Do we really need MTV to bring back “Daria”? (MTV)

Enough is enough.

With news Thursday that MTV has decided to reboot its classic animated series “Daria,” the question on everyone’s minds shouldn’t be, “Hm, what have Daria and Jodie been up to these last few years?” It should be, “Why?”

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From a business perspective, it makes sense why MTV has stretched back into its vault to revive shows like “Daria,” “Made” and “The Real World,” which it plans on shopping to outside networks.

When the teen-friendly network brought back “Jersey Shore” in April as “Jersey Shore Family Vacation,” the surprisingly high ratings said it all: people wanted to watch this familiar show more than they’d wanted to watch other MTV shows from recent years.

The phenomenon isn’t limited to MTV. Take a look at the other major networks or streaming platforms who revived and rebooted classic shows, from “Full House” to “Will & Grace,” “Queer Eye” and “Roseanne.”

"Roseanne" was a ratings success, but got the ax after Barr went on a racist Twitter rant.
“Roseanne” was a ratings success, but got the ax after Barr went on a racist Twitter rant. (Adam Rose/ABC)

“We talk about ‘Peak TV,’ but part of that is how much TV there is at the moment,” said Susan Murray, author and associate professor of media, culture and communication at New York University. “And services like Netflix, for example, they just eat up a lot of content, meaning … ‘Oh great, the new season of ‘Queer Eye’ is out right now, but I watched it in two days, so what else is there?’ ”

As Murray explains, the evolution of television has created an insatiable appetite for content — and with a reboot comes a “pre-sold product” that’s previously found success.

“Reboots are of shows that had already gotten the bugs out, that had already learned to survive in a competitive environment,” Robert Thompson, pop culture professor at Syracuse University, added. “You’ve already got a time-tested formula with time-tested characters.”

And that’s not to mention the nostalgia factor which certainly draws people in — a big selling point for shows like “Murphy Brown,” which will return to CBS this fall, and “Will & Grace,” which drew in monster ratings this season for NBC.

There’s likely something about Will and Grace’s witty banter that conjures some sort of feeling of the “good old days” among viewers.

“(Reboots take) us back maybe in a time that feels particularly dark for a lot of people … back to a perhaps less seemingly complex time,” said Murray.

"Jersey Shore Family Vacation" has also been a ratings hit for MTV.
“Jersey Shore Family Vacation” has also been a ratings hit for MTV. (Laura Thompson/New York Daily News)

But right now we’re facing nostalgia overload. In addition to the aforementioned shows, let’s not forget about “Charmed,” “The Jetsons,” “Miami Vice,” “The Munsters,” “Animaniacs,” “American Idol,” “Magnum P.I.,” “Dynasty,” “Muppet Babies,” “One Day at a Time,” “Party of Five,” “The X-Files,” “Arrested Development,” “Roswell,” “She-Ra,” “Ducktales,” “Magic School Bus,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Mad About You,” “Trading Spaces” and “Twin Peaks,” which have all been or are in the process of being rebooted in recent years.

Sometimes it’s best to let a good thing die. Let your favorite shows end as they’re meant to end, because dragging something out past its time could likely tarnish whatever legacy it left behind.

Take a look at “Roseanne.” Yes, the show’s premiere was watched by nearly 1 in 10 Americans, and yes, it was the highest-rated series of the broadcast season. But that’s not what people will remember about the rebooted sitcom. No, what they’ll remember is that it was canceled after nine episodes because of its star’s late-night Twitter habits.

A Paramount Network reboot of the 1988 black comedy “Heathers” was scrapped, too — for now, anyway – due to its focus on high school violence.

Let’s also not forget that “24: Legacy” was canceled after just one season.

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If the current TV landscape was lacking, the relentless batches of reboots would at least be understandable.

But we are living through what critics call “peak TV.” Especially with the rise of streaming platforms like Netflix and Hulu, where viewers can find just about anything they’re looking for. Sitcoms like “Black-ish,” “Insecure” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” are fresh, funny and best of all, totally original.

Dramas, too, are having a moment, from shows like “Westworld” to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which, in addition to presenting new stories that haven’t been endlessly rehashed, are genuinely powerful and thought-provoking — TV shows we haven’t seen before, over and over again.

But hey, bring on that “Daria” reboot.

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