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“Beavis and Butt-Head” Returns After 14 Years


Fourteen years after its leave from television, “Beavis and Butt-Head” returns to MTV. Although, this time, it’s not 1993.

The show that made waves in the 90s is back with its two brainless teenagers, Beavis and Butt-head, to entertain the masses of teens and 20-somethings that have been without the show since its leave in 1997. The audience will be sucked back into the duo’s zany antics and happenings.

During the show’s original airing in the 90s, it was controversial to be a cartoon that wasn’t aimed at a child audience. The show mocked popular culture in a new way, only seen in other similar shows like “The Simpsons”. Two idiotic teens sitting on a couch, criticizing music videos and making fun of what surrounded us all was seen as a comedic breakthrough.

The show’s creator, Mike Judge, thought now was a great time to bring the series back. Judge believes the characters to be timeless. Now in 2011, he hopes the show will have some relevancy to the new age’s generation.

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The first episode of the returning series has best friends Beavis and Butt-head trying to become supernatural monsters to attract the opposite sex. They are inclined to do so after learning about “Twilight” in their English class. (“How come chicks like that vampire crap? We should become vampires and werewolves.”) In a search to become supernatural to be more attractive to women, they are bit by a homeless man with Hepatitis C whom they believe to be a werewolf.

Throughout the first episode, Beavis and Butt-head makes jokes about modern music music videos from MGMT, Skrillex, and LMFAO. While watching TV, they make fun of the sexual habits of the cast of Jersey Shore.

In the later half of the episode, Beavis is ridiculed for crying during “The Bachelor”. Butt-head spreads the news of Beavis’ embarrassing encounter to the school. It turns out that he really just found an onion in his chili dog, which caused him to cry.

With its relentless mockery of popular culture, “Beavis and Butt-Head” is likely to remain a show that strikes a chord with its young viewers. Whether it finds success in its recurrence, it will always be the radical and ground-breaking cartoon we remember.

Watch the first episode here.

MTV, 30 minutes
9:00 Thursday

Photo: Mike Judge/MTV

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“Beavis and Butt-Head” Returns After 14 Years