The twentieth season of the American animated sitcom South Park premiered on Comedy Central on September 14, 2016, and ended on December 7, 2016, containing ten episodes. As with most seasons of the show, all episodes are written and directed by series co-creator and co-star Trey Parker.
Like the previous two seasons, this season features an episode-to-episode continuity, but unlike the previous two, the continuity is more linear, as if the whole season is one story arc. This season featured recurring themes focusing on Internet trolls, Black Lives Matter, nostalgia, and the 2016 United States presidential election.
To promote the season, Comedy Central had mobile billboards placed in key locations in seven cities around the United States. Each billboard featured an image from the series that bore a connection to the location in which it was placed.
All of the billboards included the caption \"We've Been There.\" In some of the locations, personnel of the organizations were displeased to have the billboards outside their locations and asked the billboard operators to leave, including the Los Angeles and both Washington, D.C landmarks. Comedy Central's Chief Marketing Officer Walter Levitt stated, \"That was all expected, and we completely understand why. We knew it was risky. We did this stunt because we thought it was a great way to remind South Park fans of all the amazing moments of the past 19 seasons and truly a perfect way to celebrate the 20th season.\"
The season received mixed reviews from critics and fans. Jesse Schedeen with IGN rated the entire season an 8.4 out of 10, noting \"Season 20 proved that South Park has lost none of its edge over the years, as the show targeted everything from Donald Trump to the dangerous allure of nostalgia. Though the finale failed to properly tie everything together, South Park's ability to adapt and course-correct to real-world developments served it well this year.\"
Last season, Matt and Trey took aim at all the horrible things the town had done. PC culture forced characters to presume offense or fake empathy out of self-righteousness or fear of backlash. See: when Randy pulls the sandwich out of a cardboard cutout of a orphan.
What do you think folks Did you like the serialized season Were you hoping to see more of President Garrison in Season 21 Sound off in the comments below. The new season of South Park will likely debut sometime in September.
We're a little over 30 hours away from the season 20 premiere of South Park, and as is often the case, Trey Parker and Matt Stone have waited until the last minute to give us a taste of what the new season will be tackling. Last season, which ended up being one of the legendary series' very best, tackled aggressive liberalism, online bullying, white privilege, and a host of other issues but one rarely knows what the show is going to take to task until a new episode begins.
This isn't exactly true of the premieres, however. Last year, we knew that the series was going to mock the glowing praise given to Caitlin Jenner for coming out as a woman, and that carried on throughout the season in different iterations. And in the case of the first clip from Season 20 of South Park, we now know that one of the first subjects that the series will make fun of is the controversy surrounding Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the National Anthem recently. As per usual, Parker and Stone's first priority is poking fun at the falsehood of a simple answer, with Randy and Gerald singing the National Anthem where they both call police officers \"pigs\" and then take it back when they think about the crime that cops so often are helpful at solving (\"oh no, someone stole my stuff\").
It's a funny bit, but one has to imagine that there are far more hyperbolic and hilarious moments that will come in the new episode and season. We'll find out for sure when the season premiere arrives tomorrow night, September 14th, at 10 p.m. EST.
The past season of South Park was a high point for the long-running series, and now withdrawal-suffering fans know when their favorite foul-mouthed animated characters are returning to Comedy Central.
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What hasn't \"South Park\" done over its incredible run The show started as a scrappy little program in the late 1990s, and it wasn't long before it became a vital cultural touchstone. It's chock-full of memorable songs, hilarious gross-out gags, outrageous humor, and a lot to say about the world around us. It also boasts some of the most ridiculous and beloved characters found anywhere in the world. \"South Park\" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have been making the show since its inception, and they are still on board for many more years to come after striking a jaw-dropping deal with MTV Entertainment Studios for additional seasons along with 14 streaming movies, all in the \"South Park\" universe.
