Beavis and Butt-Head is an American adult animated sitcom created and designed by Mike Judge. The series originated from Frog Baseball, a 1992 short film by Judge originally aired on Liquid Television. After seeing the short, MTV signed Judge to develop the concept. The series first ran for seven seasons from March 8, 1993, to November 28, 1997. The series was later renewed for an eighth season, which aired from October 27 to December 29, 2011. In 1996, the series was adapted into the animated feature film Beavis and Butt-Head Do America.
1. The duo was named after two real people.
While going to college, creator Mike Judge lived next door to a destructive, unsupervised, 12-year-old who called himself “Iron Butt,” as he claimed to feel no pain after challenging others to kick him hard in the rear. One of this boy’s friends was nicknamed “Butt-head” by Mike Judge and his classmates. There was another boy who lived a few blocks away named Bobby Beavis, though Judge says that he was absolutely nothing like the character aside from his laugh.
2. Beavis’s laugh was inspired by that of a “nerdy straight-A student” Mike Judge knew from school.
The student would sit in the front of the class and laugh with a grunt while biting his lip.