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  • Banned Episode:
    • The third-season opener "Comedians" featured Beavis trying to juggle flaming newspapers and burning down a comedy club. Because it aired only a month before the Ohio mobile home fire that Beavis and Butt-Head were blamed for, this episode was swiftly pulled out of rotation and later heavily censored.
    • Other episodes were banned (some of which did return from being banned with content cuts made) for instances of Beavis saying "Fire! Fire!" or flicking a lighter ("Stewart's House", "Kidnapped"), animal cruelty ("Frog Baseball", "Washing the Dog"), inhalant and drug abuse ("Home Improvement", "Way Down Mexico Way") or anything that might be considered poor taste in the aftermath of Columbine and September 11th ("Heroes", "Incognito"). Many of these episodes have aired on Viacom-owned networks overseas unedited.
  • Big Name Fan:
    In time Beavis and Butt-head will become defined as a very, very significant part of American culture. It's brilliant. I've got all the tapes.
  • The Cameo: While Daria herself is absent from the revived show thus far, her sister Quinn (or somebody who looks a lot like her) can be seen in the background in a few scenes at the school.
  • Cash Cow Franchise: Beavis and Butt-Head were huge pop culture phenomenons back in the 1990s and even today. Comic books, video games, action figures, shirts, underwear, a theatrically released movie, a music video with Cher, two appearances on Saturday Night Live (one in the mid-1990s during a Weekend Update segment and again on the season 27 episode hosted by Jon Stewart on a TV Funhouse "Fun With Real Audio" segment), The Tonight Show and the goddamn Academy Awards, appearances in movies such as Austin Powers and Airheads. They were everywhere.
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  • Colbert Bump: A few artists have had a boost in popularity after their music videos were featured on the show.
  • The Danza: Charlie Adler as Mr. Adler.
  • Exiled from Continuity: Judge is not allowed to use Daria anymore since the show was resurrected, as MTV has stated that they want to keep the character freed up so as to possibly revive her show down the line. During a music video, it is explained that she moved (though Beavis thought she committed suicide), as per the canon of Daria.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • "Buffcoat and Beaver," after a confused politician refers to them as such while railing against them publicly.
    • On a documentary about how King of the Hill was created, Mike Judge says he came up with Boomhauer's distinctive voice after hearing a man's voicemail about how much he hated Beavis and Butt-Head, which he referred to as "Porky's Butthole."
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  • Franchise Zombie: Subjective from a Word of God standpoint; Judge has pretty much stated that the last couple of seasons before the comeback were forced upon him by MTV, who wanted to keep the cash-cow show going. Not that it kept the episodes from still being pretty damn funny in their own right.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The music video segments were not licensed to VHS or DVD.
    • And a third of the episodes, which Mike Judge has refused to license to DVD.
    • Also, all references to Beavis being a pyromaniac ("Fire! Fire! Fire!") were edited out of the show after an incident where a young boy burned down his home. Because the edits were made to the master tapes, the only way you'll see pyromaniac Beavis in the original episodes is if you buy a bootleg DVD set.
  • Missing Episode: Many. Possibly the rarest is the third-season opener "Comedians", since it features Beavis juggling flaming newspapers and burning down a comedy club. It aired a month before the infamous mobile home fire for which the show was blamed.
    • "Comedians" was re-aired a few times in a dramatically edited version that has the fire just happen without Beavis's intervention. Far less common were the very early episodes like "Bedpans and Broomsticks" and especially the infamous "Frog Baseball".
    • So many examples of this trope exist that Mike Judge admits that the master tapes of many of the early episodes probably no longer exist due to the edits.
  • Name's the Same: Due to the series's trademark overuse of crude humor, there are a disproportionate amount of people named "Dick" in Highland. They include guidance counselor Dick Gaylord, meteorologist Dick Jackman, Sergeant Dick "The Rooster" Leakey, as well as one of Tom Anderson's old war buddies.
  • No Dub for You: Unlike with the original series, the reboot wasn't dubbed in any foreign country when it was broadcasted.
  • Old Shame: Much like how Trey and Matt feel about the early seasons of their show, Mike Judge hates most of the very early episodes of the show due to the very choppy animation and obvious humor compared to later seasons. He also hates some of the episodes that incorporate fantastical elements into them. Because of this, a great deal of the episodes from the show have not been released on DVD.
  • Real-Life Relative: The movie was one of only two films (the other being Mortal Thoughts) to star Bruce Willis and Demi Moore during their marriage.
  • Screwed by the Network: Canada's MTV quickly replaced the revived series with Jersey Shore reruns, occasionally airing the episodes at ridiculous hours of the night.
  • Talking to Himself: Mike Judge voiced many recurring characters as well as Beavis and Butt-Head themselves, including Tom Anderson using the voice that would later be used for (and associated with) Hank Hill.
  • Throw It In!: At the beginning of Nina Hagen's "Herman Was His Name", Mike Judge flubs a line as Beavis:
    Beavis: Whoa, that's a bigass skull, Beavis—I mean, Butt-Head.
  • Uncanceled: New episodes debuted in October 2011, but disappeared as soon as they premiered.
  • Unintentional Period Piece:
    • The show's depiction of slacker culture and metalhead teenagers plants it firmly in the mid-90's. While the reboot tried hard to modernize the duo, even retconning a few of their initial traits for this purposenote , it still couldn't escape the show's blatant "grunge era" roots. Though, to be fair, the reboot was very clearly made for people who were fans the series in its heyday, rather than potential newcomers.
    • The reboot itself fell into this. With the duo mocking pop culture hits of the early 2010's like Twilight and Jersey Shore.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • If Daria had not been a ratings and critical success from episode one, Glenn Eichler has stated that MTV would have most likely have forced him to incorporate Beavis and Butt-Head into the show to boost ratings.
    • The relaunched series was initially going to have Beavis and Butt-Head as adults. For some reason, it was decided to keep them as teenagers when it finally went into production. After they decided to keep them as teenagers, they were originally going to have been frozen for a decade, then brought back and made to see how life has changed since the 1990s.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Beavis and Butt-Head Wiki.
  • Writer Revolt: "Lightning Strikes"note  was written in a direct response to the trailer house fire incident that the creators were blamed for.


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