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South Park 

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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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Top Rated TV #97 | Won 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 13 wins & 87 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Trey Parker ...  Stan Marsh / ... 309 episodes, 1997-2020
Matt Stone ...  Kyle Broflovski / ... 309 episodes, 1997-2020
Mona Marshall ...  Sheila Broflovski / ... 209 episodes, 2000-2020
April Stewart ...  Sharon Marsh / ... 189 episodes, 2004-2020
Isaac Hayes ...  Chef 136 episodes, 1997-2006
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The curious, adventure-seeking, fourth grade group of 10 year old boys, Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny, all join in in buffoonish adventures that sometimes evolve nothing. Sometimes something that was simple at the start, turns out to get out of control. Everything is odd in the small mountain town, South Park, and the boys always find something to do with it.

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Four boys. One f**ked up town.

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Animation | Comedy

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Trivia

Les Claypool, the theme song singer, also composed the theme song for Robot Chicken (2005). See more »

Goofs

In early seasons, whenever the children enter the cafeteria and Chef greets them with the "Hello there children!" line, notice his name on his apron is spelled in lowercase 'chef', but the next scene when he is speaking with the children, and the focus is on him behind the servery, notice his name is spelled in uppercase 'CHEF'. See more »

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Mrs. Crabtree: Sit down or the bunny dies!
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Crazy Credits

If the characters sing a song in the episode, it is almost always played over the end credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The episode "spookyfish" was shown in "spooky-vision" when it first aired ("spooky-vision" is where a picture of Barbra Streisand appears in every scene) while other airings of this episode removed "spooky-vision", except the new MTV Europe showings have the spooky-vision See more »

Connections

Referenced in At Home with the Braithwaites: Episode #1.1 (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

South Park (theme song)
Music by Primus
Lyrics by Trey Parker and Matt Stone
Performed by Les Claypool, Trey Parker and Matt Stone
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An Excellent Program All Too Frequently Dismissed
21 February 2005 | by MuldwychSee all my reviews

Both cartoons and sci-fi have long been the only place where thought-provoking social commentary can take place, unmolested by censorship, and both are all too frequently dismissed because of their least important characteristics. South Park is an intelligent, humorous and thought-provoking show that is often ignored or decried by people who judge it only by the very things it deliberately throws in their face, such as profanity, simple animation, and graphic violence, because the creators know that people like this are easily offended by these things, and will always miss the point. The simplicity of the animation, for example, has been criticised by people who miss the point that it's deliberately meant to be simple, in the face of those high-budget major studio cartoons that are more concerned with using cgi and selling toys than having anything to say. Nope, this isn't a show for those who don't appreciate irony. The episodes tackle a wide range of issues, from 9/11 to violence on television to celebrity obsession to religion, through the use of comedy, which is usually the best way to handle such matters.

The main characters are four children who are basically mouthpieces for their creator's opinions, expressing views that would sound arrogant coming from adults. Stan represents the liberal viewpoint, as does his friend Kyle, who as a practising Jew, allows opportunity for religious comment. Is the show anti-religious? No, but fundamentalists like to think it is. It has the essential message of 'believe what you like, but leave me alone'. And of course there's Eric Cartman, the ignorant foul-mouthed selfish redneck, and funny as hell. Sometimes I think he's there to remind us not to take anyone like him seriously. That and to provide a lot of the show's humour. Easily my favourite character. Other characters on the show usually represent majority/opposing views as the plot requires.

Like any long-running show, some episodes are better than others, not all have something to say, and not all are funny. But creators Stone and Parker 'retool' the show periodically with new characters, and try to keep up with current events, and I enjoyed the latest series (8th) for these very reasons. I've watched since the beginning, but they're making an effort not to let South Park go stale.

No doubt South Park will continue to be derided by those who think the most important social problem today is swearing, yet have probably never sat down to watch an episode. And beside them will be the offended parent brigade who still haven't learned that not all cartoons are for children. But the rest of us will still be here to enjoy it, hopefully exchanging righteous indignation for a few laughs and maybe a thought or two about the world we live in. If you've never seen South Park, don't listen to the hype. Watch it and decide for yourself. Hopefully you'll be glad you did.


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13 August 1997 (USA) See more »

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