South Park: The 5 Best (And 5 Worst) Guest Stars | ScreenRant

South Park’s success lies in the show’s sharp wit mixed with potty humor. Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s ability to lacerate pop culture, big issues and current events is also a big part of its popularity. It definitely doesn’t need celebrity guests to carry it, but the inclusion of cameo performances is often a fun part of the show.

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Many cameos were so perfectly done that they didn’t feel gratuitous at all, while some guest stars didn’t add much to the show, remaining in the background. Fans have their favorites, but some guest stars were clearly more well-received and executed than others.

10 Best: Radiohead As Themselves

Many of the best celebrity cameos on South Park are held by musicians. Radiohead starred in one of the most brutal episodes ever, season five’s “Scott Tenorman Must Die.” It’s such a South Park episode: they take a common trope, in this case, a bully playing a gross prank on Cartman, and turn it into an over-the-top revenge story.

When Cartman elaborately slays Scott’s parents and feeds them to him in a chili cook-off, he adds to the humiliation and disgust of the situation by ensuring that Radiohead is there to watch. They mock Tenorman and call him a crybaby while he sobs over his parents.

9 Worst: George Clooney As Sparky

In season one’s fourth episode, “Big Gay Al’s Big Gay Boat Ride,” George Clooney lends his vocal talents to… Sparky, the Marsh family dog. While the episode began as an offensive foray into dog behavior, it ended with more tolerance in a lesson about gay acceptance, even if it was still questionably delivered. It was a milestone for Comedy Central, but Sparky’s voice, which was just a few barks, really wasn’t all that impressive or important and had we not known, we never would have guessed Clooney was even involved.

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Clooney was much funnier in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut as Dr. Gouache, a parody of his ER character, Dr. Douglas Ross. He replaced Kenny’s heart with a potato, giving him yet another death and proving what an incompetent doctor Gouache really was. So they blamed Canada, of course.

8 Best: Ozzy Osbourne As Himself

In season two’s 14th episode, “Chef Aid,” Ozzy Osbourne joined several other performers, including Ween, Primus, Elton John, Rancid, Devo, Rick James, DMX, Joe Strummer, and Meat Loaf, as guest stars in a concert to benefit the boys’ beloved Chef. The benefit itself was funny, including Chef’s own part in the fundraising, but Ozzy clearly had the best cameo.

Ozzy poked fun at his own trademark speech, claiming that he and Chef went way back, when Chef told him to “buy a pompadour hat” and he mistook it for “bite the head off a bat.” He then bit Kenny’s head off, giving the kid one of his best ever deaths.

7 Worst: Jay Leno As Mr. Kitty K

In season one, episode 13 dealt with Cartman’s mother and her personal life, which of course comes into play again later in the show. Jay Leno gave a lackluster and forgettable appearance as Cartman’s cat, Mr. Kitty. Like Clooney, Leno is sort of funny here because he’s a big name giving vocal talent to a few “mews,” but if you didn’t pay attention to the casting you wouldn’t even know he’s in the episode.

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Leno was much better as himself in “City on the Edge of Forever,” in which Mrs. Crabtree, the bus driver, unintentionally beats Carrot Top at his own game and becomes a comedic sensation.

6 Best: Robert Smith, Himself

One of the least embarrassing guest roles in the history of South Park went to Robert Smith of The Cure. Barbara Streisand fans may have not liked the first season’s 12th episode, “Mecha-Streisand,” but the hilarious episode broke both South Park and Comedy Central records.

Robert Smith plays the only beast in the Kaiju film parody who can defeat her, a giant moth who flings her into outer space. His fans loved the role, especially his young nieces and nephews, who consider it his highest achievement. As Smith leaves, with the sun setting in true heroic mode, Kyle calls out, “Disintegration is the best album ever!”

5 Worst: Richard Belzer As Loogie

In the first episode of season four, “The Tooth Fairy Tats 2000,” Richard Belzer starred Loogie, the leader of an organized crime ring centered around lost teeth. The show took a funny take on the tooth fairy myth and how the minds of children work when it comes to money, but Belzer, a great comedian, could have easily been used in a more suitable setting for his talents, even if the tooth fairy could be considered a great conspiracy.

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It’s not even that Belzer was a terrible guest, but that there were so many guest roles on the show used in better capacities. Belzer would be a fantastic addition to the show as a regular who comes up with conspiracy theories.

4 Best: Malcolm McDowell, Narrator

In season four, episode 14, Parker and Stone decide to mock the classic novel Great Expectations with an episode called, “Pip.” None of the regular boys were featured in the episode, which starred the titular character. Stone dubbed it one of their worst episodes, even though many fans appreciated the parody.

Malcolm McDowell was the narrator of the episode, but he was listed as “British Person.” He was incredibly funny and did a beautiful job, but fans can’t help but wish he’d also been cast in a more nefarious role in another episode of the show, given his previous villainous characters.

3 Worst: Norman Lear As Benjamin Franklin

Season seven’s fourth episode, “I’m A Little Bit Country,” was also the show’s 100th episode, and it took on the Iraq War, pitting citizens in the town for and against it against one another to the point where they, too, are at war. Cartman meets Ben Franklin while in a coma and asks him his own opinion.

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Franklin is voiced by Norman Lear, actor and founder of People for the American Way, and he diplomatically gave Cartman advice that pretty much sounded like having your cake and eating it, too, suggesting that America go to war but also allow protest, as both are necessary.

2 Best: Korn As Themselves

The best South Park Halloween episode, and one of the show’s best episodes ever, “Korn’s Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery” dealt with a missing corpse used as a puppet, pirate ghosts (ghost pirates), and the best celebrities featured on the show: Korn!

The band was given enough lines to actually mean something in the episode, sure, but they were also fantastic lines that juxtaposed against Korn’s nu metal image and performance on the show, making them sound like a wholesome game of super sleuths a la Scooby Doo. They even had a goofy creature sidekick, “Niblet,” who played the part of Scooby.

1 Worst: Bill Hader As Farmer #2

Actor Bill Hader voiced a farmer in the seventh episode of South Park’s 15th season, “You’re Getting Old.” The cynical episode was a good one, but Hader was a bit wasted as a farmer after Randy’s underwear. It was funny, but Hader’s such a comedic genius that he really needed a bigger role to work with.

Stone and Parker had to know that Hader had much more potential, because not only did he guest star several more times, but he gave a great performance in season 17’s first episode, “Let Go, Let Gov,” as Alec Baldwin, which is the honorable mention for the best of this list. He’s been many other characters since.

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2019-07-11 04:07:46

Sara Schmidt

The 10 Best Seasons Of South Park, Ranked

It’s difficult to believe that any show could still be going strong after 22 seasons. Very few shows even make it to a fraction of that longevity, and the ones that do, like The Simpsons, have gone downhill long before season 22. But that’s South Park for you, a show that’s been on the air for more than two decades and still manages to knock it out of the park on a regular basis.

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It may have had some ups and downs over the years, but on the whole, South Park is still as sharp and insightful and hilarious as it ever was. Here are The 10 Best Seasons Of South Park, Ranked.

10 Season 18

South Park dabbled in serialized storytelling in season 18 before doing a full-blown serial narrative in season 19. It was most effective in season 18 when the episodes were still standalone stories, but the consequences of previous episodes could be felt going forward.

For example, in the second episode, the boys are surprised that everyone remembers that they screwed them over in the first episode. The season tackles a plethora of satirical targets: drones, Uber, crowdfunding, gluten-free diets, the trans bathroom issue. The VR episode “Grounded Vindaloop” is a Matrix-style head trip and there’s a whole ongoing storyline that reveals Randy is secretly leading a double life as Lorde, which is as unusual and hysterical as it sounds.

9 Season 11

Why is bunny imagery used to celebrate a religious holiday? Do headlice have feelings? How many homeless people can Cartman jump on his skateboard? Season 11 answers those questions and more in true South Park fashion. The season opens with Randy saying the N-word on live television, which settles us in for a classic season of South Park.

This season has the Guitar Hero episode, the “Imaginationland” trilogy of episodes, the episode where Randy sets the world record for biggest crap and ticks off Bono, and a parody of 24 starring Hillary Clinton’s “snizz.” Plus, Cartman pretends to have Tourette’s syndrome in a surprisingly insightful installment of the show.

8 Season 20

While South Park didn’t quite nail serialized storytelling in the couple of years in which the creators experimented with it – which they reference themselves in the title of the season 20 finale “The End of Serialization as We Know It” – this season came pretty close.

Online trolling, nostalgia, and the 2016 election were covered extensively and woven together in a 10-part narrative that was nothing if not interesting. The season also had some surprisingly powerful moments, like when all the girls follow up on their promise to break up with their boyfriends if the trolling didn’t stop, culminating in Wendy’s heartbreaking “I can’t fix you” note to Stan.

