I've always had a rocky relationship with South Park. When I was a young lad when it first aired, I liked it for all the wrong reasons. Poo & Fart Jokes were too easy back then for any early teen to pass up. I then went through a(/my) period of hating this show because it was such a stereotype of the people I knew and hated.
However, earlier this year I managed to watch episodes beyond the first 3 seasons and realised there was an actual message with each show. Politics and current issues wovern into the fabric of this satirical and cult classic masterpiece.
It still has a reliance on, as I dubbed it, 'w*nker humour' but the show has greater depths and there is usually a lot to learn from the morals of the stories. Most of the time, I read up on the events and issues brought forward in the show to expand my own understanding to make sure i'm not lead astray with the crazy happenings in Park County.
The intertextuality cannot be beaten. Every parody and reference is amazingly portrayed in a spectacular way that leaves you remembering the parody rather than the real media text. World of Warcraft, 300, Indiana Jones, Al Gore, Lord of the Rings, High School Musical and by far Imaginationland.
The timing of the episodes are unbeatable aswell. The recent "About Last Night..." was completed the day it aired which borders on miraculous on Stone and Parker's part. Although I don't like any of their other projects. South Park has been on too long to be soiled by anything else they have made.
Eric Cartmen is one of the greatest characters of television history. He owns every hateable trait humanly possible but seeing them all hosted by one individual makes an anomally that can only be described as legendary. Butters was also a great addition to the cast. His innocence and easily manipulated persona makes him pefect for the situations the boys get tangled up in.
Randy Marsh has also come along way in terms of character development. First being one of the 'parents' but flourishing into a comedy genius with his overreacting and outrageous stunts.