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Monday, March 14, 2011

Aaron Frias
Thank you Mike Judge

Whether someone claims that they don’t watch television is lying when they say that they don’t have at least one favorite show. They are most certainly aware of an invention called television and on this invention they show shows. (Pulp Fiction) Those who are couch potatoes are fully aware of what shows are definitely worth watching and which ones will get cancelled after two episodes. Let’s rewind time back to the early to mid 1990s, back when MTV was actually called Music Television. Now days, MTV is enjoying their loads of money thanks to stupid shows like “Jersey Shore” but I won’t get into that again. (Read my last blog) But back in the 90s, it was actually cool to say that one watches MTV. During these golden years of said channel, a simple show created by Mike Judge changed the television industry as we know it. It was about two high school dimwits who don’t have a clue about life while laughing at nearly everything and nothing in front of their beloved television. I’m talking, of course, about “Beavis and Butthead”, a show that had such a huge cult following that fans have been begging for it to come back on the air ever since the series ended.
When “Beavis and Butthead” ended, Judge was busy at work working on his new show on Fox called, “King of the Hill”. Usually regarded as Judge’s most subtle yet cleverest work he’s done in his career, the show often gets a bad reputation. Fans of Judge got an idea of his sense of humor with “Beavis and Butthead” and expected “King of the Hill” to be just as funny. Being that I’m fans of both shows, the comparison of humor is vastly different from one another. At the end of the day, “Beavis and Butthead” is simple yet ingenious at the same time. Anyone can make a show about two stupid friends, but Judge creates them so vividly and lifelike that you completely forget that one is watching a cartoon. When the show ended in 1996, fans have desperately wanted the dynamic duo to come back on the air, and just recently Judge announced that they will be making a glorious return. Not only that, but they are returning to MTV.
For those who don’t watch the show religiously, (It’s on Netflix Instant Stream) the show consists of two high school metal heads that are completely oblivious to everything and everyone surrounding them. They don’t care about their futures because they are living for each individual moment and their life passes them by in front of the television. One of the great things about the show when it first aired in the 1990s was the fact that it was one of the few shows to air on a music channel that wasn’t actually about music. However, the characters Beavis and Butthead usually watch actual music videos that MTV would air regularly. With that, the two would constantly make fun of the videos if they didn’t like the genre of song. In addition, they always wear the same clothes, as most cartoon characters do, sporting their Metallica and AC/DC shirts. Even though the boys are completely idiotic, they have a keen taste in music. With the new episodes that Judge says will come out Fall of 2011, the boys will of course watch more music videos. (My God I can’t wait to see what they say about Lady Gaga and that Bieber kid) Also, they will watch UFC fights, YouTube videos and will watch “Jersey Shore”. It was about time that MTV did something worthy for their channel. At this point, I think that they too miss their old selves that they used to be. “Beavis and Butthead” was a HUGE reason why it was cool to say that one watches the channel. I look forward to seeing the return of quality television returning. The nostalgic feeling is taking over my brain and I love every second of it.


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