We’ve got some good news for all those Gen-X dudes who have long since gone from needing TP for their bungholes to learning how to change a diaper.
Comedy Central announced on Wednesday that it would be reviving Beavis and Butt-Head, the iconic ’90s satire cartoon that ran on MTV from 1992 through 1997 and returned for a single season in 2011. Series creator Mike Judge, who springboarded from the cartoon to creating hit shows like King of The Hill and Silicon Valley, is returning for the new series, which he promises will be relevant to both the original Gen-X audience and their kids in Generation Z.
“Beavis and Butt-Head were a defining voice of a generation, and we can’t wait to watch as they navigate the treacherous waters of a world light-years from their own,” Chris McCarthy, an executive at Viacom, which owns both MTV and Comedy Central, said in a release earlier today.
We have to presume that Judge is going to have some young people on his writing staff, because he set a high standard with the pitch-perfect jokes in the original iteration of Beavis and Butthead. The show, about the misadventures of two delinquent dirtbag high school kids, was a sensation that spawned monosyllabic catch-phrases, a 1996 movie, and a cult following. It captured the zeitgeist in a way that few programs could, appealing to the disaffected metalheads it spoofed as well as the people who couldn’t stand those disaffected metalheads.
It might be even harder to nail down Gen-Z, which seemingly communicates in hyper-fast secret code zipped across different apps, platforms, and devices. The thought of either Beavis or Butt-Head trying to figure out TikTok is a little bit cringe-worthy, but Judge was able to parody the tech industry to perfection with Silicon Valley, so we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt going into this thing.