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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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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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Halloween rolls around, but Stan can't go trick-or-treating since he has to help Randy run his new Blockbuster. Yeah, Randy bought a Blockbuster. Get a full recap here.
Kenny and Butters travel to Butters' native land of Hawaii when he starts acting up in school, so that he can complete an ancient ritual. Sharp satire ensues.
When Kyle suspects his mother of having an affair, the whole town starts wondering if their homes are safe from the looming threat of the UPS guy.
When Cartman finally realizes he's fat, he decides to do something about it: he gets a Rascal scooter. But when he gets into a feud with Honey Boo Boo, things escalate.
Get ready, everyone: "South Park" is going to take on "Honey Boo Boo" in tonight's episode. This oughta be pretty good... watch a preview clip here!
When the school outlaws kickoffs in football games due to concussion concerns, Randy goes on a campaign to change things. The problem is, due to his sarcasm, the outcome isn't exactly what he intended.
WhatwhatWHAT? A brand-new "South Park" game? And one that doesn't suck? It's true, the makers of "South Park" are coming out with a video game that plays like one big interactive episode of the show. Watch the trailer here.
A new girl moves into town, and Cartman is immediately smitten... with the idea of setting her up with Token because they're both black. He'll stop at nothing to make the match happen, including telling everyone that he and Kyle are gay.
"South Park" got especially creative last night in a spoof of re-enactment shows like "I Shouldn't Be Alive" when the boys get trapped on the zip-lining tour from hell. Get a full recap here.
What do you get when you mix "Bully" with "Kony 2012" and add a dash of cynicism? You get this episode of "South Park," which has Stan making a video to stop bullying, even though he may have ulterior motives.
In this special holiday episode of "South Park," Cartman wavers between Easter and Passover as he invents a fictional monster called the "Jewpacabra" in order to scare kids away from the egg hunt. Will Cartman be Jewish by the end of the episode? Maybe.