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South Park: Season 1 (1997-1998)




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The debut series of Trey Parker and Matt Stone's often outrageous satirical animated program "South Park" introduces the world to four elementary school friends -- Stan Marsh, Kyle Braflovski, foulmouthed Eric Cartman, and mumble-mouthed Kenny McCormick -- whose many misadventures skewer various aspects of popular culture. The debut series includes the GLAAD nominated "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride," the alien-abduction episode "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe," the introduction of "Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo," and ends with a cliffhanger that promised to reveal the identity of Cartman's father.


Critic Reviews for South Park: Season 1

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (7)

TOO BAD, KIDS! South Park... is for grownups albeit grownups who aren't put off by some blood, some guts and some sure-fire passing-gas jokes along with the show's sardonic observations about kids, parenting, politics and media.

September 9, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Even if we were always the butt of every South Park gag, we were also always in on the joke.

August 31, 2018 | Full Review…

This is proto-South Park. It's rough and dirty, fast and offensive - like a drive-by. Only funnier.

September 12, 2013 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Rendered in the wanting style of a cheesy, early 1960's cartoon, South Park is a witless offering that wants to score as it seeks to be pointedly outrageous and aggressively offensive but clocks in as merely dumb.

January 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Part of what made the show seem so unusual when it was in its first full flush of success was the way that it managed to be everywhere while also seeming so thoroughly disposable.

September 11, 2013 | Full Review…

It might help if the South Park kids had personalities, but they're as one-dimensional as the show's cut-and-paste animation.

September 9, 2013 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for South Park: Season 1


"Oh my god, they killed Kenny!" Hilariously entertaining, Season 1 of Comedy Central's hit animated series South Park delivers a ton of laughs. The show follows a group of elementary school students named Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny as they get into wacky adventures, including alien abductions, an erupting volcano, a zombie outbreak, wild turkey attacks, and a rampaging genetic clone. The animation is rather crude, but the simpleness has a sort of charm to it and serves as a clever juxtaposition to the adult humor. And the comedy is really well-written, with plenty of no holds barred lampooning of celebrities. Fresh and exciting, South Park delivers an incredible first season.


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Season 1 of South Park was ambitious, but the gross-out humour didn't really appeal to many.


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South Park's first season may not be among it's strongest, but in terms of setting up a cast of likable characters it succeeds, along with containing some classic episodes from the show.


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