premiered on a fledgling network called Comedy Central on August 13, 1997. When South Park
began, no other show, let alone an animated one, came close to the offensive language and daring plots that South Park
offered viewers. It was an immediate hit, and became a cornerstone series for Comedy Central.
is an animated comedy series set in the small town of South Park, Colorado. The storylines concern four boys who find, create or fall into trouble every week. The humor is definitely geared toward adults, and many controversial subjects are tackled from politics to religion to pop culture.
focuses on four fourth grade boys: Eric Cartman, Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski and Kenny McCormick. Cartman's selfish ways usually get the boys into trouble, with Kyle and Stan bailing them out. Butters, another friend, meanders in and out of their schemes. Other folks in South Park are Mr./Ms. Garrison, Chef, Mr. Mackey, Jimmy and Timmy.
Matt Stone and Trey Parker
met during their college years at the University of Colorado in Boulder. In 1994, Parker wrote the screenplay and music for his first feature-length, live-action film Cannibal the Musical
, which he also directed. Cannibal
caught the attention of then FoxLab executive Brian Graden who commissioned Stone and Parker to create a Christmas video card to send to his friends. Thus the five-minute short, The Spirit of Christmas
was born, which spawned South Park
My Two Cents:
started as a juvenile, shocking and funny cartoon. It has evolved into a smart, edgy, topical, funny cartoon that can still be shocking, which is saying a lot in our world of reality television.
Each season, South Park grows stronger. Though the show has been on the air for much longer than most TV shows last, South Park hasn't lost its punch. The show giddily takes down politicians, singers, actors, and generally anyone too big for their britches. South Park is a show worth watching time and again, whether on Comedy Central or on DVD.