Why The Beavis And Butt-Head Revival TV Series Failed





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Published on Mar 9, 2020

After its notorious run in the 90s, Beavis and Butt-Head returned to MTV in 2011, but that ended up being a pretty big failure. So what exactly happened? Keep watching to find out why the Beavis and Butt-Head revival failed.

In the 90s, Beavis and Butt-Head was more than a little controversial. It upset a lot of people thanks to its crude, rude, destructive, and antisocial characters. Beavis' love of playing with fire and its supposed role in a real-life copycat act in which a kid burned down his family home led MTV to ban all references to fire in the series. Even a legislator criticized the show on the floor of the United States Senate.

That all just made Beavis and Butt-Head seem super edgy. If not for the series testing the public's appetite for sick and twisted animation, there might not have been shows like South Park and Family Guy following in its wake.

Beavis and Butt-Head made room for a vast TV landscape full of adult animation, so much so that by the time it reappeared on MTV in 2011, it didn't feel that provocative anymore. If anything, it felt like a cynical cash grab to some viewers. USA Today interviewed students at the University of North Carolina at Asheville about the revival, and many of them felt the show was just playing into rampant '90s nostalgia. As one one student put it,

"I think it's a poor way for [creator] Mike Judge to try and capitalize on the memories of kids who grew up in the 90s."

Not only was the whole vibe of Beavis and Butt-Head possibly played out by 2011, but so was the show's content. It had struck a chord in the early 90s because, despite being a crudely animated series, it felt like a slice of real life. The title characters were a couple of bored teens who watch TV, hate school, and busy themselves with troublemaking. They seemed far more realistic than any other portrayal of young adults on TV, like the ones on Beverly Hills, 90210 or Saved By the Bell. Keep watching the video to see why the Beavis and Butt-Head revival TV series failed!


No longer edgy | 0:13
Stuck in the 90s | 1:23
Tweaked format | 2:08
Poor ratings | 2:56
A changing of the guard | 3:52

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