The boys graduate to fourth grade, Cartman Joins Nambla (and also goes to prison) and we find out where the handicapped go when they die. Time to vote for season four! Timmay Timmay!
Below you can pick your top three favorite episodes from season four. Come back every day and vote for for your favorites from the 19 seasons and all 267 episodes. At the end, we will be taking the top three episodes from each season head-to-head to decide the winners!
If you haven’t yet voted for for the previous seasons do so here:
After the dust settles, and all the votes have been counted, Comedy Central will air the top episodes in a South Park Labor Day Weekend Marathon on Sunday 9/4!
Don’t settle for a giant douche or a turd sandwich. VOTE NOW!
Fan Question: Is The Stick Of Truth the first official South Park game?
Answer: While there were previous South Park games, South Park: The Stick Of Truth was the first time Matt and Trey were directly involved in the development process of any South Park game. With the release of the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, Matt and Trey thought the technology was finally capable of delivering a South Park game that was true to the show in terms of look and feel.
Watch a behind the scenes on the making of South Park: The Stick Of Truth here:
The development of the game was in many ways similar to creating an episode. In order to make the game look and feel just like the series, the cutscenes and most of the game’s world were created in Maya, which is the same 3D program used on the show. All the scripts for the in-game cutscenes and gameplay were written by Trey and Matt and the voice acting was all done in-house by Matt and Trey.
South Park Fan Conspiracy: Craig Tucker
According to internet rumors… Craig’s parents aren’t really his genetic parents. We can neither confirm nor deny this, but here are the reasonings behind the theory.
Without going into a Dr. Mephisto lecture on genetics… when it comes to hair color, there is still much debate about genetics, but is is assumed black and brown are a dominant gene over the recessive red or blonde (read more about hair colors).
Thomas Tucker, a ginger, and Laura Tucker, and blonde, would most likely result in a ginger or blonde haired baby. An example of this is Craig’s sister, who matches her father’s ginger hair color. It’s genetically possible, but not likely for Craig to have black hair when his parents both display recessive hair color traits.
Here are the fan theories:
Hair dye- The easiest explanation is Mrs. Tucker dyes her hair blonde. In “The Magic Bush”, Cartman attempts to lure the drones away from town using an inflatable “Mrs. Tucker” blonde sex doll with a very “natural” black bush. It is likely that he modeled the doll after Laura’s true appearance and the carpet simply doesn’t match the drapes due to hair dye.
Craig himself could also dye his hair black but it is unlikely a 10 year old boy with his personality type would go through that sort of effort.
Craig is adopted- In “Pandemic 2: The Startling”, while searching through an ancient temple, the boys find an image of Craig etched in the temple wall. Adding more to this theory, Craig is one of the only characters to don a chullo hat. Chullo hats are typically made of llama or alpaca and originated in the Andean mountain range. They are still a very popular style in Peru today.
Is Craig actually adopted from an ancient Peruvian tribe? What is Craig doing on an ancient Incan wall?!
Craig is from a previous marriage- There isn’t much to support this theory in the show.
What do you think?
In case you’d like to do some more research check out these links:
South Park Forums: http://forums.southpark.cc.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=92719
Link to Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mendelian_inheritance
Fan Question: When does the next season premiere?
Answer: Mark your calendars! South Park returns for its 20th season with all-new episodes starting Wednesday, September 14th at 10PM on Comedy Central! Shablagoo!
And in case you missed it, South Park has been officially renewed through Season 23!
That means all-new episodes, every year, through 2019! You can read more about it in last year’s official press release below:
“SOUTH PARK” RENEWED THROUGH AN HISTORIC 23RD SEASON
AS CREATORS TREY PARKER AND MATT STONE
KEEP THE ICONIC SERIES IN ORIGINAL EPISODES THROUGH 2019
Agreement Extends Cable’s Longest-Running Primetime Scripted Series
By Three Seasons and 30 Episodes and Will Take “South Park” Through Its Milestone 300th Episode
Hulu to Maintain Rights to New Seasons and Episodes and Remain
Only SVOD Home for Current 254-Episode “South Park” Library
19th Season Premieres Wednesday, September 16
NEW YORK, July 8, 2015 – Trey Parker and Matt Stone have reached a new deal with Comedy Central® to extend “South Park” by three seasons and 30 episodes, taking the longest-running primetime scripted series in cable though an unprecedented 23rd season and 304 episodes. The deal for three additional seasons, announced today by Michele Ganeless, President, Comedy Central, ensures the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning series will continue to produce new, original episodes through 2019. Parker and Stone will continue to write, direct and edit every episode of “South Park,” as they have since the premiere of the series in 1997. The 19th season of “South Park” premieres on Wednesday, September 16.
