South Park: Season 5 (2001)


Season 5
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Air date: Jun 20, 2001

In this wicked satire of network television standards and envelope-pushing programming, the people of South Park become obsessed with a television cop show in which people say the "S" word on the air. Soon, everyone in South Park is using the word regularly. This leads to an ancient curse being revived. This show made headlines because the "S" word was uttered 162 times without ever being bleeped. For those unwilling to keep track on their own, a counter is maintained on the screen that tallies the number of times the word is said. "It Hits the Fan" aired June 20, 2001, on Comedy Central. This episode was the first to air during the fifth season, although it was technically the second one produced.

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Air date: Jun 27, 2001

Big Gay Al comes back to town in this episode of South Park. Parents, threatened that Al is a Scout Master, shove him out of the organization. Sadly, the replacement is truly harmful to the kids. Meanwhile, Jimmy, the new kid, starts winning friends with his stand-up comedy based on his physical handicap. Timmy seethes with jealousy until they engage in a fistfight that recalls the extended slugfest in John Carpenter's They Live. Not for the easily offended, "Cripple Fight" first aired June 27, 2001, on Comedy Central.

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Air date: Jul 4, 2001

This typically irreverent episode of South Park satirizes/pays tribute to the classic ABC Saturday morning cartoon Superfriends. Master magician David Blaine has formed a cult that the boys discover is dangerous. After consulting with Jesus, the motley Super Best Friends are called into action. Just in time for Independence Day, this episode is highlighted by a concluding battle involving a giant Abraham Lincoln. "Super Best Friends" first aired July 4, 2001, on Comedy Central.

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Air date: Jul 11, 2001

This episode of South Park involves an irreverent, slightly disturbing tale of revenge. After high-schooler Scott Tenorman repeatedly humiliates Cartman (usually in ways that involve pubic hair), Eric hatches an elaborate plan, involving chili, to humiliate Scott in front of his favorite rock band Radiohead (who, in the tradition of Korn, actually perform their own voice work in the episode). Not for the easily disgusted, "Scott Tenorman Must Die" first aired July 11, 2001. Although it was the fourth episode to air during the show's fifth season, it was actually the first to be produced.

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Air date: Jul 18, 2001

This typically irreverent episode of South Park was obviously inspired by VH1's Behind the Music. Wanting to have the best Earth Day ever, the boys promise to get those great Canadian comics Terrance and Phillip to perform. Sadly, they are no longer on speaking terms with each other. One has grown fat and depressed, while the other continues the act with an unsatisfactory replacement. The boys must get them to put aside their differences long enough to perform. "Terrance and Phillip: Behind the Blow," first aired July 18, 2001, on Comedy Central.

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Air date: Jul 25, 2001

Cartman learns a painful lesson about economics while Kyle clings to life in this typically irreverent episode of South Park. Cartman buys his own amusement park, and refuses to allow anyone to share it, when he inherits one million dollars. Kyle is diagnosed with a very painful hemorrhoid. Kyle loses faith in God because he suffers while the loathsome Cartman is deliriously happy. By the end of the episode the tables have been turned, and Kyle's faith is restored. "Cartmanland" first aired July 25, 2001, on Comedy Central.

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Air date: Aug 1, 2001

Even by South Park standards, this is a remarkably irreverent episode. The teachers of the town must start teaching sex education, but they are as misinformed as the kids, causing the boys and the girls to live in fear of each other. While Mr. Mackey and Ms. Choksondik tentatively begin a sexual relationship, Mr. Garrison warps the minds of his kindergarten class with a bizarrely detailed list of information. Eventually the boys and girls are able to overcome their hysterical need to avoid each other. "Proper Condim Use" first aired August 1, 2001, on Comedy Central.

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Air date: Aug 8, 2001

The gang tries to protect a new resident in South Park from the government.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2001

Taking a break from humiliating Saddam Hussein, Trey Parker and Matt Stone destroy Osama Bin Laden in this patriotic, irreverent episode of South Park. Fart jokes, a lesson in humanitarianism, and a loving tribute to old Warner Brothers cartoons all come together when the boys find themselves in Afghanistan to make this one of the more memorable episodes in South Park history. "Osama Bin Laden Has Farty Pants" first aired November 7, 2001 on Comedy Central.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2001

This typically irreverent episode of South Park involves an interesting medical problem for Eric Cartman. After managing to get a picture of Kenny's posterior on milk cartons around the country, Cartman is unable to laugh because nothing else is as funny. However, there are strange ramifications for the prank when people come looking for the child on the milk carton. "How to Eat With Your Butt" first aired November 14, 2001.

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The fifth series of Trey Parker and Matt Stone's no-holds-barred satirical series "South Park" begins with a typically pointed tweak of television censorship with "It Hits the Fan," an episode that includes a counter tracking the number of time the "S" word is uttered during the episode's running time. From there the show tackles controversial topics like gays in the Boy Scouts in the episode "Cripple Fight," sexual education in school with "Proper Condom Use," and the duo aim their wicked humor at one of the most feared men in the world during the episode titled "Osama bin Laden Has Farty Pants."

