Beavis and Butt-Head
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Beavis and Butt-Head is an animated comedy series by Mike Judge that aired in 1993 on MTV. It was briefly revived in 2011 on Comedy Central and would be revived again in August 2022, this time on the Paramount+ streaming service. The show is centered around a pair of vulgar, dim-witted teenagers who cause mischief and try (and fail) to impress women.
Why It's Gonna Score
- Beavis and Butt-Head's antics are incredibly funny.
- Memorable side characters, such as Daria Morgendorffer (who got her own spin-off series due to her popularity) and Tom Anderson (basically a prototype of Hank Hill from King of the Hill).
- Surprisingly good social commentary.
- 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, especially on videos they don't like.
- It had a feature-length movie called Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, which featured many funny and memorable scenes.
- The intro music is catchy.
- It was Mike Judge's first-ever show and is pretty good for a first show.
- The show's animation got better as the show went on.
- Beavis and Butt-Head themselves are great hard rock and heavy metal fans. They also love to poke fun at awful rock bands like Poison and Winger.
- "I am the Great Cornholio, and I need TP for my bunghole!"
- Crudely animated at times, especially in the two pilot episodes and the first three season 1 episodes.
- Several episodes (e.g., "Nose Bleed", "Wood Shop", "Rabies Scare" and "Choke") have some really disturbing content in them.
- Its original final episode, as well as the season 7 finale, "Beavis and Butt-Head Are Dead" wasn't memorable.
- 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 special needs student for no reason.
- Overuse of toilet and gross-out humor.
- The show was briefly taken off the air after an infamous incident where a five-year-old boy was allegedly inspired by the show to burn down his trailer home, killing his two-year-old sister. His mother subsequently blamed the show, accusing it of encouraging dangerous habits.
- The show declined in quality in Seasons 5-6 (and Season 8 to a greater extent). Season 5 and 6 focused more on music video segments, while Season 8 skipped the music videos entirely, disappointing some fans.
- Season 8 is by no means a bad season, but they should've produced that season for Comedy Central instead, especially considering that MTV isn't the best place for their material anymore.
- It spawned a few memes like "We're going to be talking about the penis!" and "Here lies Beavis. He never scored".
- The show's popularity spawned various related media, including the theatrical film Beavis and Butt-Head Do America in 1996. A second film, Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe, was released to Paramount+ on June 23, 2022.
- The duo appeared in Jackass 3D's introduction, explaining how 3D works.