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The First...And Still The Best Season,
This review is from: South Park - Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
This is it! The very first season of South Park. All 13 episodes available on one DVD boxset, plus a couple of small extras as well. For my money, even after all these years, this is still the best season of South Park EVER. But what exactly makes this show so great? Allow me to explain.
For many years cartoons were harmless. Yes there were some really funny ones (especially from the 90's) but they were all family friendly. They were aimed to satisfy as many people as possible. Even the Simpsons was like that for many years. But in 1997 South Park came along and changed EVERYTHING. Here was a cartoon that contained foul language...and lots of it. It also contained violence, and we're talking blood, gunshots, impalement, body limbs being cut off, and more.
South Park also marked a new era in terms of celebrity involvement. Before then celebrities rarely ever appeared in cartoon shows, and on the rare occasions that they did they were treated like royalty...naturally. South Park changed all that. From then on it was No-More-Mr.Treat-Celebrities-Nicely. Pratically every famous face that has appeared in Trey Parker and Matt Stone's universe has been treated as badly as last week's newspaper...?...Sorry, that was the best metaphor I could think up.
Anyway South Park rung in a new era of attitude in cartoons and animated comedy that clearly inspired other shows. Futurama took a whole bunch of celebrities and stuck their heads in jars. Family Guy came along and showed no respect to Hollywood or any kind of celebrity club. Drawn Together featured cartoon violence and a long list of cartoon character parodies. Even the Simpsons started to get more lippy towards celebrities from around 2000 onwards.
Back to the South Park Season 1 DVD, this set contains 13 classic episodes. "Cartman Gets An Anal Probe" sees Kyle having problems with aliens and Cartman dealing with a strange device implanted in his nether regions. "Weight Gain 4000" sees Cartman Gain A LOT of weight whilst the town gets excited about the appearance of Kathy Lee Gifford, the first of many celebrities I learned the existance of thanks to this show. "Pinkeye" is a great Halloween episode that contains a lot of zombies; and in "Mecha-Streisand" the towns people rip right into Barbra Streisand (Who? Apparantly she's an American singer who's been selling albums for over 40 years).
In this season you also get to see the origins of the ideas that made South Park a great show; including Chef's singing about inappropriate stuff, Cartman's catchphrase "Screw you guys, I'm going home." and Kenny being brutally killed off episode after episode after episode.
The only downside to this DVD boxset is that there are not much in the way of extras. It's just a couple of short Christmas songs and a short scene involving American chatshow host, Jay Leno. But this is only a minor flaw which does not affect the final score on this review.
South Park is a fantastic show. South Park Season 1 is a fantastic DVD box set. Buy it and witness the origins of this fantastic show.