South Park Season 20

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South Park Season 20 Review

The twentieth season of South Park aired in 2016 and it is another low for the series.

Yes, this season is even worse than its previous two seasons. It again has ten episodes, but this time around absolutely none of them got not only 5, but not even a 4 rating from me and that is really saying a lot about its quality. It is one of the most consistent of the recent seasons, but that is here not a good thing as all of the episodes are barely solid and never more than that. Plus you have the fact that this is the most connected season ever with the three subplots being repeated throughout, but not one of them got a proper conclusion and not one of them was particularly entertaining of funny.

Member Berries is a solid opening which is far from a great episode, but it does have a very good moment with the national anthem plus the conclusion in which the troll is revealed to be Gerald Broflovski is a well done twist ending.

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Member when there weren’t so many Mexicans?

Oooh, I member!

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Skank Hunt is a weaker episode from the previous one mainly because it is the start of downfall when it comes to Cartman and watching the boys destroy his stuff was absolutely heartbreaking to watch. Such a tragic character Cartman is and what the creators did to him.

The Damned is probably one of the best episodes of this season which again isn’t that great, but it features some of the funniest moments and watching everyone react to Heidi’s quitting of Twitter as if she had committed suicide was such a hilarious and truthful take on how important we perceive the internet and social media nowadays.

Wieners Out features a good exploration of how neglected the men might feel in this PC culture today and it is a solid introduction to Dildo Schwaggins. And of course the scene in which Sheila urinates on Gerald is the most memorable and traditional South Park crazy scene.

Douche and a Danish is a weak episode, but watching Garrison offend all those women is the standout moment for sure. Fort Collins isn’t that memorable, but it is a good progression of the Member Berries storyline that unfortunately would not conclude well, but more on that later.

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Oh, Jeez is the first truly mediocre episode here that is just bad. That is because the creators always intended for Trump to lose and when he actually won, it screwed up their entire storyline and the effect is evident – the episode feels disjointed and aimless.

Members Only makes fun of SpaceX quite amusingly and it was also fun watching Garrison as the newly appointed and totally clueless president. Not Funny is a mediocrity and Sheila was taken too far here. Yes, she was over-the-top in the movie too, but there it served the plot whereas here it just seems redundant and overly aggressive. And of course The End of Serialization as We Know It is just the worst with all of the three subplots poorly concluded with too much action and I just hope that the title of this episode proves true for later seasons.

As for the subplots, I really disliked the one with Cartman and Heidi. Yes, their ridiculously pathetic outburst were funny at times, but the jokes here were too repetitive and, as I said already for many times, Cartman is absolutely ruined and now there is no hope for him to come back as a great character he once was.

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The subplot with Gerald has its moments and the troll jokes were solid, but the entire Danish involvement felt far too arbitrary and the villain was just too cartoony. And the part with the boys and girls as well as Randy is probably the best of the bunch and Butters is solidly utilized, but what they did with Member Berries is just so frustrating. They were the absolute shining force of the season as these incredibly funny and likable characters that were a perfect and wonderfully cartoony attack on stupid nostalgia, but they simply forgot about them and did not conclude their story.

In the end, this twentieth season is the weakest ever season of South Park which has its funny moments, is as smart as usual and Member Berries are simply unforgettable, but it is never as connected or as concluded as it needed to be and none of the episodes are particularly good leading to a new low for once great show.

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Worst Episodes: Not Funny and The End of Serialization as We Know It.

Best Episodes: Member Berries and the Damned.

My Rating – 3.1

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South Park Season 12 (2008)

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South Park Season 12 Review

The twelfth season of South Park is definitely a good one, but it is disappointing when compared to its previous seasons.

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It doesn’t matter, Butters!

You never shoot a guy in the dick!

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Tonsil Trouble is a very good AIDS-related episode. What I found to be the highlight here is definitely the mocking of people’s attitude towards the decease which they deem to be the thing of the past. That was quite funny and you have to continually respect the show that somehow finds the humor in the bleakest of themes. And of course the conflict between Cartman and Kyle is terrific as always.

Britney’s New Look is one of the most disturbing South Park episodes ever. It is so relevant and so truthful, while still being heartbreaking and brutal in its depiction of paparazzi and celebrities. And while it lacks the humor in the process, the story is so well told and so important that I really admired this episode.

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Major Boobage is such a fun episode that is a refreshing change of pace after the last two socially conscious ones. The parody of ‘Heavy Metal’ is so good here with a particularly strong animation which is wonderfully reminiscent of that film. But this is a showcase of Kenny’s character and his obsession with women and he shines in this one. It is such an entertaining and wild trip.

Canada on Strike is very flawed. On the one hand, it has a phenomenal use of Butters and some really memorable scenes, but on the other hand, Canadians are somewhat boring with only the ending and a couple of other scenes being funny. It is a solid, but forgettable episode.

Eek, a Penis! is so strong on both fronts as both of its storylines are very good. The Cartman subplot is stupendous and this is one of his most memorable invented personas, but the Garrison storyline is even better as it perfectly concludes his sexual identity trip with him going back to being man again. And that ending is just hilarious. It is really a shame that they got rid of this fantastic character basically after this episode. Yes, he got many great episodes to this point and his overall plot progression has been of the most satisfying kind, but I still wish that they made use of him even more.

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Over Logging is without a doubt one of the finest episodes of this season. It has probably the best use of Randy ever and that is really saying a lot. They used Mr. Garrison more to this point, but from now on, Randy will get a lot of screen time. And this is a perfect showcase of his character and his perversions with so many hilarious scenes. But the entire episode is great because the story is fantastic, the feel and tone is perfect and it wonderfully makes fun of our internet obsessed society.

Super Fun Time isn’t the best episode here, but it surely benefits from an awesome Cartman/Butters dynamic and of course from spectacular new characters. The museum people are so funny here and they are easily the highlights here.

The China Problem has a weaker use of Cartman and Butters, but the other subplot makes up for it in spades as it perfectly makes fun of Americans being obsessed with movies and movie characters and it wonderfully mocks George Lucas and Steven Spielberg as well. It is one of the funniest and most graphic parts of the season.

Breast Cancer Show Ever is just awesome! This is the kind of episode that I like best. It takes such a simple premise with no social commentary or parody whatsoever, but makes full use of it with Erik Cartman getting some of the best lines and moves ever. It is one of the most purely entertaining and funniest episodes ever and it is definitely one of South Park’s finest to this day.

