It’s a debate that’s lasted almost as long as the show itself: which is better, South Park or The Simpsons? Of course, The Simpsons is the original animated sitcom, and for that reason I imagine some will argue that it’s the best; after all, can a cover version ever be as good as the original?
Well, contrary to popular belief, I say a cover version can sometimes be superior, and South Park, despite being a new kid on the block while The Simpsons was in full bloom, has gone on to out-evolve its biggest competitor. It wasn’t always the case; in those first few seasons, when Matt and Trey were still finding their footing, South Park didn’t represent much of a threat to the Simpson’s throne. But that was then; this is now.
Over a fourteen year life-span, South Park has turned into a very different beast than it once was. While we’re still privy to as much filthy, offensive, scatological humour as we ever were there’s more to the whole experience now. The characters have grown, the world has become more in-depth and complex and the storylines have become much more sophisticated in their design. It’s grown up, but it’s managed to keep that same sense of humour that got us hooked as teenagers.
Without a doubt, South Park is better than any other animated TV sitcom and that includes The Simpsons. And here are ten of the reason why we think you should agree.