Iconic 90’s duo Beavis and Butthead are set to return to the small screen after a 14 year absence. MTV announced at a recent megaevent that there would be a bunch of new episodes showing this summer with original series creator Mike Judge at the helm.
Will Beavis and Butthead have an audience now? Surely most of the people who fell in love with the two heavy metal loving idiots are grown up now? Is there actually an audience for this now? Well, Justin Bieber (who else?) seems to be pretty excited about it at least, tweeting: “Solid day in NYC. Played hoops and just went to the MTV Upfronts…BEAVIS and BUTTHEAD are coming back!!!” Was he even born when Beavis and Butthead went off air?? Still, I guess it means they will at least be exposed to the new generation of youngsters through his incessant tweeting.
But will these youngsters even get it? With the internet and 1000’s of music channels, it’s not as if teenagers can get as bored as Beavis and Butthead were the majority of their animated lives. And the whole premise of Beavis and Butthead was that it was just two morons who were bored all the time laughing at each other’s jokes. I mean I’m struggling to understand what the appeal of the show actually was, as pretty much nothing ever happened in it. The two moronic stoner teenagers would sit on the couch and watch music videos, annoy their neighbour and talk about moronic stuff like buttholes and uranus and do that stupid ‘uh huh huh huh’ laugh after everything they said.
But damn was it good! I couldn’t stop laughing at the time at how dumb it was and even now when I watch it back on YouTube I still LOL all over the place. I guess maybe it just summed up the 90’s which was pretty much spent just watching TV and making dumb comments about what ever dumb show we were all watching as we had to watch dumb shows because there were only four channels, and even if you were lucky enough to have SKY/cable you only got about 30 extra channels and most of them were crap too. Especially MTV (except Monday nights at 12 when you got Superock).
It was also a precursor for my university career when I would spend my days getting stoned and watching music channels all day making moronic jokes with my best buddies. I guess it just sums up real life for most people too well. I’m pretty sure that even now, even with almost unlimited choice available to the youth of today, that the old adage ‘a thousand channels but nothing to watch’ is still true, so I’m sure that some people (even if it’s only Justin Bieber) will enjoy the show. Personally, I can’t wait to see it back, although I’m not sure what this says about society right now. Can the television eat your soul?