Simpsons Already Did It

"Simpsons Already Did It" is the seventh episode of the sixth season of the American animated television series South Park, and the 86th episode of the series overall. It originally aired on Comedy Central in the United States on June 26, 2002.[1] In the episode, which continues on from the events of the previous episode "Professor Chaos", Butters thinks up a series of schemes to take over the world, but realizes that each one has already been performed on The Simpsons. Meanwhile, Ms. Choksondik dies and Cartman, Kyle and Stan think that they are responsible.

The episode was written by series co-creator Trey Parker and is rated TV-MA in the United States.

"Simpsons Already Did It"
South Park episode
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Butters (not pictured) imagines Cartman, Kyle, and Stan as Simpsons characters
Episode no.Season 6
Episode 7
Directed byTrey Parker
Written byTrey Parker
Production code607
Original air dateJune 26, 2002

Plot

Kyle, Stan and Tweek are making a snowman, when Stan tells Tweek to put the carrot on for the nose. Tweek replies 'But what if when I'm putting on the nose, the snowman comes to life and tries to kill me?' referring to what happened in the short Jesus vs. Frosty.

Cartman shows Kyle, Stan, and Tweek an advertisement he found for "Sea People" (a parody of Sea-Monkeys). Cartman imagines them to be a race similar to mermaids who will "take me away from this crappy goddamn planet full of hippies." He convinces everyone to chip in so they can buy them.

Meanwhile, Butters, in his evil alter-ego persona Professor Chaos, is trying to figure out a way to bring disarray to the town. When he plots to block out the sun, his assistant, Dougie/General Disarray, informs him that it mirrors a plot of Mr. Burns' from The Simpsons and Butters abandons the idea.

Cartman soon begins to prepare for the Sea People, even making a sign to welcome them, but after placing them in the water, Stan reveals that they are simply brine shrimp. Cartman, in a fit of rage, begins to berate his friends, but lightens up after the group decides to place the shrimp in Ms. Choksondik's coffee. The scene then cuts to Ms. Choksondik's house, where she has died and an ambulance is taking away her corpse.

Butters decides to cut the head off of the town's central statue—which mirrors Bart Simpson's decapitation of Springfield's Jebediah Springfield statue. On the news report, the newscaster interprets Butters' vandalism as an homage to The Simpsons; the police are not investigating the crime because they want the statue to remain headless as a tribute.

Upon hearing that semen was discovered in the teacher's stomach, the boys conclude that they killed Ms. Choksondik with their "sea men". They go to the morgue to steal the evidence, fearful that they will "find the women too!" Butters devises increasingly outlandish schemes, but Dougie keeps pointing out that they have already been done on The Simpsons.

Eventually, Chef explains that there is a difference between "sea men/semen" and "Sea People", and that the brine shrimp did not kill their teacher. Cartman then discovers that when the semen they recovered has been added to the Sea People aquarium, it combines with the Brine Shrimp to create an intelligent race of actual sea people.

Trying to come up with an original plot, Butters watches every episode of The Simpsons twice before introducing his newest plan: build a machine that replaces the cherry centers of chocolate covered cherries with rancid mayonnaise (a plot that Dougie/General Disarray dismisses as being too uninspired to appear on The Simpsons). As Butters is about to use his device, a Simpsons commercial announces that Bart will do exactly the same thing in that night's episode. Butters has a nervous breakdown and begins picturing the town in the animation style of The Simpsons.

At the Cartman household, the boys have bought more Sea People, a larger aquarium, and several gallons of semen. Their Sea-Ciety evolves into an ancient Greek-esque civilization, and they begin worshipping Cartman.

Stan and Kyle invite Butters and others to see the aquarium. Butters then states that the Sea-Ciety plot is similar to that of the "Treehouse of Horror VII" short "The Genesis Tub". Though the boys agree with him, they also note that The Simpsons has done everything, so worrying about that is pointless. Chef also points out that they in turn borrowed their ideas from a classic Twilight Zone episode, "The Little People". Butters understands and everyone returns to their normal appearance. Butters then happily leaves, getting ready to wreak havoc once again. The Sea People on the other side of the aquarium begin worshipping Tweek, leading to a holy war. Seconds later they develop nuclear weapons and destroy themselves, like the Futurama episode "Godfellas"(also inspired by the Twilight Zone episode), another show made by Matt Groening. While Kyle concludes war is inevitable, a distraught Cartman wonders, "Why can't societies live in peace?"

