Tuesday, March 3

The South Park Seasons: The Good and The Bad

Just like I did with The Simpsons, I decided to cover South Park.
Crude, rude, classic South Park:

Season 1
The first season is very memorable and established its crude humor. The first episode has been 'remade' in little snippets throughout the life of the series, well, only in Season 6's "Free Hat" and Season 7's "Canceled." Gems: Big Gay Al, Mecha-Streisand, Mr. Hankey, Pinkeye, Tom's Rhinoplasty, An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig, Death, Stravin' Marvin, and the finale Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut cliffhanger. Bad: Some parts of Tom's Rhinoplasty and Damien.

Season 2
"Terrance & Phillip in Not Without My Anus" pissed off many fans and it was hilarious to me and finally found out that Ms. Cartman is Cartman's dad. My Favorites: My Clubhouses (Stan's parents get divorced!), City on the Edge of Forever (cliphouse) and Chickenpox Gems: Ike's Wee Wee, Conjoined Fetus Lady, Spookyfish, and Merry Christmas, Charlie Mason! Bad: Gnomes, Roger Ebert... (the planetiarium one). This season wasn't as gross and was much more poignant (Conjoined Fetus Lady) and I think by far it is the most feminist for the series.
Hell-a Sweet Era

Season 3
My favorite season! It is fun and pretty and coloful. Gems: Rainforest Schmainforest, Spontaneous Combustion, The Succubus, Jackovasaurus, Chinpokomon, "Hooked on Monkey Phonics, World Wide Recorder Concert My Favorites: Tweek vs. Craig ("Push me higher, Richard!"), Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics, Are You There God? It's Me, Jesus, The Red Badge of Gayness (Civial War reenactment), and Starvin Marvin in Space (Marklar!) And for those who don't know, these three episodes all happened on the same night, everyone split up... "Cat Orgy" (Cartman and Shelly), "Two Guys Naked in a Tub" (Stan, Butters, Pip and Dougie) and "Jewbilee" (Kyle and Kenny).

Season 4
The season that introduced Timmy. My Favorites: Helen Keller! The Musical, Cartman Joins NAMBLA Gems: Cherokee Hair Tampons, Chef Goes Naners, Timmy 2000, Quintuplets 2000, Do the Hanicapped go to Hell?, Probably, Trapper Keeper, The Wacky Molestation Adventure, Fat Camp and A Very Crappy Christmas. Bad: Pip, 4th Grade Classic: Kyle wants to go to a concert and his parents tell him to bring democracy to Cuba and he does so with a homage to "The Year Without Christmas."

Season 5
Best Season Ever! Not one bad episode. "Towelie" was supposed to be bad. This season is monumental with the introduction of Jimmy and goodbye to Kenny. Good: It Hits the Fan, Cripple Fight, Super Best Friends, Behind the Blow, Towelie, The Entity (Kyle's jew stereotypical cousin visits), Here Comes the Neighborhood, Butters Episode, Proper Condom Use (boys vs. girls), How to Eat Your Own Butt (Cartman blows a funny bone), and finally Kenny Dies. My Favorites: Scott Tenorman Must Die, Cartmanland, Osama Bin Ladin episode

Season 6
With no Kenny, it was Butters' time to shine and Tweak became the new fourth friend. And then by the end, Cartman drank Kenny's ashes. Good: Simpsons Already Did it, The New Terrance and Phillip Movie Trailer, Professor Chaos, Asspen, Fun With Veal, Ladder to Heaven, Bebe's Boobs Destroy Society, Child Abduction is Not Funny, The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers, The Death Camp of Tolerance (Lemmiwinks), My Future Self and Me My Favorites: The Biggest Douche in the Universe and Free Hat So-so: Jared Has Adies and Red Sleigh Down

Super Hit or Miss
Season 7
Good: Cancelled, I'm a Little Bit Country, Lil' Crime Stoppers, South Park is Gay! (Meterosexual), All About the Mormons, Raisins, It's Christmas in Canada So-So: Toliet Paper, Red Man's Greed (Native Americans give SARS to Americans), Grey Dawn (old people driving) Not so funny: Krazy Kripples, Casa Bonita (Cartman tricks Butters into apocolypse), Butt Out (Cigarettes, Ron Reiner); My Favorite: Fat Butt and Pancake Head

Season 8
Good: Good Times with Weapons, The Passion of the Jew, The Jeffersons, You got F'ed in the A, AWESOM-O, Goobacks, Up the Down Steroid, Something Wal-Mart This Way Comes, Quest for Ratings (Puppies with close-up lense) So-so: Douche and Turd, Cartman's Incredible Gift Distrubing: Woodland Critter Christmas Favorite: Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset (I like how the series always have an episode centered around girls' issues like "Bebe's Boobs Destroy Society" and "Raisins."

Mr. Garrison's Wild Gender-Bending Ride
Season 9
Fans were divided with Mr. Garrison's sex change. Some episodes were still hit and miss. Good: Mr. Garrison's Fancy New Vagina, Best Friends Forever, Wing (American Idol), Die Hippie Die, The Losing Edge, The Death of Eric Cartman, Follow that egg! (Stan and Kyle raise an egg), Trapped in the Closet, Ginger Kids, Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow, Bloody Mary; So-so: Erection Day, Free Willzyx

Season 10
Most of these weren't all completely funny, some memorable moments but not all great. The episodes I have as 'good' are classic, perfect. Good: Smug Alert!, Cartoon Wars Part 1 & 2, Make Love, Not Warfraft, Tsst!, Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy, Hell on Earth 2006, Go God Go! Part 1 and XII; The Distrubing: The Return of Chef; Bad: A Million Little Fibers, ManBearPig, Mystery of the Urinal Deuce; So-So: Stanley's Cup

Season 11
Too righteous to be funny. Good: With Apologies to Jesse Jackson, Cartman Sucks, The Sunke, D-Yikes!, Le Petit Tourette, More Crap, Imiginationland, Night of the Living Homeless, and The List; So-So: Guitar Queer-O, Lice Capades, Fantastic Easter Special

Season 12
Too righteous to be funny, notice how I have only 4 of them as good. Good: Britney's New Look, Elementary School Musical ("If this is cool, I'm going to kill myself"), About Last Night... (Obama) and The Ungroundable (Vampires vs. the Goths); So-So: Major Boobage, Super Fun Time, and Pandemic part 1 & 2; Not so funny: Canada on Strike, Breast Cancer Show Ever, Tonsil Trouble, and The China Problem