This week, we at the Weekly have been celebrating 20 years of Beavis and Butthead, and we'd be remiss to not mention the many memorable moments the boys had outside their standard MTV timeslot. Yes, while the catchphrases and riffs are the memories we hold most dear, it's important to remember exactly how ubiquitous the two were in '90s pop culture. From award shows to talk shows to their own feature-length film, they've accomplished a lot for a couple of animated underachievers. Here are our picks for the Top Five Beavis and Butthead Special Appearances.
5. Beavis and Butthead in "Frog Baseball" on MTV's Liquid Television
September 22nd, 1992 was the moment that the world got their first glimpse of Beavis and Butthead. In a segment on the network's weekly animation showcase Liquid Television (which also birthed Aeon Flux), the two starred in their creator Mike Judge's short Frog Baseball. Notable for being just about the only early Beavis and Butthead short that Judge doesn't hate, its unflinching satire of Generation X morons found an audience and set the two on a path to pop culture superstardom.
4. Beavis and Butthead at the 2005 Video Music Awards
It had been a solid eight years since Beavis and Butthead graced the MTV airwaves. Not including their likeness used in an episode of Celebrity Deathmatch, the two made their brief return to the network hosting the Viewer's Choice segments during the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards. While it would be four years until they were seen again after this, the segments made for a reminder of how versatile and timeless the boys' talents are.
3. Beavis and Butthead promote Extract
Outside of Beavis and Butthead, Mike Judge is also responsible for two of this generation's most beloved cult classics in Office Space and Idiocracy. When it came time for his third film Extract to hit theaters, he called upon his old friends to help promote it. Without giving too much away, Beavis' infomercial-esqe pitch towards the end is sheer magic. Why Miramax doesn't have Beavis and Butthead shill every film they release is beyond me.
2. Beavis and Butthead on The Late Show with David Letterman
Late-night titan David Letterman has spent his career being equally praised and misunderstood. Television's coolest curmudgeon, it's rare Dave ever gave his full approval to something, and such a gesture would mean he found it extraordinarily funny. Letterman had been a champion of Beavis and Butthead since its debut, going as far as making a non-credited voice cameo on the show and sitting next to them at the Video Music Awards. When it came time for the boys to hit the silver screen with Beavis and Butthead Do America, they joined Dave for one of the most memorable interviews in the show's history.
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1. Beavis and Butthead 1997 MTV Video Music Awards Press Conference
In the five short years since first appearing on the network, Beavis and Butthead spawned a multi-million dollar franchise complete with a box office smash, successful releases in every medium and even an appearance at the Oscars. After one of the most incredible runs of the decade, they returned home to MTV for a victory lap of sorts before their final season. Cementing their legacy through their own unaware self-awareness, Beavis and Butthead held a press conference at the Brooklyn Bridge during the commercial breaks of the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards. It is here that the boys acknowledge their own success as only they can, beginning one of the finest conclusions that the network's ever seen. That was cool.