South Park (1997– )

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Follows the misadventures of four irreverent grade-schoolers in the quiet, dysfunctional town of South Park, Colorado.

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 Stan Marsh / ... (246 episodes, 1997-2013)
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 Kyle Broflovski / ... (246 episodes, 1997-2013)
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 Sheila Broflovski / ... (161 episodes, 2000-2013)
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 Chef (136 episodes, 1997-2006)
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 Sharon Marsh / ... (128 episodes, 2004-2013)
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South Park is an animated series featuring four foul-mouthed 4th graders, Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman. The show is set in the Colorado town of South Park where weird things keep happening, whether its being abducted by aliens or avoiding Kyle's little brother Ike. The show is based on the short film by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, "The Spirit of Christmas". Written by Losman <losman@express-news.net>

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Four boys. One f**ked up town.

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This is a compilation of all the ways Kenny is killed, sorted from 1997 to 2010. For more details, please visit each individual episodes' FAQ page. Season 1 1: Alien ship laser, heard of cows, police car, rats take his corpse. 2: Shot by Mr. Garrison, impaled through head on flag pole. 3: Lava, shot my Ned, rats take his corpse. 4: Arms and head pulled off at football game, rats take his corpse. 5: Stan's evil clone knocks him into the microwave. 6: Kenny kill Death in his dream. Later Death kills Kenny, rats take his corpse. 7: Dies multiple times, Mir Space Station lands on him, turned into a zombie, gets chain sawed in half, angel statue land on him, airplane crashes on him. 8: Wild turkey plucks out his eye. 9: For Christmas Kenny doesn't die. 10: Turned into duckbilled platypus, shot by Jimbo, rats take his corpse. 11: Scimitar through head. 12: Hanged on tetherball rope. 13: Dragged by a go cart, hit by train. Season 2 1: April Fools joke episode which does not include the main characters. 2: Electrocuted by the hospital's emergency generator, rats freeze to him. 3: A Christmas tree falls on him. 4: Falls into grave, headstone falls on him. 5: Gets hit with dodge ball. 6: Pulled him apart on "Jesus and Pals," rats take his corpse. 7: Dies twice, monster eats him, in a flashback The Fonz hits him with his bike. 8: Dies twice, blown up by M-80, crushed by giant snake firework. 9: Run over by a crowd. 10: Chicken pox. 11: Head explodes, rats take his corpse. 12: Trampled in mosh pit, rats take his corpse. 13: Thrown off a bull. 14: Ozzy Osbourne bites his head off. 15: Evil goldfish eats him. 16: Police shoot him. 17: Mining cart falls on him. 18: Pulled under an escalator. Season 3 1: Struck by lightening, comes back to life when girlfriend performs CPR. 2: Spontaneous combustion. 3: Killed by succubus. 4: Killed by bear while dressed as deer. 5: Circular saw, box of rusty nails. SP: B, L and U: Lights his fart and catches on fire, heart replaced with baked potato. 6: Gets pulled into a giant fan while holding a magnet. 7: Not in this episode. 8: Not in this episode. 9: Cracks his head open on conch shell. 10: Snow-speeders from Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) shoot him while he is wearing an ED-209 costume from RoboCop (1987). 11: video game induced seizure, rats explode out of his body. 12: phonics monkey. 13: Laminated. 14: Shot by National Guard flare gun. 15: A chandelier falls on him. 16: Tampon in butt. 17: The Brown Noise. 4 1: Thrown in river with cement shoes. 2: Sledding accident. 3: Frying pan to the head. 4: Shot by Romanian Police. 5: In dream, killed by new born brother. Run over by Ambulance. 6: Piano falls on him. 7: Eats antacids tablets and explodes. 8: Crushed under elevator. 9: Run over by a tour bus. 10: Still dead from previous episode. 11: Dragged to death. 12: Attacked by the Trapper Keeper. 13: Stage light falls on him. 14: not in this episode. 15: Arrested for prostitution. Kenny look-a-like dies in bus driver's uterus. 16: Sacrificed at Carousel. 17: Run over by car. Season 5 1: Pukes to death. 2: Taken by Eagle. 3: Participates in mass suicide. 4: Dies laughing. 5: Arms and Legs chopped off throughout the episode. 6: Faulty roller coaster. 7: Boomerang in the face. 8: Falls into vat of molten lead. 9: Shot by military plane. 10: Run over by motorcycle. 11: Shot by airport security. 12: Already dead. 13: Terminal illness kills Kenny for real. Season 6 12: Cartman drinks Kenny's ashes. 15: Kenny's spirit is exorcised out of Cartman and into a pot roast. Pot roast get eaten by Rob Schneider. Rob/Kenny is impaled through head on flag pole. 16: Shows up mysteriously at the end of the episode with no explanation. Season 7 15: Laser blows him up. Season 8 6: Michael Jackson throws him into the ceiling. Season 9 3: Shot to death. 4: Run over by a truck, and then, after being resurrected to a vegetable-like state, dies in a hospital. Season 11 14: Gunshot in the back of the head. Season 13 1: Dies from syphilis. 10: Explodes with a fireworks rocket. 14: Drowns in pee. Season 14 Episode 1: Kenny is strangled with a belt around his neck while wearing a Batman costume. See more »

