South Park (1997– )
Frequently Asked Questions
South Park is a long-running controversial animated comedy series for adults following the misadventures of four foul-mouthed, rude and obnoxious boys Kyle, Stan, Kenny and Cartman and other dysfunctional residents living in the small mountain town of South Park in Colorado.
Whereas most animated shows take six months on average to animate each episode, an episode of South Park (1997) can be animated within days.
This is due to a mixture of South Park (1997)'s simplistic animation and the fact that it is drawn and animated with computerized vector animation tools Maya and CorelDRAW. These two things put together allow it to be animated incredibly quickly and so episodes often have changes hours before airing. Using that software on South Park is quicker than other shows because the video can be rendered faster and full 3D video is not required for South Park's 2D style.
In film school, where Matt Stone and Trey Parker met, for their final project, they made a short film called "The Spirit of Christmas (1992)," (also known as "Jesus vs. Frosty") where the story was about a magical hat that causes a snowman to morph into a serial killer. Prototypes of the four main boys in today's "South Park (1997)" are evident, although voices and names are different than today.
Later, a TV executive commissioned the pair to make a video Christmas card, called "The Spirit of Christmas (1995)" (also know as "Jesus vs. Santa") where Jesus and Santa have a "Mortal Kombat (1992)" type battle to decide the true meaning of Christmas. Thanks to timely advice from Brian Boitano, the boys stop the two from fighting and save the day. The original video in its entirety can be seen either on the Internet or spliced into the episode "A Very Crappy Christmas (2000)".
When Comedy Central got the video, they asked the creators to do their own show on the network. The original pilot episode is "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe (1997)".
"'South Park (1997)' Republican" is a term generally used for individuals who subscribe to the rough set of beliefs and values laid out through the seasons of "South Park (1997)." Principally, a "'South Park (1997)' Republican" is fiscally conservative, socially liberal, and displays strong Libertarian bents (the show's creators are self-described Libertarians). Major tenets of belief include an emphasis on personal responsibility ("Butt Out (2003)"), general disdain or apathy toward religion ("Cartman Sucks (2007)," et al.), dislike of environmental regulation and paranoia ("Smug Alert! (2006)"), and hatred of effete, Hollywood morals ("Chef's Salty Chocolate Balls (1998)"). The show generally rejects the extremist positions of both right and left, often settling on a moderate stance.
The group that plays/sings the original theme song is Primus. The "4th Grade" episodes (which started with the episode "4th Grade (2000)" and ended with the episode "Kenny Dies (2001)") with the first altered opener was a remix of that song performed by Paul Robb. After that, the theme was replaced by another version of the song, this time performed by 's Frog Brigade. Currently, the theme song is a remix of that.
Les: Goin' down to South Park gonna have myself a time
Stan and Kyle: Friendly faces everywhere, humble folks without temptation
Les: Goin' down to South Park gonna leave my woes behind
Cartman: Ample parking day or night, people spouting "howdy neighbor!"
Les: Headin' on up to South Park gonna see if I can't unwind
Kenny: I like girls with big fat titties, I like girls with deep vaginas.
Les: Come on down to South Park and meet some friends of mine.
*Note: Kenny's line changes every few seasons. See below.
