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Posted Thursday 12/13/18 at 8:23PM EST
South Park should perhaps stick with doing standalone episodes
Source: TV Guide
"Season 22 was 40 percent serialized and 60 percent standalone, and both types of storytelling were uneven," says Liam Mathews. He adds: "Season 22 was less successful, with the light serialization making it feel overstuffed and under-focused. It sometimes had the feeling of 'this isn't quite working, so let's add something else in and see if that helps.' South Park always has so many ideas that carrying them across episodes makes the show feel chaotic, like there's just too much going on. It's enough to make one yearn for the simpler times when maybe there was one three-part episode every now and then." ALSO: South Park tried to do too much with its season finale Amazon takedown.
Posted Thursday 12/13/18 at 2:28AM EST
South Park uses the C-word uncensored for the first time
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
South Park has used the C-word in past episodes, but Comedy Central always bleeped the vulgar word. On Wednesday night's "Bike Parade" season finale, Comedy Central apparently allowed Trey Parker and Matt Stone to air the C-word without censorship. "South Park crossed what appeared to be a new line, even in its 22nd season," said The Hollywood Reporter, which notes the last time the C-word aired uncensored on a scripted cable show was on FX's Feud. Comedy Central has yet to explain why South Park aired the C-word uncensored this time. It was six months ago that Samantha Bee got in big trouble for her censored use of "feckless c*nt" on her TBS Full Frontal show to lash out at Ivanka Trump.
Posted Thursday 12/06/18 at 8:43PM EST
South Park seems to stray from its libertarian roots with its Amazon-bashing episode
On the heels of Trey Parker and Matt Stone's reversal on climate change, South Park released another episode this week tackling Amazon. "And this one," says Matthew Rozsa, "might undermine another of the show's deep-rooted beliefs — namely, the virtues of free market capitalism."
Posted Friday 11/30/18 at 1:25PM EST
Al Gore was "impressed" with South Park's apology for mocking him over climate change
Source: ET Canada
The former vice president was asked about South Park's recent mea culpa on the animated show's network Comedy Central during an appearance on The Daily Show. “Honestly, I was so impressed," Gore said, in reaction to an audience member's question. "I don’t know these guys, Matt and Trey, and I kind of thought they were nihilists — but funny nihilists. I thought it was a hell of a statement by South Park and I appreciated it a lot.”
Posted Saturday 11/17/18 at 6:41AM EST
No show has been affected by the passage of time as South Park
South Park's recent mea culpa on climate change is a reminder that, by their very nature, animated shows tend to be out of step with the times, according to Todd VanDerWerff. That can be seen in how South Park has had trouble handling the rise of Trump. "It’s as if the series isn’t sure how to live in a world that governs itself by South Park logic," says VanDerWerff. "Yet that’s the larger conundrum South Park finds itself in. For a TV show driven by the same rationale as an internet troll — that provoking a reaction from those who care about literally anything is funnier than anything else on the face of the planet — it’s also become a show that increasingly seems uneasy about living in a world where the trolls have their way." From The Simpsons to Family Guy to South Park, "the thing about animated TV shows is that they don’t really change, while the world around them does," he says. VanDerWerff adds: "But no series has been as affected by the passage of time as South Park. On one hand, the series has been able to pivot more successfully than others, thanks to (Trey) Parker and (Matt) Stone’s continued involvement in every aspect of its production. On the other, it has never quite shed its status as TV’s most libertarian show, built atop the ethos that you shouldn’t bother caring about what other people do, unless they try to make you do something for the greater good, in which case, you should make fun of them. In the 2010s, South Park has occasionally grappled with this element of its legacy....And yet South Park is still trapped, to some degree, by having launched in 1997, amid a booming American economy, where the issues that got Americans most worked up too often amounted to trivial bullsh*t. Even if you disagreed with South Park’s central 'caring is stupid ethos, it was a lot easier to let the show have its fun back then, without worrying about its cultural impact." He adds that with the recent climate change episodes, "now even Parker and Stone seem to wonder sometimes what South Park’s legacy might turn out to be."
Posted Thursday 11/15/18 at 1:35PM EST
South Park continues to atone for mocking climate change
In last week's "Time to Get Cereal" episode, the long-running Comedy Central series seemed to apologize for mocking Al Gore's warning about climate change in 2006's "ManBearPig" episode. Last night, amid the California wildfires, South Park took it up a notch. "South Park continued the apology into this week, as ManBearPig (AKA climate change) continues to ravage the small Colorado town," says Matt Miller. "Most people in South Park are too busy playing Red Dead Redemption 2 to worry about the murder and destruction—and even the school shootings that continue to happen in the background. Others are busy attending group meetings that pose the question: Should I Start to Worry? One man says that he's pretty sure ManBearPig killed his family and destroyed his house. Should he start to worry?" Miller adds: "In this two-episode arc, (Trey) Parker and (Matt) Stone go back even further than 2006, to place the blame on another generation. At the end of last week's episode, Stan's grandpa reveals that ManBearPig is terrorizing South Park because of a deal he made with the beast many years ago. This week, they go into depth about what exactly happened. He tells Stan that he didn't think he'd live to see the consequences of his actions. Of course, Stan's grandpa is a proxy for an older generation which traded the environment for cool cars and a comfortable life."
