Back before YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and even MySpace, the best was for teens to show their disillusionment and share their angst with the world (besides dying their hair, piercing their faces and tattooing a picture of the Sex Pistols on their forearms) was to gather around this glowing box called television. And leading the charge for the misanthropic everywhere was the original bespectacled, combat boot wearing Misery Chick, Daria Morgendorffer. While shows like “My So-Called Life,” brought the raw emotion of being a teen in the 90s into sharp focus, “Daria” shone a light on the absurd. Her weapons of choice were sarcasm and smarts. So, naturally, she was one of my heroes. And now, finally, she’s also mine to own. “Daria: The Complete Animated Series” came out on DVD today. I was lucky enough to score an advance copy. The show stands up just as well today as when it went off the air eight years ago. So now my fondest hope is that a whole new generation of too smart to fit in, too sarcastic to care fans is born and can revel in the collected wit and wisdom of Daria. La la la la la. La la la la la.
UPDATE: Yes, 99 percent of the music has changed because of copyright issues. But, to be honest, it isn't that glaring. And the witty dialog hasn't changed one bit.