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And now we come to the weakest point of this season – Pandemic and Pandemic 2: The Startling. Now these are definitely solid episodes that benefit from a good use of Randy and the best ever use of Craig, but this story in particular did not deserve to get a two-episode treatment and that is evident in its execution with a repetitive tone and slow pace. And they ridiculed ‘Cloverfield’ really well here, but it still did not need to be a two-parter.

About Last Night… is such a ridiculous episode. Yes, it is silly and sometimes typical, but I still liked it because it is wonderfully apolitical which is very interesting as it deals with such a subject matter. But it went in a more fun and adventurous route and that was great as it produced some very charming scenes.

Elementary School Musical is such a classic. It succeeds as a parody, but it is great mostly because it gives us Bridon’s father who is one of the best and funniest characters to appear in just one episode. The entire episode is extremely hilarious and it makes use of its subject to the fullest extent with some catchy songs, many great character moments and a terrific humor.

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The Ungroundable is the last episode of season 12 and it is a pretty good one. The Goth kids have never been my favorites, but this is the exception as they are used really well this time around. But the entire part succeeds mostly because of Butters who is so hilarious here with many unforgettable moments. It is a different, but still funny episode.

In the end, while it does have its problems with a couple of weaker episodes and a lack of variety, this twelfth season is still a very good one. It is inferior to season 11 and season 10 for sure, but it does finish off Garrison’s story in a good way, it does have a great use of Butters and Randy along with having a couple of interesting new characters.

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Worst Episodes: Canada on Strike, Pandemic and Pandemic 2: The Startling.

Best Episodes: Over Logging, The China Problem, Breast Cancer Show Ever and Elementary School Musical.

My Rating – 4.4

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Top Ten South Park Characters

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Top Ten South Park Characters

Unlike most animated shows, South Park admittedly does have fewer characters, but that works in its favor as it leads to a much better development of those who are there. On this list you aren’t going to see those serious characters so no Kyle or Stan either as I focused on humor and listed those who are the funniest and most memorable. A lot of these are supporting and do not appear as much, but all of them left a lasting impression. So here we are.

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Top Ten South Park Characters- Satan10. Satan

Satan had to be on this list because he is one of the most original and crazy characters here. His relationship with Saddam Hussein is ridiculous as is his entire personality, but that makes him all the funnier. He is a needy teenage girl at heart and nobody ever depicted this figure as such and that’s what makes him an unforgettable, funny character who stole the show whenever he appeared and his defining hour definitely came in the South Park movie.

 

 

Top Ten South Park Characte- Kenny McCormick9. Kenny McCormick

He doesn’t say much and he only mutters through his hood, but that alone leads to a lot of the humor where we guess what he’s saying. Now the running gag throughout the first half of the series’ run was him dying and although they scraped that later on, they still gave us an explanation for that in the great Coon trilogy. But he is an amusing character thanks to his obsession with sex and in particular titties and every episode with that was a winner.

 

 

Top Ten South Park Characters- Mr. Mackey8. Mr. Mackey

One of the best South Park teachers, Mr. Mackey is consistently funny and we’ve seen him grow in many episodes throughout the seasons, even learning about his troubled past in Insheeption. Yes, he doesn’t appear all that much, but he is always welcome in an episode as he brings not only the humor, but a lot of heart as well. And of course his signature, unforgettable catchphrase – “Mmkay”.

 

 

Top Ten South Park Characters- Al Gore7. Al Gore

Yes, I cheated here a bit as he isn’t an original South Park creation, but a celebrity parody, but I just had to include him as he is the best celebrity work in the series without any doubt. They depicted him brutally, but watching him run around in that cape, all lonely and talking about the imaginary ManBearPig was hilarious and his nasal speech was so funny. He is the character who should have been much more used as he consistently delivered.

 

 

Top Ten South Park Characters- Sergeant Yates6. Sergeant Yates

This crazy lunatic did not appear until the second half of the show, but he cemented his status very quickly as one of South Park’s funniest residents. His humor is twofold. One of them is sexual and his role in Butters’ Bottom Bitch is absolutely hysterical. But his other role is even better as this very ignorant racist who always wants to frame black people. He is the character who works best in small doses and that is what we got and whenever he appears on the screen, he is bound to get some big laughs.

 

 

Top Ten South Park Characters- Stephen Stotch5. Stephen Stotch

As the craziest and most strict member of the Stotch family, Stephen’s rigorous parenting methods are highly questionable, but very entertaining with his signature “You are grounded, mister!” being consistently hilarious. A lot can be explained about Butters when you look at his crazy father who is not only terrible to Butters, but also a closeted gay man and there is a lot of the humor to be had there along with his always present sense of paranoia.

 

 

Top Ten South Park Characters- Randy Marsh4. Randy Marsh

Randy is your typical dumb character that all of these shows have in common, but he lifts that to a whole new level as he truly is very amusing to follow. He got a bit repetitive during the last couple of seasons, but all of his earlier episodes were classics and some of the best of the series. And he is the most cartoony character here with very crazy, ridiculous antics, albeit done in a typically brutal and mature South Park fashion.

 

 

Top Ten South Park Characters- Mr. Garrison3. Mr. Garrison

It was a toss-up between these two, but Garrison ended up being higher on the list just for the reason that he was consistently great which Randy wasn’t. Unfortunately they didn’t use him a lot recently if you don’t count the twentieth season, but he was the highlight of the first half of the series and the sole character that had a progression and history going from a closeted to open gay man to a trans woman to a lesbian and then again to a gay man. His ridiculous sexual/gender history is fun to follow, but his ignorant and redneck personality shined throughout all of those phases bringing a lot of the humor in the process.

 

 

AWESOME-O2. Butters Stotch

Butters is a character whom I didn’t particularly like at first as I found him to be a typical nerd, but he grew on me later as he became much better developed. He is a nerd, but he is also an outcast and his naive personality led to a lot of the humor as he is surrounded by kids acting as adults and he is the only true kid among them giving us a great clash between personalities. He is also quite a womanizer which is also a funny mix and his episodes with Cartman were some of the best in the show’s history. He has a lot of funny catchphrases and he is a bright, childlike sunshine in an otherwise bleak, adult world.

