Making of South Park

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The Movie: 6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park

Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max

The Pitch: Most animated TV shows take months to create. South Park, one of TV’s longest-running animated sitcoms borne from a crude viral videotape, gets it done in just six days. Go behind the scenes to see how creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker and the rest of their team manage to write, perform and animate an episode of the series in less than a week.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: The production timeline for scripted television is fast-paced and nerve-wracking. That’s to be expected when you have to deliver anywhere a dozen or two episodes of entertainment per season, whether it’s a half-hour comedy series or an hour-long drama. But imagine trying to create an entire episode of scripted television in less than a week. That’s what South Park creators, writers, executive producers and stars Trey Parker and Matt Stone have been doing for years, and the documentary 6 Days to Air takes a look behind the scenes at the making of a single episode, the legacy of the raunchy comedy series, and the rush to get the show on Comedy Central in time. Read More »

Fifteen years into the lifespan of South Park and the show is still going strong. Or it is going full-bore, anyway; whether it is as strong as in seasons past is a regularly debated topic. Regardless, South Park still has the power to shock and amuse as it kicks sand in the face of popular American culture and life, and there’s a lot to be said for that.

Remarkably, the fifteen seasons have all been shepherded by creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who continue to write, direct and voice each episode. Even more wild: as many know, those episodes are produced in the time span of only one week. The fast turnaround is a big part of what makes South Park such a quick responder to public events, and sometimes a shaper of public opinion.

On October 9, Comedy Central will air the documentary 6 Days to Air, which looks at the behind the scenes details of creating the show. The trailer for that is below, and as a bonus you can see Parker and Stone’s recent 60 Minutes appearance, in which they discuss their partnership, the show and their mega-hit Broadway outing, The Book of Mormon. Read More »