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is it still shit or have they pulled it back from the brink a bit?
it's pretty shit, but still perfectly watchable when it equates to 20 mins a week. a few lols, Randy is great etc etc.
On yesterday's episode, apparently. Board game nerds are going a bit nuts about it.
If you think South Park is 'still shit' or indeed has 'been shit', you're probably trying extremely hard.
bit heavy handed i suppose but yeah
but have no idea how to go about finding it. Comedy Central, I presume? Not really interested in fishing around for a dodgy streaming site.
with old episodes on MTV/Viva. I dunno about currently but at one stage the south park website had them online to stream.
struggle to watch it
was ok overall. not as bad as it has been, had a few amusing bits, but still didn't compare to their best stuff. then again, I had a period of properly hating it that lasted for probably 5 -6 years.... I dunno.
might have a look
Season 10 was the last substantially good one I think. Major Boobage from Season 12 is the last episode I thought was good.
I imagine its the best cartoon around right now, considering there's nothing left but Zombie Simpsons and Family Guy et al.
Bob's Burgers is way better than that.
probably the best animated series out there, along with Archer.
A Million Little Fibres and Stanley's Cup are the first episodes in the whole series I'd call absolute crap. And it's the first season to have those annoying 2/3 part episodes which would become commonplace (although Cartoon Wars and Go God Go are pretty good, great in fact). But nearly every other episode is a modern classic (The Return of Chef, Sumg Alert!, ManBearPig, Tsst, Make Love Not Warcraft, Mystery of the Urinal Deuce, Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy). Much better than The Simpsons' Season 10.
They had a two parter as early as season one, bro. But yeah, other than 200/201, I hate seeing an episode end on a cliffhanger knowing the story is gonna get dragged out for at least one more week. Oh, and Stanley's Cup is a terrific episode- South Park knows how to do a sports parody. I'd also say season 14 was an outstandingly great season.
I'll admit I was quite indoctrinated by IGN Reviews as a 14 year old when I first saw season 10, which gave that episode a scathing review.
Actually I do remember the Facebook episode from Season 14. I should watch that whole season (does anyone have know where you can see all the episodes online?)
Man I wish I had these seasons on DVD so I could show them to my parents.
It's a great episode.
the ending salvages it a bit (it's hilarious) but you can see the signs - weird soundtrack bits (stuff like 'Song 2', wtf), repeating jokes that were made seasons ago ('he's about to find out!'), and a curious kind of lumbering, heavy-handed pace that's hard to put your finger on
it's still really good compared to modern seasons, but yeah
but the Cash For Gold episode from a couple years back was proper all-time greatest material, and that's factoring in the racist Asian stereotype thing they sometimes do
Like the Britney one, proper punch in the guts stuff.
something else that i can't remember
kind of goes off the deep end again towards the end, but the first half or so (especially with Andy gone) was a huge improvement over the last 4 seasons or so.
The introduction of continuity has helped greatly and it reels like less of a string of fairly weak satirical jokes
Everyone I know loves it.
It's always felt very obvious to me.
Maybe I was too old for it when it started, idk.
But have caught up now.
S1-3, patchy but good
4-5, huge improvement and lots of classics
6-10, solid gold
11-13, bit too topical vs funny
14-15, thoroughly underwhelming
A bad episode of South Park is still worth a watch though.
to 11-13 i would add too much over-the-top violence and heavy-handedness
Think they should knock it on the head tbf tbh
was watching a documentary about it once and it seemed to be illustrative of why it lost its magic a bit. that guy from Superbad was on the writing team and all they seemed to do was laugh at eachother's jokes even when they weren't really jokes...Trey would do a voice and Superbad dude would just laugh and call him a genius. or something idk
Its the root of the issue for me. Topical humour only works that week. Like Hignfyou or 8oo10cats, its old news fast. Literally.
All the best South Park episodes are nonsensical.
It's always felt like even though they're the first to say something on the matter (compared to the 6 month lag on most other shows), they rarely ever had anything of value to say on the subject and usually it would be a commentary on issues that would be completely irrelevant within a few years.
