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As always, Season 14 of South Park is hit-and-miss. I like the opening episode, about Tiger Woods and sex addiction and the silliness of celebrities who get caught cheating with all kinds of women and then hide behind it. I like the concept of the 200th episode celebration, where Tom Cruise leads a class action lawsuit against the town of South Park on behalf of all the celebrities who have ever been mocked by the show. (That episode turns on a very intriguing idea – Cruise agrees to drop the lawsuit if the town will let him meet the Islamic prophet Mohammed – which of course means they would have to draw him.)
But there are more weak episodes in Season 14 than there are great ones. The one where Stan’s father intentionally gets cancer so he can obtain medical marijuana is basically one long giant-scrotum joke. The Intervention episode with Towlie starts strong but degenerates into a silly summer-camp episode of Scoobie-Doo. The NASCAR one is weak, the Inception spoof is silly, and the three-episode arc where Coon & Friends battle the giant evil being Cthulhu is serious overkill.
Of course, there are still enough solid episodes to make this TV set worthwhile. I liked Scrotie McBoogerballs, an episode that already appeared on the Butters box set last year. Other standouts are a terrific skewering of social media where Stan battles with his own profile inside facebook like Tron, and one where the casts of Real Housewives of New Jersey and Jersey Shore invade the town, who must turn to Osama Bin Laden and Al Quaeda for help. Season 14 may not be as good as it has been the last few seasons. But South Park still rocks.