Trey Parker and Matt
Stone have proven themselves as television’s sharpest satirist over
twenty-three seasons. They expose the stupidity in intellectual
pursuits and make the seemingly stupid complex and worthy of discussion. They have also created iconic characters and, in the sleepy little mountain town
of South Park, a place where anything can, and does, happen.
Also key to the success
of South Park is the quick turnaround in making the show, which keeps their social
commentary fresh. Parodies and their inspiration are often separated by mere
days, leaving their animated rivals lagging six months behind. In the case of
the dark and disturbing, emotions and wounds are still raw.
And it's fair to say that the creators excel in drawing laughs from the darkest aspects of life. South Park is both lauded and
condemned for this. To the creators' credit, neither has affected them.
So, come on down to South
Park where familial cannibalism, Satanic sacrifice, and a former superhero
existing on a diet of foetuses are just another misadventure in Stan, Kyle, Kenny,
and Cartman’s formative years.
An English Lit. MA Grad trying to validate my student debt by writing literary fiction and non-fiction about my interests, mainly professional wrestling. I believe there’s room for both David Foster Wallace and Rob Van Dam.