To add to greg.org's disbelief that the New York Times is just coming to the South Park table now, Gothamist can't believe that there was no mention of the Death Camp of Tolerance episode (with Lemmiwinks) or Scott Tenorman Must Die (with Radiohead). South Park does lampoon all religions well, but it's also an excellent hotbed of social satire (the recent metrosexual-skewering South Park is Gay! and Michael Jackson inspired The Jeffersons). And more attention to how the show has spawned two of the most inspired characters on television today, Eric Cartman and Butters. Cartman is the modern, child- and big-boned-size incarnation of evil, while Butters is the Jimmy Stewart-esque naif, "gee whiz"ing through life. The recent episode, AWESOM-O, where Cartman dresses up as a robot friend for Butters, to gain Butters' trust, learn his secrets, and humiliate Butters, only to find out that Butters has an incriminating tape of him (dressed as Britney Spears, kissing a Justin Timberlake cardboard figure), which then forces Cartman to remain as AWESOM-O the robot, only to become an Adam Sandler movie plot generator for Hollywood and the target of the Army...well, seeing is believing, dear friends.

South Park is on Comedy Central; a new episode airs tonight at 10PM. And an oldie-but-goodie: Gothamist and friends and more rendered in South Park.