This page is for the show; for the South Park series as a whole, see Franchise.South Park
"Come on down to South Park and meet some friends of mine!"South Park
is an [in
]famous Animated Series
by Trey Parker and Matt Stone
, entering its eighteenth season on Comedy Central
. 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 Straight Man
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 Toilet Humour
(especially in the first season) but became more intelligent and satirical as time wore onnote
and even won a Peabody Award in 2006. 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 Author Tract
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 fundamentalists
, actively hostile atheists
, Political Correctness Gone Mad
, 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 Jurassic Park.
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.
Most episodes of the show are available for free viewing in the United States
at 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 bleeps
of their network broadcasts
, and are in Pan and Scan
This show provides examples of: