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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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Wednesday 10:00 PM et/pt on Comedy Central
17 Seasons, 249 Episodes - Currently Airing
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  • Wendy plays matchmaker by setting up one of her gal pals with Butters, but ends up being sent to the counselor's office.

  • The boys can't decide which game console to purchase on Black Friday.

  • As throngs of people descend on the mall for the Black Friday sales, the kids prepare to battle for a gaming device.

  • The holiday shopping season begins, and the boys strategize to secure the best deals on gaming systems. Meanwhile, Randy gets a job as a security guard to help control the mall crowds.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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!

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

"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.

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

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.

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

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.

'South Park' Season 16, Episode 3 Recap - 'Faith Hilling'

The boys have a new meme that they can't get enough of, but they're dismayed to find that it has been replaced with a newer one. Meanwhile, the human races is threatened by a new evolutionary step, and it's only slightly more important than the boys' meme problem.

'South Park' Season 16, Episode 2 Recap - 'Cash for Gold'

This episode starts with Stan getting a crappy gift from his grandpa, evolves into a commentary on the Cash for Gold and Home Shopping Network scams, and finishes with one of the most disturbing endings in the history of "South Park."

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