It’s been almost 14 years since the slackest slackers of a generation, Beavis and Butt-head, filled the airwaves with their shenanigans, but when the duo return to television with new episodes Thursday (October 27), the MTV they return to is quite a different one.
Creator Mike Judge had to address the changes to the channel when deciding which direction to take the show in. Without music videos playing as regularly on MTV, there is less of an opportunity for Beavis and Butt-head to sit around and comment on them as they did during the show’s original run. Reality shows like “Jersey Shore” and “16 and Pregnant” have replaced what were formerly blocks of music videos, and Judge said he wanted the new “Beavis and Butt-head” episodes to reflect that shift.
According to Judge, MTV reality shows comprise 60 percent of the content Beavis and Butt-head sit and watch now. The transition from music videos to reality programming has been an easy one for Judge. “I think it is easier taking shots at the reality shows than music videos,” Judge said.
But Beavis and Butt-head didn’t just make fun of the videos they watched. “In the beginning of the first run, I did a lot of what I would call taking shots at the videos,” Judge said. “But then a lot of times I would just have them talk about whatever, and it didn’t necessarily have that much to do about saying anything one way or another about the video.”
Reality TV, on the other hand, is a different story. Judge has found that with the new crop of shows, the material is too ripe for ridicule to ignore. “With the reality shows, it just feels like pay dirt to me,”
Judge said. “Those shows have just been really fun to have Beavis and Butt-head watch.”
Don’t miss “Beavis and Butt-head” when it returns to TV Thursday at 10 p.m. ET/PT.