MTV’s classic animated sitcom Beavis and Butt-Head will be heading to Comedy Central, but this time with a twist.
As confirmed by Comedy Central through a press release posted on its official website, the pay TV channel has reached an expansive agreement with Mike Judge, the creator of the Beavis and Butt-Head show, to order a couple of seasons worth of new episodes.
According to the release, the two new seasons will see the eponymous duo take on an entirely new world filled with Generation Z people (and their kids).
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The Beavis and Butt-Head show started out as a short film directed by Mike Judge back in 1992, originally broadcast through Liquid Television.
MTV would later pick up the rights for the short film, and would subsequently hire Judge to write and direct a full series based on the main characters.
Debuting in 1993, the Beavis and Butt-Head series would run for a full seven seasons before ending in 1997, although an eighth season would air more than a decade later in 2011.
Along the way, it would spawn a full-length feature film called Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, released by Paramount Pictures in 1996, while also selling loads of merchandise (including video games) that feature the eponymous duo.
Paving the way for other animators
The 1990s sitcom would also help inspire a new generation of adult animated television shows, including another MTV animated sitcom, Daria.
The creators of Comedy Central’s own South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, have conceded that Beavis and Butt-Head was a significant influence on the satire animated show.
As written by Judge, the Beavis and Butt-Head series took an unadulterated satirical look at Generation X kids and 1990s mainstream culture, while also becoming a pop culture phenomenon itself.
Although some critics viewed the show as nothing more than a vehicle for stupid humor, others have praised the program for its underlying intelligent satirical commentary, disguised of course as lewd humor on the surface.
As for Judge, he now returns to a project that has undoubtedly helped him carve a successful career in TV. Due in part to the success of Beavis and Butt-Head, Judge has since created other memorable shows, including King of the Hill, Office Space, and more recently, Silicon Valley.