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“Beavis and Butt-head” is back on MTV tonight, with a new season that debuts at 10 p.m. In case you are concerned that the metalhead morons have grown up since the 1990s — maybe gotten real jobs, or started wearing T-shirts that tout bands relevant to the current decade — please, rest easy, my friends.
As noted in this Style piece that I wrote about the return of “Beavis and Butt-head,” these two have not changed one idiotic iota. They still wear the same clothes. They still snicker in the exact same, maddeningly infectious way. And they still make fun of stuff. Only instead of Right Said Fred, now it’s Snooki.
As Mike Judge — both the creator and voice of Beavis and Butt-head — and MTV exec Chris Linn explained in the story, the idea behind the reboot was to allow the same two snarky heroes to bring their, uh, critical voices to contemporary pop culture.
“It feels very current and very timely,” Linn said of Beavis 2.0, “but [Beavis and Butt-head] are still true to who they originally were.”
But will viewers be interested?
If the success Nickolodeon had this summer with its ‘90s revival line-up is an indication, “Beavis and Butt-head” may be able to take advantage of that same nostalgia, as well as our ever-hearty appetite for mockery of the ridiculousness regularly found in music videos and on reality TV. But there’s also the risk that audiences will have simply lost interest in the duo now that the days of Guns ‘N’ Roses are behind us. (Well, most of us.)
Personally, I will admit that I chuckled a couple of times while viewing an advance copy of the season premiere. But I am still not sure whether the “Jersey Shore”-related jokes will wear thin after a couple of weeks’ worth of episodes.
(By the way, in case you’re thinking that “Beavis and Butt-head” means that a “Daria” revival is just around the corner, think again. Linn told me that the network has no current plans to bring back the animated series about the disaffected teen, who landed her own show courtesy of her “friendship” with the B boys. Of course, if “Beavis and Butt-head” succeeds wildly, plans could always change....)
Do you miss Beavis and Butt-head, the Gen X equivalent of Statler and Waldorf? Will you watch tonight’s premiere episode? Post a comment and vote in the poll below after watching this preview of the new season.