Production

"Simpsons Already Did It" was inspired by the fact that The Simpsons did in fact beat South Park to several plot concepts.[2] In the season 4 episode "The Wacky Molestation Adventure", Butters was supposed to block out the sun, but one writer pointed out that "The Simpsons already did it." The episode "calls out" the obvious observation that The Simpsons have realized a vast number of ideas throughout their long-lived run. Some have found a certain reciprocity to this statement, finding instances of repetitiveness in The Simpsons itself while quoting South Park.[3] However, although the motif throughout the episode is "Simpsons did it first", South Park creators released their feature film based on the series in June 1999, eight years prior to The Simpsons Movie in July 2007.[4]

The episode is also referenced to the fact that the Fox Broadcasting Company passed on the South Park series, as they hated the idea of the talking poo character, Mr. Hankey, being in the show and fearing that such character would tarnish their network branding. Another reason for the episode's title is that in addition to the disdain for Mr. Hankey, Trey Parker, who co-produced South Park with friend Matt Stone, said that Fox executives told them "It'll never work because adults don't want to watch a show about kids. They want to watch a show about a family", subtly implying that the show premise should be modeled around a family similar to The Simpsons in order to be successful.[5]

The Simpsons crew has a friendly relationship with South Park, which they demonstrated several times, going as far as sending flowers to the South Park studios when South Park parodied Family Guy in the season 10 episodes "Cartoon Wars Part I" and "Part II".[6] In 2010, The Simpsons crew congratulated South Park for reaching 200 episodes, with a message reading "Congratulations on 200 Episodes. (We Already Did It.) (Twice.)".

Soon after, in reference to the controversies and terrorist threats surrounding depictions of the Muslim prophet Muhammad in the South Park episodes "200" and "201", the chalkboard gag on that week's The Simpsons episode, "The Squirt and the Whale", read "South Park – We'd stand beside you if we weren't so scared".[7]

South Park was parodied in a 2003 Simpsons episode, "The Bart of War", showing a scene with three of the South Park boys Stan, Kyle and Cartman drawn in Simpsons style, with Marge disapproving of Bart and Milhouse's apparent enjoyment of "cartoon violence", and the latter two contemplating about adults voicing children's characters. The 2009 Simpsons episode "O Brother, Where Bart Thou?" has Bart, Milhouse, Nelson and Ralph dressed up as, standing at the bus stop – similarly to the iconic bus stop scenes of South Park –, and Otto using the catchphrase "Oh my God! I killed Kenny!" when he hits Ralph (dressed as Kenny) driving the school bus.

Reception

The episode received generally positive reviews. Travis Pickett of IGN gave it an 8.5 rating, especially praising Trey Parker and Matt Stone for managing to contrast the episode with the actual Simpsons with themes like Cartman performing fellatio on "some guy in an alley", while respectfully paying their dues.[8]

References

  1. ^ "The Simpsons Already Did It". South Park Studios. June 26, 2002. Retrieved February 18, 2011.
  2. ^ "South Park Commentary: "The Simpsons Already Did It"".
  3. ^ Kerstetter, Matt (June 2, 2010). "The Simpsons Did It...Twice". CollegeHumor. Retrieved February 19, 2011.
  4. ^ Corliss, Richard (July 26, 2007). "The Simpsons, Bigger and Better". Time. Retrieved February 19, 2011.
  5. ^ Trey Parker, Matt Stone (1998). The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Television show). NBC.
  6. ^ Goldman, Eric. "South Park: Matt and Trey Speak Out, Part 1". IGN.com. Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  7. ^ Jamieson, Alastair (April 28, 2010). "The Simpsons support South Park writers in Mohammed censorship row". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved February 19, 2011.
  8. ^ Pickett, Travis (August 28, 2009). "South Park Flashback: "The Simpsons Already Did It" Review". IGN. Retrieved February 18, 2011.
200 (South Park)

"200" is the fifth episode of the fourteenth season of the American animated television series South Park, and the 200th overall episode of the series. It originally aired on Comedy Central in the United States on April 14, 2010. In the episode, Tom Cruise and all other celebrities who have been mocked by residents of South Park in the past plan to file a class action lawsuit against the town, but Cruise promises to end the lawsuit if the town can get the Islamic prophet Muhammad to meet him.

The episode was written and directed by series co-creator Trey Parker. To celebrate their landmark episode, Parker and fellow series co-creator Matt Stone combined many of South Park's past storylines and controversies. The Muhammad subplot, similar to the one previously featured in the season 10 episode "Cartoon Wars", refers to Comedy Central's past refusal to allow images of Muhammad to be shown on the network in response to the riots and threats generated from controversial cartoons in 2005 and 2007 of Muhammad in European newspapers.

