South Park Turns 25


On August 13, 1997, South Park debut on Comedy Central.

South Park is an American animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone and developed by Brian Graden for Comedy Central. The series revolves around four boys—Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, and Kenny McCormick—and their exploits in and around the titular Colorado town. South Park became infamous for its profanity and dark, surreal humor that satirizes a wide range of topics toward an adult audience.

The first episode was “Cartman Gets an Anal Probe” as the series premiere of the American animated television series South Park. It first aired on Comedy Central in the United States on August 13, 1997. The episode introduces child protagonists Eric Cartman, Kyle Broflovski, Stanley “Stan” Marsh and Kenneth “Kenny” McCormick, who attempt to rescue Kyle’s adopted brother Ike from being abducted by aliens.

In its first season, it had so many viewers that it came in third in its timeslot behind two major broadcast networks.