South Park: Smug Alert!
Last night Matt and Trey took aim at hybrid car owners, George Clooney, and the entire city of San Francisco, which they see as a place populated by smug couples with hyphenated names who close their eyes when they speak (cause that's what smug people do). Oh yeah, and they love the smell of their own farts. It's not really a South Park episode without some scatological humor.
In it's own way, South Park has been, for some time, enjoying the same kind of creative surge The Simpsons experienced once it stopped being the next huge pop culture phenomenon and its creators were able to focus on the series without a lot of outside noise. South Park, and more specifically Matt and Trey, have the added bonus of being, by choice, outside not only the Hollywood system, but isolated in such a way as to have left everyone and everything open for satire. In the episode, the "smug" from all the hybrid car owners in South Park begins to merge with the "smug" from the hybrid car owners in San Francisco. Things begin to get really serious, however, when the "smug" from George Clooney's Oscar acceptance speech also begins to drift, resulting in "the perfect storm of self-satisfaction." Not only do they take down an entire city with one fell satirical swoop, they're also not afraid to take a shot at someone who, I assume, they must have liked at one point, considering he appeared in their movie.
The episode had tons of great moments, from Stan's "gay little song" to Cartman being forced to don a vintage diver's suit in order to go into San Francisco and rescue Kyle, which was actually a rather bittersweet moment among all the San Fran bashing, with Cartman realizing that despite his hatred for Kyle, he just can't be "Cartman" without him.