Beavis and Butt-Head ruled MTV between 1993 and 1997…
Beavis’ HnHnHnHn and Butt-Head’s UhhhUhhhUhhh became signatures of a generation.
And we all know how they fared….
For years now MTV’s been trying to get creator Mike Judge to ressurect his knuckleheads. But Judge showed little interest. After all, he’d sold off his ownership of the series to the network and gone on to other projects.
There was KING OF THE HILL and 4 feature length movies that followed including his animated BEAVIS & BUTT-HEAD DO AMERICA and one of my all time favorites, the cubicle-comedy OFFICE SPACE.
Then there were the controversies that surrounded the series.
Probably the most public of which was when a 5 year-old boy burned down his family’s trailer killing his 2 year old sister.
The mother blamed it on the show, and the incident resulted in MTV’s ban of any future mentions of fire by Beavis.
That of course didn’t stop Judge, who instead had pyrophile Beavis referring to FRYER-FRYER while working at Burger World.
Love it or not, MTV has finally convinced Judge to bring back the clueless duo.
Some of the convincing allegedly includes new sharing and co-owership arrangements in the show as well as its profitable sidelines like t-shirts, etc.
Judge has committed to producing 12 new episodes, the first of which premieres at 9:00 p.m. on October 27th on MTV. But unlike in previous shows which had the boys commenting on music videos, new espisodes will have them ripping on clips of current reality shows like JERSEY SHORE and SIXTEEN & PREGNANT.
In a world where everything is either cool—or sucks—it’s good to have’em back. I guess.
New York Times Magazine probably said it best: " ‘Beavis and Butt-Head’ don’t drop out of school; they just sit there in class and learn nothing."