Why Mike Judge is king of the pop-culture hill: An illustrated timeline

The A.V. Club for Mike Judge Presents: Tales From The Tour Bus
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For nearly 25 years now, Mike Judge and his creations have been a fixture in American pop culture. From Beavis And Butthead to Silicon Valley, his TV shows and movies have captured the zeitgeist of America—even if, as in the case of his recently rediscovered film Idiocracy, it occasionally doesn’t happen until nearly a decade later. Below, we’ve created an illustrated timeline of Mike Judge’s influence, from the works he created to the pop culture that took inspiration or influence from his presence.


This post is brought to you by Cinemax’s Mike Judge Presents: Tales From The Tour Bus, a new half-hour docuseries from Mike Judge. The eight-part series will tell the stories of some of country music’s most colorful true-life characters in the animated style for which Judge is famed. The series premieres September 22 at 10 p.m. Eastern, only on Cinemax.

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