[18 December 2006]
PopMatters Contributing Editor
Though it appears to be purposefully poking fun at a certain two term President and his penchant for bold-faced stupidity, South Park scribes Trey Parker and Matt Stone actually had lofty goals for their first live action sitcom. They wanted to satirize the whole TV comedy genre, from the wacky neighbor next door to the predictable plotting that finds major pragmatic and moral issues resolved in less than 22 minutes. But viewers weren’t quite prepared to see their Commander in Chief bumbling around like a boob, and the terrorist attacks of 9/11 turned much of the show’s premise into entertainment poison. Now seems like the perfect time to revisit this brave attempt at tweaking television, thanks in part to the recent DVD release of all eight episodes.