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  • Summary: South Park is an animated series featuring four boys who live in the Colorado town of South Park, which is beset by frequent odd occurrences. The show grew out of short film that Trey Parker and Matt Stone created called The Spirit of Christmas, and has become an award-winning show that is aSouth Park is an animated series featuring four boys who live in the Colorado town of South Park, which is beset by frequent odd occurrences. The show grew out of short film that Trey Parker and Matt Stone created called The Spirit of Christmas, and has become an award-winning show that is a unique blend of humor and satire.

    First air date: August 13, 1997
    Original air time: Wednesday 10:00:00 pm (Eastern)
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  • Genre(s): Comedy, Animation
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 4 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Ray Richmond
    Jun 25, 2013
    90
    As animation, it's substandard, primitive dreck; as comedy, however, it's gloriously subversive art. [12 Aug 1997]
  2. Reviewed by: Frederic M. Biddle
    Jun 25, 2013
    80
    Unlike many cartoons, this one actually looks funny, and it constantly plays on its grade-school aesthetic for shock value, with great success. At its best, "South Park" is more a profane "Peanuts" than a downsized "Beavis and Butt-head." [13 Aug 1997]
  3. Reviewed by: Terry Jackson
    Jun 25, 2013
    80
    It is at once insanely juvenile and very sophisticated, appealing to a funny bone that, as an adult, I try to hide. I feel guilty about laughing, but I laugh anyway. [13 Aug 1997]
  4. Reviewed by: Marvin Kitman
    Jun 25, 2013
    70
    The important thing about "South Park" is not what it looks like or the way the characters talk, but what they say. It's a writer-driven vehicle, like most of the better twisted adult cartoons. [13 Aug 1997]
  5. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jun 25, 2013
    60
    For now, at least, the satirical elements aren't as sharp as other popular cartoons like "The Simpsons" or "King of the Hill" or even "Beavis & Butt-Head." [13 Aug 1997]
  6. Reviewed by: Bruce Fretts
    Jun 12, 2013
    50
    It might help if the South Park kids had personalities, but they're as one-dimensional as the show's cut-and-paste animation.
  7. Reviewed by: Miles Beller
    Jun 25, 2013
    20
    It's dismissible juvenilia ... a collection of poorly paced, lowest-common-denominator setups that are not even sophomorically funny or scatologically goofy. [13 Aug 1997]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 44
  2. Negative: 7 out of 44
  1. Mar 16, 2014
    10
    Hilarious..done. Oh 150 characters minimum?hmmHilarious..done. Oh 150 characters minimum?hmm ....hilarious,hilarious,hilarious,hilarious,hilarious,hilarious,hilarious,hilarious,hilarious,hilarious,funny. Expand
  2. Jan 24, 2014
    10
    What people seem to not understand, is in addition to shock-humor and immature comedy, this show is mainly political and social commentary. ItWhat people seem to not understand, is in addition to shock-humor and immature comedy, this show is mainly political and social commentary. It please immature fans with the first two mentioned comedic standards, and reaches to a more more mature, grown up audience with its political satire. I love this show, and if you look at it right, you will too. Expand
  3. Nov 7, 2010
    10
    It is one of the funniest, well written, and smartly done shows ever made. Matt and Trey's ability to take current events and turn them intoIt is one of the funniest, well written, and smartly done shows ever made. Matt and Trey's ability to take current events and turn them into hysterical and eye opening view points is a talent that no one else could do best. Here's to more good episodes, and to more good times with the foul mouthed 9 year olds! Expand
  4. Jan 9, 2012
    9
    Funny program. Smart jokes and offensive references like Tom Hanks episodes. Way disgusting some times, but that's South Park's magic (what aFunny program. Smart jokes and offensive references like Tom Hanks episodes. Way disgusting some times, but that's South Park's magic (what a magic, huh?). Expand
  5. Jan 9, 2014
    8
    You can say whatever you want about this show, but as long as there is something to keep me laughing at some of the most horrible things I'veYou can say whatever you want about this show, but as long as there is something to keep me laughing at some of the most horrible things I've ever seen, that's all good to me. It's uncensored "Family Guy" at its best. But it still works, Overall, it's a great messed up show. Expand
  6. Jan 27, 2012
    4
    The storylines for the newer episodes are getting dumber every time. Think of the episode that was based on Jersey Shore. Jersey Shore is justThe storylines for the newer episodes are getting dumber every time. Think of the episode that was based on Jersey Shore. Jersey Shore is just a fad for today's idiots. It won't last that long. Same with the Jersey Shore South Park episode. Let's see if anyone will remember that episode well in let's say... 5 years. Expand
  7. Aug 3, 2012
    0
    Terrible. Terrible, Terrible, Terrible! This show is complete rubbish. Terrible characters, terrible stories and terrible humour. Its so bad ITerrible. Terrible, Terrible, Terrible! This show is complete rubbish. Terrible characters, terrible stories and terrible humour. Its so bad I honestly dont know what to say. Terrible. Expand

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