South Park: Season 1, Episode 8

Starvin' Marvin (19 Nov. 1997)

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The boys sponsor a starving Ethiopian child, only to have him show up on their doorstep.

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Mary Kay Bergman ...
Liane Cartman / Sally Struthers / Wendy Testaburger / Mayor McDaniels / Principal Victoria / Carol McCormick / Red Cross Woman (voice) (as Shannen Cassidy)
Jennifer Howell ...
Woman in Park (voice)
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Stan Marsh / Eric Cartman / Phillip / TV Announcer / Mr. Garrison / Clyde / Dr. Mephesto / Man in Park / Randy Marsh / Charity Worker #1 / Officer Barbrady / Ethiopian Man (voice)
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Kyle Broflovski / Kenny McCormick / Terrance / Ted / Stuart McCormick / Starvin' Marvin / Red Cross Man / Man in Crowd / Woman in Crowd / Jimbo Kern / Charity Worker #2 (voice)
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As Thanksgiving approaches, the boys see a TV ad asking for people to sponsor starving children in Ethiopia. They decide to give it a try, motivated less by the thought of helping someone less fortunate, than by the offer of a sports watch for every sponsor. Expecting their watch to arrive, the boys are surprised to find an Ethiopian boy delivered to their door. When the mix-up is discovered, the FBI quickly swings into action, only to ship Cartman to Ethiopia instead. Meanwhile, Dr. Mephisto's new flock of genetically engineered turkeys has decided not to go quietly to the chopping block. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The diner that the boys take Starvin' Marvin to is called King Jimmy's Buffet. James I was King of England when the Pilgrims first came to the Atlantic coast and settled there. It is believed the Pilgrims and Indians enjoyed a buffet of native foods once they made peace. See more »

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Cartman: See, this is what we call an all-you-can-eat buffet. Here you can eat all you want for just $6.99. That why everyone comes here on Tuesday nights, except for Kenny's family because for them, $6.99 is two year's income.
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One of the best South Park episodes!
1 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

The premiere of "South Park" in the summer of 1997 brought Comedy Central some of the biggest ratings that it has ever received. The show, about four eight-year-old boys and their misadventures in Colorado, was unlike anything that had ever been seen on television. It was tasteless, it was politically incorrect, and it was hilarious. During the first season, the hype and fan base of "South Park" grew larger and larger with every episode. By the time this Thanksgiving episode aired, the show was already considered the biggest television hit of 1997. This was the 8th episode of "South Park". Normally in the first seasons of shows, the first ten episodes is the creators trying to figure out what exactly their show is and what to do with it, but by this episode, creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone already had a pretty good idea of what the show was. As a result, this is one of the better episodes of Season One and one of the best "South Park" episodes to air yet. The BRAVEHEART spoof towards the end of the episode is a definite highlight.

When one analyzes this episode, it becomes evident just how similar it is to Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving. Plot centered around elementary school kids? Check. Lesson in the end? Check. The only difference is this is definitely not for young kids. For everyone else though, Starvin Marvin' is perfect for watching around Thanksgiving time. My Grade: A


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