 

 

Top Ten South Park Characters- Eric Cartman1. Eric Cartman

Was there ever any doubt? Cartman is the king of South Park and the only character who consistently delivered and was always present from beginning to end. His narcissistic, even sociopath and psychopath behavior is very admirable and he goes to some extremes during the series’ run, but always with hilarious results. His relationship with all of the other characters is terrific, he is nuanced and very well developed and acted and he has a plethora of funny catchphrases too. The highlights include his anti-Semitic attitude toward Kyle, his racist remarks to Token and his relationship with Butters whom he humiliated many times. He is not only South Park’s finest, but also one of the most memorable and best TV characters ever created.

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Honorable Mentions:

Lu Kim – A great cartoony character with an excellent backstory, he is amusing and welcome whenever he appears, whether trying to retain customers or fighting Mongolians.

Jesus – A funny walking satire, but a great character in his own right, Jesus is not only hilarious, but also always arriving when needed and having a great mythology to himself.

Chef – He isn’t as funny as the rest on this list are, but still an important part of the earlier seasons and such a great friend to the boys’ with a lot of heart.

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Top Twenty South Park Episodes

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Top Twenty South Park Episodes

South Park is one of my favorite shows and undoubtedly one of the best animated series of all time. And with the exception of the first and last couple of seasons, all of the seasons were in my opinion fantastic, each with its fair share of classic episodes. So making this list was extremely difficult for me. In fact, it is the most difficult list I’ve made so far. I tried to be more diverse and to put episodes of all types and with as many characters as possible. So without further ado, here are in my opinion the twenty best South Park episodes (because the ten slots were just not enough in this case).

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Poor and Stupid 20. Poor and Stupid

Coming in at number twenty is Poor and Stupid from one of the best seasons which is the fourteenth one. Here you have one of those classic episodes with Butters and Cartman. The episodes that have these two together are usually some of the best and this is no exception. But you also have Kenny and watching him get frustrated by Cartman’s ignorance toward NASCAR fans produced many great chuckles. The other subplot is also very good, but Cartman fuels this episode with a couple of instantly recognizable, absolutely hilarious lines and rarely has he amusingly insulted Kenny more than in here.

Over Logging

19. Over Logging

In this episode, the Marsh family joins a mass-migration when internet access dries up in Colorado. This isn’t one of the funniest episodes on this list as it only has a couple of hilarious scenes with Randy’s masturbation sequence being hysterical, but it is the episode that is one of the most relatable while also being one of the most alarming as it cleverly showcases our obsession with the internet and how we basically treat it as food and water. And those black-and-white sequences were both clever and very amusing.

Breast Cancer Show Ever18. Breast Cancer Show Ever

Breast Cancer Show Ever is one of those South Park episodes that are just fun and surely it is incredibly entertaining watching Wendy beat up Cartman. There isn’t any social or political commentary here and that’s more than okay as I wish that more episodes were like this one these days. The build-up was excellent and it was fun watching Cartman do anything to get away from their confrontation. It is one of the best episodes for Wendy and the story that is perfectly constructed and genuinely funny from start to finish with a terrific conclusion.

17. Go God Go

In this futuristic adventure, Cartman is unable to wait three weeks for the new console so he freezes himself and ends up in the far future where atheists rule which was all set up by Mrs. Garrison. This is a great two-part story, but I chose the first part as it is the funnier one. The sequence in which Garrison mockingly explains evolution to the children is easily one of the most memorable and hilarious in the show’s history, but the entire story here is super inventive with an awesome score, some great twists, a hilarious satire on atheism and featuring very funny Cartman.

Pre-School16. Pre-School

Another one of the simpler South Park stories, Pre-School is about a bully who gets released from prison and goes on a revenge spree and his target are the four boys. The plot is really well crafted with excellent flashbacks and the sequences with Miss Claridge were hysterical in their admittedly brutal manner. And I found the conclusion to this story very satisfying. It is one of the many great episodes of the eighth season which is the series’ very best.

 Christian Hard Rock15. Christian Hard Rock

Cartman starts a Christian rock band with humorous results. Here all of the boys are very well utilized including Token to whom Cartman had some very amusing things to say. It features one of the best South Park songs in Jesus Baby which is a catchy, but absolutely hysterical song with crazy lyrics. The rivalry between the boys was excellent here as is the mockery of this type of music. And although brutal, the ending in which Token beats up Eric and Butters farts in his face is one of the more memorable punch conclusions where Cartman loses everything.

 

Cartmanland14. Cartmanland

Cartman’s dream of owning an amusement park finally comes true in this very strong early episode for the series. The subplot with Kyle is perfectly incorporated into the whole and once again we have a great ending in which Cartman loses everything and Kyle restores his faith in God. Some of the highlights here include the doctor’s scenes as well as the scenes when Cartman forbids the boys to come into his park.

 

Proper Condom Use13. Proper Condom Use

Proper Condom Use came right after Cartmanland in a very respectable season and it’s even better. It is one of the more crazy and sexual episodes, especially this early in its run, and it features some of the best uses of Mr. Mackey ever as his relationship with a co-teacher was very entertaining (and graphic) to watch. But it’s a great message episode as it showcases just how clueless people can be about sex and how badly they can teach it to their pupils. Mr. Garrison’s classes here were absolutely hilarious.

 

Chinpokomon12. Chinpokomon

A terrific, very clever attack on Japanese influence on the Western culture and especially anime, Chinpokomon truly is amazing. The highlights were all of the sequences with the Japanese men and all of the jokes about their small penis size. It is fascinating how perfectly they utilized the humor into this satire and created an episode that is relevant and yet consistently humorous.

 

 

11. The Passion of the Jew

The Passion of the Jew finds Cartman at his most anti-semitic. I thought their ridicule of ‘The Passion of the Christ’ was on-point and the subplot with Kyle is very sophisticated. Mel Gibson’s portrayal here is crazy and he’s one of the most memorable South Park celebrities for sure. Watching Cartman march and talk in German is the highlight, but the episode is never just funny, but also very smart with a thought-provoking subject matter.

 

 

AWESOME-O10. AWESOME-O

AWESOME-O is another classic with an awesome Butters/Cartman dynamic. Here this dynamic probably got the fullest treatment with many twists and turns. Of course the scientist’s speech while he’s dying is just hysterical, but Eric is easily the highlight here and Butters is just as good. The episode entirely rests on these two and it is a perfect showcase of how great together they can be. And the structure in which it starts simple and yet unfolds in a bigger way later on is a classic SP structure superbly executed here.

