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Monday, January 12, 2009

Tribute to South Park

What can I say about South Park that hasn't already been said, except that the first time I watched an episode, I was purely and simply shocked. It was shocking to see the crude animation style and the even more crude manner in which the material was being dealt with. But, since that first episode, it's been a show that I've tried to watch every single episode of because I can't seem to get enough of it. I know I've said this before about The Simpsons and The Family Guy, but in all fairness, I look at all three of these shows as being the epitomes of varying degrees of humor. There's The Simpsons which I think is very "Ha Ha Ha!" funny, followed by The Family Guy, which is "Oh My God!" funny, and finally, there's South Park, which is "What the F@*#?!?!?" funny.

The main reason I would like to appreciate the cast and crew -- all very talented people, especially the creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker -- is that it brought me to the sensitive-insensitive boundary and helped me cross it with ease. Laughing all the way, I might add. Always being sensitive to people and how they perceive things, South Park was the perfect outlet for all the politically incorrect stuff that most of us keep pent up. Every now and then, you have to let it out, and I think this show does that perfectly well. Later seasons have become more hilarious, and amazingly stylized for the kind of animation used. My favorites are the Christmas Special from one of the first couple of seasons, and Die Hippie, Die. Oh, and I've already done a tribute to Eric Cartman, by far my favorite character.

There's also a movie -- South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut -- that showcases the typical brand of humor that, well, has to grow on you. Please watch this show if you haven't seen it already because you simply must get a taste of being brought to the edge of funny-or-sacrilegious. Trust me! Don't believe me? Then check out this list of Top 10 Top Ten "South Park" Episodes to help get you started.

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