'Beavis and Butt-Head' set to return for 'Gen Z' revival from Comedy Central

Tom Beasley
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'Beavis and Butt-Head'. (Credit: MTV)
'Beavis and Butt-Head'. (Credit: MTV)

Animated comedy duo Beavis and Butt-Head are set to return to TV screens with a revival that sees the 1990s characters existing in a "whole new Gen Z world".

Comedy Central has ordered two seasons of the new take on the show, according to The Hollywood Reporter, with additional spin-offs and specials also on the table.

Original creator Mike Judge will return to write and produce the show, as well as providing the voices of the title characters.

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The MTV show, which premiered in 1993 after a short film aired the previous year, was seen as a major part of pop culture for Generation X.

Rolling Stone reports that the new reimagining of Beavis and Butt-Head will see the characters as parents to Generation Z kids, exploring the divisions between the two eras.

Co-creator and executive producer Mike Judge attends the 'Silicon Valley' fourth season premiere on April 18, 2017. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)
Co-creator and executive producer Mike Judge attends the 'Silicon Valley' fourth season premiere on April 18, 2017. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)

"It seemed like the time was right to get stupid again," said Judge in a statement.

Chris McCarthy, president of the ViacomCBS entertainment and youth group, added: "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."

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Beavis and Butt-Head ran for seven seasons between 1993 and 1997 and was subsequently rebooted for a new series in 2011.

In 1996, the characters made the move to the big screen with feature-length outing Beavis and Butt-Head Do America.

'Beavis and Butt-Head Do America'. (Credit: Paramount)
'Beavis and Butt-Head Do America'. (Credit: Paramount)

While the original Beavis and Butt-Head was beloved by fans for its mix of broad comedy and social commentary, it was also controversial as a result of its violent content and was linked to a number of crimes by media outlets.

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have cited the show as a major influence on their own work.

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In the wake of the popularity of Beavis and Butt-Head, Judge also co-created animated series King of the Hill and the HBO comedy Silicon Valley.

On the big screen, he famously wrote and directed the cult 1999 film Office Space.