TV Show Info:
Creators: Trey Stone, Matt Parker
Cast: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes, Mona Marshall, Adrien Beard
Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Paramount & Comedy Central
Original Air Dates: August 13, 1997-Present
Season Air Dates: 2001-2008
DVD Box Set Release Date: October 7, 2008
Online Availability: Amazon for $19.99
Episodes: Random Episodes from Seasons Five, Eight, Nine, Ten, Eleven, Twelve
I’ve been watching South Park since day one. I was a teenager back then. It was one of those shows your parents didn’t really want you to watch, but you didn’t care. At least, that’s how it was in my house. It’s hard not to like South Park. It’s crude, vulgar and offensive in every single way. We, as people, are not PC. Sure, we try to put on a valiant front, but every person has said something potentially bigoted in their life. South Park takes these taboo things and makes them the main emphasis of the story, even somewhat lesson learning for the four young boys who are the main protagonists of the show.
As far as longevity goes, South Park has capitalized on something that only a few other cartoons, such as The Simpsons, have done. Each episode of South Park is relevant to the time in which it was created. Matt and Trey have successfully used pop culture to keep South Park fresh and flavorful. Sure, there have been a few cruddy episodes, here and there, but overall, while in its 12th season, South Park still manages to be going strong with no signs of stopping.
The distinct personalities of the four boys, Stan Marsh (Trey Parker), Eric Cartman (Trey Parker), Kyle Broflovski (Matt Stone) and Kenny McCormick (Matt Stone) are what makes South Park so special and enjoyable. Kyle is the Jew that Cartman likes to pick on, as well as Stan’s best friend. Stan’s from your typical (ok, maybe not – Randy (his dad), is nuts!) American family. Kenny is the poor kid. Cartman is the fat kid, raised by a single mother, and most obviously, the bigot. Sometimes the boys are joined by Leopold “Butters” Stotz (Matt), in place of Kenny. Butters is the best character on the show, next to Cartman. It’s hard to describe him, but he’s definitely the most lovable (excluding his “What, What in the Butt” moment).
So, it’s about time the creators of South Park brought out a DVD dedicated to one of the show’s best characters, Eric Cartman. Now, if only they’d release the best of Butters, I’d be ecstatic. Until then, The Cult of Cartman – Revelations is more than enough to entertain me and remind me of all of the awesome (though some are particularly disturbing) moments that Cartman has had on the show.
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