7 Season 14

South Park’s fourteenth season combined both monumental multi-part episodes – like “200” and “201,” which ruffled so many feathers that they still aren’t available online or in reruns, and the three-part “Coon and Friends” superhero saga – and hilarious standalone episodes parodying then-current trends. “You Have 0 Friends” is a spot-on spoof of the Facebook craze that neatly ties its A-plot and B-plot together.

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“Insheeption” parodies the confusing nature of Christopher Nolan’s Inception, as well as hoarding. “Medicinal Fried Chicken” uses a weed dispensary replacing a KFC franchise to put the show’s two funniest characters in the spotlight: Cartman gets involved in a Scarface-like drug ring slinging fried chicken, while Randy gives himself testicular cancer to get pot prescriptions.

6 Season 22

While many fans think that South Park has lost its way in recent years, its most recent season – its 22nd one, staggeringly – finally found the balance it’s been searching for in the past few years. It has a serialized narrative, but it doesn’t rely too heavily on that.

There’s a good mix of characters to avoid having too much of some and too little of others. Plus, it hit all of its satirical targets perfectly, from school shootings to climate change to legalized marijuana to anxiety. And to top it all off, we get Jeff Bezos as a Talosian in the two-part season finale.

5 Season 9

Season 9 has some of the show’s best character-focused episodes, like “The Death of Eric Cartman,” the Butters-centric “Marjorine,” and the Jimmy-centric “Erection Day,” as well as some of its best satire, like the global warming episode “Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow” and the same-sex marriage episode “Follow That Egg!”

Also, “The Losing Edge” is perhaps South Park’s greatest sports-themed episode yet, with the boys trying to lose baseball games intentionally to avoid having to play all summer (only to find that the other kids are doing the same thing) making it the opposite of every sports story we’ve ever seen. Also, Randy’s obsession with getting into drunken fights at the games throws in some extra laughs for good measure.

4 Season 6

South Park’s sixth season has a healthy mixture of current affairs-based satire, like “Red Hot Catholic Love,” “Child Abduction is Not Funny,” and “Fun with Veal,” and more character-driven stories like “Bebe’s Boobs Destroy Society,” “My Future Self ‘n’ Me,” and “The New Terrance and Phillip Movie Trailer.”

The show had truly found its feet. The season is a pop culture nerd’s dream, too, with its skewering of ‘80s skiing movies “Asspen,” its critique of special edition re-releases “Free Hat,” and its hilarious The Lord of the Rings parody “The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers.”

3 Season 10

The season 10 premiere dealt with Isaac Hayes’ departure in the most South Park way possible, as the creators used the voice recordings they had on file to piece together dialogue that turned him into a diabolical pedophile right before a brutal death – and that was just the start of the season.

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The rest of the season deals with hybrid cars, World of Warcraft, 9/11 conspiracy theories, and atheism in some of the show’s finest episodes. Plus, it has the great “Cartoon Wars” two-parter that addresses the comparisons that people draw between South Park and Family Guy. The only hitch is that it has “A Million Little Fibers,” one of South Park’s weakest episodes.

2 Season 13

Season 13 deftly balances episodes based on current events – Cartman hangs out with Somalian pirates in “Redbeard,” Ike sees the ghosts of famous people in “Dead Celebrities,” Stan takes on Japanese whalers in “Whale Whores” etc. – with episodes focusing on character – Butters becomes a pimp in “Butters’ Bottom B****,” Kyle has a bad time at the water park in “Pee,” Cartman steals Jimmy’s joke in “Fishsticks” etc. – to give us one of South Park’s most definitive seasons.

“Eat, Pray, Queef” is the only weak episode in the whole season, and even that managed to ride on the coattails of the brilliant “Margaritaville” episode the week before, which won an Emmy for its tackling of the recession.

1 Season 8

There isn’t a single weak episode in the eighth season of South Park. And the gems that are in it are the classics: the Mel Gibson-centric “The Passion of the Jew,” the anime-inspired “Good Times with Weapons,” the timeless, evergreen political satire “Douche and Turd,” and the holiday special “Woodland Critter Christmas.”

The episode where Jimmy takes steroids, the episode where Cartman thinks he’s a psychic, the episode where a maniac the boys sent to juvie in pre-school is released, the episode where Cartman pretends to be a robot – they’re all in this season. Season 8 is the peak of South Park’s greatness.

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2019-04-24 03:04:21

Ben Sherlock

Disney+ Won’t Have Song Of The South; Dumbo’s Crow Scene Will Be Cut

Disney+ won’t include Song of the South, and Dumbo’s crow scene will be cut. As the race to create the most in-demand subscription streaming service continues to heat up, Disney has quickly become a prominent source of interest for many. The Mouse House has been making some pretty big moves as of late, and their new streaming service (which launches this fall) isn’t immune to those changes.

Disney is currently busy with their acquisition of Fox, paying a whopping $71.3 billion for the privilege and reeling in a lengthy list of titles, franchises, and still in-development projects that may or may not now see the light of day. With the details of that acquisition still being sorted out, Disney then went and bought out AT&T/Warner from the previous four-way joint ownership of Hulu, making them and NBCUniversal its sole owners. The move now makes Disney the major stakeholder in Hulu, taking a 60 percent share of the popular streaming platform. And, as if all this weren’t enough, Disney has been offering glimpses of what potential subscribers can expect from their upcoming family-friendly streaming service.

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The latest bit of news to be revealed about Disney+ comes to us courtesy of Boardwalk Times and deals specifically with the new service’s content. Though Disney+ will offer subscribers access to their extensive list of titles, one title Disney fans won’t be seeing on offer is the 1946 Oscar-winning film Song of the South. Disney+ will also cut the Jim Crow scene from the original version of Dumbo.

Song of the South, which takes place just after the American Civil War, has long been unavailable on home video due to its insensitive manner of dealing with America’s slave-owning past and the insinuation that life on a plantation was enjoyable for those forced to be there. The snappy, upbeat “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” won an Oscar for Best Original Song in 1947, despite its at-odds nature when played alongside inaccurate depictions of plantation life. Though the film introduced the characters of Br’er Rabbit, Fox, and Bear to the Disney family, who later became part of the beloved Splash Mountain ride at Disneyland and Disney World, it remains a relic of a bygone era. As far as Dumbo goes, the Jim Crow scene has already been cut from Tim Burton’s live-action remake. The original animated film sees the crows help Dumbo learn to fly, but due to their manner and name (Jim Crow refers to America’s period of segregation laws beginning in the mid 1960s), Disney has dropped it.

Some might bristle at Disney’s decision to erase aspects of its history and will instead cite the WB approach (via: @CLXcool) of warning viewers beforehand that what they are about to watch is from another era, but Disney is making the smart choice here. With its recent increase in content, plus its own already monstrous selection, Disney has plenty to offer without having to provide programming that has no relevance in 2019. Some might argue that to remove aspects of or deny these productions is to sanitize history, but the fact of the matter is that history can be found in a myriad of other, much more reputable sources. Family programming should first and foremost always be open and friendly to all.

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Source: Boardwalk Times, @CLWcool

2019-04-20 04:04:05

Mike Jones

10 South Park Pop Culture References

There is a reason why South Park is one of the longest running shows in TV history. The success of the Comedy Central series comes from its unique mixture of toilet humor and brilliant wisdom, making South Park revolutionary television in more ways than one. Matt Stone and Trey Parker have managed to create a show that is hilarious, controversial, heart-warming, and epic. In the words of The Lucas Brother’s in The History of Comedy, “The Simpsons opened the door and South Park knocked the door down.” This is the perfect way to describe the rebellious series about four young boys just trying to survive the day to day shenanigans in their quiet mountain town.

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The popularity of South Park has sprung upon several pop culture references throughout the years. We all are familiar with the classics such as “Oh my god, they killed Kenny!” and “Screw you guys, I’m going home!” But what about some of the other phrases?

To honor the show, here is a list of the 10 most iconic pop culture references in South Park.

10 I’m super cereal

This phrase, meant to mean “I’m super serious,” comes from the 2006 episode “Manbearpig.” In the episode, Al Gore visits South Park to warn everyone in town about the dangers of “Manbearpig,” a made-up creator that is half man/half bear/half pig. Or half man/half bearpig, according to Kyle. The boys take Manbearpig as a joke because they automatically assume there is no way this mythical creature could possibly exist. Despite their disbelief, Gore insists that Manpearpig is out there and he’s super cereal about it!

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Matt Stone and Trey Parker recently released an episode in 2018 called “Time To Get Cereal” where Manbearpig comes to destroy the town of South Park. The boys then have to apologize to Al Gore for not believing in Manbearpig back in ’06. Since the release of the episode, the phrase “I’m super cereal” has become a common thing for people to say when they are “super serious” about something.

