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Jan 12Introduction
King of the Hill: “Pilot” (1-1)
South Park: “Cartman Gets an Anal Probe” (1-1)
Jan 19Small-town America
Simpsons: “Whacking Day” (4-20)
Simpsons: “Bart vs. Australia” (6-16)
Simpsons: “Lemon of Troy” (6-24)
South Park: “Spontaneous Combustion” (3-2)
Reading: Frye, "The Nature of Satire"
Jan 26Political sensibilities
King of the Hill: “Square Peg” (1-2)
Simpsons: “Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment” (8-18)
Simpsons: “The Cartridge Family” (9-5)
South Park: “Conjoined Fetus Lady” (2-5)
Reading: Auden, "Satire"
Reading: Feinberg, "Effects" and "Limitations"
Feb 2Gender
King of the Hill: “Peggy’s Turtle Song” (2-22)
Simpsons: “Brother from the Same Planet” (4-14)
Simpsons: “Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy” (5-14)
Simpsons: “Girls Just Want to Have Sums” (17-19)
South Park: “More Crap” (11-9)
South Park: “The List” (11-14)
Reading: Elliott, "The Satirist and Society"
Feb 9Sex
Simpsons: “Natural Born Kissers” (9-25)
South Park: “Are You There God? It’s Me, Jesus” (3-16)
South Park: “The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers” (6-13)
South Park: “Over Logging” (12-6)
Reading: Kernan, "A Theory of Satire"
short essay due
Feb 16Business
Futurama: “The Problem with Popplers” (2-15)
South Park: “Gnomes” (2-17)
South Park: “Something Wall-Mart This Way Comes” (8-9)
Mid-term test
Mar 2Religion
King of the Hill: “Hilloween” (2-4)
Simpsons: “The Father, the Son, and the Holy Guest Star” (16-21)
South Park: “Red Hot Catholic Love” (6-8)
South Park: “The Passion of the Jew” (8-3)
Reading: Frye, "The Mythos of Winter: Irony and Satire"
Mar 9Religion
Simpsons: “The Joy of Sect” (9-13)
Simpsons: “Faith Off” (11-11)
Simpsons: “Pray Anything” (14-10)
South Park: “All About Mormons” (7-12)
South Park: “Trapped in the Closet” (9-12)
Reading: Paulson, "The Fictions of Satire"
Mar 16Environment
Futurama: “A Big Piece of Garbage” (1-8)
Simpsons: “The Old Man and the Lisa” (8-21)
Simpsons: “Lisa the Tree Hugger” (12-4)
South Park: “Rainforest Shmainforest” (3-1)
South Park: “Smug Alert!” (10-2)
Mar 23Homosexuality
Simpsons: “Homer’s Phobia” (8-15)
Simpsons: “There’s Something About Marrying” (16-10)
South Park: “Big Gay Al’s Big Gay Boat Ride” (1-4)
South Park: “The Death Camp of Tolerance” (6-14)
South Park: “Cartman Sucks” (11-2)
term essay due
Mar 30Television
Futurama: “Bender Should Not Be Allowed on TV” (4-6)
Simpsons: “Bart Gets Famous” (5-12)
Simpsons: “The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show” (8-14)
Simpsons: “Behind the Laughter” (11-22)
South Park: “Cancelled” (7-1)
Apr 6Music industry
Simpsons: “New Kids on the Blecch” (12-14)
South Park: “Fat Butt and Pancake Head” (7-5)
South Park: “Christian Rock Hard” (7-9)

Marc R. Plamondon, Ph.D. Department of English Studies Nipissing University