Beavis and Butt-Head is an American adult animated sitcom created by Mike Judge for MTV. The series follows two teenage delinquents, Beavis and Butt-Head, as they wander around their hometown of Highland, Texas, and other locations in search of misadventures and idle entertainment. The show debuted on March 8, 1993, and ran for seven seasons until its conclusion on November 28, 1997. It was later revived for an eighth season that aired from October 27 to December 29, 2011. During its initial run, Beavis and Butt-Head became one of the most popular shows on MTV, even spawning its own spin-off movie, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America.
Beavis and Butt-Head are socially clueless, crass, and often lack basic knowledge of common sense or responsibility. They never seem to have a job, but often get into various money-making scams. They also spend much of their time watching and commenting on music videos. The duo’s dialogue is usually filled with profanity, including frequent use of the words “dumbass” and “butt-head”, as well as numerous sexual references.
The show’s humor relies heavily on the juxtaposition of Beavis and Butt-Head’s idiocy with the world around them, and has been described by Judge as “two dumb boys talking about dumb things”. In addition to the main characters, the show features a wide variety of secondary and recurring characters, who appear in the form of classmates, teachers, family members, celebrities, and objects. Beavis and Butt-Head have become iconic figures in pop culture, and have had a lasting impact on television, film, and music. The show has spawned numerous catchphrases, and its influence can be seen in various forms of media, including other television shows, movies, video games, and advertising campaigns.