[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/southpark_sm_4454.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:300:From left to right: [[FatBastard Eric Cartman]], [[TheConscience Kyle Broflovski]], [[KnightInSourArmor Stan Marsh]], and [[TheChewToy Kenny McCormick]].[[labelnote:note]] Not pictured: [[TheSixthRanger Butters Stotch]].[[/labelnote]]]]

''This page is for the show; for the South Park series as a whole, see Franchise.SouthPark''

->''"Come on down to South Park and meet some friends of mine!"''
-->--'''[[Music/{{Primus}} Les Claypool]]'''

'''''South Park''''' is an [[[CrossesTheLineTwice in]]]famous AnimatedSeries by Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone, currently airing its eighteenth season on Creator/ComedyCentral. The show covers the misadventures of fourth grade school kids in the titular mountain town of South Park, Colorado.

The central characters are Stan Marsh, the StraightMan of the group; Kyle Broflovski, a morally fixated Jew (and Stan's best friend); Eric Cartman, a fat, sociopathic bully; Kenny [=McCormick=], a young pervert who is usually rendered unintelligible by his tightly drawn orange parka; and Leopold "Butters" Stotch, a nervous, gentle boy with extreme na´vetÚ and a tendency to grow a spine at the most unexpected of moments. These five main boys and their friends, family, and neighbors find themselves embroiled in all sorts of weirdness, ranging from cults, aliens, and monsters to exaggerated-for-comic-effect versions of {{ripped from the headlines}} problems to obvious parodies of action and family movies.

It initially relied on ToiletHumour (especially in the first season), but became more intelligent and satirical as time wore on[[note]]By Stone and Parker's own admission, this was done as a direct result of the UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} massacre, as Stone was raised in Littleton, and they felt the need to be a little more "responsible" with using their pulpit to satirize social wrongs, instead of just making burp and fart jokes[[/note]]. It even won a Peabody Award in 2006. [[BrokenBase Some of the show's early fanbase]] have long abandoned the show, shown by the fact that viewership dropped from 9.1 million viewers to about 3 million viewers after its second season (a number which the show has hovered around ever since). Still, it remains one of Comedy Central's highest-rated shows even today.

While the AuthorTract is very evident, Matt and Trey have earned a measure of respect (some of it begrudging) from various groups all over the world because the duo makes a point of targeting ''everyone''. They've lampooned subjects near and dear to the hearts of social conservatives, [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad social activists]], socialists, liberals, religious {{fundamentalist}}s, [[HollywoodAtheist actively hostile atheists]], corporations and business interests, anarchists, hippies, trendy people, geeks, teenagers, the elderly -- seriously, you could name just about any kind of group and the show's probably done ''something'' to piss that group off.

An astonishingly short turn-around time helps keep the show topical with current events. The show is produced using the same graphics engine that helped create the dinosaurs in ''Film/JurassicPark'', which fostered comparisons to building a sandcastle with a bulldozer; only the early shorts and the pilot episode were done by hand via cut-outs and physical backdrops. In some cases, an episode can be produced a matter of days before it airs, allowing for current events to be parodied almost as soon as they happen. An episode on the capture of Saddam Hussein aired just a few days after it happened and excerpts from both Barack Obama and John [=McCain=]'s post-election speeches were featured in the episode that aired ''less than 24 hours'' after the election results came in. (In both cases, the episodes themselves weren't dependent on those facts but had some dialogue altered in the narrow gap between the real-life events and the episodes going to air.) The documentary ''6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park'' sheds light on this lightning-fast production schedule.

For its first sixteen seasons, individual seasons were split between two different "halves" (usually comprised of seven to eight episodes). Starting with Season 17, the show runs for a single ten-episode chunk in the fall; this is done to accomodate Matt and Trey due to the success of their Broadway show ''The Book of Mormon'' (and the fact that they're not the young men they used to be when they made a paper-cutout animation about foul-mouthed third graders as a Christmas gag gift). 2016 will mark the show's 20th season, though its future past that point is unknown.

Almost all of the show's episodes are available for free viewing in the UnitedStates at [[http://www.southparkstudios.com/ the official website]]. Episodes from Season 3 onward are available in their original, unedited versions; episodes ''200'' and ''201'' are currently unavailable, with a note on the website stating that any verion of those episodes would need to be censored. All episodes prior to Season 3 have all the [[SoundEffectBleep bleeps]] of their [[EditedForSyndication network broadcasts]] and "air" in PanAndScan format.

----

!! We had to split South Park trope examples into pages because Cartman's fat ass got tired when he had to read them all in one go:

[[index]]
* SouthPark/TropesAToD
* SouthPark/TropesEToJ
* SouthPark/TropesKToQ
* SouthPark/TropesRToV
* SouthPark/TropesWToZ
[[/index]]
----

-->'''Cartman:''' HEY! [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere Screw you guys, I'm going home.]]