South Park: Season 2 (1998 - 1999)

Season 2
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Air date: Apr 1, 1998

The second season opener of Comedy Central's irreverent animated series South Park alienated many of the show's hardcore fans. Instead of finishing the cliffhanger left concerning the identity of Cartman's father, Trey Parker and Matt Stone fashioned a half-hour vehicle for those Canadian jokesters Terrance and Phillip; they go to Iraq to find Terrence's kidnapped daughter. Before the half hour wraps up, Canada, Celine Dion, and television censorship advocates all receive the kind of stinging blows South Park fans have come to expect. "Terrance and Phillip in Not Without My Anus," originally aired April 1, 1998.

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Air date: Apr 22, 1998

Chef and the boys rush to the hospital to check on Mephesto, who's gunned down just as he's set to reveal the identity of Cartman's father. Meanwhile, the townspeople search for the gunman and battle a snowstorm.

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Air date: May 20, 1998

Kyle's adopted Canadian brother, Ike, is to be circumcised. In an effort to protect Ike's "fireman," the boys stick him on a train to Nebraska. Meanwhile, Mr. Mackey is fired for exposing the children to marijuana in an attempt to teach them that "drugs are bad, m'kay." After a drug-induced trip to hippieville, Mackey enters rehab and gets his job back. Meanwhile, the boys learn that the point of circumcision is actually to make the pee-pee look bigger, so they happily bring Ike back from Nebraska.

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Air date: May 27, 1998

The animals of South Park are nervous, and it's up to Barbrady and the boys to figure out who in the town is, um, "loving" the chickens. When it's discovered that Barbrady can't read, Cartman is deputized so that the town will be kept safe while Barbrady goes back to school. While Cartman revels in his new-found "authoritah," the Magical Bookmobile driver helps promote literacy by engaging in bestiality.

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Air date: Jun 3, 1998

While the kids of South Park are on the bus to China for the Dodgeball World Championships, the townsfolk make an effort to make the school nurse, who happens to have a dead fetus hanging off the side of her face, comfortable. Having won the championship, the kids return just in time for the festivities, including the Conjoined Fetus parade.

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Air date: Jun 10, 1998

Ned and Jimbo's show "Huntin' and Killin'" is king of the public access ratings, even surpassing the popular "Jesus and Pals." Jimbo and Ned tell the boys of their experiences in Vietnam, but the boys find out that they're being duped. So the gang decides to pull a prank on Ned and Jimbo and stage an incident involving the Mexican Staring Frog, which puts any person looking at it into a coma. The scam ruins the credibility of the show, returning "Jesus and Pals" to its proper place in the ratings.

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Air date: Jun 17, 1998

When television shows run out of ideas, the producers resort to a "clip show" where cast members sit around saying "Remember when?" while viewers are treated to scenes from old episodes. This episode of the irreverent animated series South Park mocks that convention. As their school bus dangles precariously on a steep cliff, Eric, Kenny, Kyle, and Stan remember incidents from old shows, but anyone familiar with those old clips will notice subtle and not so subtle changes. While the boys sort-of relive old times, Mrs. Crabtree, the bus driver, enjoys a career as a stand-up comic. "City on the Edge of Forever" first aired June 17, 1998, on Comedy Central.

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Air date: Jun 24, 1998

Abandoned by Mr. Hat, Mr. Garrison seeks therapy from Dr. Katz, who implies that Mr. Hat may have been a manifestation of Mr. Garrison's sexual persuasion. It turns out that Mr. Hat is fulfilling his own fantasy with Brett Favre. Meanwhile, Fourth of July fireworks are banned because one kid got hurt, so the town tries to figure out how they can celebrate Independence Day. The Mayor decides to light an enormous snake, which burns down the town.

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Air date: Aug 19, 1998

The South Park Film Festival attracts all the top Hollywood types, including Fred Savage. Unfortunately, the sudden influx of people with high-fiber diets overwhelms the sewage system, threatening the well-being of Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo. When he and the boys try to get the movie people to leave, it almost costs Hankey his life. Luckily, Chef's culinary concoction -- his salty chocolate balls -- help give Hankey the strength to banish the outsiders.

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Air date: Aug 26, 1998

Since everybody knows that it's better to get the chicken pox as a kid than as an adult, the gang's parents make the boys stay over at Kenny's house when they hear that Kenny has it. In return, the boys ask a local prostitute to give their parents herpes.

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The sophomore series of Trey Parker and Matt Stone's often outrageous satirical animated program "South Park" kicks off with the infamous episode "Terrence and Phillip in Not Without My Anus," and not with the resolution of the cliffhanger from last season about the identity of Cartman's father. That fact does however come to light in the second episode of this series that also includes a satire of the reality program "Cops" in the episode titled "Chickenlover." Other highlights include the song Chef (Isaac Hayes) sings in "Chef's Chocolate Salty Balls," a Christmas episode where the Stan, Kyle, Kenny, and Eric are kidnapped by Charles Manson, and Cartman trying to get a gig selling Cheesy Poofs in "Roger Ebert Should Lay Off the Fatty Foods."

Cast & Crew

Matt Stone
Kyle Broflovski/The Ghost of Kenny/Doctor 2/Butler/Thomas McElroy
Trey Parker
Stan Marsh/Eric Cartman/Randy Marsh/Timmy/Mr. Mackey
Mary Kay Bergman
Mrs. Crabtree/Liane Cartman/Sharon Marsh/Wendy Testaburger/Mayor McDaniels/Sheila Broflovski/Female Onlooker
Jennifer Howell
Bebe Stevens
Bruce Howell
Uncle Murray
Dian Bachar
Fake Mr. Hankey
Nico Agnone
Kevin/Ike Broflovski/First Graders
Brent Musburger
Brent Musburger
Geneviève Thomas Colvin
Trisha Nixon
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Critic Reviews for South Park Season 2

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

It's 20 minutes and change, and I dozed off twice while watching it.

Sep 11, 2013 | Full Review…

It's fun, funny, and clever and an early example of South Park greatness.

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

Audience Reviews for South Park: Season 2

  • Feb 06, 2021
    Another great classic South Park Season! I recommend reading up on all the references makes the journey even funnier. Just like the first Season always a great rewatch!
  • Jan 19, 2021
    Not as good as the first season, but it has its episodes.
  • Nov 28, 2020
    Its super duper great and awesome
  • Oct 26, 2020
    I mean I love this hell a lot
  • Oct 24, 2020
    Rude show a bit mad so funny
  • Jun 25, 2020
    Season 2 was a big letdown for South Park. I can only really enjoy one of the episodes, "Roger Ebert Should Lay Off the Fatty Foods". Outside of this episode (which is still somewhat forgettable), Season 2 is very forgettable in every aspect. It has some good moments at some points, but it is a severe downgrade from Season 1. Even Trey and Matt can agree with me on this one.
  • Mar 16, 2020
    While not featuring the best episodes, it still has a lot of good laughs and delivers.
  • Jan 18, 2020
    South Park starts to pick up steam in season 2
  • Oct 23, 2019
    My favorite episode is the April fool's joke that was just a Terrence and Philip episode. Loved it. So many outrageous characters.
  • Sep 22, 2019
    bigger doesn't always mean better this season was still great but not as good

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