On Thursday (Oct. 27), MTV is resurrecting one of its legendary animated shows, “Beavis and Butt-head.” For anyone who remembers the original show — which aired on the cable network from 1993 – 1997 — this will be familiar ground.
The show chronicles two dorky metalhead teens who spend most of their time on a saggy couch giving snarky, if idiotic, commentary on videos and other MTV programming. Each show has a plot, but it’s kind of secondary to the snark.
In the season opener, the titular Beavis and Butt-head — both of whom are voiced by creator Mike Judge (“King of the Hill,” “Office Space”) — decide to get bit by something undead after seeing how much chicks dig “Twilight’s” vampires. And, honestly, watching the two get repeatedly bit by a homeless man then descend into fever as their increasingly infected wounds fester isn’t super-entertaining.
Sure, it’s still a laugh when the guys aim their dumb/witty barbs at “Jersey Shore,” “16 and Pregnant” and a scattering of horrid videos that would never air on MTV except in this context, but — you know — we can do that ourselves.
While the show remains a classic and a groundbreaker of TV animation, it almost seems sacrilegious to pick up as if 14 years haven’t passed. It would be funnier to see Beavis and Butt-head aged up 14 years, still spending their mid-30s loafing around in dirty t-shirts and scoffing at an MTV that has moved on without them.
Will a new generation of MTV viewers be charmed by B&B? We’ll see. If so, our next request is a “Daria” reboot.