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South Park

An American animated sitcom on Comedy Central.

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Oh my God, it can still be fresh after all these years-when it wants to be

  • Jan 19, 2010

One day at work I asked a fellow coworker and avid anime fan what she thought of South Park and she told me she thought it was evil.  Evil?!  I pressed her and asked another question:  What would you rather watch-South Park or an Adult Anime chock full of misogony, degredation and violence towards women as many of them are famous for being.

She pondered this for a moment and responded Adult Anime "It's honest about what it is."  To say South Park has an ugly reputation in some peoples eyes would be an understatement.

South Park for many years has been a cornerstone on Comedy Central and largely the show that pulled that network out of the bottom of the heap of mediocrity and into a cable juggernaut.  Not bad for a show that some people would just as soon write off as juvenile or vulgar or in some other peoples eyes: evil.

The show follows the misadventures of four boys who grow up in a "white bread piss ant mountain town" of South Park CO.  Optimistic Stan and his best friend Kyle, Kenny the perpetually dying and obscured chewing toy of the group and Cartman who in the span of one episode goes from naive and spoiled to diabolical and evil for the remainder of the series and who remains the thrust of some of the best episodes.  When they aren't at school and coping with lifes wonderful problems: aliens, anal probes, religous nuts, and tacos that poop icecream surround them.

A South Park episode can be one of three things usually, 1 is preachy and full of messages poking fun at currant events or issues such as Red Hot Catholic Love or Tonsil Trouble.  These episodes are good for a laugh and while you can get a laugh or maybe a thought out of what is going on, creators Trey and Matt are only one rung or two higher then Family Guy as far as what they think of the opposing view points (ie your braindead or a Nazi if you disagree).  2, the show can be satirical proding at celebrity flavors of the week or fads like boy bands like Man Bear Pig and Christian Rock Hard.  These episodes are usually hysterical and can be dead on.  3 is bizzare with weird ideas or even a straight forwardness that most "adult cartoons" have that bend all sorts of rules and foundations and are the ones that can feature the aforementioned Taco that poops icecream.

The bad thing is that the show often can run a great stream of good episodes but will always come back to it's preachy ones or episodes that don't live up to expectations.  South Park isn't quite the show that throws crap (or ice cream) to the wall and hopes it sticks anymore but someone on the creative team must realize that some people out there like the preachiness and still pull it out from time to time.

South Park ISN'T evil but it ISN'T for little kids no matter how cute it looks or how much South Park brick a brack Spensors or other stores might still sell of it.  It's rude, crude and borderlines on an X rating at times cause of it's gratuitous nature.  The limits that the show can reach and boundaries it pushes can still be stunning even in a society whoes shock nerve might be dulled.

Maybe it doens't make much sense and yes it can turn off some people but South Park still does what it was meant to:  Be crazy and weird with ideas that can come out of no where and be surprising.  If they have some fun with celebrities and fads along the way right on, if they must stick their hand in the political arena, eh.
Oh my God, it can still be fresh after all these years-when it wants to be

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Quick Tip by . September 25, 2010
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Comedy Central's landmark TV show that is bizzare, satirical and can be very funny. Goes long stretches of stinkers and can have some tears of great ones.
Quick Tip by . February 21, 2010
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Quick Tip by . January 19, 2010
During it's zeitgeist the biggest show Comedy Central ever had and its still rolling now years later. Disgusting at times and smart others.
Quick Tip by . October 01, 2009
Might be raunchy, but their satirical take on current issues is awesome and surprisingly spot on.
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South Park is an American animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone for the Comedy Central television network. Intended for mature audiences, the show has become infamous for its crude, surreal, satirical, and dark humor that lampoons a wide range of topics. The ongoing narrative revolves around four children—Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, and Kenny McCormick—and their bizarre adventures in and around the fictional and titular Colorado  town.

Parker and Stone developed the show from two animated shorts they created in 1992 and 1995. The latter became one of the first Internet viral videos, which ultimately led to its production as a series. South Park debuted on August 13, 1997 with great success, consistently earning the highest ratings of any basic cable program. Subsequent ratings have varied, but the show remains Comedy Central's highest rated and longest running program. A total of 200 episodes have been broadcast, and the fourteenth season began airing on March 17, 2010. Parker and Stone, who continue to do most of the writing, directing, and voice acting, are under contract to produce 14 new episodes a year through 2011. Originally produced by cutout animation, each episode is now created with computer software that emulates the show's distinct style.

Following the early success of the series, the feature length musical film South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut had a widespread theatrical release in June 1999. South ...
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