It’s been 20 years to the day since Daria premiered in 1997. In honor of the anniversary, the creators spoke with Variety about the history of the MTV series.
Created by Glenn Eichler and Susie Lewis, the animated show followed Daria Morgendorffer, a smart and sarcastic teenage girl who observes life in the suburbs with her friends and family. The voice cast included Tracy Grandstaff, Wendy Hoopes, Alvaro J. Gonzalez, and Marc Thompson. The show ran five seasons before ending in 2002.
In the interview, Eichler said a sixth season of Daria was unlikely on MTV at the time:
Not too long after the series ended, MTV animation imploded, so I don’t know if we would have even made it to a sixth year.”
Lewis imagined where Daria would be today:
I often think where she’d be today. I think she’d be a writer on a talk show, similar to Glenn, writing like political commentary. I do wonder — and this has no reflection on Glenn — I wonder how her navigation has been through her work life, and what kinds of success she’s had with her personality, and what kind of challenges. Because she is that person who doesn’t always fit in, but she is incredibly smart.”
Eichler also mentioned that he’s proud of the show’s legacy:
I’ve had a lot of people say to me, you know — that show really got me through high school. And for the first 10-15 years they said that to me, I’d be like oh yeah, okay, sure. But now I’m starting to like hearing that. I’m glad people liked it. And I’m glad they still like it. It makes me feel like the work was worth it.”
What do you think? Are you a fan of Daria? Would you watch some kind of reboot?