BOSTON (CBS) – Remember Beavis and Butt-Head, the two cartoon teenagers on MTV in the mid-1990s who sat around on the couch, snickering at everything they saw and wondering why they had no girlfriends?

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

If you had a life that precluded watching much MTV back then, you may well have missed the entire phenomenon, which I’m pretty sure was intended to be a parody of dumbed-down couch-potato pop-culture-obsessed teen culture – “weirdos” is what they were called by their creator, Mike Judge, the man behind the TV series “King of the Hill” and the 2006 movie “Idiocracy.”

After 14 years of generally unlamented retirement, Beavis and Butt-Head are returning to MTV Thursday night at 10, the brainstorm of an executive who says, according to USA Today: “I was up in the middle of the night, and I saw a Gaga video and some ‘Jersey Shore’ footage and some mixed martial arts, and it kind of hit me that the culture was missing Beavis and Butt-Head and their comment on everything that was going on.”

I’m not so sure about that, but I am interested in seeing if as many people find Beavis and Butt-Head quite so amusing this time around.

I can’t prove it, but it’s my sense that there’s a bit of a backlash going on against the degraded culture they personify.

After all, as we see on shows like ‘Jersey Shore,’ trashy behavior has become so commonplace that it has lost its shock value.

Vulgarity is, all too often, the norm.

Narcissism and nihilism are a way of life for an alarmingly large percent of the population of all ages and classes.

In that Mike Judge movie, “Idiocracy,” the America of the future has become a place where stupidity reigns, the lowest-common-denominator rules, and everything is coming apart at the seams.

It’s as if Beavis and Butt-Head were all grown up and running the show.

It was a comedy, but it was also a horror movie.

And I suspect the Beavis and Butt-Head encore may run up against mounting uneasiness with the extent to which their parody has become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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Comments (10)
  1. Willow says:

    Jon, I totally agree with everything you said.

  2. tsal says:

    I didn’t watch Beavis and Butt-Head I was too busy raising three kids, working, enjoying soccer matches, cleaning horse stalls, attending ballet recitals, cleaning more horse stalls and enjoying every bit of it. Maybe that’s why I feel a bit as if the mess now crept up on me. That was a long way of agreeing with both you and Willow, Jon.

  3. gramps says:

    Casting the ‘new’ Beavis and Butt-head show, located in a town called ‘Gimmieville’, a work in progress:

    Their Parents will be played by Keith Olbermann & Rachael Maddow…..

    Next door neighbors on their ‘left’ played by Nancy Pelosi, Ed Shultz & Chris Matthews.

    Next door neighbors on their ‘right’ played by, most of the ‘taxpaying’ American people.

    Local Religious leaders from the church of ‘Gimmie & never let them forget ‘they’re ‘victims”, the Rev’s. Wright, Jackson & Sharpton.

    Voices of reason, Ambassador & Mayor (ret) Andrew Young, Senator George Mitchell, Maine (ret), Bill Cosby & Bill O’Reilly.

    Roving Minstrels,Tavis Smily & Cornell West.

    Too be continued,


  4. justme says:

    They are camping across from South Station

  5. emom says:

    JON, Beavis & Butt-Head where the start of what we see on TV today. It was edgy and pushing the envelope. But look at what all the kids and adults watch today, both sitcoms and cartoons, Half of the sitcoms have similar commentary, trashing one another and laughing at others down falls,I find I rather watch discovery and other such stations, since most of what I see is just like beavis & but-tHead. Sure its comedy, to make you laugh and well giggle at someone else’s demise. But this is also what our kids watch and SHOULD I SAY Copy such behavior. We wonder why kids are out of control look at what they watch.
    Have you seen some of the cartoons on the kids stations. AHHHHH not much different. I actually will not allow my kid to watch some of it since it is wrong. Oh and lets not forget Simpson’s, king of the hill, and many of the others on prime time TV, NOPE sure its funny, BUT what is it doing to our kids, Yeah bring it back on, its comedy of dudes laughing at the world of problems and poking fun at people around them. No big deal, its so normal now a days that its become a normal event in our daily lives.
    I watched it sure I did, but will not let my kid watch it, I was an adult back then, I rather watch 2 broke girls.

    1. tsal says:

      I really enjoy two broke girls

  6. mikey says:

    “Cooked,” that’s what this country is -well done in fact.

  7. tsal says:

    mikey I am sadly beginning to agree with you more and more.

    Time to carve a pumpkin and take my mind off this mess for a bit. BTW beer in hand is required pumpkin carving tool!

  8. The Owl says:

    Bring back Rocky and Bullwinkle!

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