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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
They're not always on the surface, but the show surprisingly does feature positive messages about friendship, compassion, and making moral choices.
Positive Role Models
Beavis and Butt-Head is strictly satirical, and the comedy comes from the main characters making selfish, uninformed choices that get them into trouble.
Beavis and Butt-Head makes some effort to represent racial diversity in its voice cast and its animated characters. A lot of gender-based biases are presented in a blatantly stereotypical way for comedy, with the idea that the audience knows the characters are wrong about those biases.
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Violence & Scariness
Some slapstick comedy and threats of violence played for comedy, limited to fistfights (no guns, no weapons).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A significant amount of the humor comes from the teenaged title characters' obsession with and ignorance around sex. There's constant verbal and visual innuendo, as well as some body part humor.
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Features constant moderate profanity: "dumbass," "son of a bitch," "damn," "hell," "Jesus Christ," "schlong," "nads," "butthole," "dump," "cornhole," "bunghole," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Throughout the show, Beavis and Butt-Head watch music videos and other videos from the internet, with social media brands often promoted.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Beavis and Butt-Head sometimes feature characters drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes. The characters sometimes use drugs or drug-like substances, usually accidentally, and feel the extreme effects of those drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mike Judge's Beavis and Butt-Head is an animated comedy about two teenage boys. The characters are essentially oblivious to everything but their own needs and wants, and their self-obsession (and sex obsession) tends to get them into situations they're not mature enough to handle. The show is a full-on exercise in lowbrow comedy, featuring constant sexual innuendo and mild profanity. It's also a masterclass in how to make lowbrow comedy without resorting to trying to be offensive or make jokes about race or class. It also manages to draw a ton of its humor from the characters' sexual obsession without coming off as misogynist. However, there is always a chance viewers will take the satirical comedy at face value.
Is It Any Good?
It's tricky and usually unnecessary to reboot something this iconic, but this series shines. Mike Judge's Beavis and Butt-Head is smartly framed as a 9th season for the popular 90s MTV show, picking up after a two-decade hiatus. But the reboot feels stunningly contemporary, beyond simply the references to escape rooms, farmers' markets, and TikTok. The characters feel as suited to this particular era of American culture as much as they did to 1993, and the comedy is just as lowbrow without ever feeling hateful or spiteful. In fact, it is constantly, abundantly clear how much the creators love these characters, which allows them to send Beavis and Butt-Head on legitimately hilarious, if mundane, adventures (like getting trapped in a cardboard box for a week) that could, thankfully, never happen to anyone else.
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