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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.

Wednesday 10:00 PM et/pt on Comedy Central
21 Seasons, 287 Episodes
August 13, 1997
Adult Cartoon, Animation & Cartoons, Comedy
8.8/10
Cast: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mona Marshall, April Stewart
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  • Jimmy and Timmy’s experiment could win them first prize in the annual science fair.

  • Kyle is playing with fire when he gets in the middle of Cartman and Heidi’s relationship.

  • At the annual Halloween get together, a witch casts a spell that terrorizes everyone in South Park.

  • Beloved entertainers are being cut down in their prime due to massive overdoses of opiates. Stan is about to be exposed as the source of the illegal drugs.

  • Facebook is the ultimate weapon for Professor Chaos.

  • Everyone is going crazy as Columbus Day gets canceled and the kids try to bring it back as they would have a free day.

  • When Tweek is caught in the middle of a petty conflict, it drives his relationship with Craig to the brink.

  • In the Season 21 premiere, protesters armed with tiki torches and Confederate flags take to the streets of South Park, and Randy comes to grips with what it means to be white in today's society.

  • 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.

South Park News

No More Trump Jokes on 'South Park'?

The show's creator doesn't like being obligated to mock the president's stumbles.

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

Getcha popcorn ready, people.

'South Park' Skewers Alcohol Ads with Commercial Parody

YOU! DRINK! FRIENDS! FUN! DRINK!

'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.

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.

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