South Park is located in the rocky mountains of Colorado, United States in Mountain Time Zone. According to "Volcano (1997)," "Conjoined Fetus Lady (1998)," "Merry Christmas Charlie Manson! (1998)," "Cat Orgy (1999),"Trapper Keeper (2000)," "The Wacky Molestation Adventure (2000)," "Scott Tenorman Must Die (2001)," "Towelie (2001)," "Butters' Very Own Episode (2001)," "Asspen (2002)," "The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers (2002)," "Toilet Paper (2003)," "Lil' Crime Stoppers (2003)," "Red Man's Greed (2003)," "Good Times with Weapons (2004)," "The Jeffersons (2004)," "Douche and Turd (2004)," "Quest for Ratings (2004)," "Cartman's Incredible Gift (2004)," "Free Willzyx (2005)," "Bloody Mary (2005)," "Smug Alert! (2006)," "Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy (2006)," "Stanley's Cup (2006)," "Cartman Sucks (2007)," "Night of the Living Homeless (2007)," "Le Petit Tourette (2007)," "Britney's New Look (2008)," & "Eek, a Penis! (2008)," South Park is located at least forty-five miles (#2.5) west (#1.3 & #7.7) (southwest according to #8.11) from the state capital, Denver (#1.3, #2.5, #7.7, #8.11 & #10.2), at least four hours driving distance west from the state of Nebraska, United States (#2.16), twenty miles northwest from the city of Colorado Springs (#4.12 & #10.2), seventy-five miles southeast from the city of Pueblo (#4.12 & #10.2), eighteen miles northwest from the city of Cheyenne Mountain Secret Military Base (#4.12), at most eighty-two miles northeast from the city of Breckenridge (#4.16), one-hundred six miles southwest fron the city of Fort Collins (#5.4 & #10.2), at least twenty miles south from the city of Boulder (#5.14), at most one-hundred fifty-four miles east from the city of Aspen (#6.2), at most thirty-three miles northeast from the city of Conifer and Kenosha Pass (#6.13), at least thirty-eight miles north from the city of Bailey (#6.13, #9.13 & #12.2), at least forty-six miles southeast from the city of Englewood (#7.6), at least twelve miles north from the city of Littleton (#8.8), at least one hundred twenty-eight miles southwest from the city of Sterling (#10.2), at least eighty-nine miles noethwest from the city of Limon (#10.2), at least two hundred seven miles northwest from the city of Lamar (#10.2), at most eighty-six miles northeast from the city of Fairplay (#11.7), and at most twenty-seven miles northeast from the city of Evergreen (#11.7) in area code 303 (#3.7) in Jefferson County (Park County according to #5.8, #7.3, #7.6, #8.1, #8.6, #8.11, #8.13, #10.10, #10.14, #11.2, #11.7, #11.8 & #12.5) with a zip code that starts with 80***.
A town just called South Park in Colorado is fictional. The town in the show is located in a geographical area known as the "South Park Basin" in Park County, Colorado. Both the basin and the county are real. Fairplay is a town mentioned occasionally in the show that is also located in both Park County and the South Park Basin, about 80 miles southwest of Denver. "South Park City" is a real area located within the town of Fairplay . More information about this location is available by clicking on the following link: http://www.southparkcity.org/.
There is such a county in Colorado, United States with the name Park, which is located in the geographic center of Colorado, United States, surrounded by the following counties: Clear Creek (north), Jefferson (northeast), Teller (east), Fremont (southeast), Chaffee (southwest), Lake (west) and Summit (northwest). A map of the county with the adjacent counties can be seen by clicking on the following link: http://county-map.digital-topo-maps.com/colorado.shtml. Information about the county can be found by clicking on the following link: http://www.parkco.us/.
Mr. Mackey's head is so big because his tie is too tight. In "Ike's Wee Wee (1998)," Mr. Mackey gets high and takes off his tie and his head immediately shrinks.
However, this is contradicted in "Proper Condom Use (2001)" where Mr. Mackey takes off his clothes to have sex with Diana Choksondik. He removes all of his clothing (including his tie), but his head does not shrink (which may be an error by the writers, or it may be that the drugs he took in "Ike's Wee Wee (1998)" deflated his brain.)
But perhaps his freakish build--big head with a stick body, shaped like a lollipop makes for a better sight-gag.
