One of the few bright spots in the cycle of the 2009 movie “Extract,” a critically overlooked box office flop written and directed by Mike Judge, was an ad for the movie featuring the filmmaker’s best-known creations, stupid but snarky metalhead teenagers Beavis and Butt-Head watching a clip of the film and making fun of it, just like they did with music videos on their explosively popular 1990s eponymous MTV cartoon show. Just two years later, new episodes of “Beavis and Butt-Head” were in production and back on MTV — for just one season. “That kind of caught up in some kind of changeover of the top brass at MTV,” Judge told Mandatory. “I’m kind of trying to sell it to another network.”
It took an exceedingly long time, but in 2020, Variety reported that the interrupted “Beavis and Butt-Head” reboot was finally returning to TV. Comedy Central, which, like MTV, is owned by ViacomCBS, ordered two seasons worth of “Beavis and Butt-Head,” and left the door open for specials and spinoffs, too. “It seemed like the time was right to get stupid again,” said Judge, who, as he did on the 1993 to 1997 original series, write, produce, and record the voices of both numskulls.