Back in the day, the most ridiculous things Beavis and Butt-Head had to discuss were music videos, soap operas and The Real World. And at the time, those were about the dumbest you could possibly watch on TV.
It's been 14 years since the two pimply-faced, animated teenaged morons last shared their simplistic views on pop culture, so when they return to television tonight (10 p.m. on MTV), we are anxious to hear their thoughts on the "new world." A lot has happened since 1997, and we couldn't think of a better time to see the duo to return with their guttural laughs and simplistic thinking. Now that pop culture is often headline news instead of an entertainment snippet, the headbanging youngsters will have a whole realm of lunacy to explore.
Here are several reasons we're elated to have Beavis and Butt-Head back -- besides the fact that they take us back to our college days, of course.
1. Reality TV. In the 1990s, The Real World was probably the most scandalous thing on TV. So we are salivating at the idea of the boys critiquing things like the family shenanigans on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, the grossness that is Toddlers & Tiaras, and the "amazing journeys" on The Bachelor. Also, we suspect shows like Bad Girls Club will give B&B hope that the perfect lady for them DOES exist. Women that sleep with everyone, pee in kitchen sinks and get in daily fist fights? Those are their soulmates!
2. The Internet. Since the boys' last heyday, the Internet has become even more of a top source of information and entertainment. Imagine all the things you have accidentally stumbled across online while looking for other stuff. Now imagine what Beavis and Butt-Head are going to be looking FOR -- provided they can actually spell and type. We're nervous just thinking about it, especially considering these two don't seem to have any parental supervision.
3. They aren't the dumbest kids on the block anymore. During the late 1990s, you'd be hard-pressed to find people (real or fictional) more stupid than Beavis and Butt-Head. But thanks to modern reality TV, people with small brains and big mouths (ahem, Jersey Shore) are getting rich and earning tabloid covers. These developments gives the once-shunned boys a leg-up in the world, and we'd love to see an episode where they try out for a reality show.
4. Cell phone mania. Being that B&B are prolific prank callers, they are sure to ditch the landline this time around and get with modern times. This way, they can prank someone while watching their reaction from a short distance away, and make-real time statements and observations. Crank calling is an art form, and their possibilities are now endless.
5. Brand new music critiques. It used to be that the boys couldn't even sit through 10 seconds of songs from Milli Vanilli or Vanilla Ice without flipping the channel. So imagine the horrors the metal-heads will endure one they lay eyes upon today's newest music offerings. Between American Idol, the plethora of crappy mainstream rap, and watered-down pop music using drum machines and autotune, the boys are going to be hard-pressed to find anything they like (unless half-naked girls are involved in the video). And that translates to more laughs for us.
6. The mall scene has changed. Skipping school in favor of cruising the mall is one of Beavis and Butt-Head's favorite pastimes. And back in 1997, I don't recall seeing too many half-naked models standing outside of stores that reek of aftershave and perfume; or teenage girls wearing two shreds of clothing and calling it an outfit; or coffee shops advertising turbo shots or crazy caffeinated drinks called 911s. The mall is no longer just a place for the delinquent boys to hang out -- it's their version of heaven. We'll be surprised if they ever go back to school again.