 

 

Woodland Critter Christmas9. Woodland Critter Christmas

This is one of the most atypical episodes on this list, but that makes it all the more interesting and unique. With a frequently funny narration, the best possible use of Stan’s character, a great twist and such diabolical titular creatures, it is the episode that is one of the most brutal and unexpected of the bunch and it cleverly twists its children’s format on its head and makes it a delightful horror tale in its own right.

 

 

Goobacks8. Goobacks

Now I know that I am in the minority here as this isn’t one of the most acclaimed episodes of this show, but to me it is spectacular and it is even better every time I see it. The futuristic premise is clever and exciting, but the episode succeeds as a great social commentary while still being a sci-fi comedy in its roots. The highlights of course include that crazy orgy at the end and the line “They took our jobs!” which is one of the most memorable South Park quotes ever.

 

 

Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset7. Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset

Featuring the best use of Mr. Slave yet, this one has it all – crazy sexual scenes and a perfect use of both of its subplots. The Butters subplot is terrific, but the highlight is naturally Paris Hilton who is without any doubt one of the show’s greatest celebrity parodies. The dog scene is laugh-out-loud funny and the competition near the end is one of the most unexpectedly shocking things Parker and Stone have managed to put in.

 

 

Mr. Garrison's Fancy New Vagina6. Mr. Garrison’s Fancy New Vagina

This is Garrison’s finest hour and truly he is fantastic here. The sex change subject matter is not handled in a subtle manner, but the episode is nonetheless a great one as it is one of the funniest on this list. It is funny consistently and Gerald Broflovski is at his finest here as well. I liked all of the subplots here, but watching Garrison take a womanly role led to many hysterical moments and even more amusing lines.

 

 

Red Hot Catholic Love5. Red Hot Catholic Love

Of course the subplot with mouth defecating is juvenile and gross, but still very humorous and it ties well into the overall storyline which is very sophisticated and such a great exploration of the church and its accusations of child molestation. Father Maxi is very memorable in such a great role for him and both of these stories end in a great way and this is one of the best written episodes for the duo.

 

 

Cartman Joins NAMBLA4. Cartman Joins NAMBLA

This is another episode concerning child molestation and the creators certainly were obsessed with this particular subject a bit too much, but this one is the best and the quintessential one. It is one of the earliest episodes on this list and it’s so well crafted and consistently funny with Cartman being at its core and delivering many great laughs. I particularly liked the final moment where he had to apologize and still couldn’t do it which was so in-line for the character.

 

 

Butters' Bottom Bitch3. Butters’ Bottom Bitch

For the best Butters episode, look no further than in the next entry, but this one is close as it is just such a perfect use of this character and most especially of his womanizing aspect to his personality. Pimping is so superbly utilized here and even more memorable in the second subplot with Sergeant Yates who continues to be one of the best supporting characters for the show. He is just endlessly funny this time around and this episode is one of the most sexually graphic and featuring such a great ending and such a great quote in – “Freeze! I’m a Cop!”

 

 

The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs2. The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs

This episode isn’t regarded as well as it deserves to be. It truly is a classic and one of the smartest and most relatable episodes for sure. Butters is at his best here and not only do we see him confront the guys successfully, but we also see his amusing infatuation with Kim Kardashian. But the episode succeeds owing to its perfect satire on the stupidity of critics, especially of literary works, as they find meaning in even the most meaningless of works. Some even go so far as to state that this is the satire concerning Parker and Stone themselves, but I disagree as these two prove in this episode alone that they consistently produce thematically rich and deep stories and this would be their finest if it weren’t for…

 

Scott Tenorman Must Die1. Scott Tenorman Must Die

Yes, this has to take the number one spot for a variety of reasons. One of them is the fact that this is the episode that doesn’t revolve around politics and is simplistic in the best way possible and this kind of episodes I love the best. Another reason is the episode’s humor which is strong and the structure which is even stronger and emphasizing many great twists and a shocking ending. But the biggest reason why this has to be the best South Park episode of all time lies in its groundbreaking approach which is twofold. Not only do we see here for the first time an episode with just one plot instead of two or more subplots, but we also see the first portrayal of the newly established type of Eric Cartman, the one that is not just a spoiled brat, but also a clever psychopath, and thankfully this version will eventually stay with us forever which is again a testament to how influential this episode is.

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Honorable Mentions:

Creme Fraiche – Unfortunately I didn’t put enough Randy episodes on the list, but this one deserves the mention as he is so funny here and Sharon gets her finest part to date.

South Park Is Gay! – It becomes a bit too crazy in its conclusion in the typical South Park fashion, but watching everybody turn gay was bound to give some good laughs which it did.

D-Yikes! – Crazy Garrison, after his sex change, becomes a lesbian in this action-packed, yet absolutely hysterical episode that again showcases how funny he can be.

Make Love, Not Warcraft – They perfectly made fun of this game and its players here, utilizing all of its characters superbly and even showcasing some very fitting game animation.

A Million Little Fibers – I had to put this little underappreciated gem here somewhere. It is the best use of otherwise dull Towelie and Oprah’s private parts becoming alive was ingenious.

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South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)

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South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut Movie Review

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut is a 1999 animated musical comedy film directed by Trey Parker. It is such a great film to accompany the series.

The boys see a controversial film and their parents pressure the country to go into war with Canada for allegedly corrupting their children. Now obviously this story is excellent and it is thematically rich and so clever as usually for this team. It smartly satirizes how the Americans are more appalled at cursing or nudity than much bigger issues such as war. It is a great message film about censorship and freedom of speech. But it also has a lot of other things going for it such as the parody of musicals and most especially the Disney renaissance and it touches upon racism and religion too.

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I’m sorry, Wendy,

but I don’t trust anything that bleeds for five days and doesn’t die.

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I loved every character here as everyone was superbly realized which is one of the reasons why this film is even better than the seasons that aired at the time that it was made. It is so good which is actually commendable as usually films based on TV shows fail miserably, but this one succeeds tremendously.

Stan here is obsessed with Wendy and we get his signature throwing up. The conflict between him and Gregory is solid. Kyle’s relationship with Sheila is well explored, but she bothered me as she was too over-the-top and there could have been better ways to start this whole war than this way with her basically becoming a villain.