Next time, they should listen to Gore when he says he’s cereal!

9 They took our jobs!

“Dey took er jerbs!”

“Derker Der!!!”

This phrase originated in the season 8 episode “Goobacks” and has been used for over a decade to mock xenophobic attitudes. In the episode, immigrants from the future travel to South Park and the town members begin to accuse them of “taking their jobs.”

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South Park continues to use this phrase throughout the show because it’s such a fan favorite, making their clucking of words more and more ridiculous over time.

8 I’m not your guy, friend! I’m not your friend, buddy!

“I’m not your buddy, guy!”

This quote comes from the season 12 episode titled “Canada on Strike.” The saying of “I’m not your buddy, guy” etc. is meant to comment on Canadian politeness. The exchange of these words are meant to be said by Canadians in the midst of an argument, yet even in the heated exchange of “insults,” Canadians are too polite not to refer to their enemy as friend/buddy/guy.

The saying has become wildly popular on message board as well as real-life conversations. In fact, it has become such a popular phrase that rapper Drake even added the South Park reference into one of his hit songs. He’s Canadian, so it’s no wonder he did!

7 If you french fry when you pizza, you’re gonna have a bad time…

Perhaps one of the most commonly known memes of all time comes from the South Park season 6 episode, “Asspen.” In this episode, Cartman, Kyle, Stan, and Butters take a trip to Aspen Colorado with their families. The boys meet their ski instructor whose name is Thumper.

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In skiing terms, to “french fry” is to have your skis face forward on your feet in an attempt to excel forward and to “pizza” is to turn your skis inward in order to brake. Thus, Thumper tells the kids “If you french fry when you pizza, you’re gonna have a bad time.” The meme that has evolved from this episode involves a phrase along the lines of “If you *blank* when you *blank* you’re gonna have a bad time…”

6 Daywalker

The term “Daywalker” was sprung to life from the season 9 episode titled “Ginger Kids”. In the episode, Cartman gives a class presentation that is just an excuse to spout his hatred towards people with red hair and freckles. Cartman remarks on how gingers are like vampires because they have to avoid the sun. Kyle, furious at Cartman’s daily dose of bigotry, retorts back that he has red hair but doesn’t have to avoid sunlight. Cartman says Kyle isn’t a ginger because he doesn’t have light skin or freckles. Instead, Cartman claims Kyle is a “Daywalker” which is basically “half ginger.”

In an effort to teach Cartman a lesson, the boys sneak into his room in the middle of the night and dye his hair red while painting his skin white with freckles. The episode became so popular that it was the subject of the 2010 viral youtube video with over 44 million views, titled “GINGERS DO HAVE SOULS.” Remember that guy?

The popularity of the episode made “Daywalker” a common term used to describe people with red hair and no freckles.

5 But Meeem!

This is an older one, but a classic. The phrase is meant to mean “But Mom!” yet it is said in a drawn-out Eric Cartman voice. Cartman has been using this phrase since the beginning of the series back in the late 90s, yet it has still remained popular over 20 years later.

Unlike much of the running gags and catchphrases in South Park that stopped being used decades ago, this one has pretty much remained throughout the entire series.

4 Oh, I’m sorry, I thought this was America!

This quote is uttered by Randy Marsh in the episode titled “The Losing Edge.” In the episode, the boys join a baseball team and Randy gets way too into the game. He cheers on his son’s team while he trash-talks the other team despite the fact that they’re children. Randy gets arrested when he beats up another parent during the game. As he is getting arrested he says in a drunken slur, “I’m sorry, I thought this was America!”

After the South Park episode, people use this phrase often when in response to backlash or criticism. It is done in an attempt to satirize certain Americans who feel as though they can get away with anything because it’s a free country.

3 Ya Ya Ya I am Lorde

The phrase “Ya Ya Ya I am Lorde” refers to an extended South Park plotline in which Randy Marsh is secretly the indie pop artist, Lorde. One of the songs that Randy a.k.a Lorde sings is called “Push,” which has been recorded and sung by Sia in real life.  The saying got so popular that it eventually reached Lorde, who then became obsessed with saying the phrase. South Park praised Lorde for being a true artist who hasn’t sold out from the fame.

A South Park episode that praises a celebrity (and a pop star no less)? We thought the day would never come which is what makes it all the more heartwarming.


This is said by the animated version of Caitlyn Jenner on South Park. It is first uttered in the 2015 episode “Where My Country Gone?” In the scene, Caitlyn Jenner says this catchphrase while in her car, before she runs over a person.

This is derived from Caitlyn Jenner’s real-life car crash that had fatal results. BUCKLE UP BUCKAROO has become a running gag for her character on the show and has been used by many South Park fans to mean “get ready because things are about to get crazy!”

1 You know, I learned something today.

Would you believe this quote has been around since 1992? It all started nearly 30 years ago while Matt and Trey were both students at The University of Colorado. They decided to make an animated short film together called “The Spirit of Christmas” which features four boys who we know today as Cartman, Kyle, Stan, and Kenny. The phrase is used at the end of most of episodes by either Stan or Kyle, followed by a unique stance on the main topic at hand.

The saying is so iconic that it has been used in the title of Robert Arp’s book, South Park and Philosophy: You Know, I Learned Something Today. This phrase alone has continuously been able to follow through with words of wisdom that have rarely been explored before, making South Park perhaps the most revolutionary show of all time.

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2019-04-10 03:04:20

Simone Torn

All the Ways the South Park Theme Song Has Changed Over The Years

Currently on its twenty-second season in as many years, South Park is one of the longest-running and most cherished programs still airing on Comedy Central. Greenlit all the way back in 1997, the comedy was there since day one, but the theme song wasn’t.

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Opting to outsource the song’s development, creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker tapped funky rock icon Les Claypool of Primus fame to pen the notoriously-twangy jingle we all recognize today. Though the theme has gone relatively unchanged over the past twenty-odd years, there are a few weird ways in which it has evolved over the show’s 283 aired episodes.

10 Primus’s Theme Was Originally Rejected

As previously mentioned, singer and bassist Les Claypool lent his talents to South Park’s notorious theme song before the show first aired. However, the original track he recorded for Matt and Trey didn’t fly with the network, as they found the thirty-second clip to be too lengthy.

The intro was eventually re-worked to fit Comedy Central’s requirements, but the first draft managed to find its way into the show, and it can still be heard as the credits play during the outro of every episode. While it has captured the hearts of most South Park fans, there’s no denying that this instrumental section isn’t quite as catchy or memorable as the revised track.

9 Enter the Fourth Grade

Though the theme experienced a few minor changes throughout the first three seasons of the show, it would receive its first major revision with the release of the eleventh episode of the fourth season.

Aptly titled “Fourth Grade,” this intro kicks off with a literal boom as a suave new animation shows off all of the new features coming to South Park as the boys enter a new classroom. Coinciding with this change, the twangy, almost cheap-sounding guitars were replaced with a generic techno beat, though Claypool’s vocal cut remained the same. This intro ran for another season before it was replaced.

8 Halloween Special

Most South Park seasons feature at least one Halloween-themed episode. Much like The Simpsons’ time-honored Tree House of Horror mini-series, these episodes focus on all of the weird and paranormal happenings occurring in Colorado’s famously off-beat town. These intros usually replace most of the typical instrumentals with creepy, thematic sounds.

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Most notably, in the fourth episode of season seventeen titled “Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers,” most of the lyrics were re-worked and re-dubbed by the segment’s leading characters to more accurately fit the atmosphere of the episode. This restructuring was well-received by fans, and some have been hoping for overhauls like this to make their way into future installments of the show.

7 Rough Start

Those who’ve been watching the show since it first aired might know that the intro we’ve all come to love was fairly rudimentary when it first debuted. Though it’s now characterized by its fast-paced guitar work and use of various instruments, the original track was relatively bare-bones.

For starters, the bass was much more notable in the mix while the guitar work took a back seat. It was still saturated in Claypool’s notorious brand of strangeness, but it didn’t quite carry as much gravitas as it would later on in the show’s lifespan. The song’s evolution may be subtle, but hardcore South Park fans would probably be able to figure out an episode’s parent season simply by listening to the intro.

6 You Killed Kenny

Anyone even remotely familiar with South Park will be aware of the running gag which sees recurring character Kenny McCormick constantly meeting his end through some wild an unlikely means only to be unceremoniously resurrected in the following episode.

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However, while the beloved orange-clad kid usually plays a small role in the show’s opening theme song, most of the sixth season saw him replaced by Timmy Burch, a wheelchair-bound boy apparently only capable of saying his own name. This was due to the fact that, at that time, Kenny had seemingly been permanently removed from the show, and the writers needed to add a different character to the introductory cinematic to drive home the fact that he was gone.