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Exactly who is related to who in the Marsh family is never consistent. Early episodes imply that Jimbo and Marvin (Stan's grandfather) are on Sharon's side of the family, whereas more recent ones imply they are on Randy's side. Being on Sharon's side makes sense for Jimbo, as he has a different last name. However, Marvin's last name is, indeed, confirmed to be Marsh. Matt Stone revealed in an interview that Jimbo Kerns is Randy's half-brother. See more »

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Eric Cartman: I got my period.
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The Braniff sign at the end of the credits was used for fun in the first episode. Braniff is originally an airline. Trey and Matt got permission to use the sign for every episode. See more »

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Comedy Central's marquee series. The very best political, pop culture and current event satire on television.
9 January 2005 | by (www.liquidcelluloid.blog.com) – See all my reviews

Network: Comedy Central; Genre: Animated Comedy, Satire, Parody; Content Rating: TV-MA (for dark comic content and graphic language, sexual content, violence & animated gore); Available: DVD; Classification: Modern Classic (Star range expanded: 1 - 5);

Season Reviewed: 10+ seasons

Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflowfski, Eric Cartman and (sometimes) the ill-fated Kenny McCormick are 8-year-old boys growing up amid an adult world in the backward, frozen-over mountain town of South Park, Colorado. Their adventures, that make up creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone's animated comedy "South Park", include fending off everything from supernatural demons to the biggest names in the Hollywood intelligentsia. "South Park" is several things. It's rude, crude, shocking, smart, decidedly adult, completely original, and it is indulgent in the whims and imaginations of it's creators. It's also the very best political, pop culture and current event satire on television.

The show started as something of a fad - the new vulgar, don't-let-the-kids-watch show on the block. But as real world events changed, "Park" evolved along with them. Standing as the kings on top of a soap box they constructed out of swearing kids, talking poo, homosexual hand puppets and hermaphroditic parents; Parker and Stone where blessed with the freedom of a hit series, hip status and a network that gave them the freedom to do whatever they want. As the show aged, they matured in their storytelling abilities and the show went from shock value fad to a barbed satire of American culture.

"Park" is brought to life with oddly beautiful, vibrantly colored 2-dimensional cut-and-paste animation. The episodes are masterfully constructed. The writing a witty showcase of Parker and Stone's love for pop culture parody, graphic violence, pornography and a bold willingness to take on the hot button issues of the week. It is a free-for-all virtuoso where nothing and nobody is safe, every establishment media position gets flipped on it's head and every politically correct sacred cow gets eviscerated. Now that's comedy - if you can stomach a barrage of extreme scatological humor with your social satire. The vomit jokes and fat jokes on "Park" aren't there for the sake of it, but have substance behind them. And nobody does them better.

Eric Cartman, Mr. Garrison and more recently Randy Marsh (stepping up as a reliably hilarious scene-stealer) are classic characters, but Parker and Stone have gone further and developed an entire town of colorful caricatures. They aren't made to be as endearing as those in "The Simpsons", but aren't supposed to be. The characters aren't just vacuous idiots, and the laughs of the show come from a very socially conscious place.

Straight men Stan and Kyle are the show's most underdeveloped. They serve mostly as a mouthpiece for Parker and Stone's conservative libertarian philosophy, often literally giving a speech to a crowd in the show's finale. There is not a single other place on TV where you can see environmentalists, the anti-smoking lobby, illegal immigrants, trial lawyers, news media hysteria, elitist Hollywood liberals, abortion, sex ed in schools and every celebrity from Mel Gibson to Paris Hilton all get ripped to shreds. The show pulls it off because it has a unique ability to deconstruct and reconstruct current events better than anyone else (notably Comedy Central's overrated "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"), giving them a hilarious or supernatural explanation without moralizing getting in the way of the laughs. They take their own messages to such loony extremes it's impossible to take seriously.The cherry on top is the seemingly endless quality of the original songs provided by the creator's cover band, DVDA.

With a skeleton crew that writes, directs, animates, voices and scores the show, this is independent television in it's purest form. This means it often labors on Parker and Stone's geeky indulgences - episodes center around a full-length "Star Wars" parody, the class gerbil making it's way up a human bowel or Timmy, a handicapped student who can only say his name. Occasionally, their shock value execution creates a gagging reaction that obscures an otherwise brilliant point ("Fat Camp"). But I'd rather have a show that challenges me than one shackled to clichés and network mandates. When "South Park" goes for the shocking ending, you better believe it actually will shock.

Still, "South Park" is almost impossible to recommend in a casual sense. The show is truly an acquired taste, but one I have to come to support whole-heartedly through the years despite (and because) I have absolutely no idea what to expect when sitting down for a new episode. How rare is that? Where so many other shows cower in the corner, begging for our approval "South Park" is constantly taking risks and re-inventing itself. We've got terrific stunt episodes, episodes built around one joke or building to a single knock-out punch line. They use the smash-cut ending better than anyone ("There Goes the Neighborhood"). Sometimes the experiments are to it's own detriment and the episode is a 22 minute bore, but even then it's almost unheard of to find a show in it's 10th season that is still water cooler television.

"South Park" grabs us by the collar, shakes us around and dares even it's biggest fans to come back next week for more. The show is a monument of creative freedom with a wicked imagination, a true (and hilariously funny) sense of comic timing, and an insightful, socially conscious ear that smartly reflects a point of view starving for attention in mainstream television. It is a hugely entertaining, fiercely visceral, fire-breathing, red-blooded American satire made by, for (and most appreciated by) the most jaded and discriminating TV viewers. We just don't have shows like this on TV today. Anywhere.

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