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TV Series Review

South Park, the brainchild of writers/animators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, put Comedy Central on the map in 1997—and continues to keep it there.

The weird, gross, absurd, supernatural, outrageous and inane are all commonplace in the small, fictitious Colorado town of South Park—where four cynical, foul-mouthed fourth graders run seriously amok. Kyle, Stan, Cartman and Kenny push envelopes galore and are notorious for their crass, satirical and occasionally morbid lampoons of virtually everything. Religion, celebrity, euthanasia, politics, race and sexuality are only starting points for them. Absolutely anything even remotely controversial or popular is fair game for rancid ridicule here.

In a few cases, the scorn South Park heaps on its targets might be deserved. But never from such a vulgar vantage point. And most of these spoofs, such as the "Super Best Friends" club—including a coke-snorting Buddha and an incompetent Jesus—are certifiably abusive. What's worse is this: In today's cable TV climate, such extreme behavior is exactly why this "equal opportunity" sitcom has reached its landmark 200th episode.

It's won several Emmys and a Peabody award. And it's been named "Worst Cable TV Show of the Week" multiple times by the Parents Television Council. Wikipedia has a very long page devoted to "South Park Controversies."

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