5 Whamola

Once the techno-influenced theme introduced in the fourth season was dumped in favor of the original intro track, the show’s creators saw an opportunity to revamp a song that had been a staple of the production since the beginning. Instead of simply rehashing what they already had, another remix of the South Park theme was introduced by mixing the original with one of Les Claypool’s newer tracks beginning in season ten.

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Around that time, the band Les Claypool’s Frog Brigade had put out a single titled ‘Whamola,’ and the show’s creators infused samples of that song with the initial version to create a funkier, more involved remix of the tune fans already loved.

4 Welcome to South Park

It’s really difficult to make out, but Kenny’s lines in the intro actually change depending on the season. Most casual viewers typically assume that he’s either mumbling something totally incoherent, but his words are actually distinguishable if you listen closely. In keeping with South Park’s politically incorrect stature, every statement he’s ever made during the show’s intro has been incredibly vulgar and unfit for TV.

However, he’s never been censored due to the fact that he’s already difficult to make out. He hasn’t switched up his speech since season ten, and, while he’s often misquoted as saying “welcome to South Park” twice, he’s actually saying something that really wouldn’t fly on most networks.

3 A Song of A** and Fire

South Park has long been known for a propensity to parody American pop culture, and they’ve ridiculed everything from World of Warcraft to Walt Disney. Their long-winded, multi-episode take on George R. R. Martin’s famous A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels—the impetus behind the award-winning show Game of Thrones—was particularly memorable, and it even served as a basis for the subsequent release of the South Park: The Stick of Truth video game.

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This Westeros-themed series came accompanied by its own unique intro theme song, which had nothing at all to do with the show’s established theme. These episodes are among a very small few to do away with the classic intro entirely.

2 Chef’s Luvshack

While most of the early South Park video games opted to keep the show’s iconic intro, the PlayStation and Nintendo 64 title Chef’s Luvshack did away with the well-known opener and instead kicked things off with an entirely new song featuring Isaac Hayes’ character Chef.

The game is intended as a parody of game show culture and tests the players knowledge in a collection of raunchy and witty genres. In terms of gameplay, it’s fairly similar to something like You Don’t Know Jack, albeit with the show’s often off-color humor dialed up to eleven. It’s far from the most memorable South Park related game, but it’s now a neat piece of weird memorabilia for fans.

1 Fractured

Video games related to Comedy Central’s notoriously satirical show were usually thought to be a mixed back before Ubisoft stepped in and introduced two fantastic RPGs to the library in the form of 2014’s The Stick of Truth and 2017’s The Fractured But Whole. The show’s writers were clearly more involved with the development of these titles, their authentic humor shines as brightly as it would in a traditional episode.

However, one curious omission would be that of the classic South Park intro. Neither of the games kick off with the usual title card, instead opting to showcase intros of their own. It doesn’t damage either game’s overall quality, but it’s still a strange thing to leave out.

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2019-03-16 05:03:21

Tanner Fox

South Park: The 5 Best (& 5 Worst) Halloween Episodes

South Park’s Halloween specials aren’t as renowned as that of The Simpsons, but that’s only because of a schedule change after three seasons. The back end of the fourth season didn’t air until after Halloween, and so we were bereft of the show’s Halloween episodes for some time. But a few years ago, the schedule changed again, so that Trey Parker and Matt Stone could produce the episodes the week they aired, and with that, the Halloween episodes returned. So, now that we have a few to choose from, here are The 5 Best (& 5 Worst) South Park Halloween Episodes.

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10 Worst: Goth Kids 3: Dawn Of The Posers

The most disappointing episodes of South Park tend to be the ones that focus on anyone outside the main group of four boys. If the show deviates from Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny, it has to be for a really great character, like Randy or Butters. “Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers” has a fun take on goth and emo culture, imbuing it with vampire fiction and a parody of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but unfortunately, the goth kids just aren’t funny enough to carry their own episode. They’re okay for a one-off gag, or when Stan joined them after Wendy dumped him, but not on their own.

9 Best: Korn’s Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery

Plenty of celebrities have guest-starred in South Park, but they’re usually used for an ironically small role, like when Jay Leno played Cartman’s cat. In “Korn’s Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery,” the entire band Korn play themselves in a parody of Scooby-Doo.

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From the Antonio Banderas sex doll that Cartman mistakes for a Christmas present to jokes about necrophilia, this episode is full of the inappropriate, hysterical humor that made South Park a cultural phenomenon in the first place. Plus, the spoofing of Hanna-Barbera’s animation style comes off brilliantly, with all the recognizable colors and quirks and visual reference points.

8 Worst: Dead Celebrities

In 2009, a ton of celebrities bit the dust: Michael Jackson, David Carradine, Billy Mays, Walter Cronkite, Bea Arthur, Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett etc. It became so ridiculous that it was termed “the Summer of Death.” South Park tackled this with a spooky parody of movies like Poltergeist and The Sixth Sense in which Ike can see dead celebrities. While there are some funny moments in the episode, the targets of beauty pageants and dead celebrities seem to be too easy for the show’s satirical edge to be truly sharp. It’s not terrible, but it’s also not a great Halloween episode.

7 Best: Pinkeye

“Pinkeye” was not only the first ever South Park Halloween episode – it was the seventh episode of the show altogether. Viewers were still getting to know the characters and the style of humor and animation, because it was all very new and unique and fresh and weird back then. “Pinkeye,” with its skewering of zombie movies, Worcester sauce, and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video, is a perfect example of how to blend the crude satire of the show with the spooks and frights of Halloween. It set the template for the rest of the show’s Halloween episodes in the best way possible.

6 Worst: The Scoots

“The Scoots” was the most recent South Park Halloween episode. The best episodes of South Park in general – at least the latest ones, when they’re produced the week they air – are the ones that take a few current events or cultural phenomena and make them fit into an engaging story. Sometimes they’re just crammed together, like the George Zimmerman trial and World War Z, and sadly, “The Scoots” is another example of that. Satirical takes on the e-scooter craze and Fortnite are crammed into a Halloween-themed parody of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. The episode focuses on Mr. Mackey and Kenny, two of the show’s funniest characters, but it’s just not thrilling.

5 Best: Sons A Witches

In the fall of 2017, Halloween was the furthest thing from people’s minds. The focus was instead on the #MeToo movement, which finally exposed all the sexual abuse that had been happening in Hollywood for years. As the likes of Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and Louis C.K. were exposed and quickly had their careers ended, other male celebrities like Liam Neeson and Woody Allen started calling it a “witch hunt.” So, South Park responded by allegorizing the movement with actual witches. All the men in South Park dress up as witches and then, when one of them starts kidnapping children, Randy tries to get women to see a distinction between “good witches” and “bad witches.” It’s great satire.

4 Worst: Spookyfish

Season 2’s “Spookyfish” has the makings of a great episode, without the substance. It’s presented in “Spooky Vision,” which just means Barbra Streisand’s face is on every corner of the screen, as a response to her negative comments about the show. But what’s in the episode doesn’t live up to that – the whole personification of Aunt Flo is more unpleasant than hilarious. Its parody of Star Trek’s Mirror Universe – complete with the goatees on the parallel versions of people – is pretty funny. Plus, the fact that everyone likes the Mirror Universe version of Cartman a lot better than the real one is a nice touch. But on the whole, this isn’t a strong episode.

3 Best: A Nightmare On FaceTime

Episodes with a focus on Randy tend to be the funniest. In “A Nightmare on FaceTime,” Randy buys a Blockbuster store as the company quickly goes out of business and expects Halloween to make him a ton of money as people rent “spooky movies.” He refuses to accept that video rental is a dead industry and devolves into full Jack Torrance mode.

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The episode is a pitch-perfect parody of The Shining, nailing the framing and the camera movements and the facial expressions and the musical cues perfectly. The B-plot, involving Stan going trick-or-treating with the guys via FaceTime with his iPad strapped to a skateboard, isn’t as strong, but it still makes up the pieces of a great Halloween episode.

2 Worst: City Sushi

This one might not technically count as a Halloween episode, since it aired in June 2011 and its plot doesn’t revolve around Halloween, but there are enough spooky moments and horror movie spoofs in “City Sushi” to make it at least a semi-Halloween episode. It’s a real shame when episodes revolving around Butters turn out to be weak, but this one wasn’t much of a surprise, because a lot of season 15 was weak – from “Funnybot” to “Royal Pudding” to “Crack Baby Athletic Association,” there weren’t many gems hidden in the season. Considering it’s Butters starring in a parody of both Paranormal Activity and Psycho, we expected more from this.

