Infinitely better than it looks.
I enjoy South Park a lot since I started watching it, although they have their off days. I don't like seeing Randy Marsh having episodes devoted to him that much because unlike the boys, he never learns anything, even temporarily, and while Cartman is a fun character he needs to be balanced with the other boys even in his own episodes...
But if you're not expecting to be stimulated visually, you can concentrate on the plot and the lesson and the way Adults Are Morons
, which is part of the Fridge Brilliance
. If the show was a feast for the eyes, even if they could produce it in the same timeframe, you wouldn't be able to think about the Aesop. Heck, sometimes the wrong voice comes out of the wrong mouth, making you actively think, "Who really said that?"
Characters are expanded on all the time, which also makes South Park gradually bigger; lately Stephen and Linda Stotch (Butters' dad and mom) have become part of the regular adult circle of stupidity showing that perfectly normal-looking people can be asswads too. And if somebody leaves the writers aren't too gutless to kill them off properly. They had exhausted Kenny's usefulness; they didn't try to drag him out, they just killed him. Well, for a while, until they could use him for more than one joke (which was getting old).
It's a new approach to cartoons; The Simpsons
for kids either but they stil try to pretend your whole family can watch it. South Park just kicks moderation out the window and says, "We know we're not aiming at kids; why try?"
I'm GLAD they dropped the Toilet Humour
. I'm GLAD it's not filled with worthless cutaway Manatee gags like Family Guy
. I'm GLAD they make fun of those who are excessively left-wing (it's about time somebody did). I'm GLAD there's not always a happy ending (although I really hated Stanley's Cup; that just felt... well... kind of overboard and face-rubbing). I'm GLAD the kids swear, because a lot of kids DO swear. And I may be pretty liberal but I like South Park making fun of people who give liberals a bad name. Ban this, ban that, when are people going to learn that you can't get rid of a problem by just banning or ignoring it? And I may be going on 27 but it's good to see them pointing out that no, kids are not as stupid as you think, but if you don't educate them on life, they will be.