Why South Park Rules

I couldn’t let last night’s South Park go without standing and applauding the comic genius, comic balls and comic integrity of its great creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker.

thye look innocent enough, don't they?

thye look innocent enough, don't they?

Last night’s 200th episode— all of the celebrities made fun of by the show banding together to file a class-action lawsuit against the fictional town — was the best inside joke maybe in TV history. It was the reward every South Park devotee deserved after sticking with the show for its last two sub-sub-sub-par years. It was the reminder that no matter how intentionally rude or crude or schlocky South Park gets, it’s still required viewing 200 episodes in because there are times when the show will smack a Ryan-Howard-like 500-foot bomb to the third deck and leave you with your jaw on the ground wondering how you just witnessed what you just witnessed.

Last night was one of those nights. I know people loved the season-opening Sexual Healing episode a couple weeks ago, but I thought it was just a little more than OK and got too hung up banging on Tiger Woods (yeah, I just wrote that) instead of making Stan, Kenny, Cartman and Kyle the real stories. That’s when the show is at its absolute apex — when it’s infusing pop culture into its stories, not when it’s shoehorning-in stories into pop culture. Last week’s Facebook episode was a top 20 percentile show in the series’ history, showing signs South Park wasn’t as dead as I thought it might be. Because it’s pretty much sucked (by South Park standards only) for two seasons.

But this week’s 200th — we’re talking top 10 of all time. Up there with Passion of the Jew and Scott Tenorman Must Die and Fat Butt and Pancake Head. Remember when Leslie Nielsen commandeers the driving lesson car in Naked Gun? And the instructor tells the student how to flip the bird? That’s what I thought of watching South Park last night (FF to the 1:20 mark).

go ahead and sue, if you dare

go ahead and sue, if you dare

To everyone who’s ever wronged South Park and hasn’t been able to take a joke, Parker and Stone rolled down the window, gently extended their arms, extended their middle fingers … very good, nicely done. Tom Cruise threatens to sue Viacom? Eff you, we’ll make another episode about you being gay. Paris Hilton thinks she was misrepresented? Eff you, we’re bringing you back.

In fact, that’s probably what it should have been titled, the “Eff You” episode. It was a power-play by Parker and Stone to let everyone know they don’t give a rat’s patootie about what people say about them or what they threaten to do. They’re going to be on the air forever and don’t need the approval of Russell Crowe or Rob Reiner or Oprah or any other Hollywood player to make a new episode. So back off — or else.

You can watch the episode here, but I couldn’t embed it.

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