Daria is heading back to television and things are about to get so much more sardonic
Put on your favorite army green jacket and start working on your very best side eye. Daria is getting a reboot which means that life is officially about to get so, so good. Lawndale High, we’re a’coming.
There aren’t a ton of details about the upcoming reboot yet, but we do know that MTV is developing the series with Inside Amy Schumer writer Grace Edwards. According to Variety, the show will be called Daria & Jodie, and has been “reinvented through the eyes of heroine Daria Morgendorffer and one of her closest friends Jodie Landon.”
“These two smart young women take on the world, with their signature satirical voice while deconstructing popular culture, social classes, gender and race,” MTV’s logline read.
Yup, yup, yup. This is about to be some truly great television.
Twitter was having mixed ~feelings~ about the whole thing. Some people were excited. Some people were skeptical. Some people wanted to know WHERE THE HELL Jane Lane is?!?!
— Jessica Munoz (@writingJess) June 21, 2018
Don't get me wrong. I like Jodie. But the core of Daria was Daria and Jane's relationship. Jodie's disposition wouldn't make her a likely friend for Daria unless they change either Daria or Jodie's personality a lot, at which point why even make it Daria at all?
— 🤖Maya🤖 (@maya_mcmxcv) June 21, 2018
I am not mad at this. Daria & Jodie were the smartest folks in their school and had a mutual respect at the choices they each made to survive the idiocy of the people around them.
That being said. If Jane is not on the show I will fuck some shit up! https://t.co/cwcPmXQm7J
— Na'amen "Quuueeeeerrrrr!" Tilahun (@Naamenism) June 21, 2018
Daria is coming back I'm literally crying omg it was so important to my weird emotional and angsty teen heart and theyre bringing in Jodie to costar with her in the show and just- literal actual tears omg
— queer and in hell (@TheBleachBottle) June 21, 2018
Daria and Jodie. Come through with two animated 90's icons. A revival I'm finally not sighing at
— Shanae. 💗💜💙 (@Shaloved30) June 21, 2018
Clearly, a lot of 90’s kids are very protective of their favorite childhood TV show. After all, being a teenager is pretty much the worst so anything that helped make that experience a little bit better must be treated with very, very good care. The show’s co-creator Glenn Eichler told Variety that he hears about Daria’s massive impact all time.
“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,” he said. “I’m glad people liked it. And I’m glad they still like it. It makes me feel like the work was worth it.”
No word yet if the reboot will pick back up at Lawndale High or fast forward to 2018, but co-creator Susie Lewis has some thoughts about where the original Daria would be today.
“I think she’d be a writer on a talk show…writing like political commentary,” she said. “I do wonder…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.”
Impatiently counting down the days to this reboot with a level of enthusiasm that Daria would absolutely hate. Quinn, however, would wholeheartedly approve.