And then there was one

The boys are back in town, and by boys, I mean the quartet of Cartman, Kenny, Kyle, and Stan. The town? South Park. That’s right, Comedy Central’s hit animated sitcom “South Park” made its triumphant return on Wednesday after its annual summer hiatus.

“South Park” wasn’t the only show to debut a new episode, as “Brickleberry,” another show by Comedy Central, made its series premiere on Tuesday, the night before “South Park’s” return. Before I delve into the new show, “Brickleberry,” which features the voice talents of the ever popular Daniel Tosh, let’s discuss how things are going on the “South Park” front.

Like most “South Park” episodes, this one tackled a current issue. In this case, is was the growing concern for concussions in football. When Randy Marsh, Stan’s dad, discovers kickoffs have been eliminated from Stan’s football games, he fights the school. However, because of his sarcasm (which goes undetected by other characters), Randy ends up altering football into a game where the players wear tinfoil hats and bras, the ball is replaced by a balloon, and tackling is now hugging and complimenting your opponents. This new game is known as sarcastaball.

What really made this episode jump out was how relevant the jokes were. Just two days removed from the ridiculous conclusion to the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers football game, the show pokes fun at the replacement ref’s inability to agree on the correct call. It was almost scary how timely the episode was; however, this can be attributed to the six-day production period “South Park’s” creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, go through each week.

“Brickleberry,” on the other hand, left a lot to be desired. Unlike “South Park,” which still features that immature and grotesque humor it has trademarked over the years, “Brickleberry” mainly consists of perverted joke after perverted joke. “South Park’s” jokes actually contain some substance and are typically clever. Very rarely do you see a comment thrown in there just for the shock factor.

Another thing that bothered me about “Brickleberry” was how much it mirrored the humor of “Family Guy” in the sense that every joke was either the same or based on a flashback. I’d love to hear some variety when it comes to my sick humor, not the same joke made over and over again by a wise-cracking, junk-food loving bear named Malloy (who is somewhat similar to Brian from “Family Guy,” who is easily one of my least favorite animated characters of all time).

After viewing these two shows, it dawned on me that “South Park” is the number one animated sitcom on television right now. Seth MacFarlane’s trio of shows, Family Guy 1, Family Guy 2 (American Dad), and Family Guy 3 (The Cleveland Show) are just full of “I remember when” jokes and pop-culture references us teenagers act like we get. “The Simpsons,” on the other hand, is a shell of its former self. I can only laugh at Homer’s stupidity for so long before it becomes dull and unoriginal.

So, before I step off my soapbox, I’d like to give Matt Stone and Trey Parker a round of applause for yet another job well done. I’d also like to congratulate them for being the undisputed best animated sitcom on television.