Posted by: ckckred | October 6, 2011

Celebrating 15 Hilarious Years of South Park

When South Park came out in 1997, it was intended to be a parody of children shows, with a group of foul-mouthed kids living in a red neck town.  But over the years, South Park turned into TV’s best and most scorching satire.

Now in its 15th season, Comedy Central is playing at 10 Eastern Time a documentary on the making of South Park on Sunday.  The documentary explains how creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker make an episode of their show in less than six days.

(Creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker)

But the most notable thing of South Park is how it revolutionized television.  Like what The Simpsons and Seinfeld did in the 90s with an irrelevant take on comedy, South Park took its rage on practically everything.  If Seinfeld was the show about nothing, South Park was the show about everything.

South Park sacrifices more sacred cows a week, taking on TV’s most controversial topics like Scientology, Tom Cruise, Muhammad, and even Christopher Reeve.  Most critics of South Park (who most likely don’t watch it) criticize its mean streak.  But South Park is not an immoral show.  It’s strangely the most moral and noble show on television.

Take the episode “The Passion of the Jew”, where after Kyle sees Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, admits to Cartman that he was right about the Jews.  Cartman, meanwhile, revives the Nazi party to carry out the final solution.  The town is about to go through a breakdown when they all discover that Mel Gibson is actually a torture, psycho maniac.  Stan tells Mel Gibson that he should try to spread Jesus’ message, not showing his death, which was really a message from Stone and Parker, addressing their distaste for The Passion of the Christ.  The episode, not only one of South Park’s best, was critically raved by Jewish communities everywhere, praising the show’s take on Gibson.

But in my opinion, South Park’s best episodes aren’t its celebrity or news event episodes, but the ones that focus on the relationships of the four boys.  This is the reason why the show’s best episode is “Scott Tenorman Must Die”, in which Cartman tricks a school bully into eating his own parents, ending with the line “Revenge is a dish best served—chili!”

Over the years, South Park has earned a place as one of TV’s best comedies, and has also earned a spot in our hearts.  The show’s midseason premiere begins today at 10:00.

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