Cartman in SOUTH PARK - Season 15 - "T.M.I." | ©2011 Comedy Central

Cartman in SOUTH PARK - Season 15 - "T.M.I." | ©2011 Comedy Central

Writer: Trey Parker
Director: Trey Parker
Network: Comedy Central, airs Wednesday nights
Original Telecast: May 18, 2011

Last week I was equally praised and crucified by readers for my scathing review of the SOUTH PARK episode “Royal Pudding”. It was a horrible mess with a funny gags and not much else. Sorry.

Thankfully, this week’s episode “T.M.I.” is a much better effort (still not perfect, but good), keeping things simple and bringing the inspired lunacy that makes SOUTH PARK so great.

When the South Park faculty decides to post how much each student has grown in size during the year, Cartman mistakes these numbers as list of everyone’s penis size. He’s outraged by this and demands a recount, since he’s listed as much smaller than everyone else.

This results in him doing his own measurement of the entire South Park class and posting those results. This gets Cartman in big trouble and he ends up in an anger management class with other people who have “penis” issues.

The episode soon devolves into a whole spoof on the Tea Party movement  and their random, non-sensical agendas with Randy Marsh leading the rebellion by taking taking down the local Federal Express (not realizing it’s not affiliated with the Federal government). Very funny. This movement also targets American Apparel and American Airlines.

Other highlights from the episode, include Randy teaching a class on TMI which is a system that accurately measures penis size – which includes some hard to understand mathematics. Butters also talks about TERMINATOR 5 where the Terminator (aka Arnold Schwarzenegger) goes back in time to father his own child and where Skeletor gets pissed off at the Terminator (Skeltor being Maria Shriver). He doesn’t realize this is reality, not a movie. Pretty funny stuff.

Granted, while this episode was pretty good, like the last two episodes, it has a few rough spots. There seems to be a kitchen sink approach to SOUTH PARK as of late. Creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone seem to be throwing so much at the wall at a given episode, some of the impact of the humor tends to get lost amidst all the clutter.

Whatsmore, if the faculty was posting the growth size of the students, why would they only post the sizes of the male boys and not the females? It’s a small detail, but significant enough to be annoying when it comes to their usually crackerjack storytelling.

I also noticed that Comedy Central is not bleeping the “s” word anymore, showing how far basic cable has come since SOUTH PARK first made its debut on the network 15 years ago.

“T.M.I.” is funny and crude. It may not be as hilarious as the season premiere, but it certainly blows both “Funnybot” and “Royal Pudding” out of the water. Let’s hope next week is even better.

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  3. You seem to be overlooking the obvious lampooning of the overweight phenomenon. T.M.I. is a single letter away from B.M.I. (Body Mass Index) a measure by which an individual’s healthy weight is determined and that determines over half of the american population to be overweight or obese. Other clues to this were the fact that Cartman was the kid with the lowest T.M.I. score and highest level of anger, the fat guy wearing the tea party hat and the joke about the dispute over the T.M.I. equation, a reference to B.M.I.’s method of calculation being somewhat controversial because of its inaccuracy with athletes who have high muscle mass, differences in skeletal structure, etc.

    I agree that the last two episodes were off the usual standard we’ve come to expect from South Park, but I must say that what we have here is a South Park classic; clever, cheeky and still not above a good penis joke!

    Alex
  4. I guess I haven’t really liked any of the episodes this season… just seemed like a lack of Cartman. This one was hilarious though.

    Skybane
  5. This was the first episode in a while that has any of the classic South Park wit. South Park has always captured my attention by their ability to point out some of the deeper meanings behind the ridiculous nature of society; including politics, fame, and religion. All the while maintaining a humor that no one else could match. But all last season, and the first 3 episodes of this season, they seemed to stray away from their roots. Last nights episode was a step in the right direction. Hopefully they keep away from turning into a completely nonsensical cartoon, with little substance, and no higher agenda. We have Family Guy for that.

    Jay
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  9. The first joke about Arny made me LOL, everything else was kinda fun but for me personally it’s obvious that the overall humor level is below normal for SP.

    AlexD
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  11. I don’t understand how “Royal Pudding” is SOARING over people’s heads. Whatever, to each his own–especially when it comes to blog reviews.

    Mike
  12. My review of this episode is up at http://ilovetvreviews.blogspot.com/ Thanks for reading!

    ilovetvreviews
  13. as much as it saddens me to say, cartman’s clearly not as funny anymore. don’t get me wrong i love cartman, but if you can’t even compare him to an episode for example like succubus or spooky fish (both good and evil cartman). the show needs to incorporate randy in some more episodes because he has clearly been funnier in the newer episodes. Cartman was funnier in the earlier season, but looking at “the losing edge”, or “more crap”, Randy is hilarious. the realllllly hopin though they can come out with a funny classic cartman episode beacuse these episodes are getting really ridiculous

    Balls
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