Soon after Beavis and Butt-head made its debut on MTV, my parents were among the many who forbade their children from watching it (...) I made sure to not recite any lines from [it] in front of the two. While some people considered it the end of the civilised world, Time’s respected critic Kurt Andersen lauded its irreverence and famously wrote that it “may be the bravest show ever run on national television.” Its over 200 original episodes, books (yes, plural), movie, and soundtrack were enjoyed by millions from its debut on March 8, 1993, through its original end in 1997, and again during its brief return in 2011. 
There have been real problems with the show, notably encouraging young [children]] to play with fire, even though that's not what the show intended to do.
The mother of a 5-year-old boy who started a fire that killed his younger sister blames the MTV cartoon "Beavis and Butt-head" for promoting burning as fun, a fire official said on Friday. "When you take a child in the formative years and you get these cartoon characters saying it's fun to play with fire," said Fire Chief Harold Sigler, "this is going to stick in that kid's mind and it's going to be with him for a long time." (...) In August, a fire chief in a western Ohio town, Sidney, blamed the cartoon for a fire that three girls started after watching the program.