Beavis and Butt-Head, Mike Judge's brilliant series that debuted on the network back in 1993. Lucky for us, they're back in a new series, starting tonight at 10pm, back on the network that made them famous, and the other way around, too. It was a perfect give-and-take, the crazy antics of B and B on the crazy network that wasn't afraid to have some fun and take a chance with a new filmmaker's scabrous and yet somehow adorable creation. (Mike Judge, of course, went on to create Fox's longtime hit animated series King of the Hill, among other successes.)
I'm a big fan of Beavis and Butt-Head, for all the highs and lows of the characters and their situation. These kids are surviving the best they can, as they sit on their dingy couch, in a living room with cracked plaster walls, trying to make it through school, uninspired, unloved -- maybe deservedly so -- doomed not by anything specific they've done wrong but by a society that simply doesn't have room for most of the unexceptionals, and especially not for kids like them. Beavis and Butt-Head is either a funny tragedy or an ultimately sad comedy, but luckily it is hilarious and these are unforgettable characters. Take them for what they are, and thank goodness that MTV knew enough to approach Mike Judge to bring them back.