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    Beavis and Butt-head

    Beavis and Butt-head

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    MTV - Music Television
    Beavis and Butt-head was first aired on the U.S. cable network MTV in March 1993. This show, which combined animation and music videos, was an example of the unique programming that MTV has consistently provided for its youthful demographics. The half-hour program alternated between a simple narrative, which focused on the exploits of two low-life adolescents, and clips from music videos, which the two teens commented on. Creator Mike Judge had penned the aimless duo for a festival of animation when Abby Turkuhle, MTV's senior vice president picked up an episode for the network's animated compendium Liquid Television. MTV immediately contracted for 65 episodes from Judge, with Turkuhle as producer, and placed Beavis and Butt-head in the 7:00 and 11:00 P.M. week-day time slots. The characters, Beavis and Butt-head, are rude, crude, and stupid, and can be placed in the "dumb comedy" tradition, which includes Abbott and Costello, The Three Stooges, Cheech and Chong, Saturday Night Live's Wayne and Garth, and FOX's The Simpsons. When the show debuted, television critics differed in their opinions, with some praising the show for daring to present the stupidity of male "metalheads" who watch too much television (effectively satirizing the core MTV audience), and others categorizing Beavis and Butt-head as another example of television's declining quality. Beavis and Butt-head did find an audience and began pulling in MTV's highest ratings. But the show was also quite controversial, instigating heated public debate on the interconnected issues of representations of violence in the media and generational politics surrounding youth subcultures. Beavis and Butt-head they found, was especially popular with those in their twenties. It turned out to be bothersome to many that young people enjoyed the show and laughed at its two imbecilic boys, even if these fans were much more intelligent and much less grating than Beavis and Butt-head. In this sense, Beavis and Butt-head raised the issue of generational taste cultures. Definitions of "taste," Pierre Bourdieu notes, "unite and separate, uniting those who are the product of similar conditions but only by distinguishing them from all others. And taste distinguishes in an essential way, since it is the basis of all that one has--people and things--and of all that one is for others, whereby one classifies oneself and is classified by others." To the degree that taste cultures agree, they are brought together into a subcultural formation; but to this degree they are also separated from those with whom they differ. It was the "bad taste" of Beavis and Butt-head's audience which bothered many, and this brings to the surface another one of the reasons why Beavis and Butt-head was so controversial. Cultural critics, educators, and concerned parents gathered skeptically, sternly, and anxiously in front of the television set and passed judgment upon the "tasteless" Beavis and Butt-head show. And in an ironic reversal, Beavis and Butt-head countered by ascending the cultural hierarchy. The two youths channel-surfed, looking for videos that didn't suck (i.e. those with heavy metal or hardcore rap, those that contained violence, or encouraged genital response.) In becoming the self-proclaimed Siskel and Ebert of music video, they served to evaluate pop culture with an unencumbered bottom line--does a music video "suck" or is it "cool?" Beavis and Butt-head as a television show, was certainly towards the lower end of traditional scales of cultural "quality." But these two animated "slackers" evaluated other media, and so pronounced their own critical opinions and erected their own taste hierarchies. Beavis and Butt-head had their own particular brand of "taste:" they determined acceptability and unacceptability, invoking, while simultaneously upending, notions of "high" and "low" culture. In this, they entered that hallowed sphere of criticism, where they competed with others in overseeing the public good and preserving the place and status of artistic evaluation. They disregarded other accepted forms of authority, refusing to acknowledge their own limited perspectives. But like other critics, this was an important part of their appeal. After all, critics are sought out for straightforward opinion, not muddled oscillation. In this recuperation of the critical discourse, Beavis and Butt-head joined with their audience, approximating the contradictory impulses of contemporary cynical youth, who mixed their self-delusion with self-awareness. In the case of fans of Beavis and Butt-head, these lines of demarcation indicated both a generational unity and the generation-based barriers between the baby boomers and the "baby busters." The reputed cynicism of the "twentynothings" was on view as Beavis and Butt-head evoked both a stunted adolescence which was long past and an unsure and seemingly inaccessible future.moreless
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    Spider-Man: The New Animated Series

    Spider-Man: The New Animated Series

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2003)
    Spider-Man, the animated series, continues where the successful live action feature film of the same name left off. The series follows the adventures of superhero Peter Parker and his friends, Harry Osborn and Mary Jane Watson, during their first year of college at Empire State University. Parker must juggle academics, a job as a Web designer/photographer for The Daily Bugle and an on-again, off-again relationship with the love of his life, all while fighting to protect the world from super-villains. Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser, M.D.), Ian Ziering (Beverly Hills 90210), and Lisa Loeb (folk-pop singer) show off their vocal talents in this new, thrilling computer-animated series.moreless
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    Daria

