Whether you love or hate South Park, series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone would like you to know that they are not going anywhere anytime soon. That's because Trey Parker and Matt Stone signed a blood pact with the devil, sometime in the early '90s, where they would be granted immortality and worldwide success and international acclaim in exchange for their collection of Gargoyles POGs, because everyone knows that the one thing the devil can't resist is Gargoyles POGs. At least, this is the only viable explanation I can come up with to explain why Stone and Parker have just signed a contract to continue South Park until 2016, which would eventually bring the series to its twentieth season.
Although South Park's contract originally ended in 2013, Comedy Central decided to extend the series run by another three years, with network president Michelle Ganeless saying, "the collective genius of Matt and Trey knows no bounds." The show is in its fifteenth season, and it's won four Emmys since premiering in 1997.
As the owner of a highlighted, dog-eared copy of the book South Park and Philosophy: You Know, I Learned Something Today, I'm obviously a South Park fan. But something about the show running for twenty seasons run rubs me the wrong way. Although I wouldn't say it's long past its prime, it's definitely at the point where the great jokes are a bit harder to come by, and the need to be topical and hyper-relevant seems even more transparent.
I don't disagree with the assertion that "the collective genius of Matt and Trey knows no bounds," but that doesn't mean the show should keep going until they're too old and feeble to make queef jokes anymore, and they have to hire a team of manatees to bounce idea balls around in a tank. Then it would be just as bad as Family Guy.