Mr. Garrison is here in just a couple of scenes, but he steals the show whenever he is on screen with a couple of absolutely hilarious lines. I loved the Canadians and that ambassador was so funny in one of the funniest scenes. Terrance and Phillip are also surprisingly good here. Juvenile, but they work really well in the context of the story.

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Big Gay Al also has his moments, Chef is excellent and that whole human shield subplot is absolutely hysterical and possibly the funniest thing in the entire film. Cartman’s mom also had her funny moments and of course Cartman is excellent. He is here still not fully Cartman as he would become in the later years, but he comes close and this is one of his best and funniest roles in the earlier history of South Park.

Kenny is naturally terrific. That death scene with the doctors is so funny in its craziness, but I loved that this character is finally utilized a lot. His relationship with Satan is excellent and his road from hell to heaven is superbly executed with his final scene being a great conclusion for the film plus we finally saw him without a hood on.

Satan is amazing! Here he is probably the best that he’s ever been and is the main character in his own right. Saddam is funny and villainous and their relationship is as ridiculous and as hilarious as always, but we also get the closure from it and Satan’s progression from a coward to a person who respects himself and finally ends things with Saddam. A terrific and extremely funny subplot.

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South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut is as hilarious as you would come to expect from Parker and Stone and is actually laugh-out-loud funny with joke after joke coming at you from beginning to end. However, the film is not only a comedy, but also strongly a musical which I also enjoyed. Yes having twelve songs in it is definitely too much, but the songs are short enough that it doesn’t come at the expense of storytelling. Quite the contrary as they use it to further the plot progression and highlight the characters which is what songs in musical films are supposed to do. They are truly musically talented which is something that they do not get nearly enough credit for.

Mountain Town is excellent and a great way to open the movie innocently while immediately afterwards going into full R-rated territory. Uncle Fucka is the signature song from the Canadian duo, ridiculous but fun. Wendy’s song is so-so and It’s Easy, MMMkay is a good showcase of Mr. Mackey’s signature line, but is otherwise dull and repetitive.

Hell Isn’t Good I wasn’t a fan of at all because of its genre and I have to say that Blame Canada is a very overrated song that was nominated for an Oscar when in reality it is boring and other songs here were much more deserving of the nomination. Kyle’s Mom’s a Bitch is one of Cartman’s greatest moments here. Absolutely hilarious, so catchy and with a great part with the children singing it in other languages.

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What Would Brian Boitano Do? is a very underrated song which is one of my favorites here. I guess that it comes as a bit of a filler in terms of the sequence itself as it isn’t all that necessary, but it is very entertaining with a catchy tune and an amazing, grand finale with memorable imagery. La Resistance is okay, but forgettable, but I Can Change is fun and crazy and again important for the story. I’m Super isn’t all that great, but is funny and very amusing in its imagery and is a good usage of Big Gay Al’s character.

And without any doubt the best song from the movie has to be Up There which is just an admirable achievement. It is such a perfect parody of Part of That World from ‘The Little Mermaid’ and serves as a great Disney-like song in its own right as it is funny in imagery, but so stupendously well sung and with such a catchy, yet grand quality to it. It is one of Satan’s finest moments.

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South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut isn’t perfect as some of that action near the end wasn’t all that great in comparison to the rest of the movie plus the editing is really problematic as the film felt rushed all the time and way too fast. It should have been much longer in my opinion. But still it is endlessly entertaining and funny from beginning to end, sometimes even hilarious. It is very well made and directed and even the animation is brought up a notch for the theatrical release. It is mostly an extremely satisfying South Park experience and a very underrated film in my opinion.

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut is a glorious achievement as the film that never disappointed as is mostly the case with TV-to-film adaptations. The characters are all memorable and superbly utilized here and the story is very well crafted and naturally thematically rich and sophisticated, but the humor is fantastic as it is funny from start to finish with a great joke after joke and many instantly recognizable lines and moments. It also succeeds as a musical with many great songs with the highlight being Up There which is a great parody of Disney music. Whether as a musical or as a comedy, you can’t deny its greatness.

My Rating – 4.5

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Top Ten South Park Songs

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Top Ten South Park Songs

Music is one of South Park’s most underrated qualities and yet it is an essential ingredient of the show when you really think about it. It drives many sequences with humor and clever lyrics and the series actually employed a great number of songs. Not only the show, but the movie which is basically a musical and I included it on this list as well. The qualities I looked for here are clever or fun lyrics, a catchy tune and most importantly humor. So here are the ten best South Park songs of all time.

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10. Merry Fucking Christmas

A hilarious song that doesn’t have the best singing in it, but benefits from Mr. Garrison’s involvement and its simply hilarious lyrics. The song is not only very catchy, but it very well showcases Garrison’s racist/xenophobic/religious ignorance and prejudices and it is such a typical South Park song in its twisting of the usual Christmas number.

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9. Work Mexican Work

Another very catchy song, Work Mexican Work takes the number nine slot because it also utilizes fun backup singing really well and it is such a great, hilarious take on this subject matter and one of a couple very amusing Butters songs, but the only one that ended up on this list.

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8. You Gotta Do What You Wanna Do

As someone who is unfortunately quite well acquainted with these High School movies, this number is awesome as it sounds as if it came right from those movies. It is so admirable how they perfectly make fun of a subject matter by succumbing to its territory and this is a great example of it. It is very well sung, fun, funny and so well choreographed.

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7. Uncle Fucka

It may be annoying to some, but this ridiculous song from the South Park movie is ludicrous in the best way possible and so entertaining, if admittedly a bit too short. It is one of the greatest scenes for Terrance and Phillip and is the type of song that was more edgy in its earlier show’s history than now, but it remains very memorable.

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6. Let’s Fighting Love

The first of the two anime songs on this list, it just goes to show how superbly they managed to poke fun of Japanese series and most especially their opening themes. It has a great mix of English and Japanese in its lyrics, but is such a representative, but still amusing take on anime opening numbers in a great episode too.

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5. Kyle’s Mom’s a Bitch

‘South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut’ truly is an amazing musical movie in its own right and this is another number that comes from its great repertoire. Such a hysterical and majestic moment from Cartman back in his glorious Sheila-hating days, it is also incredibly fun to sing along and very well crafted with the highlight being of course the part with all of the children from different nations singing their own versions.

