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 takes a legendary character down in an episode lacking a coherent message

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Since South Park first introduced the character of PC Principal, and began generally grappling with the concept of modern social justice culture (i.e. Tumblr activists, the word “problematic,” checking your privilege, etc.) back in 2015, it’s often felt like they aren’t quite sure how they feel about it. They’ll make…

South Park addresses mass shooting fatigue in an intriguing-but-uneven premiere

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At this point, South Park has reached a point that we might call “predictably shocking.” We know they’re going to take an issue of the day, and present in some skewed subversive fashion, to the point that when they do so, it really shouldn’t be surprising anymore. Yet somehow, figuring out exactly how they’re going to…

The Tick finally reveals the truth behind the Very Large Man in an intense episode

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With three episodes remaining, details are rapidly coming together on The Tick’s first season. After we see Superian faint after showing up at Tinfoil Kevin’s door, the show doesn’t waste time telling he’s suffering from Big Bismuth Poisoning, with the episode’s primary mystery coming from where he’s getting it from.…

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