I think the Simpsons is hands down the best out of the three during its 'golden age', for me thats anywhere between seasons 3 and 11. After that it
starts to go on a decline, for various reasons which are hard to pinpoint exactly, but overall it's just not as funny. Admittedly I haven't watched
a single new episode which has been broadcast in the last year at least, but at some point I just gave up watching after giving it many chances to
Family Guy I really liked when I first started watching it, but I dropped off from watching it at some point, not because I didn't like it anymore
but simply because I kept missing it when it was aired (I'm terrible at remembering program scheduling anyway, I usually have to resort to dvd
releases to truly watch a series all the way through!). The flashback jokes were funny for a while but started getting stale after a bit. I think the
writers realized this though and cut back a little, so crisis averted. Thing is Family Guy has always been good I thought, but it's never been able
to captivate me as long as the other shows have.
Now South Park is pretty hit and miss. The first season or so wasn't all that great, most of the appeal was actually the sheer craziness of the plots
and the crude and shocking nature of it (which was a big deal during its debut, less so now). Soon after though it started getting really good I
thought, with some good topical humour and at times portraying some pretty deep and genuine messages. I actually prefer it when SP gets all preachy
about something, it's funniest like that.
The thing with SP is it's very hit and miss, especially with the newer episodes. Some episodes are pure gold, and then you've got some real stinkers
as well (Lice-capades springs to mind).
Overall I like them all. I think in terms of providing the best, most memorable and funny experiences The Simpons takes the gold, with SP taking
Silver and Family Guy taking Bronze. As a rule of thumb, most Simpsons episodes between S3-S11 is good, past that though they're actually pretty bad.
SP has its good and bad episodes spread out, the good are really good, whilst the bad are truly bad
. FG is pretty constant throughout. No
particularly memorable episodes for being good, but at the same time nothing that really stands out as bad either.
EDIT: Oh just to add, Futurama which I completely forgot. Just a personal observation from real life friends and relatives but it seems to me that the
younger crowd rate it much higher than the older generation. Personally I enjoy it (I'm 21) but I can sort of see why I think. The majority of the
shows characters are relatively young by comparison to the simpsons (the most common comparison it seems) and the themes of the show (technology, the
internet, the future) seem to resonate better with the younger generation too it seems.
[edit on 26-8-2008 by Rmar64]