This past weekend marked twenty glorious years since generational icons "Beavis and Butthead" first premiered on television screens. MTV unleashed the generation X weinerheads to an unsuspecting public in 1993, teaching a whole new audience about satire, riffing and proper means of "TP" acquisition along the way. It is in salute to the two titans of trouble that we bring you our choices for the five best Beavis and Butthead episodes of all time. Yes, we're all gonna score.
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5. "Animation Sucks"
Once upon there were only two different kinds of animated shows aimed at adults. There was "The Simpsons," and then there was absolutely everything else which wound up getting cancelled within weeks. Controversial as they were, "Beavis and Butthead" helped change all that, proving not only could an animated show geared towards adults succeed, but be a network's cash cow as well. Of course, far be it from the show to take even itself seriously, hence the gem that is "Animation Sucks." A blunt send-up of the medium and its perceptions without being overtly tongue-in-cheek, it's a statement about the show itself made with Mike Judge's trademark irreverence.
4. "Citizen Butthead"
Just as controversial in the 90s as "Beavis and Butthead" was Commander-in-Chief Bill Clinton. With our 42nd President being considered the first to truly court the MTV generation, it was only a matter of time before he and the boys from Highland collided. A episode that the network itself hyped for weeks before its premiere, it's also become the go-to episode for universities to explain the 90s "Beavis and Butthead" phenomenon. It's also one of the sharpest episodes the show ever made.
3."Beavis and Butthead Do Christmas"
A two-parter that's become a seasonal favorite, "Beavis and Butthead Do Christmas" shows that the Christmas spirit can catch even the most delinquent of teenagers. While most shows use their holiday-themed episodes as an excuse to phone-in a recycled plot, "Beavis and Butthead" star in endlessly re-watchable parodies of A Christmas Carol and It's a Wonderful Life. By seeing the show's take on such sacred seasonal standards, it's becomes clearer the important place that "Beavis and Butthead" occupy in 90s Americana. Plus, the "Letter to Santa Butthead" segments offer an interest glimpse into the minds of people who used to write to television shows pre-internet.
2. "Nose Bleed"
Among the benefits of "Beavis and Butthead" being an animated program is the show's masterful use of excessive slapstick. From Beavis getting backhanded to Butthead being hit in the head, their perfect sense of comedic timing and the show's limitless potential for animated hi-jinx allowed for some of the most fun over-the-top wholesome violence ever broadcast. The fun fisticuffs was best exemplified in "Nose Bleed," where Butthead, in true confused teenager fashion, mistakes just about every home remedy for the proper way to handle a nosebleed. The show doing so much with such a simple premise is a testament to its genius.
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1. "The Great Cornholio"
The episode that launched a thousand imitations, every 90s kid remembers exactly where they were the first time they giggled uncontrollably at "The Great Cornholio." A tour-de-force from Beavis combining all the sugar rushes, silly voices and fake Spanish speaking that make being a teenager great, it's a timeless television moment that's just as funny now as it was two decades ago. We at the Weekly would like to encourage all of you who enjoyed revisiting these Beavis and Butthead classics to pull your shirt over your head and liven up the workplace with a little Cornholio action. We also would like to know "Are you threatening me?"