It’s remarkable, actually, to look back on the history of MTV and consider the Beavis and Butthead years the pinnacle of the network’s existence. But there you go: During B&B’s years, MTV had almost the perfect combination of music and original programming. There was grunge. There was “Singled Out,” and “Real World” before it got so goddamn debauched. And there was Mark Bayer and Spike Jonze and probably the best years for awesome music videos.
Of course, I still haven’t decided if I loved Beavis and Butthead, at the time, because I was much younger, or if it was actually something of a crudely intelligent show — a precursor to Idiocracy, a smart-ish reflection of contemporary culture. Or maybe I just liked watching two badly animated teenagers talk about masturbation. I dunno.
But seeing them again brings back the whole era. In a good way, I think. Here they are, promoting Mike Judge’s next film, Extract, which appears to be heading the way of the other Mike Judge comedies: Little seen in theaters, but (hopefully) appreciated over the course of time (how many people saw Idiocracy in a theater? It was dumped on something like ten screens and then hurried out onto DVD). Well, at least this one is getting released on 1500 screens, where it will probably be ignored, again, until DVD).
Here’s Beavis and Butthead promoting it. It’s a lovely bit of nostalgia on a Wednesday morning.