By Ronan Dolan ‘20

In today’s society, comedy has devolved into boring soap shows, reruns of past comedies and weird cartoons. However, there is one gem that will always reign supreme over the comedy industry. That show is “South Park.”

No show has gone to the places that this show has gone to for the sake of comedy and because of that, it is amazing.

Created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone in 1997, the show has become a staple in American society.

The show follows four children from the fictionalized town of South Park.  You probably already know the names and appearances of Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny.  These four children and the amount of trouble they get into is unmatched in the world of comedy and even television in general.

I will not go into great detail of all the things these children do since I actually want this article to be published, but I do encourage you to watch the show with an open mind.

I say go in with an open mind because you will most definitely get offended at one episode or another. However, the show is not offensive to be offensive. It actually has a good message. At the end of each episode, a viewer will realize how ridiculous some world views are.

And it doesn’t just target one side of the political spectrum. Both liberals and conservatives get made fun of in the show, but not in a way that would be unacceptable. The show targets the more ridiculous aspects of life.

The show creators see a part of American society that is broken, and they choose to use dark humor to make light of that part and also get a good message across by the end of the episode.

The show is smart and funny, which is a big reason why I enjoy watching it. The show has also made me realize something very important about life and everything in it. Nothing is perfect, no political side, religion, view, or anything is 100% sunshine and flowers. The show has made me realize that every aspect has room for improvement.

I watch the show on Hulu, thanks to fellow Brother Rice student Ryan Rice, and it originates from Comedy Central.