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Dude...This Sucks

EW mourns the loss of new episodes of the MTV show

After four years, 209 episodes, and innumerable boogers, farts, and stiffies, production on Beavis and Butt-head is dead. And that, as many will attest, sucks. For this wasn't just any old MTV cartoon show. No, Beavis and Butt-head was loaded with social significance and stuff.

Created by twisted Texan Mike Judge, the B boys accomplished much in their short lives: They chainsawed a grasshopper, spray-painted a dog, incinerated a birthday cake, and watched lots of Metallica videos. They also blessed us with bits of wisdom, such as ''Did you know when you're eating a rump roast, you're eating a cow's butt?''

As with all visionaries, though, they had some detractors. In 1994, South Carolina senator Ernest Hollings railed against the violence of, in his words, ''Buffcoat and Beaver.'' Later, a Californian used some of his lottery winnings to start a campaign to ban the spotty-faced metalheads.

But the duo survived. And they'll live beyond the series, too: reruns will continue, and there will be future MTV specials; chances are, they'll also make a sequel to their successful 1996 movie. When that day comes, America can once again proclaim that never have two stars so richly deserved their share of the gross.

Originally posted Aug 15, 1997 Published in issue #392 Aug 15, 1997 Order article reprints
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