[[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]]]]

->''"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, entering its eighteenth season on Creator/ComedyCentral, and covering the misadventures of fourth grade school kids in the titular mountain town of South Park, Colorado. The show originated from two irreverent short films the creators made in 1992 and 1995 called ''The Spirit of Christmas'' (a.k.a. ''Jesus vs. Frosty'') and ''Jesus vs. Santa''.

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 naivité 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.

''South Park'' became highly controversial by [[BlackComedy being offensive in about as many ways possible]] - bad language, violence, nudity and perverse sexual references, and witheringly sarcastic, highly irreverent, and downright obscene approaches to race, religion, celebrities, politics, homosexuality, obesity, the mentally challenged and just about everything that's possible for people to get riled up over. To add fuel to the fire, all the main characters were children, and the animation was done in a deliberately crude, [[ArtStyleDissonance brightly colored style]] that made it [[SubvertedKidsShow look like it was made for or by pre-schoolers]].

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]] and 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 after its second season the show dropped from 9.1 million viewers to about 3 million viewers, a number which the show has hovered around ever since. Still, it remains one of Comedy Central's highest-rated shows.

While the AuthorTract is very evident, they have (begrudgingly) earned a measure of respect from all over the world because they have made a point of targeting ''everyone''. They have lampooned subjects dear to the hearts of social-conservatives, socialists, liberals, religious {{fundamentalist}}s, [[HollywoodAtheist actively hostile atheists]], PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad, corporations and business interests, anarchists and hippies, trendy people, geeks, teenagers, the elderly, ''everyone''.

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.'' It has been compared to building a sandcastle with a bulldozer and only early shorts and the pilot episode was done manually with 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 it happened (in both cases the episodes themselves were obviously not dependent on those facts but had some dialogue altered in the narrow gap they had). The documentary ''6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park'' sheds light on this lightning fast production schedule.

The movie based on the series had a short (for Hollywood) turn-around time as well. Just two years after the show premiered on TV, the world beheld the theatrical release of ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut''.

The show has had a variety of video games produced over the years, of [[FirstPersonShooter varying]] [[WackyRacing gameplay]] [[PartyGame style]], quality, and level of involvement of Stone and Parker. The Creator/ObsidianEntertainment title ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth'' was scripted and creatively overseen by Stone and Parker, and specifically developed to look and feel like a TV episode.

There was also an [[PhysicalPinballTable arcade]] [[Pinball/SouthPark pinball game]], posthumously famous for having a VideoMode too offensive for Comedy Central and for being the last game manufactured by Creator/SegaPinball (the two items are presumably not related).

Be sure to check out the [[Characters/SouthPark character]] and [[Recap/SouthPark recap]] pages and vote for your [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/BestEpisode/SouthPark favorite episode.]]

Most episodes of the show are available for free viewing in the UnitedStates at [[http://www.southparkstudios.com/ the official website]]. Seasons 3 and onward are available in their original, unedited versions (barring 200 and 201 which are currently unavailable and noted that any verion that they put up on the site WILL be censored in some form). All prior episodes have all the [[SoundEffectBleep bleeps]] of their [[EditedForSyndication network broadcasts]], and are in PanAndScan format.
!!This show provides examples of:

* SouthPark/TropesAToD
* SouthPark/TropesEToJ
* SouthPark/TropesKToQ
* SouthPark/TropesRToV
* SouthPark/TropesWToZ
* [[ShoutOut/SouthPark Shout Outs]]