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'The Five': The Fox News Channel's most delightfully crazy show

Imagine my surprise last Friday when I turned on my favorite guilty pleasure — Fox News’ The Five, its five-person, 5 p.m. five-days-a-week replacement for the full-fathom-five insanity of Glenn Beck — and saw little ol’ me getting slammed by the panel. There on screen was the cover of the new Muppetastic Entertainment Weekly alongside a pic of my ugly mug, as one of the Five, Greg Gutfeld, criticized me for my review suggesting that last week’s South Park was slightly weaker than some of its recent, sterling efforts. READ FULL STORY

'South Park' review: Cartman was the '1%'

South Park deployed Cartman as a symbol of the “1%” that the Occupy Wall Street movement is protesting in an episode that wasn’t all that funny because it was so uncharacteristically obvious. No, wait — South Park is frequently at its best when it is most ferociously obvious; this was merely obvious obvious. READ FULL STORY

'Allen Gregory,' 'The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror, 'Family Guy,' and 'The Cleveland Show': Which animation dominated your attention?

With its sleek animation and meticulously well-spoken central kid character, Allen Gregory was a quirky addition to Fox’s “Animation Domination” programming bloc on Sunday night. This new creation headed up by actor-producer Jonah Hill, who voices what other characters consider a “pretentious” little seven year-old, was eccentric in a way that belied its glossy surface. Gregory joined a line-up that included the 22nd “Treehouse of Horror” edition of The Simpsons, plus new episodes of Family Guy and The Cleveland Show. READ FULL STORY

'South Park' mid season premiere: Asperger's syndrome gets the Cartman treatment

South Park returned for its mid season 15 premiere, picking up where the show left off, with the malaise of “You’re Getting Old” having deepened heavily. Stan’s morose conviction that the world has become filled with, ah, excrement is only increased when he faces a fall filled with Terra Nova and Ashton Kutcher in Two and a Half Men, both of which were mercilessly ridiculed. Oh, and he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. READ FULL STORY

'South Park' season premiere review warning: Don't read about 'HUMANCENTiPAD' on a full stomach

One of the little miracles of pop culture, South Park proceeds with its obsessions about the nature of freedom and the (im)precision of language, its mass-culture insults and its cult-culture shout-outs. It doesn’t care whether we get all the references, or take offense at the jokes, which only makes us love it all the more.

And which makes us masochists far happier than Kyle and the two people who were yoked together and made to form the “HUMANCENTiPAD,” the title and subject of the season premiere. READ FULL STORY

'South Park' goes after 'Inception' and 'Hoarders'... and Woodsy Owl

South Park‘s “Insheeption” episode on Wednesday night started out as a parody of Hoarders and ended up a critique of Inception. Stan, with his school locker full of maggot-ridden sandwiches and junk, was READ FULL STORY

'South Park' review: 'It's a Jersey Thing' kills 'Real Housewives,' 'Jersey Shore,' and Osama bin Laden

Killing three birds with one stone, South Park took on Jersey Shore, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, and Osama bin Laden this week. When animated versions of Teresa from Housewives and Snooki from Shore invaded South Park, Colo., the citizenry became enraged. It’s one thing for Cartman and his buddies to READ FULL STORY

'South Park' season premiere review: NASCAR and Vagisil

South Park roared back with a new episode called “Poor and Stupid,” the cartoon’s take on NASCAR culture. Or rather, Cartman’s take on the sport. The round brat yearned to be a NASCAR driver but thought he wasn’t “poor and stupid enough.” He gave away what little money he had and tried to make himself dumber by READ FULL STORY

'South Park' staged its own 'Intervention' in 'Crippled Summer' last night

As usual for South Park after it airs a few high-profile media-baiting episodes, last night’s edition was a smaller-scale riot. As extended, deft parody of an episode of A&E’s Intervention, it told the tale of Towelie, that READ FULL STORY

Jon Stewart defends 'South Park' colleagues by telling extremists to go you-know-what themselves

Last night, Jon Stewart used The Daily Show to come to the defense of “our good friends and colleagues Matt and Trey” and the “veiled death threats” that Matt Stone and Trey Parker received in the wake of the past two weeks’ episodes about, in part, the prophet Muhammad.

Stewart bowed a bit to his employers, Comedy Central, for READ FULL STORY

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