Some characters had either their name changed and/or their appearance changed. This is presumably due to the fact that Trey Parker and Matt Stone have changed the tone of the show over time. Some characters who had either their name changed and/or their appearance changed include:
Bebe Stevens (wanted her breasts to be one-two sizes smaller in "Bebe's Boobs Destroy Society (2002)" so that the boys in the fourth grade at South Park Elementary School would not be paying attention to her but the plastic surgeon would not do that and instead was willing to have her breasts one-two sizes larger but she would not do that)
Eric Cartman (changed his name to Eric Cartmenez (Mr. Cartmenez) in "Eek, a Penis! (2008)" so that the inner city kids at Jim Davis high school won't hurt him)
Gerald Broflovski (had plastic surgery to become a dolphin because his favorite animal is the dolphin in "Mr. Garrison's Fancy New Vagina (2005)," but later in same episode, got changed back)
Kenny McCormick (gets turned into a zombie by having worcestershire sauce poured into him in place of blood and embalming fluid in "Pinkeye (1997)," and gets turned into a duck-billed platypus by Satan's son Damien in "Damien (1998)." )
Kyle Broflovski (had plastic surgery to become a tall black guy in order to try out for a basketball team in "Mr. Garrison's Fancy New Vagina (2005)", but later in same episode, got changed back. In episode Britney's New Look (2008) Kyle disguises himself as Britney Spears to trick the paparazzi into thinking that he is Britney Spears so that Stan Marsh and Brittany Spears can sneak onto the passenger train to the North Pole)
Leopold "Butters" Stotch (was seen as a silent character throughout the first two seasons, and was identified as 'Swanson' by Chef in "Conjoined Fetus Lady (1998)". He became a speaking character in "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub (1999)" and was finally identified as 'Butters'. His role in the series became much more prominent from season six onward. Butters could be heard making a groaning sound in "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)" as he falls down after the "La Resistance" song, but his voice sounded different then.)
Mr. Garrison (had his nose altered via rhinoplasty in "Tom's Rhinoplasty (1998)" but had the surgery reversed in same episode and changed from a man to a women by having his penis changed into a vagina via plastic surgery and had his name changed to Mrs. Garrison (even though he is not married) in "Mr. Garrison's Fancy New Vagina (2005)" (In "Go God Go (2006)," he is referred to as Miss Garrison). In "Eek, a Penis! (2008)," he is changed back into a man after being changed from a man to a woman by having his vagina changed into a penis via plastic surgery and had is name changed back from Mrs. Garrison to Mr. Garrison.)
Wendy Testaburger (had breast implants done in "Bebe's Boobs Destroy Society (2002)" but is not seen with breast implants in any other episode)
Three of the four main characters have always been Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, and (with one exception) Eric Cartman. The fourth friend was, starting from the beginning of the series: - Kenny McCormick, starting with the episode "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe (1997)" and ending with the episode "Kenny Dies (2001)" (except for episodes where none or not all four of the boys were present: "Terrance and Phillip in Not Without My Anus (1998)," "Cat Orgy (1999)," "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub (1999)," "Pip (2000)," and "Fat Camp (2000)") - Butters Stotch, starting with the episode "Jared Has Aides (2002)" and ending with the episode "Professor Chaos (2002)," - Tweek Tweek, starting with the episode "Professor Chaos (2002)" and ending with the episode "Bebe's Boobs Destroy Society (2002)" - For the episode "Bebe's Boobs Destroy Society (2002)", the four main characters were Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovaski, Tweek Tweek and Bebe Stevens. - Eric Cartman and Tweek Tweek returned with Stan Marsh and Kyle Broflovski for the episode "Child Abduction Is Not Funny (2002)" - Kenny McCormick returned as a soul trapped inside Eric Cartman's body in the episode "A Ladder to Heaven (2002)", and remained that way though the episode "Red Sleigh Down (2002)". He reappered physically in the episode "Red Sleigh Down (2002)" (except for episodes where none or not all four of the boys were present: "Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset (2004)," "Erection Day (2005)," "Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow (2005)," "Trapped in the Closet (2005)," "Smug Alert! (2006)," "Cartoon Wars: Part 1 (2006)," "Cartoon Wars: Part 2 (2006)," "A Million Little Fibers (2006)," "Hell on Earth 2006 (2006)," "Go God Go (2006), "Go God Go XII (2006)," "Fantastic Easter Special (2007)," "More Crap (2007)," "Imaginationland: Episode II (2007)," "Imaginationland: Episode III (2007)," and "Canada on Strike (2008)") to once again join the original line-up with Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, and Eric Cartman.
From time to time Kenny McCormick is killed, but currently, he will generally survive an episode unharmed. Trey Parker and Matt Stone decided that they were growing tired of the "Oh-My-God, you killed Kenny!" gag and killed him for real in "Kenny Dies (2001)". He later returned in "Red Sleigh Down (2002)" and from then on his death-count has been very low.
