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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 »
Posted on Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 by Ben Pearson
Update: Deadline reports that South Park‘s hour-long coronavirus episode, which airs tonight, will be simulcast on Comedy Central, MTV, and MTV2, marking the first time the show has been simulcast across ViacomCBS brands. It will be available to stream on HBO Max 24 hours after it debuts tonight. Our original story follows, along with a new behind-the-scenes video of how the production came together.
South Park is embracing the COVID-19 era with a special episode that’s all about the coronavirus and the havoc it wreaks on the small Colorado town. Check out the first trailer and get more details below. Read More »
HBO Max is headed to South Park. The new streaming service from Warner Bros. unveiled a whole slew of programming today during a WarnerMedia Day event, including the news that you’ll soon find South Park streaming on HBO Max. Earlier this month word broke that the show was looking to land a huge streaming deal, and it looks like it got its wish.
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South Park has been making headlines lately for poking and prodding at the oppressive Chinese government and its endless attempts to censor its citizens from any criticism in the media whatsoever. That may not be good for the show’s exposure in China, where it’s been banned, but in the United States, it’s not preventing creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone (as well as Comedy Central parent company Viacom Inc.) from landing a huge deal for the exclusive streaming rights to the complete series. Read More »
More than 20 years after its Comedy Central debut, South Park is still generating controversy.
The show’s most recent episode, “Band in China,” has apparently actually been banned in China because Chinese censors didn’t appreciate the episode’s depiction of the country’s authoritarian regime. Practically all signs of the show have been scrubbed from the Chinese internet, and now creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have issued an “official apology” in response. (Spoiler alert: it’s not a real apology.)
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Have you heard of the latest entertainment sensation called escape rooms? A group of friends get together and get locked in a room full of puzzles, clues and locks that must be navigated in order to get out of the room. Each escape room usually has some kind of theme and narrative to add some layers of fun, and now Comedy Central’s best known series will be getting one of its own.
A new South Park escape room is opening today, May 15 at Escape the Room Chicago, and it will soon expand to more major cities around the United States. Find out about the new South Park escape room below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, September 13th, 2018 by Ben Pearson
South Park has been on Comedy Central since 1997, making it one of the longest-running animated comedies in history. But is it about to come to an end? A new trailer for South Park season 22 teases the show’s own cancellation, leaving us with more questions than answers. Read More »
Oh, South Park. The notorious, the infamous, the legendary South Park. I remember being a child and watching South Park while hiding under pillows that my older brothers put over me so that my parents wouldn’t know I was there. By the time I was 11 and my parents had caved, the DVD box sets were being released and my brothers started me back at episode one. The rest was history.
I have seen every episode of South Park, some only once or twice, and others upwards of unfathomable numbers. When tasked to pick my top 10 favorite episodes out of its 20 seasons, I was naive and ignorant to think that this would be super simple. I get to watch South Park and write about it. Hell, yeah! However, once I started scanning through and picking my favorite episodes out of every season to narrow it down, I ended up with a list 60 episodes long. This was a beast.
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Much like Saturday Night Live, the mere existence of a new episode of South Park is a bit of a miracle. Just like the late night sketch show, a new episode of South Park is completed in just six days, which is almost unfathomably fast for an animated comedy series. But thankfully, creators, writers and stars Trey Parker & Matt Stone and their crew have it down to a science, and that even includes one of them using their toddler daughter to create dialogue for a signature character.
A new video has surfaced online featuring Trey Parker directing his three year old daughter Betty to record some dialogue for the show as only a father can. The lines in question are for Kyle Broflovski’s little Canadian brother Ike, whose voice has been performed by a number of child actors throughout the show’s 20-season run. It’s really adorable to see how they get her to say Ike’s lines.
Watch Trey Parker’s daughter act as Ike’s voice on South Park after the jump. Read More »
If you’re a fan of animated comedy for adults, then Bottleneck Gallery NYC has a couple new prints going on sale today that you might want to check out, and they’re from two of our favorite artists.
Tom Whalen has created an awesome new print in honor of the 20th anniversary of South Park and Dave Perillo has crafted a vibrant print for Adult Swim’s stellar Rick and Morty. Both of the prints debuted exclusively at New York Comic-Con, but now they’re going on sale for everyone else, so check them out below. Read More »