Comedy Central has picked up a new Daria spinoff series based on Daria Morgendorfer‘s bestie Jodie Landon. Originally voiced by Jessica Cydnee Jackson, the new series star will be voiced by Tracee Ellis Ross.
What Daria did for showing how inane high school was for Gen X, Jodie will do for exploring the trials and tribulations of a first job for a new generation. The series will satirize workplace culture, Gen Z struggles, the artifice of social media and more. With themes of empowerment along gender and racial lines, explorations of privilege, and a wicked sense of humor, Jodie will shine a light on the personal and professional issues young Black women face today.
Jodie was a generational icon with the same snark as Daria, but Jodie was also Lawndale High’s superachiever: valedictorian, French Club president, Student Council VP, tennis team member, yearbook editor, and Prom Queen. The show had Jodie talking candidly about the pressures of being Black, whether as the token or as the Black role model who could never let her guard down.
Fun fact: Daria herself was a spinoff from Gen X legends Beavis and Butt-Head, created by Mike Judge. Daria aired from 1997-2002.
BuzzFeed made the compelling case that Jodie was the OG #BlackGirlMagic, going as far to say that Daria might have been the most woke show of the ’90s.
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