The thirteenth season of South Park drew to a close last week on Comedy Central with an episode simply titled Pee. The world is flooded in typical armageddon style destruction by a giant wave of, err, pee. We see the Statue Of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower are destroyed (again), as is poor little Kenny.
Still probably the best show on television, the thirteenth run has been another good one. It opened with a brutal shot at Disney and the Jonas Brothers in The Ring. You instantly knew they’d lost none of their bite. And you may never look at Mickey Mouse in the same light again.
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Along the way they’ve taken swipes at Somalian Pirates (in Fatbeard), WWE (in W.T.F.), the Japanese (in Whale Whores). They targeted Hell’s Angels when redefining the word fag in The F Word. Ike has seen a dead Michael Jackson, and Butters became a player and a pimp in Butter’s Bottom Bitch. They gave us a new superhero in The Coon. Above all they told the funniest gag ever at the expense of Kanye West in Fishsticks. Even those little blue creatures, the Smurfs, suffered (violently) at the hands of the show.
Not content with that, the episode Margaritaville won the 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program. Margaritaville parodies the global banking collapse as Stan journeys to get the money back on a Margarita maker that his dad had purchased on credit. Kyle is shown as a Jesus-like saviour of the economy, which is now feared as an almost living entity that is angry with the population. It’s a very intelligent look at the subject, as you’ve come to expect from South Park. Above all it deserves all the praise it has received.
A release date for season 13 on dvd seems a long way off (Amazon list it on Bluray for March next year). But you should find many chances to catch up with the episodes on Comedy Central over the coming weeks. Or you can find them on iTunes and other regular outlets.
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You’ll probably soon know someone who is. South Park recently returned for a fourteenth season, and has already poked fun at Tiger Woods, Sarah Jessica Parker, and the book Catcher In The Rye. This week it finally set it’s sight on social networking site Facebook in an episode called You Have 0 Friends. As the boys attempt to outdo each other, Kyle adds the lonely Kip Drordy to his Facebook friends. A person known to everyone on the site for having zero friends. As soon as he does this, everyone else starts to ‘unfriend’ Kyle at an alarming rate… It