October 7, 2010

My Top 5

Because I don't have much to report today, I thought I'd do a list post. Just for fun, today I'm going to do my Top 5 Favorite South Park Episodes. Yes, I watch South Park. Not religiously, and I haven't even seen them all. I probably haven't even seen most of them. I don't even like the early seasons because the stories aren't as good and the kids are more whiney and less rounded as characters. But I still like the show.

I can't say that I recommend these episodes because they are good, wholesome family fun. Obviously, this is South Park we're talking about here. These aren't "Mom-approved," as we say in my family (Yeah, we screen movies for my mom. Already the role reversal has begun.) But if you were going to watch any South Park episodes, I'd suggest you start here.

So, in order:

5. Pandemic/Pandemic 2

I was one of the 13 people in the world who enjoyed the movie Cloverfield. So when these episodes came out not long after, I loved it. The best is Part 2, where the "monster" is revealed. By the way, Part 2 came out on Halloween. Also, it plays on the latest Indiana Jones movie (Crystal Skull) so if you've seen that as well, it's even richer. And South Park works it all together like magic. If you watch both episodes, you'll see what I mean.

This was a tough one. I had two options that were equally #4 material, but in the end Trapped in the Closet won out.
Trapped in the Closet is primarily about Scientology. This is the episode that caused Isaac Hayes, the actor who voiced the Chef character, to leave South Park. Chef was on for 9 seasons, but being Scientologist, he had to leave the show. See, Scientologists aren't allowed to be affiliated with or stand for anything that questions the validity of Scientology. And that's exactly what this episode does. I've researched Scientology and everything South Park says about Scientology's mechanics and basic "theology" (if you can call it that) is accurate. So if you want to learn about Scientology, this is the one-stop shop for it. And whenever they flash the words "THIS IS WHAT SCIENTOLOGISTS ACTUALLY BELIEVE," it's true.

Oh, and the title? It's a play on the R. Kelly music video. Some famous metrosexual celebrity Scientologists refuse to "come out of the closet" throughout the episode. And when you see who they are, you'll chuckle, too.

Oh, facebook. :) This was probably so funny to me because my brother held out SOOOO long before joining facebook. It was also awesome because it takes place in a Tron motif, catering to my inner nerd. If you know someone who is one of the last holdouts against facebook - or someone who is a little too facebook - you will enjoy this one. (Fair warning, some *ahem* discussion regarding online child predators also takes place. And it's uncomfortable. Because it's South Park. And gross.)

This one was barely squeezed out for first place, because it really is brilliant political commentary. Airing the Thursday after Election Day 2008, it shows the aftermath of the very passionate election season. Both the Obama voters and McCain voters are dealt with. Honestly, it was very therpeutic for me and exactly what I needed that week, aside from the fact that it was incredibly clever. SNL only wishes it could meet this high of a standard of satire and commentary.

This one takes the cake. It has dual storylines that are actually quite complimentary, while the country goes more and more in debt it can't pay, we're shown how Jesus paid a debt He didn't owe because we couldn't pay it ourselves, even though we deserved to pay it. Considering South Park takes a very agnostic attitude toward religion, it's pleasantly surprising to see such a respectful portrayal of the Christian story. And it has probably the most hilarious ending I've ever seen in a South Park episode. Hilarious and yet depressingly ironic. Well, you'll see what I mean if you watch it. And you should.

Do you watch South Park? Do you have favorite episodes? Have you seen any of these?

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  1. You & Me = Twins. I swear. I used to watch South Park more often when I was in high school. I find it freakin' hilarious! I know it's crude, vulgar and very agnostic but it's so stinkin' funny!! I think I've only seen one of the ones that you posted, but I may be checking out the others soon. =D

    One more reason I *heart* you!!!

    Oh, and my husband was also one of the 13 people who enjoyed Cloverfield. I can't watch it, though, because it makes me motion sick. =( I did try to watch it...and 30 mins in I was ready to puke my guts up. Sorry, that was kinda TMI. =P

  2. I love South Park! All those episodes are amazing. I love it! Hope you have a great weekend!

  3. So I'll admit that I've never watched South Park...not much more to say about that I guess.

    BUT I want to tell you that you can make that Crockpot dish with 2 cans cream of chicken instead and it's just as good! I used to make it that way but then I started using up my cream of mushroom. Anyway, make it! I think you'll fall in love, and it's definitely one for your SoldierMan :)

  4. for some reason your blog wont always let me leave a comment and its really starting to piss me off! grr.

    i don't always watch south park but the times i do watch it, i die laughing :)

  5. I know exactly what you mean with the "Mom-approved" thing. Sometime's my mom will ask me if so-and-so movie is good and I will say "Yes, it's hilarious, but I wouldn't watch it with you". hahah. And I think South Park is hilarious! Great picks for Top 5! :)

  6. Haha, so honestly... I have never seen one episode of this show! I've seen a few clips every now and then but that's about it. Maybe I should get it on dvd?

  7. Honestly, I have never seen a single episode of South Park. Sad, isn't it? But you made me curious. I am currently watching Trapped in the Closet. :) Haha!

  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I've never seen South Park and I'm totally OK with that:)

  9. I love South Park! I really loved the early episodes, though, and I haven't seen a lot of the later ones. As absurd as it sounds, I really rated the early episodes because so many had such a clear moral. Bit I think it's time to dig in to the archives and rekindle my love.

  10. I actually don't watch South Park, but my husband thinks it's the funniest show on the planet (besides maybe the Simpsons). Maybe I'll have to start watching!


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