Posted Thursday 11/08/18 at 1:48PM EST
South Park seems to atone for its "ManBearPig" episode that mocked Al Gore for warning about global warming
Source: The A.V. Club
On last night's episode, “Time To Get Cereal,” Trey Parker and Matt Stone issued a what seemed to be a rare mea culpa for one of its biggest mistakes, the 2006 "ManBearPig" episode. "There’s a strong case to be made that over the course of South Park’s 22-season run, 'ManBearBig' is the most regrettable episode they’ve ever done," says John Hugar. "Don’t get me wrong; it’s far from the worst in terms of humor (who doesn’t love watching Cartman sh*t out fake treasure?), but by mocking Al Gore by having him get hysterical about a half-man half-pig half-bear creature that appears to be imaginary, there was the undeniable implication that global warming wasn’t real." He adds: "More than anything else, I’m surprised this episode exists. Over the last few seasons, Trey and Matt have looked inward, and considered the notion that some of what they had to say hasn’t aged well, but it’s pretty jarring to see them take a previous episode and say 'sh*t, we f*cked up.'"
Posted Monday 10/15/18 at 4:02PM EDT
South Park will next take on the vaping epidemic
This week's episode finds Butters making a profit by selling vape pens to school children.
Posted Saturday 10/13/18 at 3:11AM EDT
"The Problem with a Poo" continued South Park's distinct yet subtle subversion of expectations this season
This week's episode's "#CancelTheSimpsons" ending made it so that nobody could figure out which side South Park was advocating, and that's the point, says Jess Joho. "For the first time, South Park seems to be genuinely engaged with questioning its own place in the current cultural climate," she says. "The #CancelTheSimpsons was actually an extension of the season's #CancelSouthPark marketing campaign, a hashtag also playing into the show by appearing at the end credits of each episode so far. Many have been left wondering what this dare to 'cancel' South Park means. It could just be more typical fuck-you humor — or it could be indicative of a huge turning point for the animated TV legend. Arguably, both 'The Problem with a Poo' and #CancelSouthPark campaign is adding a meta layer of meaning to South Park's social commentary that's never been there before. And it's a gamble with a potential to pay off as much as its move to serialization did."
Posted Thursday 10/11/18 at 1:37PM EDT
The Simpsons boss: South Park was siding with us when it said "#CancelTheSimpsons"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Problem with Apu's Hari Kondabolu wondered, "Did @SouthPark just side with me? WHAT IS HAPPENING?" after last night's South Park seemed to take a shot at The Simpsons' portrayal of Apu. But The Simpsons showrunner Al Jean saw things differently. "it's actually in favor of us saying people are too critical," says Jean. "Hari Kondabolu tweeted he thought they agreed with him but pulled the comments showing he was wrong. All season the show has had a #cancelsouthpark hashtag so my response (which I tweeted) is: #pleasedontcancelsouthpark." ALSO: South Park was indeed trolling people who would call on The Simpsons to be canceled.
Posted Wednesday 10/10/18 at 10:46PM EDT
South Park takes on The Simpsons' Apu and Roseanne Barr
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
This week's "The Problem With a Poo" episode not only tackled the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, but also took a shot at Roseanne and her Ambien excuse for her racist tweet. South Park also used its racism storyline to allow for a cameo from The Simpsons' Apu.
Posted Monday 10/08/18 at 12:57PM EDT
Kavanaugh hearings to get the South Park treatment
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo will have to answer for some of his past behavior on this week's episode, titled "The Problem with a Poo."
Posted Thursday 10/04/18 at 1:23PM EDT
Catholic League president calls South Park creators "cowards" over last night's "A Boy and a Priest" episode
The Comedy Central animated comedy last night tackled the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal, prompting Catholic League president Bill Donohue to issue the following statement: "The October 3rd episode of South Park, titled 'A Boy and a Priest,' portrayed molesting priests as pedophiles. This is factually inaccurate: almost all the molesters–8 in 10–have been homosexuals. Therefore, the cartoon-victim characters should have been depicted as adolescents, not kids."
Posted Monday 10/01/18 at 6:35PM EDT
South Park to tackle the Catholic Church child sex abuse crisis
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The title for this week's episode is “A Boy and a Priest.” “The local Priest is filling the pews each week in an all-new episode," reads the description for this week's episode. "A very special relationship has developed between Butters and the Parish Priest. When the town finds the church doors locked and no sign of the pair, they call in the Catholic Church.”
Posted Thursday 9/27/18 at 1:43PM EDT
South Park again proves it's at its best when addressing gun violence
Comedy Central long-running animated series is usually hit and miss, but not when it comes to gun violence. The 2015 Season 19 finale that satirized America's obsession with guns was one of South Park's best-ever episodes, says Matt Miller. Wednesday's "Dead Kids" Season 22 premiere also showed South Park at its best, tackling the wave of high school shootings. "Last night’s episode wasn’t about one school shooting at South Park elementary school—it was about a lot of school shootings," says Miller. "I lost count because they were constantly happening in the background of the episodes—the students and teachers and parents carrying on their lives as if nothing is happening. In a rather mature move, we never actually see a child open fire. We never see the gruesome deaths of South Park Elementary School students. Instead, it’s just something that’s happening—an annoying hum—as the boys are all more concerned with failing a math test."