Mike Judge is the creator of Beavis and Butt-head, in which Daria Morgendorffer first appeared, and worked on the original version of Daria with David Felton and John Garrett Andrews. Other work by Judge includes the long-running Fox cartoon King of the Hill and the short-lived The Goode Family, and the cult favourite live-action films Office Space and Idiocracy. He is currently executive producer and co-creator of the HBO series Silicon Valley.
For the Beavis and Butt-head: The Mike Judge Collection DVDs in 2005/6, Mike Judge was interviewed about the show. He said that the concept of Daria was suggested to him by MTV, "a female character who didn't necessarily like Beavis and Butt-head but kinda tolerated them", and he agreed with this. During the same documentary, he said "maybe Daria" was the only character in the show that wasn't flawed and laughed at. Glenn Eichler said in a DVDaria interview that "Mike Judge named Daria after the girl he called "Diarrhea" in school." Andrews has told Huffington Post that he ended up sketching the original Daria design as "Judge was not at that time, by his own account, comfortable drawing female characters" at the time. "It was Mike who suggested referencing Darlene from Roseanne. Pretty but plain was the goal."
"I never saw much of it. A couple of the producers told me they were going to possibly spin off Daria, and I thought it might be a good idea. Next thing I knew, they were just doing it, and I wasn't crazy about some of the people they hired. I think they were trying to show that they could do something without me. A normal network would never do that kind of stuff, unless you were a real asshole to them. I feel like Beavis And Butt-Head helped a lot of these people's careers, then they do this series without even consulting me on it. But I heard the show is pretty good. I think Glenn Eichler was a good choice to write on it. I've honestly never seen more than two or three minutes of it."
In 2011, when Beavis and Butt-head was set to return, he told Rolling Stone that Daria wasn't going to be in the show and didn't live in Highland anymore as per Daria, but she would make a "sort of a cameo".  He later said at the 2011 New York Comic Con that he liked the character a lot and 'maybe' should do more with her; MTV's Daria Facebook said this was "met with overwhelming applause." He later told New York Magazine "boy, I keep getting asked that [about Daria]", including by Quentin Tarantino. ("I didn’t expect the guy who made Reservoir Dogs to be a Daria fan") "I should do more Daria, I guess."