Score! The New York Post is reporting that MTV has decided to move forward with new episodes of Beavis and Butt-Head. Rumors surfaced last week that series creator Mike Judge was outlining a new batch of episodes in hopes that the network would pick them up and now it’s official - the perpetually adolescent duo will return.
Beavis and Butt-Head first appeared in Judge’s short animated film Frog Baseball which was shown on MTV’s Liquid Television. The network then ordered a full series based on the misadventures of the slacker protagonists. Beavis and Butt-Head premiered in 1993 and its crude humor and animation style made it as successful as it was controversial.
The show’s popularity led to the feature film Beavis and Butt-Head Do America in 1996. Although MTV would ultimately pull the plug on the show a year later, Judge was always interested in returning to the characters in some form.
At one point a live-action Beavis and Butt-Head movie was mentioned and just last summer Judge hinted at a sequel to Beavis and Butt-Head Do America. One of his more interesting ideas was to catch up with the characters as thirty-somethings and maybe even as old men.
According to the NY Post piece, the new episodes of Beavis and Butt-Head will still focus on the characters as teenagers but update the music videos and celebrities they lambast reference to reflect the current pop-culture landscape.
The return of Beavis and Butt-Head isn’t the only piece of good news: apparently the show’s resurrection is MTV’s first step in scaling back on reality programming like The Hills and Jersey Shore. Say what you will about Beavis and Butt-Head, at least their moral bankruptcy is intended to be satirical.
Although Beavis and Butt-Head is easily dismissed as being juvenile and offensive, I personally believe that Judge is one of the sharpest and funniest guys working in the industry. Everyone has seen and quotes Office Space endlessly but his lesser-known films Idiocracy and Extract are also wickedly funny and intelligent.
I can’t wait to see new episodes of Beavis and Butt-Head. What about you?
Source: New York Post.