If anyone has seen the latest episode (and mid-season finale) of South Park, chances are you’re feeling some emotions inside.
Back during season 4 of South Park, the creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone were thinking of packing things up and ending South Park. Back in those days, the show was mainly surrounding talking Christmas poo and trash talk, but at the time it was a fresh voice to cartoons that we needed.
When they were picked up for another season, knowing how powerful their show had become, became more risque. Because their turnover for shows were six days, and not nine months like a Simpsons episode, they could base episodes on topical issues. Political statements were made (eg: Douche and a Giant Turd for presidential candidates), and social commentary adequately spoken (Barbra Streisand, Oprah, Snooki).
Now at season 15, the show has gotten at its peak of awesomeness. And that’s why after seeing the latest episode that I’ve come to this saddening revelation: This is their last season under contract. While I’m sure they could easily get another contract signed for more seasons, it feels right.
Now if only the makers of Happy Days understood this when one of their main characters were leaving, before the Fonz helped create the phrase ‘jumped the shark’.
I can’t remember when I watched the Simpsons started wearing thin. To be fair, that show and I grew up together. Until Family Guy there was no competition. And then when Futurama came out, I suddenly saw how repetitive The Simpsons really was. When the characters jokingly say “The Simpsons are going to Hawaii!”, you kow the writers are trying to give the hint that they’ve pretty much done everything they could. But it didn’t stop Fox from demanding more and more.
Even Family Guy, as amazing and boundary-pushing as that show has been as well, is starting to show its loose threads. Stewie just doesn’t want to kill Lois anymore – though an episode directed at that very issue tried to rectify it.
But my last sign of hope, the show that has been so powerfully outspoken in such a genius way has told its viewers that it’s getting ready. This isn’t a Doctor Who moment of regeneration, but given the amount of praise Matt and Trey have gotten from their first Broadway show ‘The Book of Mormons’, they’re probably hoping to keep going with other projects and let South Park end before they, too, jump the shark.
I can remember friends of mine getting absolutely angry with Lost coming to an end. There were tears of sadness. Those who were big followers were losing their shepherd. And that is how I’m feeling with South Park.
Whatever those guys decide to do, as heart-breaking as it is to say it, it’s a good move.
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