If you don’t like South Park, we can’t be friends. I know it’s crude and in really bad taste most of the time but it’s one show I absolutely love. Word of advice: Don’t ever let your children watch South Park, ever! It’s animated, yes but don’t ever make the mistake of thinking that it’s for children because it’s definitely not. In fact, its goal seems to be to offend as many as possible as it presents the adventures of Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman. The show has taken on Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, politicians of every stripe and self-important celebrities. Oh, and Kenny is killed in many episodes.
For those of you who haven’t watched South Park yet, keep it that way…seriously. It’s one of those shows that you’re not supposed to like but you’ll end up loving it. Judgmental folks would automatically assume that you agree with everything that’s being said or portrayed in this sitcom when in fact you just have a very twisted, dark sense of humour…like me. If you haven’t watched it and want the lo-down on the show, keep reading.
“South Park is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone for the Comedy Central television network. The show revolves around four boys—Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, and Kenny McCormick—and their bizarre adventures in and around the titular Colorado town. Much like The Simpsons, South Park uses a very large ensemble cast of recurring characters. Intended for mature audiences, the show has become infamous for its crude language and dark, surreal humorthat satirizes a wide range of topics.”
The show’s popularity resulted in a feature-length theatrical film, South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut which was released in June 1999, less than two years after the show’s premiere, and became a commercial and critical success. In 2013, TV Guide ranked South Park the tenth Greatest TV Cartoon of All Time. I’ve watched the movie basically every time it was aired and I couldn’t stop watching even if I tried. Allow me to break down the main characters for you:
Eric Cartman (voiced by Trey Parker): Cartman is one of the most popular characters in South Park. He’s arrogant, aggressive,prejudiced and narcissistic and in later episodes he turned more psychopathic and exhibit manipulative behavior, definitely not a role model for your children.
Stan Marsh (also voiced by Trey Parker): Stan is generally depicted as friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and relaxed. He often shares with his best friend Kyle a leadership role as the protagonist of the show. Stan is unreserved in expressing his distinct lack of esteem for adults and their influences, as adult South Park residents rarely make use of their critical faculties.
Kyle Broflovski (voiced by Matt Stone): Kyle is distinctive as one of the few Jewish children on the show, and because of this, he often feels like an outsider amongst the core group of characters. His portrayal in this role is often dealt with satirically, and has elicited both praise and criticism from Jewish viewers.
Kenny McCormick (voiced by Matt Stone): Kenny is the one character that always dies and being returned to life in the next episode with no explanation.Stan would frequently use the catchphrase “Oh my God! They killed Kenny!”, followed by Kyle exclaiming “…You bastards!” His parka hood covers his mouth and when you start watching South Park you would have no idea what he’s saying. Some people become fluent in “Kenny” over the course of a few episodes or seasons.
Comedy Central (Ch122) has announced that Season 20 of South Park will kick of tomorrow, 15 September 2016 at 21:25 CAT. Last season it covered weighty current affairs like gentrification and gun control with tongue-in-cheek humour. Mr Garrison (voiced by Trey Parker) started running for president as a Trump-like figure and the aggressive PC (politically correct), Principal was introduced. Despite Cartman’s best efforts, PC Principal couldn’t be ousted. Tune in this month as the election campaign heats up.