A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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"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.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The guys drink non-alcoholic beverages that look like beer, and they refer to being drunk.
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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.
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.
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