Cynical ... Stan's 10th birthday on <em>South Park</em>.

Cynical ... Stan's 10th birthday on South Park.

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (122 votes)

DVD review - TV series

It's hard to believe that such an outrageous, politically incorrect comedy has lasted so long. But Colorado's most irreverent school kids - Kyle, Stan, Kenny and Cartman - are still here to push any boundaries that have somehow slipped through the cracks over the last 15 years.

The humour is as crass as ever, so this is definitely not for the faint-hearted.  

The series begins in fine form with a particularly gruesome parody dubbed the HumancentiPad. In case the reference is a little too veiled, writers/creators Matt Parker and Trey Stone make the unlikely connection between Apple's must-have gadgets and the horror film The Human Centipede. Hilarity ensues.

Another episode sees Cartman pursue a get-rich-quick scheme that involves pitting crack cocaine-addicted babies against each other, promising the reward of more smack for their drug-addled mothers.

The humour is as crass as ever, so this is definitely not for the faint-hearted. But it continues to cross the lines that other animated comedies such as The Simpsons and Family Guy do not. And it does it so well. It also paved the way for other great politically incorrect animations such as Drawn Together and Archer.

In the episode You're Getting Old, Stan turns 10 and begins to see the world differently. The episode drips with cynicism, and sparked rumours that this season would be the show's last. Fans fear not, however, the show has been renewed through to 2016, bringing the show to at least 20 seasons.

SOUTH PARK: THE COMPLETE FIFTEENTH SEASON
Rated MA, 300 minutes
Paramount