South Park

Season 16 Episode 9

Raising the Bar

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 03, 2012 on Comedy Central
out of 10
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Episode Summary


Cartman owns up to being fat and decides that driving around on a scooter is his right. Kyle sees that Cartman isn't the only one who finds no shame in his unhealthy lifestyle. Meanwhile, Cartman discovers he has a rival in America's Sweetheart, Honey Boo Boo.

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  • I admit I haven't seen it

    6/23/13: But I've heard June Shannon was offended by the way the show portrayed the family, and anything that insults "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" is good enough for me. For offending that fat hag, I automatically give this a ten out of ten.

    9/26/13 Update: I saw this last night and the episode alone deserves a 10 out of 10. Minutes into watching this, I was laughing my butt off, especially when Cartman mocks Kyle with his scooter. The Honey Boo Boo family was pretty well portrayed. The only real difference between the real life family and the South Park one was that the South Park one was animated.moreless
  • First good episode since "Cash for Gold."

    I figured it was only a matter of time that South Park was going to take jabs at Honey Boo Boo. I especially loved the bit about James Cameron going out to actually find and raise "the bar," which has sunk far into the abyss of the sea. Unfortunately, we never actually see the bar.

    I also like how they addressed Cartman's obesity. Cartman accepts the fact that he's obese, and decides to do something about it. Unfortunately, what he chooses to do makes him a bigger jerk than he's been in the past.

    THe ending to this episode is truly epic. (Then again, I love it when Cartman gets his comeuppance.)moreless
  • Classic South Park

    Fantastic episode. Another great job by matt stone and trey parker.
  • Raising the Bar

    This episode is ABOVE THE BAR. That is the problem. The intelligence, ethics and morals of America have deteriorated since the early 1990's. This episode tries to make sense of the coming "Bread and Circuses" attitude. Trying to pinpoint the exact moment America lost its moral fibre---was interesting--pinning it on President Clinton. I am not sure that is the exact moment but it was around that time things began to change. I wasn;t thrilled with the James Cameron part-thought it went on too long as others have said. So I take off .5 point. However as preachy as this episode was, it was preaching TRUTH. So it gets a 9.5. Oh and, I also want a mobility Rascal lolmoreless

    So much long time we have not seen a South Park's episode THAT excellent. Can't wait for the next one!

    @ gtl2020 : you should raise your own bar.
Trey Parker

Trey Parker

Voice of Stan Marsh; Eric Theodore Cartman; Randy Marsh; Mr. Garrison

Matt Stone

Matt Stone

Voice of Kyle Broflovski; Kenny McKormick; Leopold 'Butters' Stotch; Gerald Broflovski

Mona Marshall

Mona Marshall

Voice of Sheila Broflovski; Various Other Females

April Stewart

April Stewart

Voice of Liane Cartman; Principal Victoria; Sharon Marsh; Wendy Testaburger; Various Other Females

Elise Gabriel

Elise Gabriel

Voice of Unknown

Guest Star

Adrien Beard

Adrien Beard

Voice of Token

Recurring Role

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