Mar 17, 2015 11:08AM

Five Reasons Why 'Daria' Is Still The Coolest

La la la la la.

If there's an emoji that sums up how we feel most of the time, it's probably this one: 

And if there's a character that we most identify with, it's Daria Morgendorffer, the smart, jaded, and totally deadpan star of Daria. Maybe you're too young to remember it airing. Maybe you were busy watching Ally McBeal instead. Maybe you just want to re-live how good it was. So, a quick recap: Daria was a spinoff series of Beavis and Butt-head that ran from 1997 to 2002, back when MTV actually played something other than brainless reality TV. The show followed Daria and her equally cynical best friend Jane Lane, as they tried to navigate their way through the horror and banality of high school.   

It's been 13 long years since it ended, but there really hasn't been anything quite like it since. So, for everyone who ever felt like an outsider (read: all of us!), here are five reasons why Daria is still the coolest.

It reflects reality
Life isn't fair. Bad stuff happens. Finding lasting happiness is highly unlikely. Daria wasn't depressed (quote: "I don't have low self-esteem, I have low esteem for everyone else"); she was a realist. Instead of sugarcoating everything, Daria just told it like she saw it.

Sick Sad World
Sensational, bizarre and completely OTT, Sick Sad World was the show-within-a-show that acted as a running gag across all give seasons. Thanks to YouTuber Steven Kerber, you can watch a super-cut of every single time Sick Sad World appeared on screen. Yasssssss.
Trent
Oh, Trent. If only you were real.

It's unapologetically feminist
Daria and Jane are smart, complicated, capable and unique — and its their friendship that lies at the heart of the show. And while the show doesn't necessarily address feminism as a specific theme, its feminism is implicit in the fact that all its female characters — even Quinn — have journeys, agency and depth.

It gave us our life motto:

Enough said. 

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Nadia Bailey