Daria: A Binge Guide to the Series
Almost 20 years after the cult-favorite show left MTV, the network set a reboot of Daria in motion. Read about it here. To freshen up on the series' most important moments, click through to our binge guide.
Daria moves from Highland, Texas (and Beavis and Butthead), to Lawndale, where she find dumb jocks, clueless teachers, mind-numbing classes... and a real best friend.
Must-Watch Episode: "The Invitation" — Jane persuades Daria to come to a rager at cheerleader Brittany’s house — the perfect introduction to the show’s off-kilter take on high school social politics.
Skippable Episode: "Too Cute" — Quinn worries she might need plastic surgery to maximize her cuteness. Usually when Daria skews cutting, it’s sharper than this.
It’s Daria and Jane against the world as they face overbearing administrators, jerks with paintball guns, a faulty Ferris wheel at the medieval fair, and Quinn.
Must-Watch Episode: "Write Where It Hurts" — Come for Daria’s amusing attempts at writing a short story; stay for the surprisingly touching, sincere conclusion. (It makes even unflappable Helen cry.)
Skippable Episode: "That Was Then, This Is Dumb" — Exploring Jake and Helen’s hippie-dippy past isn’t nearly as fun as exploring the wilds of Lawndale.
Daria has to handle her driver’s test and her father’s heart attack — but her greatest challenge may be coming to terms with her crush on Trent.
Must-Watch Episode: "Daria!" — The pro side of experimental Daria: this toe-tapping musical ep, featuring catchy tunes like "Morning in the Burbs" and "Gah, Gah, Damnit!"
Skippable Episode: "Depth Takes a Holiday" — The con side of experimental Daria: this special, in which Daria must help the personifications of Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day. Quoth Daria: "Should I care that none of this makes any sense?"
Things start to get serious between Jane and Tom, who began dating at the end of season 3. At first Daria resents the guy — but it gets complicated when she sees how much they have in common.
Must-Watch Episode: "Dye! Dye! My Darling" — Tom and Jane’s breakup forces Daria and Tom to face their feelings for each other — and to take a step that’ll change Daria, Jane, and the show itself, for good.
Skippable Episode: "Legends of the Mall" — A series of vignettes, told in the form of urban legends recited by three separate characters. Amusing, but the very definition of filler.
Is It Fall Yet?
After four years of 11th grade, Daria’s timeline moves forward via this 75-minute special, in which Daria takes a summer job as a camp counselor and Quinn realizes she’s smarter than she thought she was — thanks to a tutor voiced by Carson Daly.
Senior year at Lawndale brings big changes: Daria and Tom are officially a thing, Jane and her best pal have reached an uneasy truce, and college is looming.
Must-Watch Episode: "Lucky Strike" — A teachers’ strike thrusts Daria to the front of the classroom, where she finds herself forging an unlikely bond with Quinn — who finally calls D her "sister" in front of the Fashion Club.
Skippable Episode: "Camp Fear" — Hey, did you know Quinn is popular and Daria isn’t? If not, this camp-reunion-set episode will reinforce that old dynamic — one the show should’ve moved past by this point.
Is It College Yet?
The end of Daria's high school career — and all of her college angst — gets bundled into the series’ finale, a model all TV writers should study when trying to craft a satisfying conclusion.