South Park attempts to atone for one of its most egregious sins when ManBearPig Returns

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There’s a strong case to be made that over the course of South Park’s 22-season run, “ManBearBig” is the most regrettable episode they’ve ever done. Don’t get me wrong; it’s far from the worst in terms of humor (who doesn’t love watching Cartman shit out fake treasure?), but by mocking Al Gore by having him get…

South Park takes on the smartphone age in another great Halloween episode

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Throughout its run, South Park has reliably delivered entertaining Halloween episodes. From Randy Marsh gradually going insane, Shining style, in “A Nightmare On Face Time,” to the absurdity of “Korn’s Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery,” to last year’s excellent “Sons A Witches,” pretty much any Halloween-themed episode has…

South Park takes on vape culture in one of its funniest episodes in years

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Based on history, “Tegridy Farms” had a very good chance of being a great episode. Three of the best shows from South Park’s last ten years are “Butters’ Bottom Bitch,” “Medicinal Fried Chicken,” and “Crack Baby Basketball Association,” and this episode combined elements of all of them. The result was an episode that…

South Park will somehow tackle both Brett Kavanaugh and The Problem With Apu simultaneously

It’s only been a couple episodes, but South Park seems pretty serious about tackling hot-button issues this season. The premiere was about becoming desensitized to school shootings and last week’s episode was about Catholic priests molesting children, and next the show is going to be addressing both the Brett…

The Catholic League has an issue with South Park's depiction of Catholic priests 

As reported by The Wrap, The Catholic League For Religious And Civil Rights has issued a statement denouncing a recent episode of South Park, calling series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone “cowards” for the way their show tackled the Catholic Church’s history of covering up child molestation. Weirdly, though, the…

South Park revisits the Catholic Church's scandals in an especially dark outing

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In 2002, South Park was gradually growing into its role as a show that could adroitly comment on the news of the day, rather than just an outlet for us to laugh at the notion of children saying curse words. The previous year, “Osama Bin Laden Has Farty Pants” was the quickest response to 9/11, and for all of its…

Sex, cities, sock puppets, superheroes, and short skirts: 24 hours of 1998 TV

The TV of 1998 feels more like the end of something than the beginning. Dawson’s Creek and Will & Grace were pointing to a new direction for their respective networks, but pioneering comedies like Seinfeld, The Larry Sanders Show, Living Single, and Mr. Show were closing down. Jimmy Smits was making his NYPD Blue…

Sticking their noses in other people’s business: 16 TV Cyranos

You know Cyrano de Bergerac even if you don’t know Cyrano De Bergerac. The protagonist of Edmond Rostand’s century-old play—based loosely on the life of an actual French polymath—is a canonical figure, his romantic plight, panache, and prodigious proboscis immortalized in countless stagings, adaptations, and lit-class…

Rock me, sexy Jesuses: 15 super-cool sons of God

This Easter Sunday will see NBC’s live telecast of Jesus Christ Superstar with singer John Legend in the title role—the second, or third, or more likely, 102nd coming of Jesus as a pretty cool dude. The trope of our God being an awesome God, as well an awesome guy to hang out with, is a popular one in church youth…

“A Festivus for the rest of us”: 23 holiday TV episodes to watch online

It’s December, so it’s time to dust off those Christmas movies, those Christmas movies that aren’t really Christmas movies, or whatever side of that wall you think Die Hard falls on. But what if you’re in a holiday mood but not up for the whole two-hour jaunt to Bedford Falls? Or want something classic and familiar,…

South Park feels like a series of vignettes rather than a cohesive episode

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Over the past year, South Park has often bitten off more than it can chew when it comes to current events. Tonight’s episode takes on the fear of sexual harassment allegations in the workplace, Netflix’s endless greenlighting of new series, the threat of nuclear war, and probably a few things I’m forgetting. And…

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