It’s been almost a decade since new episodes of Beavis and Butt-Head aired but now the 1990s pop culture phenomenon is set for a reboot, though it will no longer appear on MTV. Earlier this week, Comedy Central announced the irreverent teens are returning to television, as show creator Mike Judge inked an animation deal to bring the two slackers back for two new seasons.
Included in the deal Judge, and 3 Arts Entertainment, signed with Comedy Central is the potential for spin-offs and specials and, much like the original series, Judge will not only write and produce, but he’ll also provide the voices for both of the infamous characters. It’ll mark the second time the series has been revived, as Judge and MTV teamed up to bring the characters back to television in 2011, after it originally ended in 1997, though that reboot would ultimately only receive one new season. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the setting this time around focuses on the two hard-rocking juveniles entering the “Gen-Z world” with meta themes relatable to new and old fans alike.
“We are thrilled to be working with Mike Judge and the great team at 3 Arts again as we double down on adult animation at Comedy Central,” said Chris McCarthy, president of Entertainment & Youth Group at ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks, in a statement. “Beavis and Butt-Head were a defining voice of a generation and we can’t wait to watch as they navigate the treacherous waters of a world light-years from their own.”
Originally launching in 1992 on fellow ViacomCBS-owned MTV as part of the channel’s Liquid Television animation showcase series, Beavis and Butt-Head officially became a series a year later and eventually evolved into a cultural phenomenon during its seven seasons, even spurring a feature film in 1996, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, which grossed close to $63 million at the box office. The film, released by Paramount Pictures, was the first feature film based on an MTV cartoon and featured the voices of Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Cloris Leachman and Robert Stack.
The original Beavis and Butt-Head run also led to a spinoff series, Daria, focused on Daria Morgendorffer, which ran for five seasons on MTV until 2002. Plans for a Daria spin-off series featuring Jodie’s character, starring Tracee Ellis Ross, had been in the works at MTV but Comedy Central recently announced the animated series was moving to the network.
For Judge, it’s a homecoming of sorts. After finding success with Beavis and Butt-Head, the now 57-year-old went on to have a slew of successful television shows including King of the Hill and Silicon Valley, while directing cult-classic films such as Office Space and Extract. He’s been under contract with HBO for years now and is developing two series for the premium channel, though he’s often asked about rebooting Beavis and Butt-Head on social media. There’s no word yet as to when the reboot is set to premiere.