    Daria

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2002)
    The people of Lawndale just don't get Daria Morgendorffer. She's cool with that. See, Daria was born alienated, and now she's just trying to make it through high school with as little human contact as possible. Popularity, friends, activities... whatever. Daria lacks enthusiasm, but she makes up for it with sarcasm. Daria is the spin-off of MTV's most sucessful cartoon, Beavis and Butt-Head. Theme Song: La la la la la This is my stop Got to get off I may go *pop* Excuse me (repeat once) I've got to be direct La la la If I'm wrong please correct La la la You're standing on my neck La la la You're standing on my neck (short guitar cord) La la la la la (repeat) Rating: Usually all Daria episodes are rated TVPG-L.moreless
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    Aeon Flux

    Aeon Flux

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 1995)
    The following is heard during the theme of the show: Trevor: The dream to awaken our world. Aeon: You're out of control. Trevor: I take control. Whose side are you on? Aeon: I take no sides. Trevor: You're skating the edge. Aeon: I am the edge. Trevor: What you truly want, I can give. Aeon: You can't give it, can't even buy it, and you just don't get it. From Peter Chung ("Alexander") brings you a whole new ride, that is Non-Japanimation (a.k.a. Anime) for once, that breaks all the rules in all of American cartoons. "Aeon Flux" first started out as several shorts on MTV's Liquid Television, then spun off into it's own show, under the same name. Just add power, corruption, guns, sex, death, and you'll get a whole new step in animation. Notes: · The episode names are hard to pronounce, as well as the characters on the show. They did not include all the guest stars (just labeled as "Additional voices") so if you know any thing please let us know. · All episodes were released on tape, and the first volume (labeled as "Aeon Flux") was released on DVD back in 1997. Sony Music group who had rights to both the VHS Box Sets and the single DVD, no longer hold rights to the series, therefore it is labeled as "Out of Print." The Original DVD is selling from $40 - $60.00, if you're lucky on eBay. · IMDB reported that a "2nd Season" for Aeon Flux were discussed at MTV, but as of 2003 it hasn't been fulfilled.moreless
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    Undergrads

    Undergrads

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2001)
    Four high school friends face a new life and new experiences as they start their freshman year of college. Fraternities, campus traditions, girls and grades are just some of the challenges facing Nitz, Gimpy, Cal and Rocko.moreless
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    Celebrity Deathmatch

    Celebrity Deathmatch

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2007)
    Sport and event coverage re-defined! Today's hottest celebrities are pitted against each other in no-holds-barred fantasy fights complete with pre- and post-battle activities, one-on-one interviews, press conferences and behind-the-scenes locker room moments that parody the worlds of film, television, music and politics. Announcers Johnny Gomez and Nick Diamond offer commentary and play-by-play coverage while legendary referee Mills Lane presides over the Celebrity Deathmatch Ring. moreless
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    Liquid Television

    Liquid Television

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    Welcome to the Liquid Television guide at TV.com. What words come to mind when you think of Liquid Television? Perhaps smart..funny..dramatic...maybe even weird. Liquid Television was THE show for "up-and-coming" animators to show what they got. Originally shown on BBC-2 in December of 1990, MTV picked up the show in June of 1991, and lasted 3 seasons. Who said that cartoons had to be drawn by hand? This show combined computer animation, drawings by hand, paper cut-outs, and even live action to make something entertaining for the viewers. A total of 8-15 animated shorts were shown per 30 minute episode (24 minutes without commercials..though times have changed). Broadcast History (MTV)* June 1991: Sunday, 7:30 PM Sept. 1992-Nov. 1992: Tuesday, 10:00 PM Jan. 1994-Mar. 1994: Sunday, 11:30 PM * = only for new episodes. Reruns were always scattered on the MTV schedule to "kill time" Popular Cartoons •Aeon Flux - Aeon Flux is a secret agent from Monica. Her mission is to serve justice to those against her via violence. Only problem is that she somehow gets killed before her mission is completed...but is "rebooted" in each short that follows. •Beavis and Butt-head - Originally featured as two different shorts on the second season of Liquid Television, Beavis and Butt-head are probably the biggest morons you'll ever find...but they only do stupid things because they're bored! Their idea of life is simple: TV, women, and more TV. •Crazy Daisy Ed - Crazy Daisy Ed is an obnoxious and very angry flower. Rebellious ways is part of his life...but the police is there to make sure that doesn't happen. •Stick Figure Theater - What happens when you take a clip from a classic movie and have stick figures act out that particular scene? I'm sure the most curious have asked such a question, and here's your chance to experience that... If you want to add any other popular Liquid Television cartoons to the list, just contribute it (make sure to include a brief description of the cartoon), or post it on the message board. Spin Offs Beavis and Butt-head (1993-1997) Aeon Flux (1995) Awards & Nominations •1993 Emmy - Nominated Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour or Less) - Japhet Asher (executive producer), Abby Terkuhle (executive producer), Prudence Fenton (producer), John Payson (supervising producer for MTV) For show #11. •1992 Emmy - Won Outstanding Individual Achievement in Graphic Design and Title Sequences - Ken Pearce (designer/animator), Mark Malmberg (designer) Theme Song Composed by Mark Mothersbaughmoreless
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    3 South