In a separate deal, South Park Digital Studios, a joint venture between Parker, Stone and Viacom, has extended its record-breaking deal with Hulu to cover all additional seasons and new episodes. Hulu is the exclusive streaming home of the entire “South Park” library of 18 seasons and 254 episodes and will also remain the SVOD home to all episodes from upcoming seasons.
“Nearly two decades later, ‘South Park’ today remains as important and influential as any series on any platform and has become one of the most recognizable brands to ever come out of television,” said Doug Herzog, President, Viacom Music & Entertainment Group. “Through South Park Digital Studios we will continue to aggressively expand the reach of the ‘South Park’ brand by pursuing additional extensions and licensing opportunities worldwide.”
“‘South Park’ remains the bedrock of Comedy Central and we are thrilled that new episodes will continue to entertain audiences for years to come,” said Ganeless. “The series remains as urgent and relevant now as the day it premiered and at nearly 20 seasons in it continues to draw generations of new fans.”
Said Parker and Stone: “We love working for Doug and with everyone at Comedy Central. They’ve given us an insane level of artistic and creative freedom for almost 20 years. They walk the walk.”
Named “One of the All-Time Greatest TV Shows” by Entertainment Weekly and one of the “All-TIME 100 TV Shows” by TIME, “South Park,” which premieres its 19th season on September 16, was the top-rated comedy series on cable in 2014 among Adults 18-49 and Men 18-34 and was the #1-rated series in primetime across all of television on Wednesdays during its 18th season with Men 18-34 and Men 18-24.
The incredible popularity of “South Park” extends off the television screen with over 46 million fans on Facebook, making it the most-popular cable comedy series on Facebook and one of the Top 10 series in all of television. With over 1.7 million followers, “South Park” is one of the top scripted television series on Twitter and it has ranked #1 or #2 for Comedy Series by Nielsen Social Guide on its premiere nights during the course of its past season. In addition, the series’ award-winning game, “South Park: The Stick of Truth,” which was released last year, received numerous industry awards and a Metacritic rating of 85. A sequel, “South Park: The Fractured but Whole,” was announced earlier this month by Ubisoft® and South Park Digital Studios.
Co-created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, “South Park” premiered on August 13, 1997. Parker, Stone, Anne Garefino and Frank C. Agnone II are the Executive Producers of the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning series. Eric Stough, Adrien Beard, Bruce Howell and Vernon Chatman are Producers. Past episodes can be streamed at “South Park’s” website (southpark.cc.com) as well as the Comedy Central App. The complete, 18-season, 254-episode library is available only on Hulu (subscription required). The agreement with Comedy Central was negotiated for Parker and Stone by their attorney Kevin Morris.
Fan Question: What’s the deal with Towelie?
Answer: What’s not to understand about Towelie? Towelie is a self aware genetically enhanced RG400 smart towel created by Tynacorp’s Zytar in order to spy on humans. One day he got high and just sort of wandered off…
From the writers: Towelie was originally created on a houseboat on Lake Mead during a vacation. A few of the writers were wakeboarding and someone yelled out “don’t forget to bring a towel!” and Towelie was born. As an homage to the way other shows create characters only to sell merchandise, taking the lamest character possible and applying that concept to Towelie, a towel.
Towelie has struggled with addiction and has even published his own memoir about his struggle “A Million Little Fibers” under the pen name “Steven McTowelie”. His true identity was eventually revealed by Geraldo Rivera and he was exposed as a towel which caused serious backlash with Oprah and her minge.
He has since started a family which consists of the lovely Rebecca and his adorable son Washcloth. Rebecca was eventually forced to leave him due to his drug addiction but after an intervention Towelie was able to get clean and win Rebecca back.
Since “Crippled Summer”, his last appearance in the series, he’s been trying to be a better towel.
Want more Towelie? Check out the full episodes here:
Who lives in the east ‘neath the willow tree?
Sexual Harassment Panda!
According to Matt and Trey: We were trying to make a political statement here… He came at a time where frivolous lawsuits, specifically sexual harassment lawsuits, were becoming more and more commonplace and it felt like anyone and everyone could get sued for doing anything – Watch the Commentary-Mini from “Sexual Harassment Panda.
Sexual Harassment Panda made his first and only appearance in season 3’s “Sexual Harassment Panda”. Although you can hear the Sexual Harassment Panda song in various places in “South Park: The Stick of Truth.”
Sexual Harassment Panda’s mission was to educate the youth on why it was wrong to sexually harass others. Unfortunately his message was misinterpreted by Cartman, who sued Stan and later the school. Eventually the whole town decided to sue each other in the landmark case “Everyone vs. Everyone”.
