Beavis and Butt-Head

Beavis and Butt-Head
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GenreAnimated sitcom
Satire[1]
Created byMike Judge
Directed byMike Judge
Yvette Kaplan
Voices ofMike Judge
Tracy Grandstaff
Kristofor Brown
Matt Skiba (2019–present)
Mark Hoppus (2019–present)
Theme music composerMike Judge
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons9
No. of episodes252 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Mike Judge
  • Abby Terkuhle
Producer(s)John Andrews
Rhonda Cox
Running time5–11 minutes
  • (Regular)
  • 12–21 minutes (Special)
Production company(s)
Distributor
Release
Original networkMTV
Picture format
Audio format
Original releaseOriginal series:
March 8, 1993 (1993-03-08) –
November 28, 1997 (1997-11-28)
Revival:
October 27 – December 29, 2011 (2011-12-29)
Second revival:
October 18, 2019 – present
Chronology
Preceded byLiquid Television
Followed byWebsite

Beavis and Butt-Head is an American adult animated sitcom created by Mike Judge.[2] The series originated from Frog Baseball, a 1992 short film by Judge originally aired on Liquid Television. After seeing the short, MTV signed Judge to develop the short into a full series.[3][4] The series originally ran for seven seasons from March 8, 1993 to November 28, 1997.

During its initial run, Beavis and Butt-Head received widespread critical acclaim, particularly for its satirical, scathing commentary of society, though it also was the subject of controversy for its violent, scatological content. Fourteen years following the end of the series, the series was revived for an eighth season which aired from October 27 to December 29, 2011. A theatrical feature-length film based on the series titled Beavis and Butt-Head Do America was released in 1996 by Paramount Pictures.

Premise

The series centers on two socially incompetent teenage delinquents and couch potatoes named Beavis and Butt-Head (both voiced by Judge), who go to school at Highland High in Highland, Texas. They lack evident adult supervision at home and are dimwitted, undereducated and barely literate. Both lack any empathy or moral scruples, even regarding each other. They will usually deem things they encounter as "cool" if they are associated with heavy metal, violence, sex, destruction or the macabre. While inexperienced with females, they both share an obsession with sex and tend to chuckle whenever they hear words or phrases that could be even vaguely interpreted as sexual or scatological.

Each episode features frequent interstitial scenes in which they critique music videos using commentary improvised by Judge (much in the same way as Mystery Science Theater 3000; in season eight, they also commented on clips from other MTV shows such as Jersey Shore and True Life, plus shows from other Viacom-owned networks such as Spike). The remainder of the episodes depict the duo embarking on some kind of scheme or adventure.[5][6] Their staff at Highland High are often at a loss as to how to deal with them, and in many episodes they skip school altogether. Their actions sometimes result in serious consequences but often for others in which they themselves do not express any remorse.

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