Kenny usually dies in a fairly graphic way, which is also often very ironic and/or funny. This often includes being a victim of man-slaughter, or falling on a knife or flag pole.
To find out how he dies in each episode that he dies in, go to the episode list, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0121955/episodes, and click on the title of the episode, then go to the episode's FAQ. The FAQ should tell you how he dies in that episode.
Kenny McCormick appears either without his orange parka on or with just his head without the orange parka on in "The Tooth Fairy's Tats 2000 (2000)," "Super Best Friends (2001)," "The Jeffersons (2004)," "Lil' Crime Stoppers (2003)," "The Losing Edge (2005)," and "Lice Capades (2007)." He also appeared either without his orange parka on or with just his head without the orange parka on in the movie "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)."
In South Park Is Gay (2003) Kenny wears two different parkas, but instead of orange, his first parka is purple and his second parka is pink.
For several years now, South Park has done fourteen shows per year. They air seven episodes in the Spring, typically starting in March and ending in late April, and seven episodes starting in October and ending in late November. The season actually begins in March and the October run is considered a continuation of that season.
Kyle has red hair, like his mother. This could be a reference to the red "Judas wig" worn by anti-Semetic Jewish stage caricatures. Or it could just simply be a reference to "Cannibal!: The Musical" in which Matt Stone (who voices Kyle) took off his hat to have huge red hairdo, just like Kyle.
Kenny is blond, Cartman has brown hair, and Stan's hair is black.
Towelie is an engineered piece of work made by a secret organization to give the user the perfect amount of dryness. However, one day, Towelie got high and escaped. He now roams freely reminding people to always bring a towel whenever they say something about water or wetness.
Ike Broflovski's head is shaped like that because he is an adopted Canadian, and all Canadians and some other foreign people have heads shaped like so.
He stays there so he doesnt dry-out from the sun outside.
Yes, as Bradley Biggle he appeared in the background in many episodes (the first being Rainforest Shmainforest (1999)) and spoke lines occasionally.
Matt Stone does this by talking into his arm sleeve.
He is based on the appearance of the Master Control Program from the movie TRON (1982). Though he's also supposed to specifically be a spinning driedel.
Kevin is Dr. Mephisto's silent companion, and described as "that little monkey guy." His appearance is based on Majai from the 1996 film The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996). His origin and nature is not explained on the show, but the song "Mephisto and Kevin" by Primus from Chef Aid: The South Park Album reveals that Kevin was a failed attempt to create a perfect pop singer: he was conceived via IVF from Michael Jackson's sperm and an egg from a female singer, and gestated in the womb of a llama.
After the season 18 premiere, "Go Fund Yourself," South Park episodes started referencing previous episodes of the season.
"Gluten Free Ebola" begins with the kids at school being mad at the main characters for telling them off when they quit school to start their Kickstarter campaign in the previous episode. Butters was even suspended for setting a fire in the gym.
The whole premise of "The Cissy" is that Randy Marsh is Lorde, and this is revealed at the end of the previous episode. Randy also drinks a can of beer and tells Sharon that it is gluten-free, which is a callback to the gluten conflict of "Gluten Free Ebola." Butters also returns to school and tells Cartman that he is no longer suspended.
In "The Handicar," Randy sings a Lorde song as he passes by on a handicar.
In "The Magic Bush," the Cissy bathroom is still visible in the school hallway.
In "Freemium Isn't Free," Randy scolds Stan for spending a lot of money on an app and explains that the fact that he makes a lot of money on his music is no excuse. He also drinks gluten-free wine.
The next episode, "Grounded Vindaloop," does not seem to have any continuity references. It seems to be out of continuity anyway.
The episode after that, "Cock Magic," has a scene in which Stuart McCormick has a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon gluten-free beer when Detective Yates visits him.
One of the main focuses in the plot of "#Rehash" is Randy performing live as Lorde. It is mentioned that he has no choice but to do the concert since the Marshes lost a lot of money after Stan spent it on Freemium games.
