Daria Ends Successful
Run on MTV with Second TV Movie
By Bill Desowitz
After five seasons, the makers of
MTVs Daria are calling it quits, just as the networks
animation division shuts down, concluding with the second TV movie,
Daria: Is it College Yet?, airing Jan. 21 at 8 p.m.
In the series finale, Daria and her
friends plan for college; Daria reevaluates her relationship with
boyfriend Tom; Jane deals with rejection from various schools; Mack
and Jodie deal with their parents expectations; Quinn deals
with the issue of a new friends alcohol abuse; and Brittany
and Kevin come to terms about college and their relationship.
Thus, one of TVs wittiest animated
sitcoms, featuring one of the most popular heroines, comes to a
close, as Daria goes from being an outspoken yet insecure teenager
to a slightly more confident young woman ready to graduate high
"Actually, Darias journey
was wrapped up in the previous episode," explains Executive
Producer Glenn Eichler, who has been with the series from the very
beginning. He not only wrote both TV movies (including Daria
the Movie: Is it Fall Yet?, which Paramount Home Entertainment
and MTV Home Entertainment released Jan. 15 on DVD) and numerous
episodes but also the pilot.
"Daria realizes that her isolation
isnt just about being different she likes being isolated.
It may be painful for her, but shes better off trying to interact
with the others. Shes pretty realistic. Shes smart and
articulate yet unsure of how the world will accept her."
Viewers embraced Daria from the very
beginning, but, according to Eichler, mistook her as some fearless
supergirl. "They soon realized that she was no supergirl. She
had her vulnerabilities and that made her even more appealing."
As for calling it quits, Eichler
says the series has gone on long enough. "When you find yourself
threatening to repeat yourself and situations get familiar, its
time to stop."
In looking back at the success of
the series, Eichler thinks that Daria has a lot in common
with The Simpsons. It is a sitcom that just happens to be
in the animation medium. "The animation and designs cant
call attention like Klasky Csupo shows or other MTV shows,"
he says. "Within the design structure, we are fairly realistic.
We couldnt have anything detract from what was going on with
the characters. We tried not to be funny in our designs; the humor
came out of the situations, not the animation."
With a total of 65 episodes during
its series run, Daria should continue to prosper in syndication.