Finally. We can once again see and hear Beavis and Butt-Head laugh at words like “balls” and “hard.” We were never sure Mike Judge’s famed show about two metalhead morons would come back on MTV, but as Thursday, October 27th approaches, the show’s return is real and its happening.
After recently watching a preview of the new season, it appears the show will take a slightly new direction, lambasting MTV shows like Jersey Shore and Teen Mom, as opposed to the music videos of the 90’s since, well MTV doesn’t really play videos much these days. Nonetheless, they’re still stupid and trying to score.
In celebration of the new season, we decided to remember a few of our favorite episodes in case you need to refresh your memory of 1997 and earlier. To fans new and old: Enjoy.
"The Great Cornholio"
Who hasn’t repeated oftenly, “Are you threatening me? I am The Great Cornholio! I need some teepee for my bunghole!” It’s also a line that MANY people remember when they think of Beavis and Butt-Head, similar to the way many attribute South Park with “They killed Kenny! You bastards!”
In the classic episode when we first meet Cornholio, Beavis eats way too much candy at Stewart’s house and becomes hyper active. Later on during class, Beavis reaches the peak of his sugar high, almost convulsing during Mr. VanDriessen’s lecture on Nicaragua and El Salvador. After Mr. VanDreissen asks Beavis to sit down, Beavis keeps going, down the halls and elsewhere to find “teepee for [his] bunghole.” And the character is born.
How can we stop laughing when Beavis and Butt-Head can’t stop laughing? The head banging morons’ immature natures are at a peak in this episode, and it’s hilarious to see the pair put through torture at the end as Mr. Buzzcut conducts his orderly sex education class.
From the start, the two boys are asked to speak Spanish in Mr. Herrera’s Spanish class and fail miserably. Beavis delivers the classic line “umm…spaghetti?” Butt-Head mumbles some gibberish and ends with “Rico Suave.” In another class, Butt-Head gets a pencil in Beavis’ eye, and then they laugh when their teacher calls attendance for the name “Buttkiss.” Finally, they are sent to the principal’s office where the alcoholic Principal McVicker gives the duo their worst punishment yet: no laughing for a week.
Mr. Buzzcut makes it his point to punish Beavis and Butt-Head, shouting out “penis!“ and “vagina!” when the two are banned from laughing.
It’s brilliant on the part of Mike Judge for showing the true nature behind Beavis and Butt-Head, and giving us this great episode. Banned from laughter though? America shared a similar experience to Beavis and Butt-Head with our next pick…
Okay, this pick is a little biased considering the episode is about stand-up comedy. Nonetheless, it’s a hilarious and great one that was banned from television for its implications about arson as Beavis burns down “The Laff Hole” at the end of the episode. The 90’s, a decade that gave us a great deal of censorship and explicit content parental advisory stickers, but hey, if you grew up on The Beatles and then saw Marilyn Manson sauntering around stage in ass-less chaps, you might have wanted some censorship, too.
Judge’s commentary on stand-up at the time is awesome. Beavis and Butt-Head watch a hack stand-up comic on the television when they develop a goal. “Let’s become one of those stand-up chameleons and make a lot of money,” Butt-Head says. When they go to amateur night at “The Laff Hole,” they bomb. Nonetheless, they still think highly of themselves.
Here are some wonderful quotes from Butt-Head’s hit routine:
BUTT-HEAD: “What’s green and goes 100 miles an hour? [PAUSE] A frog in a blender.”
Note: This joke is great because Beavis and Butt-Head have a long rivalry with frogs (more on that later).
BUTTHEAD: “How do you keep a moron in suspense? [SILENCE] Uhhh…I don’t know.”
Note: This joke makes me wonder if Mike Judge ever asked himself that question while writing the show’s events. Not to mention, the punch line is “I don’t know” and that’s just awesome.
The episode also features an early “that’s what she said” joke, which is a favorite long before Michael Scott got a hold of that phrase and a favorite to this day which Butt-head turns into a question. One audience member yells “get off!” Butt-Head replies, “Is that what she said?” Butt-Head would never know if that’s what she said because he and his friend are terrible with women. Our next pick demonstrates this point quite well.
“The Final Judgement of Beavis”
“Justice rules,” Butt-Head states, as the two sit on their famous couch watching the movie RoboCop. Easily influenced, Beavis and Butt-Head attempt to reenact the scene where RoboCop busts through a wall. Long-story-short, Beavis charges a wall and knocks himself out. The episode could have ended right there and we might have been happy, but it doesn’t. Beavis goes up to Heaven to meet Saint Peter at the Pearly Gates where he is asked to reevaluate a life spent on a couch with Butt-Head.
A heavenly moment for Beavis as his life flashes before his eyes, and he treats it no more important than a music video. “This is starting to suck. Do I get into Heaven, or not?” he asks. I think we’ve all asked that once. Worm food.