I honestly can't imagine what someone who was not there for the Elian Gonzales spectacle would think of the Quints episode; hell, it didn't even occur to me that it was talking about Elian until like the last 10 minutes or so.
and they're doing an interesting self referencing thing. Have enjoyed the redskins and uber getting a shoeing, as they are both a shower of cunts. I also enjoyed the moment where Randy makes himself Lorde via pro tools.
it really lacks *something* that it used to have? like now it's mainly a satirical cartoon that ranges from pretty well done to a bit #heavyhandedsatire, but you see some of the old episodes and they've just got this... spirit to them, I don't know, that seems a bit lacking in the new stuff. I'm not really motivated to watch any more and I used to love it so much.
the cardboard cut out charm is gone and that was a fantastic part of the series.
definitely lost some of it's inherent charm, a lot of which came from the aesthetic as well as the time that they put in to episodes. They still do a couple of great episodes a season, but when you look back at seasons 5-10 there were way more hits than misses.
around pop culture better. Now it just feels like a string of satirical jokes with a fairly haphazard story hastily slapped on top of it.
Like some kind of highlights? It is like Americans have such a short attention span they need a quick tl:dr of the whole show straight after it ends.
imagine if they were doing that on the episode that ends with the dead whale on the moon, would have ruined one of their best moments
What with cowriting the game and promoting Book of Mormon globally.
Parker and Stone could read the phone book and make it into a funny satire.
1: very strong first season with no bad episodes. 9/10
2: more episodes and more filler, but otherwise good. 8/10
3: a bit less filler. A bit better than season 2. 8.5/10
4: last season with nice crappy animation, but gets a 'new' look in the second half. Gets a bit more topical, but this is set to the right level. Also strong candidate for best season. 10/10
5: tiny dip in quality but still very good. 9.5/10
6: TV at its finest. 10/10
7: slight dip in quality but still very good. 9/10
8: slight improvement, lots of memorable classics; the swansong season. The end of the golden age. 9.5/10
9: first noticeable dip in quality. Starts to get a bit dodgy, but it still does the job. The beginning of an end. 8/10
10: noticeable improvement. Some crap, but nearly everything else is a modern classic. Starts to get more topical which would harm the series later on, but it's done well here and the characterisations and the charm of the first 9 seasons is still there. A brief comeback after the marginally underwhelming ninth season. 9/10
11: not terrible, but this is where it starts to get way too topical and spoofy. Also home to that Imaginationland eye-saw. Still has more entertainment value than most shows on TV. The beginning of the bronze age. 7/10
12: 'I'm not your friend, buddy'. 'You're not my buddy, pal' :/ 6/10
I'd say it's similar to Simpsons season 1 where it's good, but really hasn't held up well at all. What was once shocking is now pretty tame and the animation (while part of its appeal) is kind of ugly now.
I couldn't rank the seasonsas I go in and out of watching the show, though I haven't watched since the Jersey Shore episode.
but I remember the animation of season 1 of South Park seemed to improve pretty quickly. I think Cartman Gets an Anal Probe is supposed to look bad, but by the time you get to the last episode, Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut, you can hardly tell it's a season 1 episode. Whereas The Simpsons didn't look sophisticated until season 3 imo.
I never realised all these episodes had such funny names
6 > 5 > 7 > 4 > 14 > 10 > 11 > 8 > 13 > 9 > 12 > 3 > 15 > 1 > 17 > 16 > 2
The movie is a work of art (surely the greatest musical of all time) and The Stick of Truth plays like an episode with a solid gold season's worth of material.
when compared to The Simpsons, which would be:
7 > 6 > 5 > 4 > 8 >> 3 >> 2 >>> 1 >>>>>> 9 >10 >>>>> 11-26.
Not sure I'd have 9 much lower than 1 though. Season 9 just about has its claws in the golden era with The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson, The Principal and the Pauper, Lisa's Sax, THOH VII, The Cartridge Family, Miracle on Evergreen Terrace, All Singing All Dancing, The Joy of Sect, Das Bus, Lisa the Simpson, Simpson Tide, Trash of the Titans and Natural Born Kissers. I'm aware that one's the Tamzarian episode and one's a clip show but still, season 1 can't compete with that.
I'd also have 6 at the top, 8 third, and 11 and 12 ranked individually (at the bottom obv).