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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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Cartman believes Butters wants to steal his girlfriend.
The President-elect has some unfinished business with his hometown, and Gerald is determined to elude the Troll Hunter's revenge.
PC Principal gives one final attempt to establish peace between the boys and the girls. Meanwhile Gerald comes face-to-face with the Troll Hunter.
With the presidential election only two weeks away, Garrison is still hiding out in Colorado. Everyone loses it when an entire city in Colorado gets hacked. Gerald could be destroyed if his complete history of internet activity becomes public.
Gerald is feeling the pressure of being found out.
Gerald is basking in the media attention as he continues to troll everyone and anyone.
An online troll threatens global consequences as Cartman claims his innocence.
Mr. Garrison remains on the campaign trail as the National Anthem gets a reboot by an American Icon.
The season 19 finale finds the South Park residents feeling more protected with everyone having a gun. Kyle gains a threatening ally when his friendship with Stan is tested. Randy's being priced out of town by gentrification.
Two students go missing with PC Principal; Jimmy tries to dig up information on Leslie; Principal Victoria and Mr. Garrison return but are surprised by the changes at South Park.
PC Principal is flagged for offensive language in the school paper.
The ever more PC citizens of South Park decide that they no longer need a police force. As the first American town to get rid of their cops, they plan to celebrate their advanced sensibilities with a PC Carnival.
Rumors and drawings surface of a love affair between Tweek and Craig. Meanwhile, Cartman learns he has a secret admirer.
Cartman becomes a Body Shaming casualty.
There's a new kid in school and his parents have opened a restaurant in the recently gentrified part of town. Cartman now considers himself the top on-line restaurant reviewer in South Park.
Kenny tries to land a job when the town of South Park is renovated.
Mr. Garrison is tired of illegal immigrants, and proposes building a wall to keep them out.
In the 19th season premiere, the boys must honor Caitlyn Jenner when a new principal makes them atone for their history of prejudice.
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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.