18 Facts About South Park

1. South Park is an American animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone and developed by Brian Graden for Comedy Central.

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2. South Park became infamous for its profanity and dark, surreal humor that satirizes a wide range of topics toward an adult audience.

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3. The boys live in the fictional small town of South Park, located within the real-life South Park basin in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado, approximately a one-hour drive from Denver.

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4. Kyle is Jewish, and his portrayal as one of the few such people in South Park is often dealt with satirically.

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5. South Park was the first weekly program to be rated TV-MA, and is generally intended for adult audiences.

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6. The film was created by animating construction paper cutouts with stop motion, and features prototypes of the main characters of South Park, including a character resembling Cartman but named "Kenny", an unnamed character resembling what is today Kenny, and two near-identical unnamed characters who resemble Stan and Kyle.

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7. South Park was in danger of being canceled before it even aired when the show fared poorly with test audiences, particularly with women.

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8. Hayes, who lived and hosted a radio show in New York during his tenure with South Park, recorded his dialogue on a digital audio tape while a director gave directions over the phone, after which the tape would be shipped to the show's production studio in California.

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9. Internationally, South Park is broadcast in India, New Zealand, and several countries throughout Europe and Latin America on channels that are subsidiaries of Comedy Central and Paramount Media Networks, both subsidiaries of Paramount.

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10. Broadcast syndication rights to South Park were acquired by Debmar-Mercury and Tribune Entertainment in 2003 and 2004 respectively.

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11. When South Park debuted, it was a huge ratings success for Comedy Central and is seen as being largely responsible for the success of the channel, with Herzog crediting it for putting the network "on the map".

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12. Success of South Park prompted more cable companies to carry Comedy Central and led it to its becoming one of the fastest-growing cable channels.

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13. In 2008, South Park was named the 12th-greatest TV show of the past 25 years by Entertainment Weekly, while AOL declared it as having the "most astute" characters of any show in history when naming it the 16th-best television comedy series of all time.

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14. In 2011, South Park was voted number one in the 25 Greatest Animated TV Series poll by Entertainment Weekly.

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15. South Park won the CableACE Award for Best Animated Series in 1997, the last year the awards were given out.

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16. In 1998, South Park was nominated for the Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Primetime or Late Night Television Program.

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17. Since South Park debuted, college students have written term papers and doctoral theses analyzing the show, while Brooklyn College offers a course called "South Park and Political Correctness".

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18. Parker and Stone are uncomfortable with the idea of themselves or South Park being assigned any kind of partisan classification.

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