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"South Park" is an animated satire that has been a staple of Comedy Central's lineup and of American pop culture since its debut in 1997. It follows the surreal adventures of elementary school friends Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovsky, Eric Cartman, and Kenny McCormick in the small town of South Park, Colorado. Stan and Kyle are best friends. Cartman is obnoxious, fat, and lewd, especially to Kyle, who is Jewish, but tolerated anyway. Kenny is poor and, muffled by his over-sized parka, can't really speak. In a popular running-gag, he was killed in every episode in seasons one through five. They are joined by a large cast of peripheral characters including peers, parents, teachers, others in their small town, Jesus, and Satan.

In a typical episode, something novel happens, like a new student joining their class, a celebrity or hot new technology coming to town, or one of the boys (usually Cartman)having a brilliant new idea. The boys then get somehow caught up in the adults' absurd solution to the new situation, then the boys, usually Stan, solves the crisis at the end by being the sole voice of reason in a mad world. Through this format, series' creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have commented the most controversial issues of the past two decades.

The show is famous as an equal-opportunity offender, frequently employing crass language, gruesome violence, and sex, and not shying away from mocking any institution or religion, including entire episodes devoted to mocking the theology of Mormons and an attack on the Church of Scientology. When Isaac Hayes, a practicing Scientologist and voice of the major(and popular)Chef character, threatened to resign the show if the Scientology spoof was aired, Parker and Stone aired it anyway, then had Chef suffer a horrible death at the hands of a devious cult in a later episode. They planned to include an image of Muhammad in an episode in the wake of the Danish cartoon controversy of 2005, but Comedy Central pulled the episode. Such incidents epitomize Parker and Stone's strong views on freedom of speech.

The show's boldness and smart satire is widely appreciated among audiences and critics alike. Besides being one of the most popular shows on cable since its debut, it has won a Peabody Award in 2006,a Cable ACE Award in 1997, and four Emmys, in addition to being nominated for nine more.

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18 Seasons, 259 Episodes - Currently Airing
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  • Cartmaan Bra is trending as the country anticipates the biggest Holiday Spectacular ever.

  • Big brother Kyle becomes paranoid when Ike doesn't want to play video games with him anymore.

  • Kenny impresses the boys with his skills at playing the game Magic: The Gathering. But a new hard-core activity interrupts things, as Wendy tries to get Stan to pay attention to her.

  • Butters becomes involved in a virtual reality that causes him to wreak havoc .

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Get Ready, 'South Park' Is Going to Make Fun of Bill Cosby Tomorrow Night

"South Park" is airing a holiday special this Wednesday. But we're not excited to see how they lampoon Christmas. No, instead we'll be tuning in to see what Trey Parker and Matt Stone have to say about Bill Cosby. In this promo for the upcoming episode of the long-running animated series, "South Park" teases a holiday special full of celebrity appearances. There's Miley Cyrus, Michael Jackson, Angelina Jolie, Iggy Azalea with a snowman butt, and then there's Bill Cosby.

'South Park' Skewers Alcohol Ads with Commercial Parody

"South Park" takes on many topics in the zeitgeist on their show, and their breakneck production pace (they will sometimes put shows together in just one week to cover topics in a timely manner) seems to be a point of pride. But it was a lampooning of an age-old television tradtition that got "South Park" the most online play today as everyone seems to be talking about their parody of alcohol commercials. The video, which was a live-action segment on the normally animated show, featured Trey Parker's voice over the standard images you see in ads for booze: women, cars, drinking, more women, more drinking, more attractive people, more drinking, and maybe another car.

'South Park' Season 16, Episode 12 Recap - 'A Nightmare on Facetime'

Could it be that "South Park" has really never done a Netflix-themed episode before? Have they really gone this long without commenting on the streaming video phenomenon? Apparently so. So, this week's Halloween episode made up for that. Randy comes in with a big surprise for the family: they're all now the proud owners of a Blockbuster Video that Randy bought for a steal at just $10,000. In typical Randy style, he's the only one who is unaware of how terrible an idea this is, and his eternal optimism and laser focus makes him far too invested in the idea that some people out there would rather rent than stream.

'South Park' Season 16, Episode 11 Recap - 'Going Native'

Like last week's episode, this week's "South Park" centered on a pretty specific issue that made it tough to get into the idea of the episode. Once we did, though, it was about as good as this show's satire gets. The premise is this: the normally complacent Butters is acting out at school and generally being angry all the time, and it turns out that it's because it's time for Butters to embark on a walkabout to his homeland... of Hawaii. You see, Butters and his parents are "natives" of Hawaii, which means that they pronounce it "Heveh-ee" and are generally annoying about it.

