The Mike Judge Collection Volume One





MTV and Paramount pictures have done the world yet another favor by releasing the highly anticipated Beavis And Butt-Head: The Mike Judge Collection Volume One. The three disc set features 40 hand picked episodes from the creator, as well as a butt-load of awesome special features. The timely arrival of the DVD collection has unearthed a deep nostalgia for the ambiguous era of the 1990s. I was just a kid, enjoying life as a second grader when Beavis and Butt-Head first aired in 1993. What I retained from those first crude episodes was the realization that while playing frog ball was not appealing (the first episode “Frog Ball” was a simple short where the two splatter a series of frogs with a bat), the concept of doing so was outrageously funny. What I saw made me laugh, and instantly I became hypnotized by the stupid charm the show omitted. The overwhelming success of the duo transformed Beavis and Butt-head into pop-icons that for a moment seemed to extend beyond the confines of a parody. Each episode features the two pessimistic anti-heroes confidentially scouring the streets of Lawndale (their hometown) in search of food, women, and excitement. The show offers more than simple shock value, in many ways Beavis and Butthead, in addition to their many cohorts, provide an important critique of American society. Beavis and Butt-Head embody every outlawed fantasy I may have dreamt while in the ridged confines of public school. The duo's blatant disregard for authority is a humorous mix of adolescent antics and social satire. As I gleefully watched each of the 40 episodes recently released, I found myself deriving a renewed sense of meaning from the show. Neither grade school, Jr. high, nor high school made for relatively comfortable fits. My academic accomplishments were often unsatisfactory, and my ability to “win friends and influence people” generally ended in disappointment. How I loath the days of hall passes, after school detentions, zealous gym instructors, visits with the principal, and self-absorbed bullies. If I could concentrate every resentful thought, every embarrassing moment, every stupid adventure I may have had into two naively dumb cartoon characters, the end result would certainly be Beavis and Butt-Head. The two champion the underdog and gives those of us still slightly scared with main stream life a chance to laugh hysterically at our own hardship. 

Beavis And Butthead
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The Mike Judge Collection Volume One