

    Posted
    XVXColin

    I was so excited to get this DVD in the mail. As soon as I got it I watched about 10 episodes in a row. I've been really pleased so far with the quality. I was worried that the quality of a 90s cartoon would pale in comparison to the animation quality of today's TV shows, but I really don't notice much of a difference in quality. The only bad thing is some of the music from the original shows didn't transfer into the DVD episodes because all of the licensing would have cost way too much and taken too much time to get. But unless you're a die hard Daria fan and have all the music memorized according to scene, I doubt you'll notice... I haven't.

    I would recommend this to a friend


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