"200" includes many celebrities that have been mocked in previous episodes, including Cruise, Rob Reiner, Steven Spielberg, Kanye West, Paris Hilton, George Lucas, Mel Gibson and Barbra Streisand. An additional subplot includes Cartman learning he may not know the true identity of his father. The 1998 season 2 episode "Cartman's Mom Is Still a Dirty Slut" claimed that Cartman's hermaphrodite mother is his father, but the events of "200" and the subsequent episode reveal that this is not the case.

"200" received mostly positive reviews. According to Nielsen Media Research, the episode was seen by 3.33 million viewers, making it the most watched cable television program of the night. Both "200" and the sequel episode "201" were nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program in 2010.

Within a week of the episode's original broadcast date, the website for the radical Muslim organization Revolution Muslim posted an entry warning Parker and Stone that they risked being murdered for airing the episode, which several media outlets and observers interpreted as a threat. As a result, Comedy Central heavily censored portions of "201" by removing references to Muhammad and the episode's closing speech.

Bebe's Boobs Destroy Society

"Bebe's Boobs Destroy Society" is the tenth episode of the sixth season of South Park, originally aired on July 17, 2002. In the episode, Bebe Stevens's breasts begin to develop, and the boys are suddenly drawn to her even though they had no interest in her before. The episode focuses on and satirizes men's fascination over women's breasts.

Butters Stotch

Leopold "Butters" Stotch is a fictional character in the animated television series South Park. He is voiced by series co-creator Matt Stone and loosely based on co-producer Eric Stough. He is a student at South Park Elementary School. Butters is depicted as more naive, optimistic, and gullible than the show's other child characters and can become increasingly anxious, especially when faced with the likelihood of being grounded, of which he is extremely terrified. As a result, he is often sheltered and unknowledgeable of some of the suggestive content his peers understand, and is also frequently the victim of abuse and manipulation by Eric Cartman. His name is a play on the confection butterscotch.

Butters debuted as an unnamed background character when South Park first premiered on Comedy Central on August 13, 1997; his role gradually increased, becoming one of the series' most frequently present characters beginning with season 3. Creators Parker and Stone have stated that he is one of their favorite characters.

Chocolate-covered cherry

Chocolate-covered cherries are a traditional dessert confection. Variations include cherry cordials with liquid fillings often including cherry liqueur, as well as chocolate-covered candied cherries and chocolate-covered dried cherries.Manufacturers of chocolate-covered cherries include Philadelphia Candies, Marich Confectionery, and Cella's. Chukar Cherries in central Washington state dries 250,000 pounds of cherries and creates a much richer taste.Tom Faglon released a recipe for dark chocolate bark where he added pomegranate seeds on the surface of dark chocolate. The taste has been described by Melissa Clark of the New York Times as sophisticated.

January 3 is unofficially considered National Chocolate-Covered Cherry Day in the United States. Chocolate-covered cherries feature in the story-line of the South Park episode Simpsons Already Did It.

List of South Park Elementary staff

This page is a list of staff at South Park Elementary from the characters in the American animated television series South Park.

List of South Park characters

South Park is an American animated television series created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone for the Comedy Central television network. The ongoing narrative revolves around four children, Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman and Kenny McCormick, and their bizarre adventures in and around the fictional and eponymous Colorado town. The town is also home to an assortment of characters who make frequent appearances in the show such as students and their family members, elementary school staff, and recurring characters.Stan is portrayed as the everyman of the group, as the show's official website describes him as "a normal, average, American, mixed-up kid". Kyle is the lone Jew among the group, and his portrayal in this role is often dealt with satirically. Stan and Kyle are best friends, and their relationship, which is intended to reflect the real-life friendship between South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, is a common topic throughout the series. Cartman—loud, obnoxious, and obese—is sometimes portrayed as the series' main antagonist and whose anti-Semitic attitude has resulted in an ever-progressing rivalry with Kyle. Kenny, who comes from a poor family, wears his parka hood so tightly that it covers most of his face and muffles his speech. During the show's first five seasons, Kenny would die in almost every single episode before returning in the next without explanation.

Stone and Parker perform the voices of most of the male South Park characters. Mary Kay Bergman voiced the majority of the female characters until her death in 1999. Eliza Schneider (1999–2003), Mona Marshall (2000–present), and April Stewart (2003–present) have voiced most of the female characters since. A few staff members such as Jennifer Howell, Vernon Chatman, John Hansen, Adrien Beard have voiced the other recurring characters.