"#HappyHolograms" is a direct continuation of "#Rehash." The holiday special is called The Washington Redskins' Go Fuck Yourself Holiday Special, a reference to season premiere "Go Fund Yourself," during which the main characters made a company called The Washington Redskins and had a dispute with the actual Washington Redskins football team. Randy says that he will tell Shelley that he is Lorde "one step at a time," a reference to a line from "Freemium Isn't Free." Twitter usernames include @lordyLordeLorde, @ShakeWeightFan, @FullBushBro, @cisginger1, @fraichefan, @glutenkillz, and @cockmagic4life. These are references to "Cock Magic,""The Cissy," season 14's "Crème Fraiche," "The Magic Bush", and "Gluten Free Ebola." A family calls customer service, a callback to "Grounded Vindaloop." When Cartman is trending and "transcending," he says that he is now transgender and that "now they will HAVE to give me my own bathroom." This is a reference to "The Cissy."
Numerous characters have either altogether disappeared or been mostly retired from the show. This is presumably due to the fact that Trey Parker and Matt Stone have changed the tone of the show over time. Some characters who have disappeared include:
Chef (died in "The Return of Chef (2006)" and hasn't been seen since; Isaac Hayes left the show in early 2006. On Sunday, August 10, 2008, he died from a stroke, ending any further possibility of his character returning to the show)
Diana Choksondik (died in "The Simpsons Already Did It (2002)")
Dr. Alphonse Mephesto (was last seen in "201 (2010)" and hasn't been seen since)
Father Maxi (was last seen in "Margaritaville (2009)" and hasn't been seen since)
Flo Kimble (died in "Spookyfish (1998)")
Fluffy (was seen in "An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig (1997)" and "Cherokee Hair Tampons (2000)" and hasn't been seen since)
Freja Ollegard (killed in "The Damned (2016)")
Jack Tenorman (died in "Scott Tenorman Must Die (2001)")
Kyle's elephant (name unknown) (was seen in "An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig (1997)" and hasn't been seen since)
Leslie Meyers (died in "PC Principal Final Justice (2015)")
Mr. Twig (thrown away by Mr. Garrison in "Chef Aid (1998)" to be with Mr. Hat again and has not been seen since)
Officer Barbrady (last seen in "PC Principal Final Justice (2015)" and has been officially written off the show; the first character to not be killed off)
Pip Pirrup (killed by Mecha-Streisand in "Mecha-Streisand (1998)")
Roy (was seen in "Clubhouses (1998)" hanging from a rope trap set up by Stan Marsh and hasn't been seen since)
Saddam Hussein (died in "Terrance and Phillip in Not Without My Anus (1998)" and went to live in Hell; was last seen in "It's Christmas in Canada (2003)" and has not been seen sense)
Veronica Crabtree (killed in "Cartman's Incredible Gift (2004)")
Numerous newer characters have been added over the years to take the place of many of these original characters. Many original characters who were barely in the show at all in its beginning (such as Butters Stotch and Randy Marsh) now appear more often. Early characters that rarely or never appear in recent seasons include Father Maxi, Jimbo, Mayor McDaniels, Mr. Hankey, Ned, and Shelley Marsh.
Eric Cartman is thought to be an only child, however, it is revealed in season 14 that Scott Tenorman is Cartman's half-brother.
Kenny McCormick has a brother named Kevin McCormick and a sister named Karen McCormick (Kevin McCormick first appeared in "Chickenpox (1998)" and is seen sitting at the dinner table eating a waffle, Karen McCormick's first appearance was in "Best Friends Forever (2005)" where she was seen with the McCormick family but her first speaking part was in "The Poor Kid (2011)" where she had a major role in the episode).
Kyle Broflovski has an adopted brother named Ike Broflovski (first appeared in "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe (1997)" trying to follow Kyle Broflovski to school).
Stan Marsh has a sister named Shelley Marsh (first appeared in "An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig (1997)" and is seen beating up Stan Marsh in the family house).
In the beginning of season 2, it was revealed that Cartman's father, however unbelievable it may sound, was his mother Liane Cartman, who was intersex..
