“South Park” is known for its humor and raunchy content. Some episodes have moments that go too far.
However, I enjoy this show a lot. Regardless of the crazy events that happen in the series, I do notice some essential morals that it teaches audiences.
Below are the biggest ones that stand out to me.
1: Don’t keep everything to yourself, no matter how much you love it
In the episode, “Cartmanland” from season 5, Carman loses his grandma, thus inheriting a million dollars. This causes him to desire buying an entire amusement park just for himself. Not only that, he won’t let anyone else in.
At some point, people want to visit the park. Although Carman dislikes that, he has no choice.
This episode teaches people that it’s never okay to keep everything to yourself, in spite of how much you want to. Of course, this does not apply to things that you must keep to yourself, such as secrets or insensitive remarks.
Even though buying an entire amusement just for yourself and not allowing anybody else to enter can’t happen in real life (even if you’re an adult), sometimes, you need to share things with others.
2: Be patient with something not within your control
In the episode, “Go God Go,” which is two parts and from season 10, Cartman constantly paces outside a store, eagerly waiting for the Nintendo Wii to come out. Yet, it won’t be released for another three weeks. So, he freezes himself and wants to stay that way until the Nintendo Wii comes out.
Everyone tells him to be patient, which he has trouble with. This teaches people not to become impatient over something that they cannot control.
3: Always read something thoroughly before you agree to it
In the episode, “HumancentiPad,” from season 15, Kyle is just doing his homework with an Apple device – only for people who work for the company to kidnap him since he agreed to something that he didn’t know he was agreeing to. That was to be sewn onto two other people and have something disturbing occur in order for the iPad at the end of the other person to work.
This is, perhaps, the most important moral on this list. If you don’t read an entire agreement to something, you could end up in a bad situation. Of course, the action of sewing people together would not be allowed in real life. However, everyone has told Kyle that he should have read the entire iTunes agreement before agreeing to it, even though it was very long and tedious to read.
There are probably more morals taught in the other “South Park” episodes. After all, every form of fiction, whether it’s written or visual, should teach lessons to the audiences.