List of South Park episodes

South Park is an American animated television sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone for Comedy Central. The series came from a pair of animated shorts titled The Spirit of Christmas, and was originally developed for the Fox Broadcasting Company. Eventually, Fox refused to air the show, which was later picked up by Comedy Central. The first episode of South Park aired on Comedy Central on August 13, 1997. Intended for mature audiences, the show has become infamous for its crude language and dark, surreal humor that lampoons a wide range of topics. The story revolves around four boys—Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, and Kenny McCormick—and their bizarre adventures in and around the eponymous Colorado town.

Episodes of South Park have been nominated for a variety of different awards, including 3 Annie Awards (with one win), 2 Critics' Choice Television Award (with no wins), 17 Emmy Awards (with five wins), 3 TCA Awards (with no wins), and received a Peabody Award. Several compilation DVDs have been released. In addition, the first twenty seasons have been released on DVD and Blu-ray.On July 8, 2015, two months prior to the Season 19 premiere, Comedy Central announced they had renewed South Park for an additional 30 episodes over 3 seasons. This renewal was in addition to the two-year contract already in place with Parker and Stone, guaranteeing South Park would air until at least 2019. On September 12, 2019, the show was renewed for seasons 24 through 26 until 2022. The 23rd season, which premiered on September 25, 2019, is the third season in that three-season contract extension; while Comedy Central has not yet spoken out about renewing or cancelling the series, Parker and Stone have expressed interest in continuing the series until Comedy Central cancels it. As of October 16, 2019, 301 episodes of South Park have aired, concluding the twenty-second season.

List of South Park home video releases

South Park was first released on DVD in the United States by Rhino Home Video (subsidiary of Warner Music Group) in late 1998, but these DVD releases soon went out of print. They were then released in Europe starting in the year 2000. They were later re-released in the United States, starting in 2002. Paramount Home Entertainment (a sister company to Comedy Central) began releasing the seasons in Australia in October 2007.

Each of the box sets for the first 16 seasons has three discs, reduced to two discs starting with season 17. This article contains information on these season sets. In addition, a variety of compilations and special discs have also been produced, which are also detailed here.

List of sitcoms known for negative reception

The following is a list of situation comedy series that have been ranked among some of the worst series in television history. With the possible exception of reality television, the sitcom genre constitutes the largest category of poorly received television shows, with a long list of critically unsuccessful productions.

List of students at South Park Elementary

Various student characters attend the fictional school South Park Elementary in the animated television show South Park. The school is one of the most prominent settings on the show, the narrative of which revolves mostly around the students.

While there have been a few characters from varying grades have been depicted in recurring minor roles, the students in the fourth grade—including central characters Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Kenny McCormick, and Eric Cartman—receive the primary focus of the series. The fourth grade class is taught throughout most of the series by Mr. Garrison, with a hiatus between seasons 4 and 6 when he is replaced by Ms. Choksondik. These students also attended class under Mr. Garrison during their previous time as third graders during South Park's first three-and-a-half seasons.

In tradition with the show's cutout animation style, all characters listed below are composed of simple geometrical shapes and bright colors. Ever since the show's third episode, "Weight Gain 4000" (season one, 1997), all characters on South Park have been animated with computer software, though they are portrayed to give the impression that the show still utilizes the method of animating construction paper composition cutouts through the use of stop motion, which was the technique used in creating the show's first episode, "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe".In addition to the main characters, other students below will sometimes give a brief monologue as a means of expressing the lessons they have attained during the course of an episode. Most of the characters are foul-mouthed as a means for series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone to display how they claim young children really talk when they are alone. Most of the male students are amused by bodily functions and toilet humor, and their favorite television personalities are Terrance and Phillip, a Canadian duo whose comedy routines on their show-within-the-show revolve substantially around the usage of fart jokes. In response to the focus on elements of satire in South Park, Parker has said that the main goal of the show is to portray the students as "kids just being kids" as a means of accurately showcasing "what it's like to be in third grade in America".

Microcosmic God

"Microcosmic God" is a science fiction novelette by American writer Theodore Sturgeon. Originally published in April 1941 in the magazine Astounding Science Fiction, it was recognized as one of the best science fiction short stories published before the Nebula Awards by the Science Fiction Writers of America in 1970, and was named as one of the best science fiction stories in polls by Analog Science Fiction and Fact (the renamed Astounding) in 1971 and Locus in 1999. In 1976, it was also published as a comic book version (drawn by Adolfo Buylla) in issue 3 of Starstream: Adventures in Science Fiction, a comic anthology in four issues by Gold Key Comics.

Professor Chaos

"Professor Chaos" is the sixth episode of the sixth season of the Comedy Central series South Park and the 85th episode of the series overall. It originally aired on April 10, 2002. The boys hold a contest to try to find a replacement for Butters, who becomes a supervillain after being fired from the group as the replacement Kenny. The show also parodies The Bachelor.