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4. Princess Kenny Theme Song

And this is their second and best anime theme. It is one of the shining moments in an otherwise not great seventeenth season. The decision to make Kenny a Japanese princess was a brilliant move to make this character relevant again and this is his best moment. It is such a hopelessly catchy musical number with a great animation style to it and an overall superb scene accompanying it.

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3. Up There

And the best song from the movie is undoubtedly Up There, so beautifully and admirably sung by Satan who fueled this movie to greatness. This is their finest attempt at making a Disney ballad and they successfully managed to recreate that feel, but also make fun of it with a couple of hilarious moments and a very amusing gay imagery.

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2. Jesus Baby

I just love this song and it had to rank this high. It is very underrated and it perfectly makes use of Cartman’s (Trey Parker’s) terrific singing voice. Christian Hard Rock is a great episode and this is one of its highlights as it makes fun of its subject matter in the hardest and most humorous manner possible. The lyrics are hysterical, the tune is so fun and wonderfully sung and I just wish that it was a bit longer.

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  1. 1. Minorities at My Water Park

The best South Park song of all time is undoubtedly this gem called Minorities at My Water Park! There are a lot of reasons why it had to take the highest spot from the great singing voice from Cartman to a very good and emotional (in a twisted way) tone, but the best reason lies in its perfect use of Cartman’s character. Through these amusing and clever lyrics we get every bit of his racism and that is what songs are supposed to do – drive the plot while most importantly showcasing the character’s motivations and personality. A true showstopper.

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Honorable Mentions:

Ballad of James Cameron – So annoyingly catchy and it hilariously made fun of James Cameron and his hobby.

Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel – This one wouldn’t be nearly as memorable if it weren’t for such a humorous addition of Cartman’s lyrics in its second half.

I’m Gonna Make Love to You Woman – This signature song from Chef perfectly sums up his character and, although short, it is an essential part of the first half of the series.

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South Park Season 14 (2010)

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South Park Season 14 Review

The fourteenth season of South Park (and its second half in particular) is another great season and possibly one of the best seasons in the series’ history owing to many classic episodes.

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Sexual Healing isn’t one of the strongest points of this season, but it is still pretty good and frequently hilarious in its portrayal of Tiger Woods, his video game as well as the clueless attitudes of the men for why famous people are sex addicts. That was all hilarious and ridiculous in a typical South Park fashion and the episode, while repetitive, is very funny and entertaining to watch.

The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs is not only one of the best episodes ever, but it just might be the very best in my opinion. It is that great! Butters is absolutely fantastic here and so funny whereas the critique of critics finding meaning in even the more meaningless works of fiction is so on-point, sophisticated and done with hilarious results. There is also a great parody of Sarah Jessica Parker and some scenes are just hysterical how funny they are from the ridicule of Parker to all the vomiting to many absolutely fantastic lines from Butters. The ending is also spectacular and the Kardashians are superbly made fun of here too.

Medicinal Fried Chicken is one of the worst episodes of season fourteen mainly because neither of its two subplots is particularly good or funny. The gangster one with Cartman is somewhat boring and annoying whereas the testicular one with Randy was too ridiculous to me, albeit it did provide a couple of chuckles here and there.

You Have 0 Friends is another classic. It isn’t one of the greatest episodes ever, but it surely is a fantastic parody of Facebook and its take on FarmVille is absolutely hilarious. Stan is really good here as well and those ‘Tron’ sequences were smartly incorporated into the main storyline. Cartman is also great here and I thought that the entire episode wonderfully made fun of Facebook and everything that it entails.

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The two hundred duology is a flawed, yet at times brilliant experience. 200 is the weaker episode as it doesn’t have enough laughs and it is incredibly disappointing that even Trey Parker and Matt Stone succumbed to the threats of the Muslim terrorists and did not show Muhammad properly. However, 201 is the better part as it ends on such a high note. The whole Cartman’s father storyline is fantastic and fueled with some great meta-humor, but the ending itself just might be my favorite scene of any South Park episode! It is just phenomenal, hilarious, perfectly executed and filled with classic line after line.

Crippled Summer doesn’t have the greatest Towelie subplot, but the other subplot with Nathan and Mimsy is so good. It is a wonderful homage to old cartoons, but it also introduces these two characters in such a great fashion and their dynamic is just brilliant. It doesn’t feel like a South Park episode, but it is nonetheless a very fun and interesting experience.

Poor and Stupid is a masterpiece. Everything in this episode works to the fullest degree – we get another iconic pairing of Butters and Cartman and both are great, we get a great parody of NASCAR fans and the subplot with Vagisil is simultaneously ridiculous and hilarious. But it is Erik Cartman who shines here and his role here is quite possibly the best in this entire season as he has so many memorable lines and is so funny with his scenes with Kenny being hysterical.

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It’s a Jersey Thing is a very weird, but interesting episode. Those New Jersey people and that behavior can lead to many repetitive moments here, but it is great that we finally get to see more development for Sheila Broflovski and she has never been this good or interesting.

Insheeption is such a fantastic parody of ‘Inception‘. That is the movie that I thoroughly dislike and the fact that the SP creators perfectly make fun of it and show why it is ridiculous is the reason why this episode is awesome. But we also get a great Mr. Mackey episode here and he has rarely been this good. His backstory is excellent and some moments here are so funny with the mockery of the sheep herder and the explanation of that movie’s plot being the highlights.

I don’t know if The Coon trilogy is the best South Park trilogy, but it surely is fantastic. It has a problem in that it would have worked better as a duology which is evident in Mysterion Rises which is a very prolonged, somewhat slower second part. But Coon 2: Hindsight is excellent with Captain Hindsight being so funny and I loved all of those superhero identities of the boys with Mintberry Crunch being the standout. Coon vs. Coon and Friends is a great conclusion of this trilogy with great action, a great Justin Bieber moment and a terrific, smart explanation of Kenny’s deaths.

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Creme Fraiche is the last episode of this season and it is one of its finest. The take on food channels is so funny as they are basically portrayed as food porn, but it is Randy who is absolutely hilarious in a season that did not showcase his character much. And the Sharon and Shake Weight subplot is just brilliant and again laugh out loud funny. The way these two subplots connected is so clever and this is probably the best Randy/Sharon episode ever.