1 Best: Hell On Earth 2006

After deciding My Super Sweet 16 was the “most disgusting, foul show ever made,” Trey Parker and Matt Stone parodied it with “Hell on Earth 2006,” which replaces the bratty teenagers on the show with Satan, who simply wants to plan the perfect Halloween party. With unabashedly dark humor, like depicting Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and John Wayne Gacy as the Three Stooges, “Hell on Earth 2006” is quintessential South Park. It sparked controversy for its Steve Irwin gag, but it’s not just shock value – it’s a smart joke. His “costume” is said to be in poor taste before it’s revealed to be the real Steve Irwin, and then he’s kicked out for not having a costume.

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2019-03-13 05:03:22

Ben Sherlock

Robert Zemeckis’ The Witches to be Set in the Gothic South with a ‘Sociological Spin’

Anjelica Huston in The Witches

Robert Zemeckis’ adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel The Witches will differ slightly from the source material, being set in the Gothic South and focusing on sociological issues. Though there is very little in the way of details surrounding the film, Zemeckis has some ideas up his sleeve to not only differentiate his film from the original novel, but from the 1990 adaptation from the late director Nicolas Roeg as well.

In The Witches, a retired witch hunter and her grandson happen upon a coven of witches while vacationing at a luxury hotel in England. Well aware of the dangers these witches possess, the duo hatches a plan to not only stop the witches from carrying out their murderous plan, but defeat every last one of them. With the Grand High Witch pulling the reins, however, stopping them won’t be nearly as easy as they might hope. Now, Zemeckis is helming his very own adaptation – only his version will take some creative liberties with the setting and social themes.

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According to The Playlist (via: French outlet Allocine), Zemeckis will set his adaptation of The Witches in the “Gothic South in the 1960s,” putting a “sociological spin” on the story. And, though he did not elaborate any more on what other elements he plans on incorporating into the film, Zemeckis added that he and the film’s creative term are in the middle of casting – though he didn’t mention who they might have in mind for certain characters.

Zemeckis had already addressed the fact that the film would be set in the South back in November – specifically in Alabama – but he hadn’t addressed the gothic tone. And, though he hasn’t given any updates on casting, he also noted that he plans on casting a young black actor, around 8 and 10 years old, in the lead role as the witch hunter’s grandson. Zemeckis has also not specified whether the character will be named Luke, as is the case with the 1990 adaptation.

The fact that The Witches is being adapted again at all is a success in and of itself considering how long it’s taken getting the project off the ground. Both Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón had originally planned on collaborating in 2008 for their own stop-motion adaptation Dahl’s novel, but they have since shifted to the roles of executive producers. So, considering they’re still involved, there is hope that this version of The Witches turns out to be a considerable success – even though Zemeckis hasn’t fared particularly well with his latest film, Welcome to Marwen, with Steve Carrell.

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Source: The Playlist (via: Allocine)

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2019-01-05 01:01:15

True Detective Season 3 Gets an Official Premiere Date & New Images

HBO has announced that True Detective season 3 will premiere early next year on Sunday, January 13. Nic Pizzolatto’s crime anthology series hasn’t been on the air since it wrapped its largely-derided second season in August 2015 and went on an extended break, in an effort (on the network’s part) to give the show’s creator more time to deliver a third installment that could better live up to the standard set by the series’ widely-celebrated freshman run. Judging by everything that we know about season 3 thus far, it seems that Pizzolatto is taking a back to basics approach with his latest crime narrative.

True Detective season 3, like season 1, takes place in the U.S. South (the Ozarks in Arkansas, to be exact) and explores a narrative that unfolds across multiple time periods (three, in this case). Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali stars in Pizzolatto’s new crime story as state police detective Wayne Hays, a fellow who (much like season 1 detectives Rust Cohle and Marty Hart before him) is haunted in the present by a case that he originally worked years earlier, back when he was a younger man. As Wayne puts it in the True Detective season 3 teaser trailer, “I want to know the whole story”.

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In addition to confirming the premiere date, HBO has released a handful of new images from True Detective season 3 that feature Ali with his costars Carmen Ejogo (the Fantastic Beasts movies) and Stephen Dorff (Somewhere). You can check them out in the space below.

Pizzolatto is once again the sole writer on True Detective season 3 (though he got an assist from Deadwood‘s David Milch on episode four) and further directed this season alongside Daniel Sackheim (Jack Ryan) and Jeremy Saulnier (Hold the Dark). However, even with so many of the same story elements as season 1 and equally strong acting talent, season 3 is still missing an important ingredient from the show’s first season – namely, Cary Fukunaga, who helmed all eight episodes and is generally credited for elevating the series in a high-art take on pulpy crime genre tropes.

Still, there’s a lot about True Detective season 3 that sounds promising on paper and it seems reasonable to assume that, if nothing else, this installment will be a step-up from the slow mess that was season 2. Moreover, for fans of Ali’s work in films like Moonlight (which he won his Oscar for) and his soulful performance as the villainous Cottonmouth from Netflix’s Luke Cage season 1, this new season of True Detective promises to showcase the actor’s powerful screen presence in a way that it never has been before.

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True Detective season 3 premieres January 13, 2019 on HBO.

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2018-10-11 01:10:23 – Sandy Schaefer

10 Most Powerful Weapons In Fortnite (And 10 That Are Completely Worthless)

The multi-platform game Fortnite has taken the world by storm. Upon its release in 2017, it quickly became the most popular game across the masses. The game is free to play, though additional “skins” can be purchased, using the game’s currency “V-bucks,” which of course, must be purchased using real money. The weapons in the game, however, are 100% free.

Fortnite boasts a vast number of weapons that can all be found throughout the game’s various locations. Players can search chests and vending machines, inside of which loot can be found. Amongst this loot, players will find weapons, healing jugs, and other items. The contents of loot chests are a surprise each time. The location of these chests are fixed, however, and only a certain number will appear at a time.

There is yet another way to acquire items, however, which will cause other players to growl in frustration. In the game , players battle against each other, and the victor can gain all of the loot from those they defeat. Loot only lasts for that existing game, as each player starts over at zero after each match. Players also keep their eyes out for floor loot, llamas, and supply drops. The llamas look like a pinata from a birthday party. Destroying these will also produce various sought-after items. Supply drops contain a large amount of loot, and float in via a hot air balloon box.

While some loot chests include powerful items and weapons, others should be ignored, as they might contain some of these utterly useless weapons.

Here’s a list of the 10 Most Powerful Weapons In Fortnite (And 10 That Are Worthless).

21 Powerful: SCAR (Legendary)

Most Fortnite players know this Legendary Assault Rifle as SCAR and are eager to obtain it. SCAR stands for Special Combat Assault Rifle. This variant of the assault rifle packs a punch, as it rakes out 198 damage per second and has a 30-round magazine. It is the perfect weapon for medium range battles.

This assault rifle has great precision and can fire 5.5 rounds per second. Because of this, it is the main choice for every player’s arsenal.

This favorite weapon can be found in vending machines, floor loot, chests, and supply drops. Players have a 30.8% chance of getting it in a supply drop. It is based on the Belgian assault/battle rifle Fabrique Nationale SCAR, which was introduced in 2009.

20 Worthless: Guided Missile (Epic)

The guided missile was vaulted in season 3 following complaints of being too overpowered. However, it was re-released in the season 5.10 update with some changes. These alterations included reduced movement skill, reduced turn radius, and reduced damage. Using it makes players vulnerable to attacks from opponents, as you must be out in the open to fire it.

It delivers 74 damage to health and 400 damage to structures. We’re not saying that this weapon doesn’t get the job done, it just isn’t amongst the best weapons. The Epic Guided Missile is fun to use to destroy structures but that’s about it, as it is a risky weapon to use. Guided missiles can be found in chests and supply drops.

19 Powerful: Heavy Shotgun (Legendary)

The Legendary Heavy Shotgun is a heavier version of the Tactical Shotgun. It also has a longer range and an increased firing rate, with its overall damage per second being 77. With a higher range, it is great for mid to late gameplay when players are moving away from close-quarter contact. If you come across a Legendary Heavy Shotgun, you should definitely pick it up, as its powerful punch can help lead to victory.

This shotgun has a slight resemblance to the Franchi SPAS-12, which is an Italian manufactured shotgun. The Legendary Heavy Shotgun can be found in chests and supply drops. Players have a 50% chance of finding it in supply drops and only a 12.4% chance of finding it in chests.

18 Worthless: Pistol

This small firearm has two variants: Common and Uncommon. Most players will pass up this gun when they come across it or replace it quickly with something stronger. The damage it delivers is not the greatest, with 23-24 health and 23-24 structural damage. It does, however, have a 16-round magazine and a firing rate of 6.75 per second.

