Beavis and Butt-head (TV series)
Beavis and Butt-head is a cartoon created by Mike Judge. Its original run was on MTV from March 8, 1993 to November 28, 1997, starring Judge as the voices of the eponymous Beavis and Butt-head. This first run consisted of two pilot episodes and seven seasons, and the character of Daria Morgendorffer was created for the series. The second run began fifteen years later, on October 28, 2011.
The first season consisted of only three episodes; the following seasons were substantially longer. The episodes are generally 10 to 15 minutes long, including music video commentary, while the second run has also used commentary of other MTV shows like Jersey Shore; two episodes are usually shown in a thirty-minute block. Apart from the first season, the show was inked & painted onto cells by hand and then projected on film. Until the movie, it never had an art director (according to Judge).
Daria did not initially appear in the second run. In a music video "review" during the fourth episode, Butt-head mentions that Daria "moved away" (Beavis thought she'd committed suicide). However, at the 2011 NY Comic Con, Mike Judge said he liked the character a lot and that "maybe" he should do more with her; MTV's Daria Facebook said this was "met with overwhelming applause." He later told New York Magazine "boy, I keep getting asked that that [Daria]", including by Quentin Tarantino. "I didn’t expect the guy who made Reservoir Dogs to be a Daria fan... I should do more Daria, I guess."
Beavis and Butt-head used a 'sliding timescale' approach to continuity: whatever year it was in the real world, the characters remained the same age. This meant they could have two episodes set on different Christmas Day airing the same day and two consecutive Christmas comics, without it meaning they've actually gone forward four years; they could also have stories set during the summer without ever leaving ninth grade.
Daria, however, showed Daria going from (apparently) tenth grade to graduation in five years. This causes some major problems for continuity: if you just take stories where Daria spoke rather than the whole of Beavis and Butt-head as part of Daria continuity, it still barely works unless you:
a) Assume the stories aren't in chronological order
b) Ignore the problem and hope it goes away
In either instance, you have to ignore when Beavis and Butt-head states the year the story is set.
Luckily for nerds everywhere, Butt-head stated Daria "moved" in the fourth episode of the second run; this sets everything after Daria's ninth grade. So until Daria returns, we don't have to deal with her still being a teenager ten years after she graduated.
Episodes with Daria in
The episodes listed here are the ones where Daria had a speaking part: she was in the background of other episodes, but we are not counting these. Two episodes where she does not have a speaking part but does appear in the background, "No Laughing" and the film "Beavis and Butt-head Do America", have been used in Daria fanfiction because they introduced some interesting concepts: juvie school Hope High, and arms runners Muddy Grimes & Dallas Grimes and the X-5 supervirus (respectively).
Depending on one's source, episodes either had production numbers ending in either "a" or "b" (depending on whether the episode was the first or second shown in a thirty-minute block) or had no production numbers at all. The show premiered in 1993 before the obsessive record-keeping synonymous with internet fandom was in place, and one will find different lists of episodes placing the shows in different production order. As a result, three episodes are credited with being the first appearance of Daria. Both essayist CF and Martin J. Pollard credit Sign Here as the first appearance of Daria. Other internet sources credit Babes 'R' Us as the first episode in which Daria appears, though this makes little sense (Beavis & Butt-head make a joke of her name which isn't mentioned in the episode itself).
The following list is taken from Wikipedia. Going by air date, it would appear that Scientific Stuff is the actual first speaking appearance of Daria, regardless of the production schedule numbering. As Scientific Stuff is the only Beavis and Butt-head episode where Daria has a substantial contribution to the plot, and as Daria was created to create a smart, female character for Beavis and Butt-head, the argument could be made that Scientific Stuff is actually Daria's first true appearance, both chronologically and thematically, as the episode is essentially a showcase for Daria Morgendorffer and her reactions to the two stars.
Many of the below episodes have not been included in the Beavis and Butt-head: The Mike Judge Collection DVDs, and thus are unlikely to ever be collected. This includes important (for Daria fans) episodes like "Scientific Stuff".
|#||Season||Original US Airdate||Title|
|6||2||May 17, 1993||Scientific Stuff|
|Daria is forced by science teacher Mrs. Dickie to work with Beavis and Butt-head on a science project.|
|25||2||June 23, 1993||Babes 'R' Us|
|When the boys see a female mud-wrestling bar commercial, they train for their hoped-for visit to the establishment.|
|28||2||July 6, 1993||Sign Here/Petitions Suck|
|When a furrier comes to Highland, Beavis and Butt-head are asked to collect petition signatures by Mr. Van Driessen.|
|35||3||September 8, 1993||Incognito|
|Threatened at school, Beavis and Butt-head protect themselves with the art of disguise.|
|44||3||October 4, 1993||Sporting Goods|
|Coach Buzzcut tells Beavis and Butt-head that they must purchase athletic supporters for gym class.|
|47, 48||3||October 18, 1993||Citizen Butt-head|
|Two-parter. President Clinton is coming to visit Highland High, and Principal McVicker gives them a phony pass to keep them out of school.|
|71||4||April 7, 1994||Water Safety|
|Beavis and Butt-head almost sink Coach Buzzcut's water safety class, until the class learns they can't swim.|
|80||4||May 9, 1994||Butt is it Art?|
|The boys provide valuable improvements on a field trip to an art museum.|
|92||4||July 15, 1994||The Great Cornholio|
|An infusion of sugary products transforms Beavis into the figure of menace known as "The Great Cornholio".|
|100||5||December 10, 1994||Walkathon|
|When Daria participates in a walkathon, the boys pledge large amounts of money. But what happens when they can't pay?|
|104||5||December 16, 1994||Career Day|
|During Mr. Van Driessen's "Career Day", the boys gain valuable experience as mall security guards.|
|112||5||January 29, 1995||Wet Behind the Rears|
|Coach Buzzcut insists the boys take a shower for his phys ed class. Beavis and Butt-head struggle with the concept.|
|136||5||September 12, 1995||Spare Me|
|Attractive girls ask Beavis and Butt-head to change a tire for them.|
|145||6||November 20, 1995||U. S. History|
|Giving oral reports in history class, the boys just make shit up.|
|Special||6||December 19, 1995||It's a Miserable Life|
|In a parody of It's a Wonderful Life, an angel shows the duo how Highland would be better off without them.|
|153||6||January 17, 1996||Sprout|
|Mr. Van Driessen introduces the boys to the art of botany. Beavis and Butt-head try to grow nachos.|
|200||7||November 28, 1997||Beavis and Butt-head are Dead|
|Final episode of the original run. While watching TV for three weeks, Beavis and Butt-head get Highland High School to stop calling by claiming that they're dead. The school celebrates, but for how long?|