South Park

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South Park
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Premiere August 13, 1997
Finale
Airs Wednesdays at 10PM
Creator Trey Parker
Matt Stone
Network Comedy Central
Style 30-minute animated comedy
Company Braniff Productions
(seasons 1-10)
Seasons 18
Episodes 247 (through season 17)
Status Currently airing season 18
Renewed through season 20 (2016)
Origin USA

South Park is the groundbreaking animated program which launched Comedy Central into mainstream popularity. The series, created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, centers around four young boys who spout profanity and get into adventures ranging from the sick to the weird to the completely insane. However, the show is best known for its dark, absurdist humor and use of heavy-handed satire to lampoon current events.

The series got its start in 1991 when the two creators made a short film that included characters resembling what would become the South Park characters. The short made the rounds, eventually catching the eye of FOX executive Brian Graden, who commissioned the two to make what would become infamously known as The Spirit of Christmas in 1995. This second short eventually was the genesis for the series after FOX passed on the idea of airing it on their network. It was picked up and aired in late 1997 on Comedy Central, where it was an overnight success. At its height, the series reached Simpsons levels of popularity. It got to the point where merchandise from the series was banned from many public schools, paralleling the early 1990s when the same reaction was taken in response to Bart Simpson merchandise.

The series continued to evolve and change over the years, culminating in the production of a South Park feature film entitled South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut as well as technological advancements which allowed production of episodes be sped up to taking less than a week to build an episode. The use of the Maya animation system allows South Park to be as topical as a news show. The series most notably used this ability on It's Christmas in Canada which parodied Saddam Hussein's capture mere days after it occurred.

The series is currently renewed up through season 20, meaning it will continue through at least 2016.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Trey Parker Stan Marsh 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Eric Cartman
Matt Stone Kyle Broflovski 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Kenny McCormick
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Mary Kay Bergman Liane Cartman 1 2 3
Sheila Broflovski
Eliza Schneider Liane Cartman 3 4 5 6 7
April Stewart 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Mona Marshall Sheila Broflovski 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Jennifer Howell Bebe Stevens 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 11 13 14
Isaac Hayes Jerome "Chef" McElroy 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Adrien Beard Token Black 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 13 14 15 16 17

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
Comedy Central
Season One August 13, 1997 February 25, 1998 13
Season Two April 1, 1998 January 20, 1999 18
Season Three April 7, 1999 January 11, 2000 17
Season Four April 5, 2000 December 20, 2000 17
Season Five June 20, 2001 December 12, 2001 14
Season Six March 6, 2002 December 11, 2002 17
Season Seven March 19, 2003 December 17, 2003 15
Season Eight March 17, 2004 December 15, 2004 14
Season Nine March 9, 2005 December 7, 2005 14
Season Ten March 22, 2006 November 15, 2006 14
Season Eleven March 7, 2007 November 14, 2007 14
Season Twelve March 12, 2008 November 19, 2008 14
Season Thirteen March 11, 2009 November 18, 2009 14
Season Fourteen March 17, 2010 November 17, 2010 14
Season Fifteen April 27, 2011 November 16, 2011 14
Season Sixteen March 14, 2012 November 7, 2012 14
Season Seventeen September 25, 2013 December 11, 2013 10
Season Eighteen September 24, 2014 10
Season Nineteen 2015
Season Twenty 2016

Feature Film

Title Release Date
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut June 30, 1999

In-Depth

DVD and Blu-ray Releases

DVD

Title Release Date #
Season Sets
The Complete First Season November 12, 2002 3 purchase
The Complete Second Season June 3, 2003 3 purchase
The Complete Third Season December 16, 2003 3 purchase
The Complete Fourth Season June 29, 2004 3 purchase
The Complete Fifth Season February 22, 2005 3 purchase
The Complete Sixth Season October 11, 2005 3 purchase
The Complete Seventh Season March 21, 2006 3 purchase
The Complete Eighth Season August 29, 2006 3 purchase
The Complete Ninth Season March 6, 2007 3 purchase
The Complete Tenth Season August 21, 2007 3 purchase
The Complete Eleventh Season August 12, 2008 3 purchase
The Complete Twelfth Season March 10, 2009 3 purchase
The Complete Thirteenth Season March 16, 2010 3 purchase
The Complete Fourteenth Season April 26, 2011
Feature Film
Bigger, Longer & Uncut November 23, 1999 1 purchase
Episode Collections - Chronological
Volume 1 October 20, 1998 1
Volume 2 October 27, 1998 1
Volume 3 October 27, 1998 1
Volume 4 October 12, 1999 1
Volume 5 October 12, 1999 1
Volume 6 October 12, 1999 1
Episode Collections - Themed
Christmas in South Park November 7, 2000 1
The Chef Experience November 7, 2000 1
Timmy! November 6, 2001 1
Winter Wonderland November 6, 2001 1
Insults to Injuries June 4, 2002 1
Ghouls, Ghosts and Underpants Gnomes September 3, 2002 1
The Passion of the Jew August 31, 2004 1
The Hits: Volume 1 October 3, 2006 1
Christmas Time in South Park November 13, 2007 1 purchase
Imaginationland: Uncensored Director's Cut March 11, 2008 1 purchase
The Cult of Cartman: Revelations October 7, 2008 2 purchase
A Little Box of Butters September 28, 2010 2 purchase

Blu-ray

Title Release Date #
Season Sets
The Complete Twelfth Season March 10, 2009 3 purchase
The Complete Thirteenth Season March 16, 2010 2 purchase
The Complete Fourteenth Season April 26, 2011
Feature Film
Bigger, Longer & Uncut October 13, 2009 1 purchase

External Sites