Posted on Monday, November 9th, 2020 by Ethan Anderton
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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 »