In the end, while it most certainly has its weaker episodes, most of this season’s episodes are just phenomenal with a couple of those being classics and some of the best of all time. Yes, Randy wasn’t in it as much and Cartman only gets a handful of his episodes, but that is why this season is great as it focuses on many other characters as well and it has some of the more interesting and experimental episodes that we haven’t seen before. For all of those reasons, the fourteenth season is one of the best seasons of this series without a doubt.

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Worst Episodes: Medicinal Fried Chicken, 200 and It’s a Jersey Thing.

Best Episodes: The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs, You Have 0 Friends, Poor and Stupid, Coon 2: Hindsight and Creme Fraiche.

My Rating – 4.6

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South Park Season 18 (2014)

South Park Season 18 Review……………………………………………………………………………………

South Park Season 18 Review

The eighteenth season of South Park is the first troublesome season since the third one. It is so-so in terms of quality with some episodes being pretty good, but some unfortunately being quite bad. It is such a disappointment and a major step back for the show.

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Sometimes you gotta go forward by going backward.

Are we driving cars or are cars driving us?

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Go Fund Yourself is mediocre and quite frankly bad. The entire episode is the best example of everything that is wrong with these last South Park seasons – it relies too much on social commentary and sacrificing its humor in the progress. And the commentary here is good, but it is so unfunny and the entire episode is really repetitive.

Everything that I said about the previous episode applies to Gluten Free Ebola which is socially relevant in its subject matter, but so unfunny, so repetitive and downright boring in both of its subplots with the boys being particularly dull this time around.

The Cissy is such a good episode, even at times great that it compensates for the mediocrity of the previous two entries. It is a great, even politically correct handling of the transgender issue and Cartman is really good here. He is here as great as we’ve come to expect from him in the show’s previous glory. Wendy is also great, Stan is good as well and the entire plot is really well mixed with the strong humor.

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This is the perfect time to talk about Randy/ Lorde storyline here. It was introduced in this episode and it is a major arc for the entire season. Yes, this season makes history as it is the first time that the continuity is introduced in South Park and it will continue later on as well. And even though I really found this Lorde development to be frankly unnecessary and sometimes too extended, I overall liked it as Randy is quite funny and it showcases his signature style of humor well while giving him something new to do. It was overall a satisfying, if far from great arc.

Handicar is definitely one of my season 18 favorites. It is a glorious return of Nathan and Mimsy and their dynamic is infectiously funny, but it also brings Timmy back and the entire Wacky Races part was so funny and unique in its animation style. This is the type of crazy, pure fun SP episode that I really enjoy.

The Magic Bush is a good parody of what men nowadays expect of women when their vaginas are concerned and I just found those moments where everyone ridiculed Craig’s mom hilarious. The entire episode unfortunately never quite took off despite it being pretty funny at times.

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Freemium Isn’t Free is wildly uneven, structurally odd and some parts are better than others, but it succeeds in parodying freemium games and how destructive they can be for your pocket, In fact, I even learned a lot about this subject as the episode is very informative. And I loved that Grandpa Marsh was finally put to some good use as well as Stan. But those Randy sequences were sorely unfunny, unnecessary and repetitive.

Grounded Vindaloop started off really well with a classic Cartman/Butters dynamic, but it quickly turned into the worst episode of the season due to an awfully convoluted, but unsophisticated storyline and quite frankly dull and weak humor. The Indian guy is the only good part here as he can be funny at times.

Cock Magic is awesome! It is the only episode here to which I gave the highest rating as it is that good. Randy is hilarious in his disgusting magic show and this is such a return to form for his character, but the boys are so great here and this is such a great parody of these card games which I found to be on point, clever and very funny. And both of these subplots are perfectly tied up together.

#REHASH is admittedly flawed, but still quite good for utilizing Cartman really well and he’s great. But it is also a great take on this current trend of watching someone play video games and the constant commentary world we live in. It is a clever, even moving and very relevant episode that is rushed, but still satisfying.

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#HappyHolograms is much weaker and much more uneven than the first part, but it is still a solid conclusion that ended on such a high note. But as Trey Parker and Matt Stone themselves stated, this would have been much better had it been made as a trilogy as it ended up being rushed and stuffed with too many subplots and characters.

Overall, this season is far from bad and in fact it is quite solid and some episodes are even great and so funny (I also really liked Cartman and for the most part Randy), but too many episodes are not only mediocre, but frankly bad and the overall continuity format is done for better and for worse. A very uneven season.

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Worst Episodes: Gluten Free Ebola and Grounded Vindaloop.

Best Episodes: The Cissy and Cock Magic.

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My Rating – 3.5

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South Park Season 4 (2000)

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South Park Season 4 Review

The fourth season of South Park is such a major turning point for the series and a major improvement over the previous three seasons.

Yes, this is where classic South Park as we know it today starts, the one in its finest glory. It is much more brutal, much funnier and much better defined in its characters, satire and plot from now on and the animation is much less crude. Most of these episodes are very good and some are even fantastic. So without further ado, let’s dive into them.

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Why does everyone in cartoons have such big heads?

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The Tooth Fairy’s Tats 2000 has a very interesting storyline for Kyle where he grows, but the tooth fairy business was so amusing and the entire crime element is original and well incorporated into the mix.

Cartman’s Silly Hate Crime 2000 is such a great part with a great emphasis on Cartman’s racism as well as his ability to get out of every situation easily. The smuggling through ass stuff is so funny and his comedic delivery there is perfect.

Timmy 2000 has a great start, but it quickly succumbs into a somewhat dull territory with Timmy’s rock band and I have to say that in my opinion the creators were too unnecessarily cruel towards Phil Collins.

Quintuplets 2000 is so much fun with the titular quintuples and Grandpa Marsh is just hysterical this time around and this is one of his funniest, certainly one of the best showcases.

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Cartman Joins NAMBLA is an undisputed classic and one of the very best that South Park has ever done! Kenny’s subplot is so phenomenal and of course Cartman’s is amazing. Yes, the creators eventually got too invested in these pedophile stories, but this one is the granddaddy of them all with so many hilarious scenes.

Cherokee Hair Tampons is amazing! It is one of the classics. Mr. Garrison’s homosexuality is well and hilariously hinted at here whereas Erik Cartman becomes much more awful here than he has been before. Him not wanting to give a kidney to Kyle to save his life naturally produced many laughs and it ended in such a terrific manner.

