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South Park (S11)
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08.13.2008 By: Jason Adams
South Park (S11) order
Director:
Trey Parker

Actors:
Trey Parker
Matt Stone
Mona Marshall

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Season 11 sees the little podunk mountain town take on Jesse Jackson, Bono, Hillary “Hil-Dog” Clinton, and their imagination, among others.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
South Park is the rare show that has gone ten-plus seasons and actually gotten better as it grows. Sure, it’s a very different program now then the 1996 debut built around cursing kids and non-sequiter humor (even though the same scatological jokes and irreverence remains prevalent—just a little, um, smarter), but as a whole the show has aged like a fine wine. Or a smug glass of fart.

Even at its weakest (and I find it hard to name a specific episode as such), Season 11 was still amazingly above average. The Jesus-resurrecting Easter episode was amazing, while “Imaginationland” is easily one of the greatest, most rewatchable things Trey Parker and Matt Stone has ever done. The season closer “The List” even brought the show back to its old thematic days while keeping the new creative edge.

With their madmen schedule of producing an episode a week, the gang at South Park Studios continue to not only shock and surprise with their targets, but make some timely and dare-I-say smart commentary on today’s most pressing issues from racial slurs to global war—I mean, manbearbig. Thankfully, they manage to keep the funny intact while toning down the preachy.

And since this is a movie emporium, I should point out that there’s plenty of fantastic nods to film fans, such as the “Night of the Living Homeless” and the 300-parodying “D-Yikes.” And of course Parker and Stone take on THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW (and global warming) one more time in “Lice Capades,” which also had a ridiculously awesome THE THING reference.
THE EXTRAS
Mini-commentaries by Trey Parker and Matt Stone: The dynamic duo provides a brief but funny background for each episode and what inspired some of the topics. I guess it’s good that they don’t overstay their welcome if they don’t feel they have enough to say for an entire episode, but as an unwavering disciple of Parker and Stone, I’m of the opinion that more is better.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
South Park’s eleventh season solidifies its spot as a great show that only keeps getting better and smarter as time passes. If you still think of it as an outlet for immature preteens, not only are you horribly wrong, but you owe it to yourself to catch up before the 12th season continues in September.

Extra Tidbit: The creators of 24 were so happy with the Snuke episode, that they sent the South Park team an actual (fake) suitcase nuke to say thanks. That must’ve been fun for the mail man to deliver.
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