10 best Beavis and Butthead moments


Yesterday the news leaped forth from the Internet that everyone's favorite (hopefully not only in retrospect) latchkey simpletons Beavis and Butthead are returning to MTV sometime later this year, part of a top-to-bottom restructuring of MTV's corporate posture. 

While the news wasn't entirely new -- their return has been rumored since last summer -- it does leave us a bit of room to reminisce, doesn't it? 


The early days

This rough, early version of Beavis and Butthead reminds us a little of the rough Simpsons first clips on The Tracey Ullman Show, but instead of being syrupy sweet it' very very not syrupy sweet. I can't believe this was on at, like, 6 p.m.

Dousing the fire of Winger with the water of ridicule 

Beavis and Butthead mocked Winger incessantly in the form of their pussy neighbor Stewart, who constantly wore their t-shirt and generally made them look bad. While the band wasn't any worse than Ratt or Poison or whatever, they never quite recovered from a new generation thinking they were something akin to Yanni.

Beavis and Butthead on Letterman, and as Letterman 

"Essentially you guys are like what, idiots? You're nuts?" Coming to Dave's show to promote their movie, Beavis and Butthead Do America, Beavis and Butthead make one of their rare "live" appearances. B'genius. 

Beavis and Butthead in...a Sega Genesis

If I'm remembering correctly, this game was impossible. Or incredibly easy? It was a bad game. 

Beavis and Butthead reach ubiquity in the aughts 

This t-shirt, made by artist Milo Brennan for African Apparel, is a good example of just how far we as a culture have come. Only the most obscure, non-sequiturial for our appropriations, thank you.

Fire! Fire! Fire!

Darcy Burk's 5-year-old son Austin Messner lit his house in Moraine, Ohio on fire, killing his little sister and setting in motion the removal of any reference to "Fire!" from Beavis and Butthead - even going so far as to wipe any mention from the master tapes. 

Beavis and Butthead meet their dads 

I saw this movie in the theater, maybe even twice, but don't remember much except this scene...for personal reasons.

"Smells Like Teen Spirit" gets a thumbs up 

"Nirvarna is this like, grudge music?" Beavis and Butthead spent an inordinate amount of time watching music videos and uniformly panning them, back in the halcyon days of MTV's video kingship. Cobain saw this clip during an interview with Kurt Loder and was pleased, and thusly the world turned...

Daria diarrhea 

Daria got Daria and the boys got canceled. Way to go Lisa Loeb and alternative music.

Beavis and Butthead Are Dead 

The final episode in its retarded entirety. Sleep well sweet princes...until another day...