‘Beavis and Butthead’ returns to rip pop culture apart

By on November 8, 2011

By Ryan Considine–

Attention all you butt munches and fart knockers shrinking your brains watching the latest episode of “Jersey Shore” or “Teen Mom”: stop wasting your time! What would the world be like without shows like “16 and Pregnant” or “The Bachelor”? Probably a lot smarter. From the span of 1993-1997 “Beavis and Butthead” was the most popular show on MTV, placing number one in the viewer rankings.

“It used to be we could do anything. Now we have to clear everything,” creator Mike Judge told Rolling Stone. “We were going to do a Kanye video-he wanted it on, and then somebody who owns like six percent of the songwriting said no.”

Things just aren’t quite what they used to be in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s; pop culture has taken a turn for the worst. Why can’t we return to the golden days when you could flip on the tube and see a frizzy-haired woman slicing through a boxed television set labeled MTV with bright acrylic colors? It is really a shame that my generation couldn’t experience the era when MTV actually played music. It’s about time MTV airs a show that points out how stupid it has become. The amount of non-music related shows makes MTV better suited to be called Reality Television (RTV), since the only time to view music videos is in the early morning hours. What better time to re-introduce “Beavis and Butthead” back onto television?

They first aired in 1997; now, the same two airheads we know and love return to critique the stupidity of today’s pop culture, revealing what this so called “music” television has become. Since Beavis and Butthead’s comeback, the show has welcomed success with over 3 million viewers for its premiere episode. But now instead of sitting on the couch and ripping on Korn, the two morons also mock Pauly D and JWOW, but who are really the morons here? The show does not stray far from its old roots. They still make plenty of stupid sex jokes, shouting “score” every time a hot girl passes by and continue to chase their ultimate goal of getting laid.

In the premier episode “[Werewolves of Highland],” the duo is inspired by “Twilight” and try to score chicks by becoming vampires, asking to have their blood sucked from a homeless guy. The undead is the perfect way to rack in all the ladies. After all, who doesn’t want their blood sucked from a beautiful creature like Robert Pattison with his pale white skin and enchanting blue eyes? He’s just to die for! Besides making fun of reality shows, the guys aren’t afraid to take a stab at new-age hipster bands like MGMT and LMFAO in their ultra trendy music videos.

Although their characters are somewhat simplistic and dull, “Beavis and Butthead” never fail to be extremely entertaining and funny with its immature humor.

After being off the air for over 10 years, the show still remains highly successful. They’re still the same two idiots, picking their butts on the couch and eating nachos in their Metallica and AC/DC shirts, but who doesn’t love these guys? They’re classic.

Make sure to tune in for a new and improved season of “Beavis and Butthead” on MTV every Thursday at 10:00 p.m. It’s uncertain how much longer they’ll be around, but there will always be plenty of stupid pop culture to be made fun of and Beavis and Butthead are perfect for the job.

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