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‘Daria’ Is Getting Rebooted and Deadpan Irony Will Never Die

MTV is bringing back a familiar cynical voice.

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With over three decades worth of pop culture in its pocket, MTV will reboot old fan favorites to package and sell to different networks and streaming services. Among those favorites are The Real World and, the legendarily wry and acerbic, Daria.

Originally a Beavis and Butt-Head spin-off, Glenn Eichler and Susie Lewis Lynn’s Daria ran from March 1997 to January 2002. The show’s reboot, titled Daria and Jodie is part of the creation of MTV’s new production unit MTV Studios, which will develop and produce revivals as well as a handful of unscripted new shows. It will be written by comedy writer Grace Edwards, who previously worked on shows Inside Amy Schumer and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Compared to the ironically saccharine world of a show like Clueless — another teen-centered show from the 90’s — Daria was an honest portrayal of high school life in suburban America. During its run, it was celebrated for its dry, subversive sense of humor which resonated with both its critics and audience.

While the original show looked bitingly at high school life, pitchfork cites a press release from MTV describing the show as “two smart young women tak[ing] on the world, with their signature satirical voice while deconstructing popular culture, social classes, gender and race,” suggesting the reboot will focus more broadly on modern adult life.  

The updated reboot will give fans who watched the show when it first aired the chance to catch Daria turn her sharp eye toward issues of today now that she, like them, has grown up.

The release date of the Daria reboot has not yet been announced.