Beavis and Butt-Head is an animated comedy series by Mike Judge that aired in 1993 on MTV. It was briefly revived in 2011. The show is centered around a pair of vulgar, dim-witted teenagers who cause mischief and try (and fail) to impress women.
Why It Rocks
- MTV animation in its purest form.
- It was one of MTV's first original programs that was entertainment-related.
- It perfectly combined modern-day TV sitcom with the golden-aged slapstick comedy.
- "I am The Great Cornholio, and I need TP for my bunghole!"
- Memorable side characters, such as Daria (who got her own series due to her popularity) and Tom Anderson (basically an prototype of Hank Hill from King of the Hill).
- The modern-day Laurel and Hardy.
- The Tex Avery-influenced slapstick humor is extremely funny. For example, Butt-head throws the pencil into Beavis' eye.
- They had special guest appearance in Celebrity Deathmatch.
- Surprisingly good social commentary.
- The toilet and gross-out humor are done-well, for the adult-oriented cartoon show.
- The animation, character designs and backgrounds are great for the 1980s standards.
- The duo's stupidity and crude jokes somehow never get old and can even be clever at times.
- The amusing Mystery Science Theater 3000-style riffs on music videos made by the biggest names in punk rock and heavy metal, especially on videos they don't like.
- It had a feature-length movie called Beavis and Butt-Head Do America which featured many funny scenes, and became a commercial success, as the most successful animated movie of the Christmas season of 1996.
- It received video games.
- The intro music is very cool.
- Mike Judge's first ever TV show.
- It spawned its spin-off show, Daria.
- Both pilot episodes and the first half of the first season can be crudely animated at times.
- Can be pretty mean-spirited at times, such as the ending of "Young, Gifted and Crude", where Coach Buzzcut encourages Beavis and Butthead's class to beat up a mentally handicapped student.
- The show was briefly yanked off the air after a five-year-old boy was allegedly inspired by the show to burn down his trailer home, killing his two-year-old sister.
- It's impossible for a true complete collection to come out due to a combination of copyright laws (especially in regards to the music videos), controversy and the fact that Mike Judge simply hates certain episodes.
- Beavis and Butthead have little to no personality outside being stereotypical slacker teenagers.