Readers' Poll: The Best Comedy Shows of the 1990s

Decade that included 'The Simpsons,' 'Friends' and 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' has one series that's impossible to beat

7. 'Beavis and Butt-head'

It began in 1992 with an animated short called Frog Baseball that featured little more than two moronic teenagers brutally killing a frog with a baseball bat. Nobody who watched that could have predicted they were witnessing the birth of one of the great satirical shows of the decade. Once Beavis and Butt-head became an MTV series, many conservative groups were horrified, seeing it as yet another sign that society was going to hell. Nearly a quarter century later, no less than the Weekly Standard is praising Judge as "one of America's visionary comic intelligences over the previous 15 years." The John Podhoretz-penned article went on to name Beavis and Butt-head a "landmark act of pop culture self-criticism about the banality of music videos and the stunted sensibilities of their teenage male audience." He's absolutely right, even if that revival a couple of years ago where they watched new shows like Jersey Shore didn't quite pan out. 

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