Daria: The Complete Animated Series

Daria
The Complete Animated Series
(MTV/Paramount)

Eight years after the animated show “Daria” ended its five seasons run, the series – tailor-made for Generation X – is finally being released in its entirety. The collection includes the pilot, episodes from all five seasons and a bunch of extras. They may have taken their time rolling this one out, but they did it right.

A spin off of “Beavis and Butthead,” “Daria” centers on a cynical teen and her perky, popular younger sister, her clueless Yuppie parents as well as the standard high school archetypes (the jock, the cheerleader, the stoners, the hippie kids, etc.). The writing is much more clever than an animated show deserves to be.

Holding up immensely well despite being mothballed for nearly a decade, the series is nostalgic not only for its late ’90s references, but is a reminder that MTV actually had a handful of decent shows at one time.

“Daria” was a slow build and really started to get good towards the end of the second season, catching its stride and holding up for the entire run. A show like “Daria,” which premiered at the end of 1996, would likely get canceled by the end of the first season without a strong following if it were to be released today.