MTV's Liquid Television debuted 20 years ago today. I can't believe it's been 20 years, but then again, part of me feels that when I watched it, I was actually younger than I would have been just 20 years ago. I guess it's just another way to prove that I never outgrew my geek side, since I would've turned into Liquid Television while I was 20.
I definitely remember watching a bunch of the programs with my friend Mike while over at my parents' house painting Warhammer 40K miniatures or working on the outline for a series of novels based on my World of Samoth campaign setting. Our favorites were definitely Beavis & Butthead and of course Æon Flux. Oddly enough, while I enjoyed the Æon Flux animated series, I never ended up seeing the live-action version.
The animated programs on Liquid Television were extremely innovative and ground-breaking for their time, and the producers and creative teams were way ahead of the times in realizing that "non-kid" animation (I don't use the word "adult" because that creates a whole series of connotations that I don't mean to imply) was appealing to young 18-34 year old males. Today, it's pretty generally accepted that men in that age group play video games, watch superhero and science fiction movies, and probably watch animated programs like Family Guy or the stuff on Adult Swim. But, 20 years ago... nope. While all of that stuff still happened, most people in the marketing and media worlds did not know about it. It was a pretty big gamble for MTV to put stuff like this on and hope that it would find an audience, but I think we can safely say that without Liquid Television, there would be no Adult Swim, Family Guy, Bob's Burgers, Afro Samurai, Archer, and maybe not even one of my all-time personal favorites, Samurai Jack.*
Congrats on your anniversary, Liquid Television. You are missed.
Did you all watch Liquid Television? What are your memories of it?
* Note that I didn't mention The Cleveland Show because that program is awful.