    3 South

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2003)
    3 South was a short-lived cartoon on MTV. The show focused on two life-long friends, Sanford and Del, and their adventures at the fictional Barder College. With the exception of their roommate Joe, everyone on campus is incredibly stupid and inept. Nonetheless, the idiotic, irresponsible, and thoughtless Sanford and Del are portrayed as the series' heroes.moreless
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    Super Adventure Team

    Super Adventure Team

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 1998)
    Super Adventure Team is about the members of a high-tech action-adventure team, who spend more time dealing with assorted sexual exploits than they do saving the universe. The team is led by the idiotic Colonel Buck Murdock, who manages to be the hero no matter how badly he screws up each mission. Murdock's love of adventure is matched only by his love for Talia Criswell. While Murdock and Talia are rolling in the sack, Talia's husband, the brilliant but clueless Dr. Benton Criswell, remains locked in a state of denial. Finally there is the trigger-happy, Murdock-hating Major Landon West and the sexually confused Chief Engineer Head. The show parodies the same style of Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds, where the show is acted out with marionettes.moreless
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    The Animation Show

    The Animation Show

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    The Animation Show returns to MTV2 with an all-new 30 min special personally curated by Mike Judge. This year's program features award-winning short films from around the world.
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    The Maxx

    The Maxx

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 1995)
    Welcome to The Maxx guide at TV.com. Most of us inhabit at least two worlds: The real world where we're at the mercy of circumstance and the world within, the unconscious, a safe place where we can escape. The Maxx shifts between these worlds against his will. Here, homeless, he lives in a box in an alley. The only one who really cares for him is Julie Winters, a freelance social worker. But in Pangea, the other world, he rules the outback and is the protector of Julie, his jungle queen. There he cares for her. But he always ends up back in the real world. And me? Old Mr. Gone. Only I can see that the secret which unites them could destroy them. I could be helpful… Bah, screw it. I think I'll have some fun with them first.moreless
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    DJ & the Fro

    DJ & the Fro

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    MTV - Music Television
    MTV offers ups this animated series about two bored officemates who spend their days swapping viral video in the workplace.
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    Downtown

    Downtown

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 1999)
    Downtown is an animated take on urban life, based on interviews with real people the show follows a diverse and multi racial cast who live in NY. With mind blowing, award winning animation...original stories, brilliantly written...Great acting, easy to relate to likeable characters and a killer soundtrack.


    The main characters of the show are:
    Alex- Probably 23-25 years old. Just moved to an apartment on Manhattan. As a typical computer-fantasy-sf-comic geek hasn't got much experience with girls, and that gives his best friend- Jen, and his younger sister- Chaka another reason to make fun of his miserable person (besides laughing at his casual clothes and hobbies). Unsubstantialy in love with Serena- goth girl from a comic book store.

    Chaka- Alex's younger sister, 19. Always fashionable, always want to be on top, so she hangs out with anyone who is "trendy" enough. Likes all kind of clubs, pubs and bars. Being too young to drink alcohol is not a problem to Chaka, because of her natural talent of acting older then she is and thanks to Fruity- her friend, who make fake ID's. Likes to annoy Alex and spend his money for her own pleasures.

    Jen- Her relationship with Alex started years ago, in primary school. Always sarcastic and always in "anti-trendies" mood (that's why she is seen almost whole time in baggy, three larger clothes). Likes to make fun of Alex, but she's his best friend and always there to comfort him in sad moments.

    Mecca-Chaka's sidekick and high school friend. Much more reasonable and less party type than her friend, Mecca is sometimes a voice of conscience, when Chaka's actions go to far. She hopelessly dreams about great love, like in fairy tales- knight on the white horse and that sort of stuff.

