South Park: Season 5 (2001)


Season 5
South Park

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Air date: Jun 20, 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."


Matt Stone
as Kyle/Kenny
Trey Parker
as Stan/Cartman/Mr. Garrison/Timmy
Mary Kay Bergman
as Principal Victoria/Liane/Sharon/Sheila/Nurse Gollum
Mona Marshall
as Linda Stotch
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Critic Reviews for South Park Season 5

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (6)

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…

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…
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"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…
Top Critic

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…
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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
  • 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.
  • Sep 12, 2015
    Definitely the best season of the best show I've ever seen. Want to know why? Watch the season yourself to find out.
  • Jan 05, 2014
    South Park is now a pop culture phenomenon, and it's better than ever. The satirical edge combined with the excellent story telling is great. Oh, and there's still enough (tongue-in-cheek) poop jokes to tide the other half of the fanbase over.
  • Nov 26, 2013
    This was the turning point of South Park where the episodes felt less boring and complete including some of the most memorable episodes the show has

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