On Thursday night, MTV aired the first new episode of Beavis and Butt-Head in 14 years. The updated version of the show saw the two moronic teenagers critiquing other MTV shows like Jersey Show and 16 and Pregnant, along with their favorite mark, the music video.
As the perpetual television critics who are addicted to television, what would Beavis and Butt-Head say when watching the newest Beavis and Butt-Head episode?
First, they'd probably say that it kicks a--.
Then, they'd laugh, in that way they do.
For the most part, the show is exactly the same as the original: Two short story lines interrupted by Beavis and Butt-Head making fun of music videos. However, while almost everything is identical -- in a not-at-all stale way -- the show has been updated for the 21st century.
It's as if Mike Judge pried Beavis and Butt-Head's hometown, its high school and all its residents, off the Earth in 1995 then slammed it back in place 15 years later. Beavis and Butt-Head are the same, but world has changed around them.
Beavis and Butt-Head haven’t changed at all, Judge told HitFlix. They’re exactly the same. They never learned anything or ever grew... They have still not scored. They’re still virgins. They’re still trying.
Like us (and unlike MTV's current target demographic of teenaged girls) Beavis and Butt-Head are relics of the 1990s, the strange bygone decade of the music video and the cultural ascendancy of cable television.
But, they go to the movie theater and see a Twilight rip-off. Instead of gluing fake beards to their faces to try to score, they try to become vampires and werewolves. It's Metallica meets Edward Cullen, all within the Beavis and Butt-Head rubric.
They also don't just watch music videos anymore. Like before, they watch MTV all day. But MTV doesn't show music videos, and they are stuck with its regular content: Jersey Shore, Teen Mom, True Life.
Beavis and Butt-Head would probably be titillated to know that Daria might come back to the show. Daria, who eventually got her own MTV show, started out as a foil to Beavis and Butt-Head's stupidity. Judge told Vice magazine that the character turned sour for him when MTV made a spin-off show, but still might give her an appearance.
I liked that interaction with her and them. So yeah, I might have to bring her back,. he said.
But the biggest thing that Beavis and Butt-Head would say about their show, if they could articulate it, is to not take it too seriously. It's stupid, it rules, and that's it.