However, the 200th episode in season 14 revealed that this was a lie, to cover up the truth from the media. It is revealed in the next episode, "201", that Cartman's true father was a player on the Denver Broncos, and that it was covered up so that the sex scandal wouldn't distract the Broncos from the good season they were having. Coincidentally, this episode aired a couple of months after the Broncos won the Super Bowl. His name is Jack Tenorman, who is also the father of Scott Tenorman, the older boy Cartman tricks into eating his own parents in the episode "Scott Tenorman Must Die (2001)". Thus, this means that Scott and Eric are brothers, and that Cartman killed his own father.
Stanley Marsh; parents Randall "Randy" Marsh and Sharon Marsh (née Kimble); sister Shelley Lynn Marsh; grandfather Marvin Marsh; uncle Jimbo Kern (or Kerns), half-brother of Randy; Jimbo's friend is Ned Gerblansky.
Kyle's parents are Gerald and Sheila Broflovski (known as "S-WOWW Tittybang" in her youth); his nebbish cousin is Kyle Schwartz; his adoptive brother is Ike Moisha Broflovski (born Peter Gintz to parents Harry and Elise Gintz); his maternal grandmother was named Cleo. "Broflovski" is occasionally misspelled Brovlovski, Brovlofski, Broflofski, Broflowski.
Eric Theodore Cartman; his mother is Liane Marie Cartman; his father is Jack Tenorman, and Scott Tenorman is his half-brother; on his mother's side, he has grandparents Harold and Mabel, uncles Howard and "Stinky", aunt Lisa, cousins Alexandra, Fred and Elvin, great-grandmother Florence, unknown relative "Fat Bob".
Kenneth McCormick; relatives are parents Stuart and Carol, siblings Kevin and Karen and an unnamed grandfather( it is also unknown if he is his maternal or fraternal grandfather).
Leopold "Butters" Stotch (secret identity: "Professor Chaos"); his parents are Stephen (sometimes Chris) and Linda Stotch
Chef's name is Jerome McElroy
Terrence Henry Stoot and Phillip Niles Argyle
Herbert Garrison (Janet Garrison as a transwoman)
Veronica Lee Crabtree
Jimmy Vulmer (Jimmy Swanson in early episodes); his parents are Ryan and Sarah Vulmer
Timmy Burch; his parents are Richard and Helen.
Dr. Janus thinks he is an Chinese American named Tuong Lu Kim the City Wok owner. Although the name is supposed to be Chinese American, his names are Vietnamese, Chinese and Korean respectively.
Philip "Pip" Pirrup
Tweek Tweak; his parents are Richard and Cindy Tweak
General Disarray's real name is Dougie
Token Black (Token Williams in early episodes); his mother is Linda Black, and his father's name is unknown
Dr. Alphonse Mephisto (sometimes "Mephesto", and once spelled "Alfonz"); his son is Terrence Mephesto; his tiny assistant is called Kevin
The priest is called Father Maxi
The mayor's surname is McDaniels
The goths were unnamed except for the girl: her name is Henrietta Biggle; her brother is Bradley Biggle ("Mintberry Crunch"), whose real name Gok-zarah. But eventually in Season 17, the other goths names were revealed: the tall one is named Michael, the red-haired one is named Pete, & the kindergarten goth is named Firkle.
Randy Marsh is a geologist; he also briefly worked in a "Wall-Mart" store, as the South Park Elementary School lunch chef, and served on the city council. Sharon is not shown working on the show, but in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999) she is a receptionist at Tom's Rhinoplasty.
Gerald Broflovski is a lawyer and co-founder of the law firm Broflovski & Jackson. He also serves on South Park's council as the city attorney. Sheila is a housewife, but briefly served as "Secretary of Offense" under the Clinton administration.
Liane Cartman does not seem to have a regular job, but has been seen to work as a prostitute and pornographic actress. Eric's father, Jack Tenorman, was an offensive lineman with the Denver Broncos.
Stuart and Carol McCormick are unemployed; Carol is briefly mentioned to have worked washing dishes at Olive Garden.
Linda Stotch is an engineer, and serves on the town council as treasurer. Stephen Stotch's job (if any) is unknown.
The Tweaks run a coffee shop.
Token's father is a lawyer and his mother Linda is a chemist.
Clyde's father was first named as a geologist, and later as the owner of a shoe store.
Jimmy Vulmer's father Ryan is chief of the Fire Department.