What could make Thanksgiving morning better for a teenage guy in the 90’s? Beavis and Butthead of course. Although I did not know about this special at the time, I would have definitely woken up early to watch it if I knew it was coming on. I was probably hanging out late and sleeping in at that time. Nowadays I stay in most of the time and usually wake up early. Responsibility sucks.
The special aired on MTV on November 27, 1997 during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The premise of the show is basically Beavis, Butthead, and Kurt Loder covering the Thanksgiving parade that runs through Times Square while sharing thoughts about the holiday. As you can imagine, some unique perspectives for turkey day were shared.
Kurt Loder: Hey hey, don’t just stand there guys. Interview someone!
Butt-head: Uh, we could interview their butts.
Truthfully though I think the special was made mostly to plug the final episode of Beavis and Butthead, which aired the next night. It was mentioned several times throughout the show. I remember that there was major buzz on the last show which supposedly had Beavis and Butthead die.
Also, I could be wrong but their balloon may have also been used to promote the “final” episode. Yeah, MTV had a balloon made up of Beavis and Butthead. The balloon wasn’t actually part of the parade, MTV anchored a balloon of them onto the top of their building. I really don’t know how I never found out about this until recently.
Where the hell was I??
Those who are into their humor will find the jokes in this special funny. Beavis and Butthead constantly make jokes about Loder for most of the episode. It is a good dynamic for such different personalities to host a show. It definitely keeps this special from drying out(no pun intended).
Butthead: Yeah, Loder. Don’t try to get all touchy-feely with us. Just because it’s a holiday doesn’t mean we’re gonna don any gay apparel. Uh huh huh!
The jokes come fast and constant as any other B&B episode. I don’t want to write too much because I’ll spoil any jokes if you decide you want to see it for yourself. I found out that this special can be found in the special features of the Beavis and Butt-head – The Mike Judge Collection, Vol. 1 DVD. However, I did find the streaming video online and you can click the picture below to watch it. Ain’t I a nice guy?
Oh, just a heads up. This year, the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special will air this Thanksgiving night on ABC. It will be followed by another Peanuts special about the first Thanksgiving. However, on Fox, there will be an Ice Age special at the same time and then a totally different Peanuts special will air right after. So, at about 8:30pm EST, there will be two different Peanuts specials airing on two different networks at the same time. I don’t recall hearing about anything like that before. I’ll simply DVR all the shows and watch them later. I’ll probably be at my in-laws at that time anyway.
I can’t find Garfield’s Thanksgiving Special airing anywhere, but you can watch in on YouTube here. Definitely one of my favorites. Enjoy.
- Mike Judge Talks the Return of Beavis and Butthead (shoppingblog.com)
- Timeless: Beavis and Butthead (allthingsjennifer.wordpress.com)
- Beavis And Butthead Return To MTV Tonight, Charlie Brown Halloween And More! (wcbsfm.radio.com)