Beavis and Butt-Head (2011)

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Iconic '90s remake is rude, crude, and iffy for teens.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 22 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series makes light humor of two teens' delinquency and antisocial behavior, including their objectification of women, whom they see as mere sex objects. Their rude comments and disrespect toward authority figures goes unchecked, and their destructive behavior knows no real consequences.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Beavis and Butt-head are anti-role models, leading lives of general disinterest in the world. Aside from talking about sex and taking jabs at TV characters, few activities spark their interest, and they don't attempt to find productive uses of their time.

Violence

Biting, fighting, blood, and gore are fair game, both in the cartoon and in the clips of the series about which Beavis and Butt-head offer their commentary. In one scene, for example, bloody, headless zombies surround a crying toddler.

Sex

Sex, and how to get it, is foremost on the guys' minds, and they're always looking for a sure-fire way to "score." Dialogue gets pretty heavy with innuendoes and euphemisms, including "schlong," "choking the chicken," and favorable references to porn. Embedded clips from shows like Jersey Shore are equally rank and often show women dressed in suggestive clothing and dance moves that mimic sexual motions.

Language

"Ass," "damn," "bitch," "butt hole," and "shut up" are a consistent part of the guys' vernacular. "F--k" is bleeped when it pops up in the clips from the live-action shows.

Consumerism

MTV shows like 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom are embedded in many scenes, and Beavis and Butt-head mention them by name many times. The characters are tied to an extensive line of clothing and accessories.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The guys drink non-alcoholic beverages that look like beer, and they refer to being drunk.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this 2011 incarnation of Mike Judge's iconic TV show is virtually identical to its predecessor in content, especially with regard to the crudity, language, and sexual references that marked the original. The guys talk a lot about sex and chuckle over euphemisms like "schlong" and "choking the chicken," all the while making plans for "scoring" with the girls they lust after (although they never do). Their vernacular includes "ass," "damn," and "bitch," and "f--k" is muted in clips of MTV shows like Jersey Shore, which replace music videos as the brunt of the teens' mockery in this modern version. In short, this series offers nothing of value to teens, though that likely won't stop them from wanting to watch.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 15-year-old Written byKathy T. March 31, 2017

Iffy for 15+

Ok but the original is good than this one
Adult Written bySEGA November 24, 2012

this is PG-13

violence is quite common sex is discussed a lot and cussing is bad but tv 14 means PG-13
Kid, 11 years old March 15, 2019

Over a decade later BEAVIS AND BUTT HEAD HAVE RETURNED

I reviewed the last show and gave it a 14+ rating, but this show is much more inappropriate, and it mentions a lot of bad things, like making fun of sex for exa... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old February 11, 2018

Just NO. This Show's Vulgar and Stupidity is Awful for Any Age

My dad let me watch this when I was eight years old BY MYSELF on YouTube with no limits, where I could click on any inappropriate, frightening, curse-ridden or... Continue reading

What's the story?

Beavis and Butt-head (both voiced by Mike Judge) return to the small screen in a revived version of the controversial '90s cartoon of the same name. The social deviants haven't aged (or matured, for that matter) a day and are up to their old antics -- ditching school, chasing girls, and vegging on the couch and downing fistfuls of junk food while offering their unique commentary on the obscene amount of TV they watch. The most notable change in this updated series is the replacement of their previous media target, '90s music videos, with current MTV shows like Jersey Shore and 16 and Pregnant, as well as popular movies and viral videos, which offers them a whole new entertainment genre on which to cast judgment.

Is it any good?

BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD's rebirth is less a statement of the show's social value and more a result of TV's nostalgic regression to '90s classics (and some less-than classics). Age hasn't done these two numbskulls any good, and Beavis and Butt-head continue to personify what parents should hope their teens won't become. Their abhorrent behavior oscillates between criminal and clinically insane, and their obsession with wooing girls to have sex with them takes up a good portion of their time, leaving little for more productive endeavors.

 

Of course, no one would argue that Judge intended for these two to be positive characters, since their negative traits are what make them appealing to their teen audience. Their willingness to speak their minds, their unique commentary on the media of the times, and even their uninhibited idiocy, have a certain appeal for viewers, but only if they're prepared to put the guys' actions in their rightful place. Bottom line? There's not much to applaud about this show, but controversy goes a long way in attracting viewers. If your older teens can recognize the negative behavior as the fantasy it's meant to be, they're probably OK to tune in.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about role models. Do you expect to find positive role models in the shows you watch? Which ones exist? What aspects of their behavior impress you? Do you think their characteristics are transferrable to the real world?

  • Teens: Why do you think this show has been remade? Does it offer any positive content for viewers? Is its comedy style similar to any other show you watch? Do you find it funny?

  • Are you familiar with the MTV shows that are highlighted in Beavis and Butt-head? If not, are you more inclined to watch them after seeing the clips here? How does intermingling shows like this serve as advertising? Do you think that factored into the plans for this series?

TV details

  • Premiere date: October 27, 2011
  • Cast: Mike Judge
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Comedy
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Available on: DVD, Streaming
  • Last updated: September 20, 2019

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