In close combat, it will get the job done, but be careful if you decide to go up against an opponent with a shotgun.

Using this firearm over long distances is a bad idea and a waste of time.  Starting out the match with this weapon gives players at least some fighting ability. Pistols are only found in floor loot.

17 Powerful: Compact SMG (Legendary)

While there are multiple versions of submachine guns in Fortnite, the Legendary Compact Submachine Gun delivers the most damage to structures and opponents at 22 and 21, respectively. It has a fire rate of 10 rounds per second and a magazine size of 40, with a reload time of 2.97 seconds. It also boasts 210 damage per second.

The Legendary Compact Submachine Gun is definitely a weapon that players want in their arsenal, so be sure not to pass it up. This Fortnite weapon was inspired by the FN P90, a Belgium made submachine gun that was created in 1990. It can be found in chests, floor loot, and supply drops.

16 Worthless: Scoped Assault Rifle

The Scoped Assault Rifle in Fortnite has two different variations: Rare and Epic. This weapon delivers a mere 23-24 health damage and 25-26 structural damage, respectively. One good thing that the Scoped Assault Rifle has going for it, though, is its pinpoint accuracy, which makes it easier to use than some other weapons.

The rifle has a 3.5 round per-second firing rate. We’re not saying that this rifle is not worth picking up, but it should be replaced by a more powerful weapon the first chance you get. It can be found in chests, floor loot, and supply drops. This Fortnite weapon is loosely inspired by the AK-12, H&K 416, and the H&K G36C, combining an assault rifle with a sniper rifle.

15 Powerful: Grenade Launcher (Legendary)

The Legendary Grenade Launcher is the perfect choice for destroying structures, as it has a whopping 410 damage. It fires rockets from its 6 round magazine and has a reload time of 2.17 seconds. Damage to opponents is 110. This weapon is great to use against another players’ structures, which can lead to their elimination if they happen to be located nearby.

To use it efficiently, players must aim higher than their target to compensate for the arc trajectory.

Players should also avoid using in small areas, as the grenades can bounce back off of a surface before exploding. This weapon is inspired by the Mikor MGL that originated in South Africa in 1981. It can be found in chests and supply drops.

14 Worthless: Burst Assault Rifle (Common)

The Burst Assault Rifle has five different variations: Common, Uncommon, Rare, Epic, and Legendary. The Common Burst Assault Rifle deals out 27 health damage and 81 structural damage. It does have a 30-round magazine with a 1.75 rounds per second firing rate, however.

Bullets are fired in bursts of 3 at a time. The rifle has a 2.9 second reload time. The Burst Assault Rifle is best used in medium range combat. It’s better to avoid using this rifle against far opponents, as it is not very effective. It can be found in chests, and floor loot.  The legendary version of this rifle can also be found in supply drops, as well as in chests and floor loot.

13 Powerful: Heavy Sniper (Legendary)

Delivering 51.81 damage per second to health and 1100 to structures, the Legendary Heavy Sniper Rifle is a devastating weapon. The only downside is the long reload time, as it takes 4.05 seconds each time. Compared to other sniper rifles in the game, it has less of a bullet drop. So it’s important to take this into account when aiming at targets.

Its long range ability makes it the perfect weapon to use against unsuspecting opponents at far distances. With the Legendary Heavy Sniper, players should find a location with a great vantage point like a tower. However, be sure to have good cover, since reloading takes a while. This weapon closely resembles the Barrett M82 Anti-Material Rifle, which was standardized by the U.S. military as the M107. It can be found in floor loot, chests, supply drops, and vending machines.

12 Worthless: Minigun

The Minigun may look like a firearm that packs a punch, but looks can be deceiving. The Minigun has two variations: Epic and Legendary. However, it the gun is often overlooked since it lacks power. Its health damage comes in at 18-19, while its structural damage is 32-33. It has a high fire rate at 12-rounds per second, which makes it good for destroying structures. Upon pulling the trigger of this machine gun, there is a short delay before it begins to fire.

This delay can be dangerous, however, especially if you’re facing off against opponents whose weapons aren’t as delayed.

Because of this, it’s better to replace it with a more powerful weapon the first chance you get. The Minigun can be found in chests and supply drops.

11  6. Powerful: RPG (Legendary)

This explosive weapon deals out a devastating amount of damage. It can deal out 413 damage to structures and 121 to opponents. The Legendary RPG also has a very large range, which makes it a great choice for taking out bases.

Surprisingly, players can also ride on the rockets and some have even used them to cross the entire map. In order to do this, multiple rockets must be fired for the continuous ride. This, however, is not the easiest thing to do. The Legendary RPG can be found in chests and supply drops. The real-life inspiration for this Fortnite weapon is the RPG-7. RPG is commonly known to stand for Rocket-Propelled Grenade.

10 Worthless: Dual Pistols

The Dual Pistols comes in two variations: Rare and Epic. Considered a step above the Pistol, the Dual Pistols is considered as a 2 round burst weapon. Players should make sure that they take time to aim when using the Dual Pistols, however, as this isn’t always the easiest thing to do.

The Dual Pistols deliver a health damage of 41 for the Rare variation and 43 for the Epic variation. Because of this, it is one of the most powerful pistols. However, it doesn’t stand up against many other weapons. Like other pistols, if this is the only weapon available, you should definitely pick it up, as it will deliver more damage than the pickaxe. The Dual Pistols can be found in chests and floor loot, though players are most likely to find it in chests.

9 Powerful: Double Barrel Shotgun (Legendary)

This Fortnite weapon comes as both Epic and Legendary variants. However, the Legendary version is much better. The Legendary Double Barrel Shotgun is great for close range battle, as it delivers 228 damage per second to health and 90 to structures.

Though it is not ideal for long range use, it packs a punch in close quarters. 

If opponents put some distance between themselves and the business end of this shotgun, it will yield very little damage. It is, however, capable of delivering two shots rapidly. The Legendary Double Barrel Shotgun is sure to take down any enemies who are unlucky enough to come face-to-face against it. The Legendary Double Barrel Shotgun can be found in chests, floor loot, and supply drops.

8 Worthless: Stink Bomb

This nose hair-burning explosive releases a stinky gas cloud upon detonation. The gas appears as a yellow cloud and lasts about nine seconds. The Stink Bomb deals out 5 health damage every half-second and it can even bypass shields. Players that throw this unpleasant explosive must be careful, though, as they can also take damage from it. Teammates, however, will not suffer any damage from the Stink Bomb.

The Stink Bomb resembles real-life mustard gas or tear gas. It can be found in chests, floor loot, supply drops, and llamas. Though it can be dangerous, the Stink Bomb isn’t as threatening as many players assume. Because of this, it should be replaced as soon as players find a more powerful weapon.

7 Powerful: Damage Trap

Unlike other items on this list, the Damage Trap is a trap, and therefore is not a firearm. The Damage Trap can be placed on any surface that accepts traps. Players are able to place it on ceilings, floors, and even walls. It delivers 150 of damage to players’ health.

The Damage Trap is typically set and then left for unsuspecting and unfortunate players to come across. However, it can also be used by placing it down after trapping a player, so that they have no way to avoid it. Fortnite has had other traps in the past, but most of those have been vaulted. This uncommon weapon can be found in floor loot and supply llamas.

6 Worthless: Hand Cannon

Another pistol to make our list is the Hand Cannon, which has two variations: Epic and Legendary. While it can be useful against medium and long range targets, it is difficult to use in close range combat.

It also has a low fire rate of 0.8 rounds per second and, unfortunately, it isn’t very accurate.

However, if a player is lucky enough to land a shot on their target at close range, it will most likely get the job done. While it does deal out 60-62.4 health damage and 79-83 structural damage, it’s definitely worth replacing with a more powerful weapon later in the game. The Hand Cannon can be found in chests and floor loot.

5 Powerful: Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle (Legendary)

The Legendary Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle packs a heavy punch with its 15-round magazine. It has a 2.07 second reload time, which could be worse. It can also deliver 66.6 damage per second.

With the thermal scope, players have the ability to see chests, supply drops, llamas, and even enemy heat signatures. This makes the Legendary Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle a great scouting tool. Players would be crazy to pass this up if they came across it. Even without its thermal abilities, it is still a great weapon to have in any arsenal. It can be found in chests, supply drops, and floor loot. However, players have the highest chance at finding this weapon in a supply drop. It was inspired by an AR15 assault rifle.

4 Worthless: Tactical Shotgun

Fortnite has three variations of the Tactical Shotgun: Common, Uncommon, and Rare. The Common version has the worst reload time of the three at 6.3 seconds. It delivers only 67 health damage and 50 structural damage.