    Fruty- Skater and playboy (in his dreams, of course)- he is the finest example of "How not to pick chicks with lame speech" type. But he is handsome and sometimes got his great moments, so maybe Chaka could some day be more than a friend to him. By now, it's just a little hate-love relationship.

    Matt- Fruty’s friend and graffiti artist. His greatest desire is to put his own tag on every “dangerous and impossible to reach place” in New York, to gain honor in whole graffiti community and become a legend. Girls like him, but he doesn’t seem to have much interest in them- a can of spray paint is his only love.

    Serena- Goth chick, currently working in a comic book store. Beautiful and mysterious, a dream of any guy, who doesn’t mind black lipstick and vampiric outfit. Though Alex is trying to impress her by being someone he’s not (even denying his sf-comic passions!) she seems to only like him and nothing more. Jen doesn’t like her much, maybe because of jealousy.

    Goat- True “Headbangers Ball” generation- moustache like Lemmy from Motorhead, dressed up like Hell’s Angel, drinking everything with even a little alcohol in it and paranoid because of strange substances he was drugging himself with in mid 80’s. The most easy-going and simple character in whole series- he only wants to drink, get laid and drink something afterwards. But his simple thinking makes him the best advisor (sometimes) for Alex and others. Got even more lame pick up speeches than Fruty.moreless
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    Good Vibes

    Good Vibes

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2011)
    This coming-of-age story set in a beach town is the brainchild of Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green.
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    The Head

    The Head

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 1996)
    "The Head" began as an ongoing serial which originally ran under the title "MTV's Oddities." The Head is the story of Jim, a trade-school student, who awakens one morning to find that his cranium has enlarged to mammoth proportions. A week later, out bursts Roy, an little blue alien with an odd sense of humor, who's taken up residence in Jim's head. Turns out Roy needed a place to stay to adapt to the Earth's environment while on a mission to save the world from a power-hungry alien named Gork. Aiding Jim and Roy are his girlfriend, Madelyn, his doctor, Dr. Richard Axel, and a group of "human anomalies." The group consists of Ray, a landscaper who has a lawnmower blade lodged in his skull; Mona, a normal looking woman with a tail; Ivan, who has a mouth in his chest; Raquel, who has a nose like a rat; Earl, who has a fishbowl in his mouth; Chin, a long-limbed former-freak show performer; and the annoyingly normal head of the group, Shane Blackman. After the initial 13 episodes had aired, "MTV's Oddities" began airing another serial, entitled The Maxx. When "The Maxx" had finished airing, "The Head" returned with a new batch of episodes, but the focus often shifted from Jim and Roy to the other "human anomalies" they'd befriended -- and the new episodes lacked the serial structure that had made the initial run so successful. Shortly after the second season finished airing, "The Head" (along with "MTV's Oddities") vanished from the airwaves. The first 13 episodes were released on video under the title "The Head Saves the Earth." Snippets from the original airings were left off of the video version (a similar edit was made to The Maxx video) to keep the running time under two hours. The second batch of episodes were never released on video. In 1996, Pocket Books released a graphic novel entitled "The Head: A Legend is Born," which was based on an episode that was never filmed. The cover shows a picture of Jim and folds out with a pop-up of what's in his head -- namely Roy. The story included the return of Dr. Elliot, who was last seen being probed on a UFO in "The Invasion."moreless
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    Popzilla

    Popzilla

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    MTV - Music Television
    This MTV sketch comedy project pokes fun at celebrity news and gossip.
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    Friday: The Animated Series

    Friday: The Animated Series

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    MTV - Music Television
    The animated series was a short cartoon series that was loosely based off of the Friday film series (Friday and Next Friday). Originally airing on MTV2, the show was created by Ice-Cube and had a total of 8 episodes. Each episode brought back all the popular characters from the films, including Smokey, but the characters are not voiced by the original stars. Episodes include, 'Hardly Working,' in which the character Pops kicks Craig (Ice-Cube) out of the house until he finds himself a job. Unable to do so, Craig ends up sleeping on the streets of Southern California and winds up being accused and arrested for the kidnapping of a white girl. Another popular episode, 'Notorious T.R.E.E.,' is about a tree in the neighborhood that has a wood knot that resembles the face of deceased rapper, Biggie Smalls. The knot attracts the attention of the entire neighborhood and brings P. Diddy for a visit all the way from New York City. The show originally aired in 2007 and can now be watched again on MTV.moreless
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    Sic 'Emation Sneak

    Sic 'Emation Sneak

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    MTV2's New Animation Block featuring "Celebrity Deathmatch," "Where My Dogs At?", and "The Adventures of Chico and Guapo"
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