This Was Television On January 21

2002: Daria graduates

Beginning life as an irritating classmate to Beavis and Butthead, Daria Morgendorffer did not seem destined to become one of MTV’s most enduring protagonists. Yet her eponymous spinoff ran five highly-regarded seasons from 1997–2001 before wrapping up with the TV movie Is It College Yet? on this date. The satiric animated series, one of MTV’s highest rated in its era, chronicled high school and suburban life through the eyes of an outcast who gradually found cause to temper her trust misanthropy. -A.D.

Today’s Birthdays: Jill Eikenberry, L.A. lawyer (66); Benny Hill, sketch comic (d. 1992); Ken Leung, Islander (43); Telly Savalas, loves ya baby (d. 1994); Ann Wedgeworth, flirty neighbor (78).

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