Beavis and Butt-Head: taken advantage of by hot outlaw girls. Need I say more?
Beavis and Butt-Head are at the movie theater waiting to see a movie when two older girls named Lolita and Tanqueray approach. The girls ask if they can have Beavis and Butt-Head’s movie tickets. The girls say they will go in and let Beavis and Butth-Had in through the back door. Butt-Head with confidence asks, “How do we know you’re gonna let us in?”
“Give us your money for collateral,” the girls suggest. Beavis admires how smart the girls are.
Oh, Beavis and Butt-Head, so young and gullible. Only you two would give away your movie tickets to stand in the rain at the back door of a movie theater, waiting through an entire movie to find the girls walk out with “Todd,” the local badass. I shouldn’t say only you two as I’m sure it’s happened to some others out there.
We might say, “hey guys, we feel your pain,” but they don’t seem to feel much pain. They are oblivious, and that’s what makes Beavis and Butt-Head great—it’s hard to get them upset because their ignorance is bliss.
“Late Night with Butt-Head”
Mr. VanDriessen, the school’s pacifist hippie teacher, asks the duo if they would like their own TV show on the school’s channel. Beavis and Butt-Head imagine themselves as David Letterman and Paul Shaffer of late night TV fame. Butt-Head with the iconic suit and gapped teeth, taps a pencil on his desk. Beavis is bald, wearing sunglasses at a keyboard. What is not to love? Aside from the episode being hilarious, it opened doors for us all to live our television dreams.
Ironically enough Beavis and Butt-Head later went on Letterman to promote their movie Beavis and Butt-Head Do America. Life imitates art sometimes.
“Mr. Anderson’s Balls”
This episode is great because the first five minutes is one ball joke after another. You can always count on Beavis and Butt-Head to laugh when someone says “balls.”
Aside from that, this is surely one of the greatest episodes featuring Tom Anderson, the elderly frustrated redneck that Beavis and Butt-Head always seem to piss off. Mr. Anderson keeps losing his golf balls on the golf course. What he doesn’t know is that Beavis and Butt-Head are taking them. On hole nine, Anderson runs out of golf balls and hits his boiling point. He beats his golf bag mercilessly with a golf club, and then heads back to the clubhouse. “Boy I’ll tell you what, Dusty. I felt like a one-legged cat tryin’ to bury turds on a frozen pond out there today,” he says.
Anderson then walks out toward the parking lot to find the two selling his “lost” golf balls. Anderson says that the balls look familiar. Butt-Head delivers the great line, “uhh many balls look the same, sir.” Convinced and definitely gullible, Tom Anderson pays the boys a dollar for each ball.
Call Beavis and Butt-Head stupid, but they usually come out on top.
Rabid Beavis + evil doctor = a damned great episode of Beavis and Butt-Head.
Beavis is attacked by a rabid dog and gets rabies. Coach Buzzcut orders that the boys visit a hospital immediately. They meet a doctor and of course they give him a hard time. In result, when Beavis only needs 5 shots in his stomach to cure the sickness, the sadistic doctor gives him 18.
Personally, I’d love to see the evil doctor come back in the new season. I’m also willing to say that I think every great TV show needs an evil doctor to spice things up sometimes. Get on it Pretend Time!
“Beavis and Butthead v.s. the Vending Machine”
The title says it all. Beavis and Butt-Head are seriously disappointed when their sour cream and salsa pork rinds fail to come out of the machine. That premise makes one chuckle without any visual.
Nonetheless, watching the pair kick a vending machine for a while is a fun site. Deception happens later on when Butt-Head tells Beavis to wait at the vending machine and then he leaves con an old lady out of her dollar. A lonely Beavis listens for female noises at the women’s restroom door, while keeping guard at the vending machine. Butt-Head then takes the money he received from the old lady, buys several baskets of nachos, and ditches Beavis to go eat them on the couch.
You may have to put an asterisk on this clip because though it was the pilot it actually premiered as a short part of a Sick And Twisted Festival then later on Liquid Television before it served as the launch for the show.
But “Frog Baseball” first introduced us to Beavis and Butt-Head and blatantly showed them at their most depraved all at once.
Once the pilot was put together it ran a similar disclaimer as the short stating, “No animals were harmed in the making of this film.” But with the addition of “Except Beavis.” Kicking off the show’s lifetime-long run of disclaimers telling people not to do anything they do at home, because, ya know, nobody should be taking their cues from animated characters.
Did we know it was the beginning of an era at MTV? Probably not. We were way too busy laughing at something so wrong.
The hope is Beavis and Butt-Head will be eating more nachos in the new season. There always seems to be funny moments surrounded by nachos and snacks. Will they act older? Will they be the same? Will they still eat nachos, bash frogs, and piss off Tom Anderson? Let’s hope so. We’ll find out on Thursday night, 10/9 central, MTV.