Which show is better: 'South Park' or 'Family Guy'? | The Tylt
Which show is better: 'South Park' or 'Family Guy'?
"South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker started the beef when they went after "Family Guy" in several "South Park" episodes entitled "Cartoon Wars 1 & 2." As snarky, controversial cartoons, the two shows are constantly compared, but Parker said:
That’s the frustration. We kept running into people that are just like, “Oh, you guys do South Park – I love that show, and Family Guy. That’s the best. You must love Family Guy.” And we were like, no, we hate Family Guy.
"Family Guy" punched back with a 2009 episode entitled ‘Spies Reminiscent of Us’ in which the characters attempt improv-style comedy and fail. Over the years "Family Guy" has made sly references to Parker and Stone's insults. The "South Park" creators claimed "Family Guy" was so poorly written that it was actually the work of manatees randomly manipulating beach balls to generate the show's storylines and jokes. "Family Guy" clapped back with manatee references in the show.
Critics argue "Family Guy" relies too much on pop culture—but if you love pop culture, their references are hilarious (who doesn't want the Carter family elevator brawl re-enacted?)
Others say Seth MacFarlane gets points for rejecting conventional forms of storytelling—and "Family Guy" regularly achieves more than eight million viewers and is often Sunday night’s #1 rated entertainment show. MacFarlane doesn't understand the shade thrown at him by the creators of "South Park," as he told Rolling Stone:
I thought the South Park episode making fun of us was funny and accurate. But what I don’t understand is the personal venom that they spew in the press about the show and about me, where it’s not in the context of a joke. That’s a little baffling. They let loose with this vitriol in every interview I read with them. It’d be interesting to know where it comes from, because I don’t know them.
Sure, "Family Guy" re-creates gimmicky scenes from "Saved By The Bell" or "Revenge of the Nerds"—but they do it really well. They're playing a different game than the "South Park" guys.