The ‘Daria’ Pilot Was Much Shorter Than You Remember

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Even though it’s more than 20 years since Daria first graced our television sets, she’s still suited for our modern age. In 2020, according to

TV shows in the 1990s was in its heyday, especially for MTV. Not only did the network still play music videos, but it started introducing its own original programming.

Shows like The Real World, Beavis and Butt-Head, and Daria solidified the cable network’s pop culture status. But you probably didn’t realize Daria wasn’t supposed to be the full-length show you remember. Its original pilot was much different.

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How ‘Daria’ got her start

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Fans of the show know Daria first appeared in the Beavis and Butt-Head series. She was one of the lucky or unlucky few, depending on how you look at it, that tolerated the duo. Daria was one of the few females the pair didn’t hit on, but they did call her “Diarrhea.” With the success of Beavis and Butt-Head, MTV wanted to expand its audience — specifically, it was looking for more female viewers. Enter Daria. 

Mike Judge, creator of Beavis and Butt-Head didn’t have any involvement in the new show, but he gave the crew the green light to use his Daria character. With his blessing, the crew started work on this smart, witty, and equally satirical view of life in Daria’s suburban town of Lawndale. For most of the show, Daria’s cynical and jaded view often clashed with the values of her mainstream suburban life. She felt different, a bit of a misfit, a common feeling throughout high school, which is why the show resonated so well with viewers.

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Five seasons and two movies later, Daria is still relevant in our modern age. The high school cast of characters is still the same — the jocks, cheerleaders, nerds, and misfits. And what made Daria so relatable back in the ’90s still holds true today. Susie Lewis, one of the co-creators of the show, told Variety, “People latched onto her right away. We were all surprised. But I really believe it’s because she seemed like a real person. Even though she’s a cartoon… she was like, a real teenage girl.”

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Even though it’s more than 20 years since Daria first graced our television sets, she’s still suited for our modern age.

Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet

      

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