Sexual Harassment Panda, after a brief pep talk from the boys, became Petey the Don’t Sue People Panda and returned to educate the town on why it’s wrong to sue because it usually winds up hurting a lot of innocent people and ruining schools.
Read more about Sexual Harassment Panda in the wiki
Fan question: How does someone as awful as Cartman always avoid punishment for his behavior?
Answer: Ahh, Eric T. Cartman. Patricide, multiple genocide attempts, knowingly spreading the AIDS virus, and so much more, all before the tender age of 11 is a pretty impressive feat.
He’s evil, but fortunately, he is also his own worst enemy. Here’s just a handful of the times Cartman’s got his privilege checked:
In “The Death of Eric Cartman“ all of the kids in town agree to ignore him for all of his horrible deeds.
This also leads to Cartman trying to “Make It Right” with everyone he’s wronged over the years.
Or in “HumancentiPad“, when he denounces God and pays the price.
Another worth mentioning is “Breast Cancer Show Ever“. Cartman couldn’t just “drop it” in his spat with Wendy, which lead to an epic ass-kicking.
Cartman’s greed gets the best of him in “ManBearPig” and his anus pays the ultimate price.
And who could forget when the faculty had no choice but to literally throw him under the bus in “Bass to Mouth“
Cartman is a kid that takes the word morality, chops it up with a hacksaw, and adds the remain to chili con carne to feed to his enemies (one of them being his half-brother). Stan and Kyle learned a long time ago not to piss him off. Maybe we should take a page out of their book and respect his authority!
Fan Question: Why haven’t you made an episode where butters has a girlfriend???
Answer: Not only has Butters had a girlfriend, as of last season, he was in a long distance relationship with a Canadian! Check out this list of Butters’ sordid love affairs.
Butters’ first romance was with the beautiful Lexus, a waitress from Raisins. Butters fell hard and fast for her and was truly in love, but thanks to his parents, it was eventually revealed she had ulterior motives.
Unfortunately for Paris, she suffered a devastating loss to Mr. Slave in South Park’s 1st annual Whore Off.
In season 13’s “Butters’ Bottom Bitch”, he turned his romantic attention to more entrepreneurial pursuits. Upon paying for his first kiss with Sally Darson, Butters was inspired to found “Butters’ Kissing Company”, a tax exempt, for profit enterprise.
Butters’ Kissing Company
Most recently, Butters was coaxed into a plot, by Cartman, to establish a symbolic union between The United States and Canada, just like in The Lion King 2.
The plan was for Butters to initiate a hot Cosby, with a young Canadian girl named Charlotte, in hopes for the coexistence of both their species. Unexpectedly they both fell in “Slow Cosby”, which is also known as a “love” in Canada.
Charlotte moved back to Canada and they were last seen video chatting together in the season 19 finale, “PC Principal Final Justice”.
Butters may have made it all the way to the 4th grade without kissing a girl, but once he locked lips with Sally Darson, all that changed.
Do you know what I am saying!?
Fan Question: Do you hand draw every scene?
Answer: South Park is not quite traditionally animated show, and the “drawing” is only done in the very early phases of productions.
Instead we use the same construction paper we’ve used since the pilot episode “Cartman Gets an Anal Probe. Fun side note, the very first episode took over 3 months to complete and was hand animated by a very small team, including Matt and Trey. Now we use a number of programs to make the finished product, but most of the animation is done in Maya (an industry standard 3D animation program).
It should be noted, however, that the construction paper used in the pilot episode was scanned into a computer database, which the technical directors and animators now use to create the show. This allows us to continue to animate with construction paper textures, even though we are using computers. We’ve used those SAME TEXTURES for the past 19 years. The images below show some of the steps in production…
Check out this storyboard drawing of Cartman and his mom from last season’s finale “PC Principal Final Justice”. Storyboards are drawn after we have script.
This is what the scene looks like in the animation software, Maya.
Here’s the final image from the episode.
Check out a few examples of the paper textures. You can see the ridges and shadows in the paper scans.
All the animation is done by our team of animators (about 10 people) and they move the characters and props every 2 frames (we animate at 24 frames per second), just like most other animated shows. Pretty cool, huh?
Fan Question: I remember seeing an old episode with Cartman’s Mom on the cover of Crack Whore Magazine. What’s the name of that one?
Answer: Ahh yes… Crack Whore Magazine’s most infamous Back Do’ Ho!
That magazine makes a cameo in the zombie-filled classic, “Pinkeye“.
And of course, if you wanna see this “cover girl” in action… watch this clip of Cartman’s Mom smoking crack in the middle of a man sandwich.