Cast & Crew

Eliza Schneider
Liane Cartman/Waitress
Matt Stone
Kyle Broflovski/The Ghost of Kenny/Doctor 2/Butler/Thomas McElroy
Trey Parker
Stan Marsh/Eric Cartman/Randy Marsh/Timmy/Mr. Mackey
Mona Marshall
Elderly Women
Toby Morton
Scott Tenorman
Milan Agnone
Ike Broslofski
Nico Agnone
Kevin/Ike Broflovski/First Graders
Adrien Beard
Token Black/Mr. Black
Havannah Ulrich
First Grader
Danielle Quidilla
First Grader
Mohammad Babak
Afghans
Jesse Ulrich
First Grader
Jennifer Howell
Bebe Stevens
Misha Ulrich
First Grader
Naush Bout
Afghans
John Hansen
Mr. Slave/Trucker
Radiohead
Themselves
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Critic Reviews for South Park Season 5

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (6)

Continuing to push at the envelope has its own problems, but Parker and Stone's greatest accomplishment has always been knowing that it's an ever-shifting target.

Sep 16, 2013 | Full Review…

I thought this was a frequently brilliant half-hour of television.

Sep 16, 2013 | Full Review…

"It Hits The Fan" is a very smart, funny piece of television, a worthy season opener, but it's also a calculated ratings stunt, something that was transparently intended to get people calling in to radio shows saying, "Can you believe this was on TV?!"

Sep 16, 2013 | Full Review…

["It Hits the Fan"} is one of my all-time favorite episodes of South Park

Sep 16, 2013 | Full Review…

South Park is never afraid to be profane, but at its best, the show's profanity can be profound.

Sep 16, 2013 | Full Review…

Scratch enough at the surface of "It Hits The Fan," and it starts to reveal greater truths about the evolution of language and the enforcement of taboos.

Sep 16, 2013 | Full Review…

It's horrifying and hilarious, and it's peak South Park.

Jun 10, 2019 | Full Review…

It stands out because of the sheer audacity of incorporating just about all of the world's major religions in one silly joke.

Sep 12, 2013 | Rating: 8.3/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for South Park: Season 5

  • Mar 27, 2016
    The streak of greatness continuing from last season, Season 5 brings important changes to both the cast and tone of South Park - while also keeping it's roots firmly held down.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 11, 2015
    A very important season where quite a few things happened. But most importantly, it broke the record of having the most swearwords in one episode!
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 19, 2021
    A great season with classics such as Scott Tenorman Must Die, Cripple Fight!, Cartmanland, Towelie, How to Eat with Your Butt, and The Entity.
  • Nov 28, 2020
    It's so much more then this
  • Oct 26, 2020
    Wow this was great season like really good
  • Oct 25, 2020
    So rude and funny even i love it
  • Jun 25, 2020
    Season 5, in my opinion, is either the best season of any television show of all time or at least the second best. "Butters Very Own Episode", "Proper Condom Use", and "Scott Tenorman Must Die" show more developments in the main characters. My personal favorite episode of the entire series is "Butters Very Own Episode". Season 5 display's South Park's prime period, which I believe begins right here.
  • Sep 25, 2019
    Oh my god they killed Kenny you bast-you actually killed him like for real this time how he wouldn't return for another season thats crazy this season is also very famous for the episode It Hits the Fan where they say the most swear words in one episode they say the word s**t 162 times
  • Jul 14, 2019
    Trey Parker and Matt Stone in 2001 created probably one of the best ever seasons of their show. Yes, South Park Season 5 is incredibly good, hilarious and so smart. This is the first season where we really learn how evil Cartman is thus changing his personality from just an annoying brat to a plain evil person. That choice was great as it lead to the Cartman we know and love today. That worked and the result is a hilarious, at times dark, extremely memorable and downright phenomenal piece of entertainment. Intoducing the character of Jimmy. This season also has four of my all time top favorite South Park Episodes of all time "Scott Tenorman Must Die", "Osama bin Laden Has Farty Pants" "Proper Condom Use" and "Kenny Dies" Kenny dies is such an emotional episode The performances of the boys are just so convincing. it has many iconic moments like Cartman singing heat of the moment, crying in Kyle's arms, saying he Always thought of Kenny as his best friend and Kenny's death which was incredibly sad which is hilarious considering he died 71 times before. Well to wrap it up: South Park Season Five is one of the show's very best with not a single bad apple in the bunch. Best Episode: "Scott Tenorman Must Die" Worst Episode: "Towelie"
  • Jan 20, 2017
    Not as good as Season 4, but definitely part of "Classic" South Park, my favorite of this whole season was "Here Comes the Neighborhood" because it makes fun of how irritating it is for white people to realize that there are rich black people living in their country, compared to the hundreds of millions of bone-fucked starving babies and women in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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