As of today, you’ll be able to go way back to where it all started with season one, and you’ll also be able to watch season 18 to 21 as well as enjoy a ‘collection of top episodes, which includes critically acclaimed episodes, fan favourites and others chosen by the creators’.
Netflix confirmed the news a few weeks ago, tweeting the following:
Season one of South Park is one Netflix, as are seasons 18-21.
A collection of other top episodes will also be included, although seasons 2-17 won’t feature.
For those unfamiliar with South Park, the animated series follows the adventures of four seemingly immortal schoolboys in a fictional town in wintry Colorado.
But just because it’s a cartoon, do not be fooled into thinking it is in any way suitable for children. The show has made history for being one of the most controversial comedies of all time, with its offensive humour seemingly knowing no bounds. Notable storylines include real-life characters from US presidents to religious icons, each involved in adventures that have provoked global protests.
South Park has released a grand total of twenty-two seasons since the show created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone began in 1997, with a twenty-third season airing in the United States later this month. It’s likely that thanks to The Simpsons‘ impressive thirty-one season run, South Park will be churning out more side-splitting, cringeworthy episodes for years to come, promoted further by the dominance that Netflix has had over TV channels like Comedy Central over the last few years.
Well, the show’s future does look uncertain right now.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the Parker and Stone suggested they would retire from their multiple roles in the show when they hit the big six-oh.
When asked by the reporter how long they intended to continue the show, Parker said: “I don’t think we have ever had an “OK, let’s sit down and decide if we are going to keep going”.’
But Stone dampened the optimism by adding: “I am 48. Trey turns 50 this year. So I will say that I don’t think we will be doing this show when we’re 60.”
To be fair, Stone’s hesitation to continue voicing pre-pubescent boys when he’s technically eligible for a state pension is probably the right way to think. But then again, that doesn’t come anywhere close to the controversy that the show has generated over the past twenty-two years, so maybe not.
One such controversy includes the celebration of the 200th episode of the show back in 2010, where a two-part episode was censored by Comedy Central as the plot involved ridiculing the prophet Muhammad and has never been aired again. As a result, Parker and Stone are wary of going too deep to celebrate the 300th episode, which will air this October.
‘We did the 200 two-parter, and that was a disaster,’ Parker said. ‘We’ve learned the past few years to let the momentum of the season take us.’
Following on from the announcement from Comedy Central that South Park would be renewed through to 2022, Parker said: “In this day and age, it is more of an achievement than it was before, the fact that we are still going.”
It’s already out! New South Park arrived on 25th September, 2019
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