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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 accommodate Matt and Trey due to the success of their Broadway show ''Theatre/TheBookOfMormon'' (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). From Season 18 and onwards, the show tends to follow a continuous plotline throughout each season. Late 2019 marked the show's 23rd season, giving it over 300 episodes. Trey and Matt have stated that they will continue to make ''South Park'' as long as Creator/ComedyCentral lets them.

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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 accommodate Matt and Trey due to the success of their Broadway show ''Theatre/TheBookOfMormon'' (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). From Season 18 and onwards, the show tends to follow a continuous plotline throughout each season. Late 2019 marked the show's 23rd season, giving it over more than 300 episodes. Trey and Matt have stated that they will continue to make ''South Park'' as long as Creator/ComedyCentral lets them.


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 accommodate Matt and Trey due to the success of their Broadway show ''Theatre/TheBookOfMormon'' (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). From Season 18 and onwards, the show tends to follow a continuous plotline throughout each season. 2019 will mark the show's 23rd season, giving it [[LongRunners over 300 episodes]]. Trey and Matt have stated that they will continue to make ''South Park'' as long as Creator/ComedyCentral lets them.

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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 accommodate Matt and Trey due to the success of their Broadway show ''Theatre/TheBookOfMormon'' (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). From Season 18 and onwards, the show tends to follow a continuous plotline throughout each season. Late 2019 will mark marked the show's 23rd season, giving it [[LongRunners it over 300 episodes]].episodes. Trey and Matt have stated that they will continue to make ''South Park'' as long as Creator/ComedyCentral lets them.


''South Park'' is an [[[CrossesTheLineTwice in]]]famous [[LongRunners long-running]] AnimatedSeries by Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone on Creator/ComedyCentral. Airing from 1997 to the present, the show covers the misadventures of a group of fourth grade school kids in the titular mountain town of South Park, Colorado.

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''South Park'' is an [[[CrossesTheLineTwice in]]]famous [[LongRunners long-running]] AnimatedSeries by Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone on Creator/ComedyCentral. Airing from 1997 to the present, Debuting in 1997, the show covers follows the misadventures of a group of fourth grade elementary school kids in the titular mountain town of South Park, Colorado.


''South Park'' is an [[[CrossesTheLineTwice in]]]famous [[LongRunners long-running]] AnimatedSeries by Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone on Creator/ComedyCentral. Airing from 1997 to the present, the show covers the misadventures of a group of fifth grade school kids in the titular mountain town of South Park, Colorado.

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''South Park'' is an [[[CrossesTheLineTwice in]]]famous [[LongRunners long-running]] AnimatedSeries by Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone on Creator/ComedyCentral. Airing from 1997 to the present, the show covers the misadventures of a group of fifth fourth grade school kids in the titular mountain town of South Park, Colorado.


[[AC:This page is for the show; for the ''South Park'' series as a whole, see ''Franchise/SouthPark''.]]

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[[AC:This page is for the show; for the ''South Park'' series franchise as a whole, see ''Franchise/SouthPark''.]]



''South Park'' is an [[[CrossesTheLineTwice in]]]famous [[LongRunners long-running]] AnimatedSeries by Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone on Creator/ComedyCentral. Airing from 1997 to the present, the show covers the misadventures of a group of fourth grade school kids in the titular mountain town of South Park, Colorado.

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''South Park'' is an [[[CrossesTheLineTwice in]]]famous [[LongRunners long-running]] AnimatedSeries by Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone on Creator/ComedyCentral. Airing from 1997 to the present, the show covers the misadventures of a group of fourth fifth grade school kids in the titular mountain town of South Park, Colorado.


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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; and Kenny [=McCormick=], a young pervert who is usually rendered unintelligible by his tightly drawn orange parka (although his lines get progressively more understandable through the series). These four 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 RippedFromTheHeadlines problems to obvious parodies of action and family movies.

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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; and Kenny [=McCormick=], a young pervert who is usually rendered unintelligible by his tightly drawn orange parka (although his lines get progressively more understandable through the series).series) and who frequently is killed in horrifying ways, only to return in the next episode no worse for wear. These four 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 RippedFromTheHeadlines problems to obvious parodies of action and family movies.


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; and Kenny [=McCormick=], a young pervert who is usually rendered unintelligible by his tightly drawn orange parka. These four 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 RippedFromTheHeadlines problems to obvious parodies of action and family movies.

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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; and Kenny [=McCormick=], a young pervert who is usually rendered unintelligible by his tightly drawn orange parka.parka (although his lines get progressively more understandable through the series). These four 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 RippedFromTheHeadlines problems to obvious parodies of action and family movies.


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 ''[[EqualOpportunityOffender 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.

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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 ''[[EqualOpportunityOffender 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, dictators, 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.


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.

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It initially relied Initially reliant on ToiletHumour (especially in the first season), but the show became much 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.


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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; and Kenny [=McCormick=], a young pervert who is usually rendered unintelligible by his tightly drawn orange parka. These four 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.

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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; and Kenny [=McCormick=], a young pervert who is usually rendered unintelligible by his tightly drawn orange parka. These four 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}} RippedFromTheHeadlines problems to obvious parodies of action and family movies.


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 naïveté 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.

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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; and 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 naïveté and a tendency to grow a spine at the most unexpected of moments. parka. These five four 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.

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