"Beavis And Butt-Head" Are Back On MTV
A-huhhuh, a-huh. A-huh, heh, huh. A huh-huh-huh-huh...
It's been fourteen years since the hilarious doofus duo known as "Beavis and Butt-Head" have graced television screens. The ridiculous antics of the two metal-loving, know-nothing best friends became one of the staples of TV during the 90s. But now, MTV has green-lit their return, and judging from Thursday's episode, it's like they never left.
Back in the day, part of the shows appeal was the intermissions in which Beavis and Butthead would sit on the couch and make jokes about the music videos they watch. Sadly, music videos are such a rare commodity on MTV these days, but Beavis and Butthead easily make up for that by doing something much more awesome: make fun of other MTV shows.
Take for example a clip from the show :"6 and Pregnant," which as its name suggests, is a reality show about pregnant teens. It takes a full minute for Butthead to figure out that the show is unscripted, at which point he quips, "So she's not a bad actor. She's just a bad person." Burn.
In another scene, the two watch an episode of "True Life," in which a fundamentalist Christian couple prays to Jesus about what to do with their relationship, to which Butthead says, "Jesus said you could do better. Uhuhuhuhuhuhuhuhuhuhuh."
That's not to say that the show hasn't completely abandoned music videos. On this episode, they watched the music video for Katy Perry's inspirational song "Firework," which even the hardcore metalhead Beavis admitted he liked:
""Sometimes, if I'm not feeling too good about myself, I I put this song on and, like, put some fireworks in my pants and start to feel better," Beavis said.
"Do you light the fireworks?" Butt-Head asks.
"Well, I try to. But everytime I try to put the lighter in there, in my pants, it just goes out. I need, like, longer fuses or something," Beavis explains.
"You're a dumbass, Beavis."
After more taunts from his friend, the clip ends with Beavis kicking Butthead in the nads. Oh, just like old times…
Beyond the TV commentary, Mike Judge has done a fantastic job of adjusting the show to the 21st century. In the skit "Tech Support," Beavis and Butthead find that the abandoned drive-in movie theater that they loved to trash has now been replaced by an office building that houses computer tech support. They go inside to find out what's going on, until one of the employees mistakes them for co-workers and tells them to get to work. Cue scenes of Beavis searching for porn on the computer and telling a customer to fix her hard drive by "setting it on FIRE!"
And then, in an even funnier and possibly very enlightening moment, the manager praises Beavis and Butthead for the job they are doing, because even though they aren't helping anyone, they are getting through more customers and making the tech support center more efficient and profitable. A warning to the readers: if you call tech support in the next few weeks asking for help with your modem, and you get a guy telling you that you sound boring on the phone, this show is the reason why.
Bottom line: "Beavis and Butthead" has not missed a single beat despite its long absence. The original spirit of the show is still there, and the show has become even more hilarious now that it has shifted its criticism from the top musicians of the day to the network that it once used to dominate. It is highly ironic that the best jabs towards the vapidity and foolishness of "reality" shows like "True Life" and "Jersey Shore" that now inhabit MTV comes from the two most juvenile characters MTV has ever aired. But then again, given the brilliance of Mike Judge, this was probably the reason why he brought back the show in the first place. MTV has now given him all the material he will ever need.
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