In close quarters, it can be useful to suppress an enemy. However, it does not have the quickest of fire rates, with its rate stuck at 1.5 rounds per second. Out of all of the shotguns available in the game, the Tactical deals out the least amount of damage. However, it is better than some of the other weapons at close range, like the pistol or suppressed pistol. The Tactical Shotgun can be found primarily in floor loot.

3 Powerful: Heavy Sniper Rifle (Epic)

A tier down from its Legendary counterpart, the Epic Heavy Sniper Rifle deals 150 damage to health and 1050 damage to structures. Its reload time is a little long at 4.275 seconds, but it makes up for it in destruction.

Released during August 15th’s update, the Epic Heavy Sniper Rifle quickly became a fan-favorite with players who quickly began to experiment with the best situations for its use. Many players choose to carry two of these at once so that they can quickly switch between the two to deliver the most damage. While it may not have a quick fire rate at 0.33 rounds per second, it makes up for it in damage. It can be found in chests, floor loot, and supply drops. Like the Legendary version, it resembles the real-life Barrett M82.

2 Worthless: Submachine Gun

Fortnite offers three variations of a Submachine Gun: Common, Uncommon, and Rare. However, none of these are very powerful weapons. Both the health and structural damage of the three different types ranges from 17-19.  It does have a fire rate of 12 rounds per second, though, making it good for close to medium range combat.

Its magazine has a capacity of 30 rounds, which makes up for the low amount of damage that it deals out. It can get the job done, but overall, it is less powerful than a large number of the weapons offered in the game. It may look awesome, but it is definitely lacking. The Submachine Guns can be found in chests, floor loot, and sometimes in supply drops.

1 BONUS: Quad Launcher (Coming Soon)

According to an in-game notification, this long-awaited weapon will be making its debut in Fortnite very soon. In the notification, this weapon is said to “quickly fire up to 4 rockets to blanket an area with explosive damage.”

The Quad Launcher is a shoulder mounted rocket launcher and it is already building up a reputation, as many fans are excited for its introduction into the game. Players will have to wait to find out exactly how much health and structure damage this new weapon will deliver, though, as many details are still unknown. One thing is for sure, though: this anticipated rocket launcher will definitely be something to write home about.

Are there any other powerful or worthless Fortnite weapons that we missed? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-10 02:10:05 – Karis James

20 Storylines Shameless Wants Everyone To Forget

With the announcement that Emmy Rossum and Cameron Monaghan will leave the series following the ninth season of Shameless, the Gallagher household is prepping for a major shake-up on the casting front. The creator of the Showtime series John Wells has remained open about a future Fiona return, though he has also stated that there are many more dysfunctional tales left to be told for the Gallagher clan.

For eight seasons, Shameless has remained consistent in the deplorable decision-making skills of its characters, though the series’ depiction of a low-income family living below the poverty line has always been at the forefront. As the strong matriarch who single-handedly raised her siblings while her father wasn’t around, Fiona’s absence is sure to shift more focus towards the show’s younger stars as writers hope fans will soon forget her. Ian’s storyline in season 9 drove much of the action, so Monaghan’s exit will surely leave a whole as well.

Whether they’re dealing with the changing gentrification of their community or watching as another beloved character takes their leave, the Gallaghers have proven time and again that they can adapt better than anyone. From the show’s debut back in 2011 until now, the stars of the series have been forced to mature, sometimes faster than they wanted to. Along the way, there have been many entertaining or even head-scratching subplots which have since been left behind. Although the changes are nothing new to the Gallaghers, they have left many questions up in the air for fans.

Join us as we take a look back at 20 Storylines Shameless Wants Everyone to Forget.

20 Frank and Bianca

After Sammi shoots Frank in the arm to teach him a valuable lesson about courtesy, she forces him to visit the hospital to have his wound checked. During his stay, he begins bonding with his distraught doctor Bianca, whose diagnosis of stage three pancreatic cancer has left her with a new lease on life. Attempting to persuade her to live life to the fullest, Frank offers to teach her how to live carelessly, which includes a copious amount of substance abuse.

Although Frank’s time with Bianca was intended as a heart-wrenching moment which left him reeling the following season, it was never clear why the successful, young doctor would choose to spend her remaining days with him. With her money, she could seemingly spend her days anywhere. There’s little reason to believe Frank would appear as an enticing option.

19 Lip’s Sports Gambling Internship

With an exceptionally high IQ, Lip isn’t the standard member of the Gallagher household, though his self-sabotaging personality has prevented him from achieving a legitimate career. Accepted into the University of Chicago, he threw away his future after an assault on a campus guard led to his expulsion. Following a stint in rehab, Lip secured an internship with a tech start-up, thanks to his friend, Professor Youens.  Soon, however, he discovered the truth behind the company. His co-workers were using proxy servers to hide illegal sports gambling activities.

Although the crooked start-up appeared as a perfect match, nothing would come of it.

He temporarily used a wire fraud scheme to steal cash from the company, but in due time, the start-up went under and Lip was left without a career goal once again.

18 Kevin Discovers His Kentucky Heritage

Season eight concluded with a strange hodgepodge of storylines for Kevin, which included a search for self-identity as he tracked down his biological parents and found himself in Kentucky. Once he arrived, he was introduced to Aunt Ronnie and the rest of the family, immediately settling in and recalling his past as Little Barty. Unfortunately, V immediately sensed something wrong about the group, apart from their offhanded racist remarks.

As a small child, the low-income family struggled to properly raise Kev, resorting to abandoning him at a roadside gas station. He eventually learned to accept his heritage, although he seemed to quickly forget all about it soon after. Kev would have other moments of a self-identity crisis in season eight, including exploring his possible attraction to men, but his Kentucky lineage would ultimately become an afterthought.

17 Fiona Marries Gus, Then Immediately Cheats on Him

Speaking of his character on Shameless, star Steve Kazee said Fiona’s former husband Gus Pfender “got a really raw deal” over the way his storyline ended. After meeting the eldest Gallagher sibling, the two went from strangers to married seemingly overnight.

When Jimmy’s return visit catches Fiona off guard, she’s faced with an ultimatum.

Either run away with Jimmy or stay with Gus, whom she’s known for a few days. Her reaction is to throw away her newfound relationship for the temptation of her ex-boyfriend. She cheats on Gus then immediately regrets it, but by then it’s too late. Her marriage to Gus is over and any remnants of it are completely forgotten by the writing staff.

16 Debbie Steals a Baby

Before Debbie was doing crazy things like stealing expensive baby strollers to support Frances or having Liam amputate her toes to avoid undergoing a pricey surgery on her crushed foot, she was just a lonely girl looking for a playmate.

In the episode “Casey Casden”, Debbie grows tired of playing with a sack of potatoes decorated to look like a baby.

Rather than asking for a new doll, she takes matters into her own hands when she lures a three year old boy back to the Gallagher residence. The Gallaghers then spend the episode concocting a plan to call in false sightings of the child with the cops finally finding him with Debbie, who acts like she found him wandering around Chicago. Needless to say, it was a crazy storyline that the show’s producers haven’t attempted since.

15 Anything Involving Sammi or Chuckie

Frank’s estranged daughter Sammi is first introduced in season four after Frank discovers his liver in failing. Posing as a Good Samaritan, he begins dating her to grow closer before dropping the devastating bombshell. Oddly enough, however, she’s not disgusted at all by the news and even embraces her new father figure, despite his countless shortcomings.

By season five, Sammi has acquainted herself enough with the Gallaghers to move into the household, though she was never invited. When her son Chuckie is later arrested and sent to juvenile detention for possession, she blames Carl, later ratting him out to the authorities. As a result, a dispute breaks out which ends with Mickey locking her inside a shipping container and Sammi later shooting at him, presumably leading to her arrest and the end of her story.

14 Fiona Cheats on Mike with His Brother

With her recent investments in Patsy’s Pies as well as a laundromat and an apartment complex, Fiona’s newfound entrepreneurial spirit has only recent become a central part of her storyline. Prior to becoming a property owner, she was a down on her luck South Side girl who constantly found herself in failing relationships.

In season four, Fiona’s downward spiral of relationships hit another low.

She was in desperate need of a rebound following Jimmy’s disappearance. After securing a job at Worldwide Cup, she began having a fling with her boss Mike. When Mike’s brother Robbie comes into the picture after his release from rehab, Fiona’s attraction to danger takes ahold. Putting her career in jeopardy, she has an unwise affair which culminates in her arrest at the end of the season.

13 Frank Uses Liam as Collateral

Scouring Chicago for enough money to support his many dirty habits, Frank has attracted the attentions of enough bad guys that it’s a miracle that he’s manage to run around carelessly for so long. In the season two premiere, he again backed himself into a corner when he drunkenly bet a bar patron at the Alibi Room that he couldn’t remain conscious after two taser blasts. After the customer manages to remain on two feet, Frank’s $10,000 gamble comes at the expense of the Gallagher household.

