Next to “Beavis and Butthead” and “Jackass,” Daria may be one of the greatest MTV television shows of all time. Back in the era when MTV actually used to have music videos, they also had some great TV (Celebrity Deathmatch anyone?). Now, not to go all old-timer, “these kids today” on you…but it really was a great show because it epitomized high school from Daria’s anti-popular, “just-do-me-because-im-smarter-than-you” perspective. This was a first for TV.
Case in point: in one particular episode, Daria is sitting at the table with her parents. They’re asking Daria about her day at school. Her mom gets frustrated, bangs her fists on the table and shouts, “What’s wrong with you?!!” at Daria. Daria sits back calmly, looks at her Mom and says in her trademark monotone, “Don’t worry. I don’t have low self-esteem, it’s a mistake. I just have low esteem for everyone else.” What could be more smart ass than that?
What makes Daria so cool is that she ushered in an era where the alternative crowd is just as important as the mainstream in pop culture. Kurt Cobain and Nirvana made most of the music that inspired left-of-mainstream mid-90s MTV characters like Beavis and Butthead. Kanye blew up by rhyming about college and Jesus when Lil Jon was getting Crunk and Maroon 5 had just come out with “This Love.” And Lil Wayne, possibly against his better judgment of Swag, has taken to wearing women’s Jeggings–but hey, that’s his prerogative.
Def one of the best TV shows of the 90s. ”You’re standing on my NECK.”
- Prince Akeem