There is a good chance that you haven’t watched MTV in several years. Instead of music video programs like Headbanger’s Ball, 120 Minutes, and Yo! MTV Jams, the culture experts in New York have given us such drivel as Jersey Shore, Viva la Bam, and Teen Mom. Recently, the network has decided to go back to its roots and create new episodes of the classic cartoon series Beavis and Butthead.
Show creator Mike Judge’s decision to bring the show back to life couldn’t have come at a better time. According to Rolling Stone, Judge is the best authority figure for people who enjoy yelling at their TV. Beavis and Butthead have a lot of material to work with instead of just music videos for this go around. They will have access to MTV’s extensive library of reality shows and other programming which usually lends mockery upon itself.
With the proliferation of the Internet, mobile phones, and a political system that has never been more polarized, the dynamic duo will have more material at their disposal than ever. If the two want to make a prank phone call, Anywho.com will replace the classic *69 of the 90’s. If they want to find objectionable magazines, they only need to get on the Internet instead of dumpster diving. If the crew wants to find something on TV to mock, they can surf through an endless amount of channels through a digital service.
The reintroduction of the Beavis and Butthead series has come at a time where millennials have resorted to the nostalgia of childhood in order to tough out the rough economic landscape. According to USA Today, most of this generation is afraid to get a job that is beneath their skillset so they are returning to their parent’s homes for comfort. Included in this so-called comfort zone are reruns of old Nickelodeon shows like Clarissa Explains it All and All That on Nick at Nite, full streaming seasons of The Wonder Years on Netflix, and a surge of 90’s novelty items selling through the roof at Spencer’s.
While Beavis and Butthead may not be able to save the world with their idiocy, they are sure able to bring some quality entertainment and much needed sarcasm to a lost generation. They won’t really help millennials out in a job search, but they will provide them with some snarky wit that will make the hard issues of life easier to sort out.