Recently, MTV announced a return of some of our favorite shows from the last decade or so in a promotion that the network is calling Retro Mania. One of those shows – Daria – was a cult classic in the mid-90s as a spinoff of Beavis and Butthead. Now, Daria will be entertaining an entirely new generation with her deadpan humor, sarcastic remarks and loathsome attitude to anything that is normal or popular in the world.
One of the things that MTV is doing to get people to watch, however, is to have celebrities comment on the episodes. It will be in much the same way that Beavis and Butthead commented on music videos as they watched them. But instead of showcasing these shows during the evening hours when fans who were influenced by Daria during their high school and early college years watched enjoyed her quips, MTV is going to be showing reruns of Daria during the hours between 9 am and noon during the weekdays. Most of the fans of this show have probably secured daytime jobs by now so they will only be able to DVR the episodes (something that did not exist when the initial run of the series was on.) So a younger generation of kids who have nothing to do during the school hours will be exposed to the quips and apathy that only Daria can provide.
For those hardcore Daria fans who will be catching up with their late teenage years, here are some quick facts that may make you appreciate the reruns even more.
- Currently, Daria is being broadcasted in 32 countries throughout the world, including Israel, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Sweden and even South Korea. How’s that for a wide-spanning audience?
- The song played during the opening credits of Daria (La la la la la….) is titled “Turn the Sun Down” and it is done by a band named Splendora. It’s probably the most relevant and fitting song that could be chosen when you compare the lyrics to the plot of the show.
- The official finale of the show was a 90-minute movie entitled “Is it College Yet?” It was created instead of doing a final half season and it was aired in 2002.
- The actual Daris series ran on MTV from March 3, 1997, to January 20, 2002. Daria’s first appearance, however, was in 1993 in an episode of Beavis and Butthead, where she had a recurring role.
Are you excited about watching reruns of Daria on MTV this summer? If you are, Daria would be very disappointed in you and our t-shirts will keep you excited.