Unable to come up with the dough, the patron threatens Frank with a blowtorch, to which he responds by offering up Liam as collateral. Luckily, the Gallagher clan rallies together to get him back. Frank would later develop a bonding relationship with his youngest son, completely erasing all memory of the incident.

12 Kevin and Veronica’s Foster Child

With twins Amy and Jemma, Kevin and Veronica finally settled down to have children of their own after V became pregnant in season four. Prior to having their own kids, the couple were experimenting with parenthood in the form of a money scheme which saw them taking in a foster child in order to collect money from the government.

In season one, Kev and V welcome Ethel, a teen saved from a polygamist colony where she was married to an elderly man named Clyde.

They also took in Ethel’s son Jonah, who was born as a result of the marriage. Over the course of her stay, she struggles to grow accustomed to the modern world, but eventually settles in, until she runs away with her boyfriend Malik in season two, disappearing forever.

11 Anything Involving Sheila

Remember Sheila? The agoraphobic housewife with a proclivity for cooking was a former love interest of Frank’s, who welcomed him into her home to take advantage of her disability checks. For five seasons, she played the picture-perfect example of a housewife, though her repressed emotions would occasionally rear their ugly head.

Throughout the series, Joan Cusack would receive considerable acclaim for her turn as the wacky, subservient Sheila, earning an Emmy nomination for each season she appeared in. Although she would never receive more than a guest credit, her most memorable storylines would include dealing with her troubled daughter Karen, having an affair with Karen’s boyfriend Jody, and marrying Frank. Her storyline came to a rather abrupt end after her house exploded in season five, resulting in her driving off in an RV, never to be seen again.

10 Frank Hires a Hitman

Always the deadbeat father, Frank experienced a slight morality check when he wasn’t invited toFiona’s wedding to Sean in season six. As a way to make up for all his shortcomings, he offered to pay for all of Fiona’s wedding expenses. Everything came to a head, however, when Sean began sleeping over at the Gallagher residence, resulting in a brutal confrontation between Fiona’s fiance and the lousy patriarch of the household. After days of Frank wearing Sean’s underwear and drinking his milk, Sean’s frustration boiled over, resulting in a fight between the two.

Frank is seen on a train attempting to pay a random guy to dispose of Sean permanently.

Although nothing would come of the exchange, the attempted assassination was out of the ordinary, even for the lowly Frank.

9 Debbie Purposely Gets Pregnant

The third youngest Gallagher, Debbie began the series as the well-intention, younger sister who still held high hopes for Frank and cared for her family, though she often found it difficult to socialize in school. In due time, she transformed from the innocent girl wise beyond her years to one of the most troublesome characters on the show, using her hardened attitude to deceive her way to whatever she desired.

In season five, Debbie’s manipulative personality crossed a line when she became enamored with Derek, a boy who taught her how to box. Wanting a perfect life with her newfound boyfriend, she purposely lies to him about being on birth control in order to become pregnant and force him into a marriage. Unfortunately, her plans fall through when Derek leaves to live with his grandmother, leaving Debs a single mother.

8 Frank Tells Carl He Has Cancer

As the delinquent troublemaker whose interests include weapons, explosives, and various money-making schemes, Carl has proven to be the most like his dear deadbeat father Frank. As a faithful member of the Gallagher family, he’s the unfortunate product of a dysfunctional upbringing, but none of his regrettable actions were deserving of the scare Frank gave him in season five.

After seeing a cancer patient receive an autographed Bulls basketball on television, Frank decides to extort the Make-A-Wish Foundation by giving them a sob story.

Shaving Carl’s head, he convinces him that he has cancer and tries to get him an autographed basketball of his own, that he can later sell for a profit. Instead, Carl is offered a free summer away at a camp for cancer patients, ruining Frank’s plans and giving Carl his own mini vacation.

7 Carl Marries Kassidi

As a way of coming up with enough cash for military school in season eight, Carl sets up his own rehabilitation center in the basement of the Gallagher home, hosting neighborhood addicts for days of withdrawal. It’s here where he first encounters Kassidi, a seemingly sociopathic teen who concocts a plan to extort money from her rich father to pay Carl’s expenses.

Soon after sparking a relationship, Kassidi’s wildly chaotic personality begins threatening Carl’s career goals. As she wanders about Chicago’s South Side doing things like Snapchatting drive-by shooting victims, Carl becomes more wary of her actions, which makes it all the more confusing that he marries her at the end of the season. The season nine premiere seems to have ended her story, however, as the character’s recent disappearance suggests that she may now be deceased.

6 Mandy Hurts Karen

As the manipulative former girlfriend of Lip, Karen was the incessantly rude daughter of the agoraphobic Sheila, who would go to extreme lengths to get her way. After she stops seeing Lip due to her marriage to Jody as well as the birth of her down syndrome son Hymie, Karen decides to start things back up with her former lover, only for Lip rejects her for Mandy.

After brazenly attempting to meddle with Lip and Mandy’s relationship, Karen receives a rude awakening when she receives a text from Lip, which is later revealed to be Mandy using Lip’s phone. Showing up to a park to meet, Karen is struck by an SUV driven by Mandy, leaving her permanently brain damaged, effectively ending her story on the series.

5 Frank Has a Twin Brother

With so many siblings running around and Frank constantly inviting himself in with his various trouble-making shenanigans, it’s impossible for the Gallaghers to keep track of everyone’s comings and goings. That’s why the existence of more Gallaghers seems completely absurd, but as the early seasons have shown, there are more family members out there.

Of all the odd Gallagher members forgotten from the early seasons, none were crazier than Jerry, Frank’s twin brother.

Ian and Lip visit Jery after their grandmother Peggy claims he owes the family $5,000. Looking just like Frank, he threatens to shoot his nephews shortly after realizing they’re after money. Since his appearance, little mention has been made of Frank’s twin or of Frank’s other siblings Clayton and Wyatt.

4 Jimmy’s Return

First appearing as Fiona’s love interest in season one, Jimmy introduced himself to the Gallagher household as Steve, a hotshot businessman who comes from money. Soon afterward, his real personality begins to shine through as Fiona discovers that he makes his money through various illegal activities. In due time, he gets engaged to the daughter of a crime lord, which leads to his supposed demise in the season three finale.

Jimmy returns at the end of season four, becoming a recurring cast member for a brief time.

In an attempt to flatter Fiona, he tries to persuade her to leave her husband Gus for him. Although his return answered questions about his fate, it still left his future up in the air, leaving many to believe his story should have ended with the season three cliffhanger.

3 Frank Lies to Butterface About Her Heart Transplant

Of all the lowdown plans Frank has concocted, perhaps nothing is more despicable than the time he began hanging out with Dottie, a former good-time girl with a heart condition. Nicknamed Butterface for her less than stellar looks, Frank discovers that Dottie is in serious need of a heart transplant, rewarding him the opportunity to weasel his way into her good graces and work his way into her will before she passes away.

Although Frank’s decision proves to be flawed, he fully commits to the scheme. While Dottie is in the shower, she gets a phone call telling her a new heart has arrived which could save her life, only Frank decides to tell the hospital that Dottie has already passed away. Later, Dottie loses her life during an intimate moment with Frank, making his actions even more awful.

2 Kev has a Baby with Veronica’s Mother

As the Gallaghers’ longtime friends, Kevin and Veronica are often the supporting comic relief of the series, though they have also proven to be the strongest lasting couple. In season three, after repeatedly failing to have a baby, V enlists her bubbly mother Carol to act as a surrogate. When Carol also fails to become pregnant, Veronica to suggests her mom and Kevin actually get intimate with each other to possibly improve their results.

In due time, Carol warms up to the idea, becoming pregnant with Kevin’s child. By happenstance, Veronica soon discovers that she too is pregnant, with twins. Nine months later, the couple are the proud parents to three newborns, only Carol decides to single-handedly raise her child on her own. After a few brief appearances, Kevin and Carol’s child is forgotten and never shown again.

1 Everything Positive About Ian and Mickey’s Relationship

As a violent street thug, Mickey Milkovich is the antithesis of the gay stereotype. Ian, whose storied history with Mickey makes up a large portion of his story in the early seasons, is the more sensitive of the couple, but his rebellious nature and struggles with bipolar disorder make him an equally multi-dimensional character.

As one of the best-written gay relationships on television in recent memory, Ian and Mickey’s story was at times chaotic. 

After his imprisonment at the end of season five, Mikey escaped from prison and fled to Mexico, tearfully leaving Ian behind. Since then, the positives of their relationship have been largely dismissed and Mickey’s absence has left a void on the show which has yet to be filled.

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2018-10-09 03:10:17 – Turner Minton