Okay, here’s what I can’t understand. I’ve seen all manner of ridiculous, screwy, obnoxious, and purposely offensive TV in my day. No problem with that; it takes all kinds. But of all of them why is Beavis and Butthead the only one that’s seemingly missed by a huge number of viewers? I’ve never heard any kind of call for a return of The PJs. Or Ren and Stimpy. Or Duckman (which baffles me to this day, as I thought this show was in a class by itself). Heck, Married With Children had a fanatical following, and just about anyone will tell you that it had its day and had to end sometime.
That said, any kind of revival would probably be the worst possible thing to happen to this show. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Everything went right for it. It was introduced at a time when the Political Correctness movement was raging, Howard Stern was becoming an unlikely radio megastar, and a vicious, ugly looking show starring two repulsive losers was exactly what a lot of us needed. It tweaked the predictable reactionary morons perfectly and got exactly the right response, embarrasingly half-baked arguments a ten-year-old could’ve torn to pieces (and effectively drowning out any and all valid criticism about the actual quality of the show). The magazines and other news outlets were straitjacketed into the pre-set terms of the debate, vehemently proclaiming the “it’s not warping our kids” line over and over while never actually asking the question of its, y’know, entertainment value. (I’m willing to accept that there were valid reasons for liking it, but I NEVER saw this debated anywhere.) And it ended just when the concept was getting played out and before it got completely old hat.
This was a once-in-a-lifetime super jackpot on the order of buying up Microsoft stock just before Windows became a standard or signing a 15-year NFL contract. What in blazes does Mike Judge, MTV, or anyone at all involved in the motion picture industry have to gain by additional exposure? It’s a different America now. There’s an ugly, bloody war going on. Presidential incompetence isn’t the least bit funny anymore. PC has been thorougly mocked and forgotten. If B&B makes any kind of comeback, rest assured that the questions this time will focus on how funny a couple of jerks acting like jerks really is, especially when it’s not the least bit new or shocking at this point.
Beavis and Butthead had an absolutely perfect run. Everything good, nothing bad. Why even think of messing with that?