The episode was written by series co-creator Trey Parker and is rated TV-MA in the United States.

Red Hot Catholic Love

"Red Hot Catholic Love" is the 87th episode of the Comedy Central series South Park. It originally aired on July 3, 2002. It was selected No. 2 on the "10 South Parks that Changed the World" list, and was also part of "South Park's Dirty Dozen." In the episode, Father Maxi travels to the Vatican to confront the growing problem of Catholic priests molesting children. Meanwhile, Cartman discovers that it is possible to defecate from the mouth.

Sea-Monkeys

Sea-Monkeys are a novelty aquarium pet, a type of brine shrimp that undergoes cryptobiosis. Sea-Monkeys are scientifically classified Artemia salina. Developed in the United States in 1957, by Harold von Braunhut, the shrimp are sold as eggs, to be added to tap water with various other chemicals and foods. The product was heavily marketed in the 1960s and 70s, especially in comic books, and remains a presence in popular culture.

South Park (season 6)

The sixth season of South Park, an American animated television series created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, began airing on March 6, 2002. The sixth season concluded after 17 episodes on December 11, 2002.This season is notable for being the only one without Kenny as a main character, as he was written off in the previous season. Kenny, however, plays a part in some episodes without appearing and returns at the conclusion of the final episode.

The Simpsons

The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of working-class life, epitomized by the Simpson family, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. The show is set in the fictional town of Springfield and parodies American culture and society, television, and the human condition.

The family was conceived by Groening shortly before a solicitation for a series of animated shorts with producer James L. Brooks. Groening created a dysfunctional family and named the characters after his own family members, substituting Bart for his own name. The shorts became a part of The Tracey Ullman Show on April 19, 1987. After three seasons, the sketch was developed into a half-hour prime time show and became Fox's first series to land in the Top 30 ratings in a season (1989–90).

Since its debut on December 17, 1989, 666 episodes of The Simpsons have been broadcast. It is the longest-running American sitcom, and the longest-running American scripted primetime television series, both in terms of seasons and number of episodes. The Simpsons Movie, a feature-length film, was released in theaters worldwide on July 27, 2007, and grossed over $527 million. Then on October 30, 2007, a video game was released. Currently, The Simpsons finished airing its thirtieth season, which

began airing September 30, 2018. The Simpsons was renewed for a thirty-first and thirty-second season on February 6, 2019, in which the latter will contain the 700th episode. The Simpsons is a joint production by Gracie Films and 20th Century Fox Television and syndicated by 20th Television.The Simpsons received acclaim throughout its first nine or ten seasons, which are generally considered its "Golden Age". Time named it the 20th century's best television series, and Erik Adams of The A.V. Club named it "television's crowning achievement regardless of format". On January 14, 2000, the Simpson family was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It has won dozens of awards since it debuted as a series, including 34 Primetime Emmy Awards, 30 Annie Awards, and a Peabody Award. Homer's exclamatory catchphrase "D'oh!" has been adopted into the English language, while The Simpsons has influenced many other later adult-oriented animated sitcoms. However, it has also been criticized for a perceived decline in quality over the years.

The Spirit of Christmas (short film)

Spirit of Christmas is the name of two different animated short films made by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. They are precursors to the animated series South Park. To differentiate the two, they are often referred to as Jesus vs. Frosty (1992) and Jesus vs. Santa (1995).

Trapper Keeper (South Park)

"Trapper Keeper" is the twelfth episode of the fourth season of the animated television series South Park, and the 60th episode of the series overall. It originally aired on Comedy Central in the United States on November 15, 2000. In the episode, a man from the future wants Cartman's new Trapper Keeper, while Mr. Garrison's kindergarten class holds an election for class president with confusing results. The Trapper Keeper storyline is an allusion to the Terminator films (1984–2015) as well as the anime movie Akira (1988). The subplot with the class president election is a parody of the 2000 United States presidential election and the controversy surrounding its outcome.

Treehouse of Horror VII

"Treehouse of Horror VII" is the first episode of The Simpsons' eighth season. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on October 27, 1996. In the seventh annual Treehouse of Horror episode, Bart discovers his long-lost twin, Lisa grows a colony of small beings, and Kang and Kodos impersonate Bill Clinton and Bob Dole in order to win the 1996 presidential election. It was written by Ken Keeler, Dan Greaney, and David S. Cohen, and directed by Mike B. Anderson. Phil Hartman provided the voice of Bill Clinton.

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