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Wednesday, December 06, 2006 

23 Shows You Need To Be Watching: #20, South Park

Holy crap...you make one blog post, you turn around, it's a week later. My God, time is flying. Good stuff coming up to report...but not now. Now, we gotsta get back to the TV.

20. South Park
Synopsis: As with The Simpsons, if you don't know by now, my friend, there ain't no helping you.
Why You Should Watch: You've got to love a show that not only skewers every sacred cow imaginable, but grills 'em up and serves 'em with fries. Anybody can make fun of the handicapped or the mentally disabled, but South Park has reached this weird house-of-mirrors level where creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone know they're going over the line, then their audience knows they're going over the line, then they try to go even farther, then the audience pushes them even farther still, and everybody collapses in a heap of "holy crap, are we really laughing at this?" And unlike the desperate, pandering Family Guy, you generally don't catch South Park trying to be funny...it is or it isn't, and if a show doesn't work, the guys hose it down and move on to the next target.
Key Scene: Last season, Paris Hilton stumbled into town and announced opening a store called "Stupid Spoiled Whore." So far, cinema verite. But then, during the grand opening, she demonstrated exactly how much of a whore she was by stuffing an entire pineapple...well, you figure it out. Then Mr. Slave, the gay lover of Mr. Garrison, leaps up in the air and swallows up Paris Hilton in several gulps, boa constrictor style. However, he's not using his mouth. If you can figure out what happened--and if you're not sufficiently horrified--then South Park might be the show for you.
Best quote: "I would never let a woman kick my ass. If she tried something, I'd be like, 'Hey! Woman! Get your bitch ass back in the kitchen and make me some pie!'" --words to live by, by Eric Cartman.
(Yes, I know the picture isn't from the show itself, but from a video game. Still, Cartman...Hitler...can't go wrong with that combo.)

Previous shows
#21: The Simpsons
#22: Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip
#23: Friday Night Lights

Bio

Jay Busbee runs Yahoo! Sports' NASCAR Blog From The Marbles, Atlanta Magazine's Atlanta sports blog Right Down Peachtree, and the Southern sports/humor blog Sports Gone South. He also writes for damn near anybody who'll throw him a buck and a byline, and he's at work on the books The Quiet Dynasty: The History Of The Atlanta Braves' Championship Run (2009, Sports Publishing LLC) and God Is A Bulldog: Georgia, Florida, And The Greatest Play In College Football History (2010, Sports Publishing LLC). Click below for more info on his novels, articles, and comics.
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