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South Park is a long-running franchise which started as an Animated Series by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Spawning from two animations called The Spirit of Christmas (1992, a.k.a. Jesus vs. Frosty) and Jesus vs. Santa (1995), the show was picked up by Comedy Central in 1997; entering its twentieth season in 2016, South Park is currently the third longest-running animated series.note 

Despite strong success, South Park quickly became highly controversial by being offensive in about as many ways possible — in a nutshell, the show is filled with bad language, violence, nudity and perverse sexual references, and often contains 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 are children, and the animation is done in a deliberately crude, brightly colored style that made it look like it was made for or by pre-schoolers.

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In just two years since its pilot, South Park saw a movie release based on the series, and even had a short (for Hollywood) turn-around time as well. Titled South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, the movie is surprisingly a musical, and (even more surprisingly) received widespread critical acclaim. Further, whilst structured differently to the movie, the series has also seen three trilogy-sets of episodes built like Made For TV Movies: firstly, Imaginationland followed terrorists attacking the physical location of everyone's imagination; secondly.Coon and Friends, which followed the boys pretending to be superheroes and tangling with a demonic force; and then finally, Black Friday, which followed the boys turning the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 console war into an actual war Game of Thrones style.

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Outside of TV and film, the show has had a variety of releases through video games, which have been produced over the years of varying gameplay style, quality, and level of involvement of Stone and Parker. The Obsidian Entertainment title South Park: The Stick of Truth was scripted and creatively overseen by Stone and Parker, and specifically developed to look and feel like a TV episode.

There was also an arcade pinball game, posthumously famous for having a Video Mode too offensive for Comedy Central and for being the last game manufactured by Sega Pinball (the two items are presumably not related).

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