63. SOUTH PARK - TIE
Created by Matt Stone & Trey Parker
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Aired: COMEDY CENTRAL, 1997-Present
From “The Spirit of Christmas,” an animated holiday card made for Fox executive Brian Graden that got passed around Hollywood like comedy samizdat, to The Book of Mormon, their current Broadway smash musical, no comedy writers have been on quite on such a run of wrongness as Trey Parker and Matt Stone. It is difficult to quantify what South Park did for Comedy Central, besides grow it from a cable network with a comedy footprint comedy to a worldwide brand. The cut-out crudeness of the animation has been, from the beginning, a kind of Trojan horse for the show’s scatology and more pointed comedic aims. Over the years, Stone and Parker have seen their network pull episodes for poking fun at the Prophet Muhammad and Tom Cruise. Such controversy is what makes the series more than a lark, giving it the well-deserved reputation of offending where others fear to tread.
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