Over the hill… to Liquid Television

Does anyone still remember Liquid Television? I’ve talked about Liquid TV before, mostly regarding The Maxx. But as we move swiftly through 2010 I am floored by the thought that Liquid Television is twenty years old. Howindahelldidthathappen?? I mean, Liquid Television is new! It’s cutting edge! It’s hip! It’s off the wall, like Ren & Stimpy! Oh shit, that show is 20 years old too. Crap, man, I am just so totally over the hill. Or at least I will be, in a few days. If the average American male life span is 72 years, I officially pass the mid-way point early next week. So, in celebration of my inexorable decline into senility, I give you a personal Top Ten Best from Liquid Television. Thank you, YouTube.

Oh, and how this relates to science fiction and writing… Ummm… Liquid Television birthed Æon Flux. Yeah, and they played some occasional SF-type anime and other shorts, too.

#1: THE HONKY PROBLEM (Mike Judge)

#2: BEAVIS & BUTTHEAD SHORT: PEACE, LOVE & UNDERSTANDING (Mike Judge)

#3: MILTON AND THE STAPLER (Mike Judge)

#4: THE RUNNING MAN (Yoshiaka Kawajiri)

#5: LET’S CHOP SOO-E! (Eric Pigors)

#6: THE SWEEPER (uncredited)

#7: WINTER STEELE — all episodes (Cintra Wilson)

#8: DOG BOY — all episodes (Charles Burns)

#9: SLOW BOB IN THE LOWER DIMENSIONS (Henry Selick)

#10: THE END (uncredited)

BONUS: LEA PRESS-ON LIMBS (Debra Dawson, Chris Miller)

BONUS BONUS: GRINNING EVIL DEATH (Bob Sabiston, Mike McKenna)

Folks, they just don’t make MTV cool like this anymore. Now it’s all crappy pop-hop and reality television. But there was a time — long before now — when MTV actually tried to do a few things that were original. (sigh) I sound like such an old cuss…

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4 thoughts on “Over the hill… to Liquid Television

  1. Wow, I haven’t thought of Liquid TV in a long time. I loved the Maxx and Aeon Flux.

    Another strange show that I loved on MTV was the Siffle and Ollie show about two tripped out sock puppets. I don’t think it was on long, but my wife and I loved the show.

    And thanks for reminding me that I’ve passed the halfway mark already!

  2. He he he, sorry, didn’t mean to be harshing your mellow, dude. (grin) Yeah, we be getting’ old. Hmm, Siffle and Ollie sounds vaguely familiar. I shall Google it.

  3. Crap… 20 years you say? Is that the last time MTV was cool? I miss their raw creativity. They were literally an “anything goes” TV channel. Sadly they’ve devolved into mindless reality shows, but for a brief shining moment they were the place to be for unfettered creative glory.

    I wrote about Liquid Television a while back as well (http://gabrielnovo.com/what-happened-to-taking-chances/). I miss the chances people used to take with their entertainment. Too many homogenized shows with little deviation in their content. I think that’s why web shows (like Dr. Horrible) will be the next frontier for cutting edge content. Here’s hoping.

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