More TV Memories – Beavis And Butt-Head.

Beavis And Butt-Head (MTV, 1993-1997, 2011)

This is yet another animated sitcom that was aimed at older viewers, but it is just about the last one that I have to review for now. MTV is a channel that is known for playing music videos and boosting several pop careers (well they used to show music videos in the 90s), but there were also some other shows including cartoons, and this one was a big hit.

Beavis And Butt-Head was created by Mike Judge, who also voiced both of the main characters. They were a pair of teenagers who found everything that people said to be rather rude, which made them constantly giggle, and they were also prone to bouts of violence or just generally causing mayhem. We see them in various situations, such as at home, at school, or at work. bb1

They attended Highland High School, where in classes they often sat at the back and made jokes about everything, much to the annoyance of various teachers. One of the other pupils who tried to put up with them was Daria, who went on to get her own spin-off series that I reviewed a while ago. We also see them in other situations such as working at Burger World where they often treat the customers badly.

But the thing the show became most famous for was when Beavis and Butt-Head sat together on their rather tatty sofa and reviewed various music videos. Because this was the mid-90s there were rather a lot of videos featured from the grunge and heavy metal genres that were big at the time, but they often thought that everything “sucks”, it was really rather tough to find something that they thought “rocks”.

When they weren’t doing that at home, they were watching various TV shows whilst eating a lot of popcorn. They seemed to find the content of every show amusing, whatever the situation. There were a few other regular characters including Coach Buzzcut, Stewart and Mr Anderson. Many people feel that they captured that era of music and TV better than most.

In 1994, Beavis And Butt-Head started to be shown on Channel 4 in a late-night weekend slot, where it became the very definition of a cult hit with viewers. Around the same time there was also a monthly comic released that ran for a short while that featured various stories. After a few years they became popular enough to appear on several other MTV shows, and in 1996 there was also a full-length (ha-ha, “full-length”) film version called Beavis And Butt-Head Do America that was well received.

The show ended in 1997 after seven series and almost 250 episodes that were all about ten minutes along (along with a few specials), at which point Judge went off to create King Of The Hill that was a big success too. In the late-90s, various episodes were released on VHS, and I do remember having some of these and thinking that their antics were rather outrageous. There were also some books and computer games.

In 2011, after King Of The Hill had ended, our twosome returned for an eighth and final series. The world might have moved on by about 15 years since we last met them, but of course they were still exactly the same, carrying on as they always did, having not aged or learned at all. There have also been plenty of episodes released on DVD in a boxset that also contains plenty of extras, and the film was thrown in as a bonus on a tenth disc. That was pretty cool.