Show: Daria (1997-2002) /Beavis & Butt-Head (1993 – 1997)
Character: Daria Morgendorffer
Actor: (V) Tracy Grandstaff
Basically: Daria’s character originated on Mike Judge’s Beavis & Butthead. She played the relatively unattractive and harmless classmate of the eponymous dumbasses. Unlike the rest of their peers and their teachers, Daria, though not amused, was not bothered by the boys’ stupid antics. Before her sophomore year of high school, Daria and her family moved to Lawndale, where Daria attended a new high school with her fashion club loving sister, Quinn and her new BFF Jane Lane. Daria is the quintessential high school outcast.
Quote of Quotes: Don’t worry. I don’t have low self-esteem. It’s a mistake. I have low esteem for everyone else.
A Little Love: If you had to be a misfit, Daria would be the one to be. She certainly didn’t fit in with the fashion club, or the jocks (Brittany and Kevin (not to be confused with Brit Brit and K-Fed)) but she didn’t try to either. She’s highly intelligent and somewhat worldly, despite living in a miscellaneous suburb and splitting her time between the mall, high school, watching Sick, Sad, World in her padded bedroom and pining for Jane’s older, super 90’s, super cool brother Trent. She hated the other kids, not because she wanted to be one of them and wasn’t allowed in, but because they legitimately sucked.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this show is one of the greatest things MTV ever produced. Although it came at a time when MTV was being lambasted for straying from actual music and moving towards original programming, this show maintained a delicate balance of both. Come on! The 10 Spot! This show was so MTV in its programming prime. Think about it. Would you rather watch Daria on Daria? Or Heidi on The Hills? What would Daria think about The Hills anyway? I digress. Not only were the situations Daria encountered at school so absurd and wonderful, but her family situation was stellar. She lived with three total imbeciles, two of which were her career driven, slightly un-attentive parents, the other her super popular, super obnoxious, super mousy voiced sister Quinn. She sought refuge in her almost equally misfit BFF Jane Lane, whose family was nothing if not alternative.
Daria, a poster child for teenage Gen-X wannabe angst, made hating your life and everyone in it, healthy and acceptable, rather than suicidal and sad. Plus her combat boots were awesome.