South park is among the longest running animated displays in America with a huge fan base of fans. The series just entered their thirteenth season, perhaps stronger than ever.
1. The show’s creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have no fear. They’ll attack anyone if they believe that it will warrant a fantastic laugh. Sometimes controversial and often attacked by the media and various “offended” personalities, South Park has done the unthinkable. From defaming sacred spiritual figures, to offending popular actors, the comedy duo considers either everything is okay to poke fun at or nothing is.
1 instance some were appalled at from the press, was when the series was conducting an episode in which Satan is holding a Halloween party in Hell where individuals are expected to be wearing outfits. Satan spots someone in what appears to be a Steve Irwin costume with a stingray impaling him. Satan remarks on the costume claiming it’s “too soon”, to which the person replies that it is not a costume, implying it really is Steve Irwin at the party in Hell. To which Satan replied that he must get leave the party as it’s costumes only. Such a spectacle appalled many on an almost international scale, but Matt and Trey make no apologies and have stood by their job.
2. The fresh ideas. In an industry full of re-hashed plots and boring sequels, the comedy show has done countless hundreds of episodes with undeniably original and creative plots. The episode where McCain and Obama’s efforts at election were a ruse for an “Ocean’s Eleven” style theft, or in which the South Park boys want to sue Lucas and Spielberg for raping Indiana Jones and at exactly the same time within that very episode Cartman was attempting to prevent an imaginary invasion of the Chinese as the “American Liberation Front”. It’s hard to imagine these kinds of episodes being run by any tv series besides South Park. Yet the “Look Out Indy” episode had earned South Park one of it’s highest ratings as the shows’ most viewed premiere since 1999, despite possibly offending millions at precisely the exact same time.
In the long run, the series stands as the only winner fighting for the right to poke fun at anything and everything in order to give hundreds of original comedic episodes that have won them one of the largest fan bases in television. Matt Stone and Trey Parker can boldly and take responsibility for countless laughs, and have helped to bring about change that extends past the borders of their own display as they always show up on the news and political talk shows with their bold messages, giving birth to a new group of people who identify themselves proudly as “South Park Republicans” or more recently “South Park Libertarians”. Matt and Trey have hit a vein with America that goes deeper than simple comedy.