I watched South Park as a kid. I wasn’t allowed to, but like any child at that age would, my friend and I snuck behind our parent’s backs and would watch recorded shows on VHS. My parents may have been horrified upon learning how that show was influencing me. Today, they may be grateful.
At the time, I watched it because it had everything a 13-year-old boy could ask for. It had fart jokes, cuss words, wildly outlandish situations, and quotable characters who talked about their butt a lot. It didn’t obey political correctness either, which meant that a lot of moral busybodies got angry about it, which made the show all that much cooler.
The show evolved from being just a bunch of shock moments, and so did my friends and I. As we grew up with the show, my peers and I began to see the messages behind the fart and sex jokes. It became fun to discern what the show’s creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, were really getting at in each episode. Be it cultural or political, a point was usually being made and I and kids my age were all eating it up.