Daria: Season 1
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The people of Lawndale just don't get Daria Morgendorffer. See, Daria was born alienated, and now she's just trying to make it through high school with as little human contact as possible. Daria lacks enthusiasm, but she makes up for it with sarcasm.
Includes all 13 episodes, plus the pilot "Sealed With A Kick" and interviews from the cast and crew!
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|Actors:||Tracy Grandstaff, Wendy Hoopes, Julián Rebolledo, Ashley Albert, Marc Thompson|
|Number of Discs:||2|
|Run Time:||302 minutes|
|DVD Release Date:||July 25, 2012|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 440 reviews|
|Average Customer Review: ( 440 customer reviews )
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36 of 36 found the following review helpful:
A Great Show at Its Peak Aug 23, 2011
I so loved the first season of Daria. Refreshingly nihilistic and amoral, this classic MTV animated series from the 1990s represented a truly wonderful break from the saccharine pap we're usually fed. It offered us a take on high school life light years away from the idealised vision to be found in so many shows. What we have here is considerably closer to the brutal - and just plain stupid - reality. What's more, "Daria" is a show that manages to pull all this off with a dry, rapier wit, and its own tersely ironic sense of style.
I know that five star reviews tend to predominate here on Amazon. So much so that it becomes almost a running joke. I think that's because according to Amazon's stated guidelines, five stars simply means "I love it!", and most folks tend to review what they love. But in all honesty, this really is an extraordinarily good piece of animation. One well worthy of five stars by just about any criteria.
As is the case with any TV show transferred to other formats, it needs to be acknowledged that there are really two issues here: the show itself and the transfer. As most readers will already know, with Daria the big issue with the transfer was always going to be the music. Because the original show sampled from so many popular artists, a full and faithful reproduction on a non-bootlegged release was always going to be a copyright impossibility. In the end, virtually none of the original background music survived.
Given this reality, for the most part I take off my hat to the musicians who did end up providing the substitute background music. They took on what was always going to be a thankless task and for the most part acquitted themselves pretty well. True, there are moments here and there where the music they provide is noticeably weaker than what we heard in the TV original. But overall they do a fairly solid job. Personally, what I miss most is not the lost background music per se, but the varied and eclectic range of songs used as end title music in the original broadcasts. These often provided an ironic or poignant counterpoint to the themes explored in the episode.
The music aside, in my opinion the first two seasons, and the very first season in particular, really do see Daria at her best. Thereafter... things begin to go downhill. Slowly and intermittently at first, but by progressively greater leaps and bounds. The most marked change is that Daria the sardonic observer of human folly is replaced by Daria the moral crusader. The show's dry edge isn't entirely lost, but it is substantially dulled. So if you want to want to catch a great show at its absolute best, this is definitely the place you want to be.
8 of 8 found the following review helpful:
Daria Season 1 Feb 11, 2013
Daria is a spin off of Beavis and Butt-head but the humor and tone of the series is completely separate. Daria is one of my favorite shows of the 90's and easily one of the greatest animated series of the 90's. There many gems from old MTV days and this is one I miss most!
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Daria is awesome (whether she likes it or not) Apr 28, 2013
I was in middle school when I began watching Daria. My love for the show was immediate. Daria was the first female character I felt connected to, as if the creation of her character gave young girls the feeling that finally the world at large recognized women who approached life much like Daria (but had been lacking Daria's innate self-esteem to live often close to existentialism). Her character battled for a supreme form of feminism through narration and story, rather than didactic lectures that would've merely supported the negative stereotype of a feminist. For me and my girlfriends, suddenly there was a show that followed not just a "brain" but one that was female, and her dedication to the critical analysis of her peers was inspiring; she recognized (most of the time, as evidenced with her occasional daydreams of her potential future) American education was peppered with fallacies so Daria's attempts to challenge herself also challenged the school faculty. Her tendency toward educational anarchy despite the value she placed in her grades was then a way for the show to subtly support a student taking more command of their education when considering how much K-12 performance (standardized) effected their future. The show gave me an alternative method of introspection: WWDD? What would Daria do?
10 of 12 found the following review helpful:
I really miss this program, it's timeless. Jan 27, 2013
By Angel Owen
Daria reads my mind! I could stand to see a new season of her sarcastically take on life... maybe in her college years. Come on writers!!
9 of 11 found the following review helpful:
Thanks Amazon for the Disappointment Jun 09, 2015
By D. Sadtler
Love the show, paid for prime, you removed the show. Trying to make us feel as disappointed as her? You Win. Hopefully there are other methods to watch the show. Thanks Amazon for the disappointment.
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