Creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are still going strong well into their second decade.
Director: Trey Parker and Matt Stone Rating: NR Studio: Paramount
There’s plenty to laugh about in the 14th season of Comedy Central’s South Park, especially now that you can watch the 14 episodes uncensored on disc. The animation style of Kyle, Cartman, Stan, Kenny and the other South Park main players is still as crude as their mouths, but now the difference is that their adventures are widescreen and some of the monsters—including the hideous Mecha-Streisand and the dark god Cthulhu—are enhanced with more sophisticated 3D animation. Shablagoo!
The centerpiece of this season is a hilarious three-episode comic book saga about Coon (Cartman’s superhero alter ego) and friends, during which you get to hear Kenny actually speak in a gravelly Dark Knight voice as Mysterion and we learn why Kenny can die over and over again and no one remembers. Another standout episode is “It’s a Jersey Thing,” in which the denizens of South Park must fight off the onslaught of Jerseyites invading their town, including an orange-skinned, hideous faux-Italian ogre that wants to smoosh named Snooki. Other highlights include Stan trying to resist Facebook and being zapped into Tron’s grid to battle his rogue profile, “The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs,” celebrities who try to harness Muhammad’s power to be impervious to ridicule, and the hilarious episode in which Stan’s mom, Sharon, develops a bizarrely intimate relationship with her talking Shake Weight. In the latter episode, the Shake Weight encourages Sharon to work out vigorously by shaking it faster and faster until it sprays her with a post-exercise cooling spray and ejects change for cab fare before it goes into sleep mode (insert laughter here).
After 14 seasons, you might expect South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone to soften a bit, but the opposite has happened. Instead, South Park continues to skewer the political and pop culture phenomena that many mainstream comedies are too afraid to go anywhere near. There are enough cutesy cartoons out there for the kiddies—we’re thankful there is still one animated show with an unapologetically raunchy approach to social satire.
Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain mini-commentaries by Parker and Stone on all episodes, deleted scenes and the bonus episode “The Coon.”