Beavis and Butt-Head (1993–2011)

TV Series   |  TV-14   |    |  Animation, Comedy, Music


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Animated MTV series about two teenage heavy-metal music fans who occasionally do idiotic things because they're bored. For them, everything is "cool" or "sucks."

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5 June 1999 | mercer74
I'm a little embarrassed to admit it, but I really like this show!
Okay, I admit it. I am a closet Beavis & Butthead fan. Well, actually, not all that closeted, but when I tell people I enjoy the show, sometimes they just don't get it. Some of them say, "But it's just stupid! It's just two morons laughing and being crude all the time!"

Well, I thought so too, before I ever watched the show. I had heard of them; I would occasionally see B & B pop up on an MTV awards show and receive lots of laughter and applause - the laughter and applause of recognition. I knew they were popular but I didn't "get it." Then, part of the way through the first episode I watched, I "got it." The reason Beavis & Butthead is so funny is that it does an extremely dead-on accurate job of portraying a very real aspect of teenage males that had been completely overlooked in a lot of previous television.

I can even remember the exact moment I "got it": Beavis and Butthead were watching a video by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and adding their usual commentary, and when the video ended and the name of the band appeared on the screen, Butthead read their name out loud. And when I heard the tone of voice he used, it hit me. It's that sarcastic, detached, "I'm so cool" kind of voice that teenage boys use constantly - even for such a banality as a simple declarative statement about a band's name.

And of course, what makes B & B's sarcastic detached cockiness all the more ironic is that they have extremely passive and uneventful lives: they spend all their time "hanging out" and doing the same stupid stuff, yet they somehow (well, Butthead especially) consider themselves qualified to put on this jaded cynical act. Everything they do is as observers. They see sex and rock music on TV, they think and talk about sex and rock music all the time, and they've never had sex or played rock music. And the irony never hits them. They're somehow this weird combination of innocence and jadedness at the same time, and this, combined with their passive observer nature, makes Beavis and Butthead an extremely dead-on accurate portrayal of adolescent males.

Of course Beavis and Butthead are exaggerations of teenage males, but nevertheless I find them a rather refreshing change from the portrayals of teenagers in shows such as Beverly Hills 90210 and Dawson's Creek, who seem as articulate, poised, and self-confident as a bunch of sophisticated 28-year-olds, and who do not ring true to me at all.

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Trivia

The music commentary B&B would say was quite often the result of Mike Judges own feelings towards the songs, even going against artists who kids thought where great at the time and deeming them as bad music. This quite often actually had impacts on teenagers that they would then change their minds about certain bands. This was the case with a lot of the rock songs. Mike Judge also mentioned he felt a vibe with teenagers that rap music was starting to sneak in and would become cool among kids so much that he occasionally would depict Beavis as a lover of rap music too.


Quotes

Beavis: She doesn't wanna get up because she's got morning wood.
Butt-head: Uh... Beavis? I hope you were joking.
Beavis: Uh... Oh yeah. That's pretty funny.
Butt-head: Dumbass!


Goofs

Sometimes when Beavis and Butt-head are sitting in class you can see through their heads.


Crazy Credits

Before each episode, the following warning appears: "Beavis and Butt-Head are not role models. They're not even human; they're cartoons. Some of the things they do would cause a person to get hurt, expelled, arrested, possibly deported. To put it another way, DON'T try this at home"


Alternate Versions

When the episode "Comedians" was shown in later showings, the following scenes were removed:

  • The scene where Butt-head gets the idea to become a comedian, Beavis says: "Let's go over to Stewart's house and burn something." The edited version has Butt-head interrupting Beavis after "house."
  • The scene where Beavis is juggling flaming newspapers (which burns down the Laff Hole) is removed.
  • The fire references have been removed from the Vince Neil video. The Belly video was added to fill the time from the edited scenes.

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Animation | Comedy | Music

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