Cast your mind back to summer, 1992. You've been grounded after making fun of your dad's little yuppie ponytail. With nothing else to do, you pull up your really baggy jeans, throw your British Knights up on the coffee table and decide to watch a little MTV. Instead of seeing Dan Cortese in some crap about sports, you watch Liquid Television, and your world is changed.
Quick primer for those born after 1990: MTV used to have an amazing animation department. They produced hits like Beavis and Butthead, Celebrity Deathmatch and Daria, as well as many other more obscure series (Aeon Flux, The Head, The Maxx) — all of which can trace their origins back to Liquid Television.
Well, they must have noticed you wearing all that flannel again, because the '90s are back on MTV — at least as far as their programming goes. In addition to the Beavis and Butthead reboot, MTV has chosen to release hard-to-find clips from Liquid Television, a program dedicated to showcasing new and bizarre animations from all sorts of cartoonists and animators — such as Bill Plympton, Don Hertzfeldt, and a young Mike Judge, whose shorts would eventually become the inspiration for Office Space.