'South Park' Season 16, Episode 10 Recap - 'Insecurity'

The message of this week's episode was a very late-onset, and as such wasn't quite as clean and clear as it could have been. It seems like "South Park" was really reaching for something to say with this one, and what they ended up with was a topic that's just not very relatable: home security. It was about much more than that, of course, but still. Not the most universal mine for jokes. It all starts with Kyle's parents doing a little bit of UPS delivery guy role play.

'South Park' Season 16, Episode 9 Recap - 'Raising the Bar'

When you first heard about "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," you might have thought to yourself, "Well, this is it. We've hit rock bottom as a society." You're not alone. "South Park" sees it the same way, but it's not Honey Boo Boo's family or even TLC that's the blame: it's us. It all starts when the boys are shopping at Wal-Mart (excuse me, "Wall-Mart" for legal purposes), and they see all the fat people on their motorized scooters.

'South Park' Will Parody 'Honey Boo Boo' Tonight (VIDEO)

No one is safe from the satirizing bite of "South Park," so it's not surprise that the boys will be taking on "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" on tonight's episode. The very short preview clip below reveals that Alanna and her mother will be in the episode, at one point choosing a pet pig like they did on their own show. It looks as though the rest of the episode will cover the topic of obesity, as Cartman decides to become fatter and more sedentary in order to protest anorexia and bulimia.

'South Park' Season 16, Episode 8 Recap - 'Sarcastaball'

The return of "South Park" sort of snuck up on me here. Did that happen with anyone else? It seems like this show is always ducking in and out of the schedule, so I never know what's going on. Which is a shame, because I LOVE THIS SHOW. And that is not sarcasm. With football season in full swing, "South Park" decided to kick off (no pun intended) the continuation of season 16 with an episode about concussions in football and how they're changing the game. Some background for those who don't follow football: recently people have started realizing that concussions are bad (duh) and that they cause long-term brain damage and lead to higher rates of depression and suicide.

Watch the Trailer for the 'South Park' Video Game, 'The Stick of Truth'

"South Park" and video games have always gone hand-in-hand, and yet somehow simultaneously failed to create a product that was very far above terrible. In the past, the video game industry has tried first-person shooters, racing games and other genres in an attempt to make "South Park" into something playable, but to no avail. However, the game that "South Park" fans have been waiting for may have just appeared. It's called "The Stick of Truth," and like its dramatic name suggests, it's a turn-based role-playing game.

'South Park' Season 16, Episode 7 Recap - 'Cartman Finds Love'

I went to high school in a small town in rural Michigan, which meant by default that pretty much everyone at the school was white. Like, literally almost everyone. We had one black student by the name of Eddie, whom we naturally assumed would be great at basketball. As it turned out, he was, but that doesn't mean we weren't racist for assuming so, nor that he should have avoided playing to prove a point. That is more or less what this episode of "South Park" was about: the expectations and prejudices that go with race, and the complicated feelings that come out of it.

'South Park' Season 16, Episode 6 Recap - 'I Should Have Never Gone Zip-Lining'

An exceptionally strange, but creative, episode of "South Park" last night, no? It's good to know that even after 15 seasons (and a few episodes more), this show still has some tricks left in the bag. The main conceit here is that the boys are in a re-enactment of their zip-lining tour from hell, spoofing documentary shows like "I Shouldn't Be Alive" and "1000 Ways to Die." It starts predictably enough: the boys decide to go ziplining, they're annoyed and bored beyond belief by the annoying people in their tour group, and we get some talking head segments.

'South Park' Season 16, Episode 5 Recap - 'Butterballs'

No other show on television can do what "South Park" does, and take a current event that happened within the past few weeks and turn it into a satirical episode. The speed with which the team makes these episodes is the real genius of the show. This week, "South Park" turned its eyes toward the subject of bullying. It's a topic that has been out there and discussed a lot in the last year especially, but until now the show has shied away from approaching it, probably because they didn't quite have enough of an angle at it.

'South Park' Season 16, Episode 4 Recap - 'Jewpacabra'

Last night's episode was a classic Cartman's comeuppance story, with a little twist: Cartman may have actually grown as a character. Well, maybe not "grown," but at least changed. It all starts with Cartman questioning Kyle's mother about Passover, which of course puts Kyle on alert. It turns out that Cartman is collecting info so that he can fabricate a story about the Jewpacabra, a vicious monster that feeds on children. Why? Simple: so that he can scare everyone off and be the only kid at the Sooper Foods easter egg hunt.

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