Writer: Trey Parker
Director: Trey Parker
Network: Comedy Central, airs Wednesday nights
Original Telecast: November 9, 2011
It’s that time of the season where SOUTH PARK drops the politics and current events and just gives in and gets silly. This year it’s with the hilarious episode “A History Channel Thanksgiving.”
When the boys have to write a report on Thanksgiving, they decide to get their info from the History Channel instead of hitting the books. Of course, the History Channel Thanksgiving special alludes to the fact that aliens were there during the original Indian/pilgrim gathering at Plymouth Rock.
Absurdity progresses as that special gets updated to include the notion that maybe pilgrims and Indians were actually aliens themselves.
Things continue to get more outlandish when the episode parodies THOR – positing that the Indians and Pilgrims live on different worlds and their peace treaty has made it possible that humans to receive stuffing on Thanksgiving every year. And now ancient Plymouth pilgrim warrior Myles Standish (in THOR-like regalia) is headed to earth to save the day.
SOUTH PARK hasn’t done something quite like this in some time. It’s a very ambitious episode in scope and size, but it’s the simple storytelling and concept carries it throughout.
All the digs at the History Channel are right on and there’s even a great Green Lantern gag. The animation re-imagining THOR’s Asgard, as a palace with a Thanksgiving theme is priceless. And the Natalie Portman jokes are pretty funny too.
It’s weird, because it felt like the episode was setting us up for a two-parter like Trey Parker and Matt Stone usually do at the end of a season, but they managed to keep everything tidy and concise without stretching (and straining it) over multiple episodes.
After creating some great Christmas specials, it’s nice that SOUTH PARK is revisiting the Thanksgiving holiday for another skewering after Season 1’s classic “Starvin’ Marvin’”.
“A History Channel Thanksgiving” is a fast, fun and clever half hour and deserves to be right alongside A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING as one of the greatest Thanksgiving animated specials of all time.
Of course, the biggest difference is kids won’t get to stay up late to see this one.
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