'Pee Learce' already called it, but I'm calling it again! "South Park: Series 5" is definitely a must-have for any fan of the long-running satirical animation. Ordinarily I don't write reviews for TV series, but here I'm compeelled to 1) express my joy at the long-awaited release and 2) tell others to buy it because its so damn great.
The easily-offended need not apply, as this fifth season proves to be one of the show's most joyously offensive and darkly humoured. Beginning with "Scott Tenorman Must Die", one of the show's most famous, and most-loved, episodes. One of the most shockingly, and guiltily, funny episodes of the show ever. Then there's the infamous "It Hits The Fan", a mocking episode in which a certain word is repeated uncensored 162 times in total. Then there's the tongue-in-cheek "Cripple Fight", followed by scientology/David Blaine spoof "Super Best Friends", followed by change-in-style "Terrence & Phillip: Behind the Blow" installment, and then one of my personal favourites in the hernia-inducingly funny "Cartmanland".
From there, "South Park: Series 5" only pushes the limit on offensiveness and in-your-face satire. The crude and brilliant "Proper Condom Use", the iffy "Towelie" is the weakest episode of the bunch, "Osama Bin Laden Has Farty Pants" is a hilarious spoof of the old Bugs Bunny vs Elmer Fudd 'tunes', "How to Eat with Your Butt" isn't particularly brilliant in its methods but gets you laughing easily, "The Entity" is a trend-setter in the series where Cartman fully transcends into the hateful, idiotic racist we know today, "Here Comes the Neighborhood" isn't one of the series' best but does alright, and "Kenny Dies" sees Kenny leave the show completely -- if only until the end of season 6.
Closing with what is perhaps the series' best episode, "Butters' Very Own Episode", "South Park: Series 5" is a delightful and unashamedly in-your-face-and-offensive series of what, in my opinion, has been television's best animated series since at least 1999. Like the previous reviewer said, "South Park" gets better as it goes along, and adding what is one of the show's best series ever to your collection is highly recommended.
An utterly brilliant and wholly superb animation that deserves more recognition than a bi-monthly rant from 'The Sun' about how it is 'sick'.