EW mourns the loss of new episodes of the MTV show

August 15, 1997 at 04:00 AM EDT

After four years, 209 episodes, and innumerable boogers, farts, and stiffies, production on Beavis and Butt-head is dead. And that, as many will attest, sucks. For this wasn’t just any old MTV cartoon show. No, Beavis and Butt-head was loaded with social significance and stuff.

Created by twisted Texan Mike Judge, the B boys accomplished much in their short lives: They chainsawed a grasshopper, spray-painted a dog, incinerated a birthday cake, and watched lots of Metallica videos. They also blessed us with bits of wisdom, such as ”Did you know when you’re eating a rump roast, you’re eating a cow’s butt?”

As with all visionaries, though, they had some detractors. In 1994, South Carolina senator Ernest Hollings railed against the violence of, in his words, ”Buffcoat and Beaver.” Later, a Californian used some of his lottery winnings to start a campaign to ban the spotty-faced metalheads.

But the duo survived. And they’ll live beyond the series, too: reruns will continue, and there will be future MTV specials; chances are, they’ll also make a sequel to their successful 1996 movie. When that day comes, America can once again proclaim that never have two stars so richly deserved their share of the gross.

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