Potentially Gen X’s most beloved slackers Beavis and Butt-Head will be returning to once again be a prism through which we can observe the sheer absurdity of our times (framed between two walking, talking fat jokes) with news that the iconic MTV series will be returning to TV as part of a huge deal signed off with Comedy Central.
Years after the show went off air in 1997, and coming up to three decades since it debuted as part of MTV’s Liquid Television – where its brilliance went noticed and received its own time slot – the show has been earmarked for a two season run, with a number of spin-off series already locked and loaded. It’s worth noting that Daria, an off-shoot from the original Beavis & Butt-Head series and arguably a greater spin-off than Frasier, was also signed over to Comedy Central earlier in the year.
Fans of the crusty ne’re-do-wells will know the series will simply have no mojo without original Mike Judge calling the shots (and voicing the two central characters) which is why, per the deal, Judge will once again be returning to take the reins.
While the ink is yet to dry on the deal, already some indication of plot has surfaced with comments the pair will be navigating a “whole new Gen Z world.” That means plenty of streaming platform jokes, probably a lot of social media jokes and also probably a lot of Greta Van Fleet jokes; all of which will no doubt be wrapped in some scathingly hilarious, nihilistic commentary.
“Beavis and Butt-Head were a defining voice of a generation, and we can’t wait to watch as they navigate the treacherous waters of a world light-years from their own”, says Chris McCarthy, who oversees ViacomCBS’ entertainment and youth group as President (via THR).
Back in the day, such was the status of the series, in a time before adult animation was in vogue, it received its own feature length film in 1996.
It certainly is a good time to be a fan of adult animation.