It's actually pretty shocking to rewatch the very first season of \"South Park.\" Though the look is largely the same (it's certainly rougher, in a very charming way), it feels like a completely different show. While the series is regularly celebrated (and criticized) for its cultural commentary and irrepressible glee over its efforts to insult anyone and everyone, practically none of that is present in the first season. When the show premiered in 1997, it caused quite a stir with its foul language and potty humor, but it's stunningly tame in comparison to the seasons that followed. The very first episode, \"Cartman Gets an Anal Probe,\" is a great start that introduces our key characters. The season standout, \"Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo,\" brings a singing turd into the limelight.
Overall, Season 1 of \"South Park\" is a show very much in the process of finding itself. While it was likely impossible to imagine at the time that the show would still be on the air, and a big part of the cultural conversation, it's fun to see how it all began. Plus, it's where Kenny McCormick dying in every episode started, giving us, \"Oh my God, you killed Kenny!\" It even takes a note from \"The Simpsons,\" ending the first season on a major cliffhanger just like \"Who Shot Mr. Burns,\" promising to reveal the identity of Cartman's father in the second season premiere.
In Season 22, \"South Park\" continued its serialized approach, resulting in a more focused season compared to the haphazard Season 21. There are a lot of different stories explored here, including the seeming inevitability of school shootings, and the evils of the Amazon corporation. When it's exploring these issues, the show is as sharp as ever, and the two-episode arc about climate change (\"Time to Get Cereal\" and \"Nobody Got Cereal\") is outstanding. While the season has some intelligent and timely insight, it often forgets to be funny, delivering one of the more serious seasons of the series. If you're looking for barrels of laughs, you won't be finding that in Season 22.
Season 25 is only six episodes, down from the usual 10 that we've seen for the last handful of seasons. It mostly maintains the same serialized approach seen in contemporary seasons, though with so few episodes, it's largely surface-level developments surrounding Tegridy Farms. Namely, an exciting shakeup to the exhausting storyline: Randy has a new rival in Tolkien's father, who establishes Credigree Farms. The season's first episode, \"Pajama Day,\" takes aim at anti-maskers, and while it's a decent enough episode, it lacks the bite of the Season 24 pandemic specials.
Look, if you had told me that Gerald Broflovski would make a better principal character than the iconic Randy Marsh, I'd have shown you the door. However, Season 20 makes an extremely compelling case for Gerald. The season focuses on the United States 2020 presidential election campaign, and the world of online trolling.
After a few rough seasons, \"South Park\" finally found its rhythm in Season 4. One of the biggest reasons for its success is the evolution of Eric Cartman, who really became a major standout in these episodes. Episodes like \"Fat Camp\" and \"Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000,\" bring audiences a dastardly and conniving, hate-filled little boy that would eventually become the show's figurehead. It also really takes things to the next level in terms of delivering scathing cultural commentary. It's particularly potent in its attack on alternative medicine in \"Cherokee Hair Tampons,\" in which a seriously ill Kyle is taken to a holistic practitioner named Miss Information. There's also \"Cartman Joins NAMBLA,\" an all-timer of an episode that makes a perfect cocktail of childhood innocence and a brutal takedown of a shocking real-life organization.
Season 4 also brings us the wonderful Timmy Burch, the fantastic student who uses a wheelchair and who can only say his own name, as well as the phrase, \"Living a lie!\" He's the star of the awesome \"Timmy 2000,\" which finds Timmy leading a rock band, much to the dismay of some townsfolk, and, of course, Phil Collins. The strangest thing in the season is \"Pip,\" a retelling of the Dickens classic \"Great Expectations.\" It's not particularly funny, or even good, and while it's widely disliked, \"Pip\" gave the world Malcolm McDowell performing as \"a British person,\" so all is certainly not lost.
Despite its high placement on our list, Season 17 should probably be lower than it is. It's the first of the 10-episode seasons, and one of them, \"Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers,\" is a considerable dud that lacks the tongue-in-cheek silliness of the previous Goth Kids episodes. There are a lot of good episodes here, like the ridiculous \"Ginger Cow,\" which features Kyle coveting Cartman's farts in order to maintain newfound world peace, along with an all too rare Ike episode, \"Taming Strange.\" 59ce067264