Chef Goes Nanners has one of the best uses ever of Chef and he is such a good early character that it’s a shame that they eventually got rid of him. Wendy’s part is also fantastic as it was interesting watching her start to have a crush on Erik.

Something You Can do With Your Finger is another classic SP episode with for once terrific Randy who is here probably presented in his final form for the first time. But the boy band idea was a great one for the duo to create and they executed it with style.

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Do the Handicapped Go to Hell? is amazing in all of its parts, but the one with Satan and Saddam is the best as this is the first time, I think, that we saw them as a couple and it was so hilarious and awkwardly original.

Probably was a great conclusion to this two-parter that ended on a really high note with a lot of development for the character of Satan.

4th Grade is a very important episode on all fronts as the boys get a great realization about their school and current time and Mr. Garrison struggling with his sexuality is essential for the rest of the series and was done in a dramatic and memorable way.

Trapper Keeper again gives the teacher a great and funny storyline, but the one with Cartman is even better as it showcases his possessive and selfish nature wonderfully.

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Helen Keller! The Musical finds Timmy at some of his best as this entire episode revolves around him and he is so sweet and endearing.

Pip is so bad. It is a Dickensian tale, but that doesn’t suit South Park’s sensibilities at all and no matter how darker they made it out to be, it was still a very odd decision and easily the worst episode of this season.

Fat Camp is an evident classic. Erik is great, but Kenny is much better, surprisingly so. His willingness to do the most disgusting and vile things just for the money led to some of the sickest, funniest sequences in this season.

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The Wacky Molestation Adventure is weird, but pleasantly so. It is the one episode here that could work wonderfully as a movie as it has that unique, original story to it and a great message for the kids.

A Very Crappy Christmas is a much better than expected episode as it has some genuinely great moments, but it is still so subpar when compared to the others in this season.

So in the end, this fourth season is easily the most important in the show’s history. It established the characters of Cartman, Mr. Garrison and Randy the most and it had the majority of truly great episodes that are laugh out loud funny and perfectly crafted. This is the first truly good season with its fair share of all-time classic episodes.

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Worst Episodes: Timmy 2000, Pip and A Very Crappy Christmas.

Best Episodes: Cartman Joins NAMBLA, Cherokee Hair Tampons, Something You Can Do with Your Finger, 4th Grade and Fat Camp.

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My Rating – 4

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South Park Season 3 (1999)

South Parks Season 3 Review…………………………………………………………………..

South Park Season 3 Review

The third season of South Park is pretty much on par with the previous season, but owing to more great episodes, it’s a bit better nonetheless.

Rainforest Shmainforest is one of the best episodes here and such a great opening for the season. Everything here is phenomenal from the great plot to a great commentary on environmental activism to a superb humor. Cartman is so funny here, but Kenny is even better in pursuing a girl. And it all ends on such a great note when the activist herself trash-talks the rainforests.

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You are American. Yes. Ohhh, you must have very big penis!

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Spontaneous Combustion is really, really good. It’s one the one hand a great Erik part, but on the other hand, it’s an even better Randy part. This is his first episode and it quickly established him as such a great character that we would come to love later on.

I am not a fan of The Succubus. Yes, the subplot with eye doctor mocking Cartman about his weight is just hysterical, but the other one with Chef and his demon fiancée is so boring and humorless, albeit Chef is pretty good in it.

Jakovasaurs is a weird, but mostly a delightfully weird episode. Those creatures can get too annoying and that is the point and it was great watching the residents get annoyed by them and having only Cartman love them.

Tweek vs. Craig has a very good titular subplot, but Mr. Adler also gets a very interesting and moving storyline himself.

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Sexual Harassment Panda has a very good titular supporting character and it is such a good critique of sexual harassments with some funny results.

Cat Orgy is so great! It is a great simplistic episode that just has Cartman and Shelley, but both are great and this is undoubtedly the finest ever episode with her. The cats are funny, this duo is great and it ends so well.

Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub is so funny in ridiculing men’s sexuality and Randy and Gerald are superb, but it is also memorable for introducing Butters and for having policemen act stupid in some of the funniest scenes of the season.

Jewbilee is a great religious episode and although it isn’t quite as funny, it is very well crafted, it uses all of its characters really well and Moses is quite amusing.

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Korn’s Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery is quite possibly the worst episode of the third season as it is so annoying in its characters and having a dull, unfunny plot.

Chinpokomon is not only the best episode of this season, but probably the best thus far! It is such an awesome critique of Japanese anime fads with such a strong, commendable humor. The endless jokes about their penis size was hilarious and the episode is funny while also being on point and smart.

Hooked on Monkey Phonics has both of the subplots working really well, but again this is Cartman’s vehicle and his scenes here are the finest as he misspells the most basic words.

Starvin’ Marvin in Space is the best Marvin episode that succeeds as an adventurous, pleasant space adventure and again a great critique on activism.

The Red Badge of Gayness I really am not fond of as this is one of those rare episodes in which even Cartman isn’t particularly funny to me, save for a couple of genuinely amusing moments.

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Mr. Hankey’s Christmas Classics is so bad. Yes, Mr. Garrison’s song here is amazing and one of the best ever for South Park, but the other songs are dull and this is basically a stupid, pointless filler of an episode.

Are You There God? It’s Me, Jesus is a quintessential episode as it showcases Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s immaculate ability to mash the two seemingly very different storylines into a satisfying whole. And both are great, the ending is phenomenal, the whole period thing with the boys is so funny and Jesus is great. I loved these earlier seasons for portraying kids as actual kids who don’t know anything about sex and bodies and in there lies much of the humor of this part.

World Wide Recorder Concert is just so sick, but genuinely hilarious as Mr. Garrison wanting his father to molest him only further proves how crazy he is, but so, so funny too. And the boys also get a very good part. But this is Garrison’s show and probably the most perverse and bold episode thus far.

 Overall, the third season is an improvement over the previous two seasons owing to much more risky and bold attempts at storytelling with more satires and critiques. Cartman continues to be great, Garrison isn’t in it as much, but is great when there and there are just enough terrific episodes here for the season to transcend those weaker ones.

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Worst Episodes: The Succubus, Korn’s Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery and Mr. Hankey’s Christmas Classics.

Best Episodes: Cat Orgy, Chinpokomon, Are You There God? It’s Me, Jesus and World Wide Recorded Concert.

My Rating – 3.6

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