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The first season of the animated television series South Park ran for 13 episodes from August 13, to February 25, on the American network Comedy Central. The narrative revolves around four children— Stan MarshKyle BroflovskiEric Cartman and Kenny McCormick —and their unusual experiences in the titular mountain town.
South Park originated from Parker and Stone's animated shortJesus vs. The low-budget, crudely made film featured prototypes of South Park 's main characters and was followed in by another short film, Jesus vs. Santawhich became popular and was widely shared over the Internet. Fox ultimately passed on the show, and Comedy Central signed on to produce the series instead. South Park debuted on August 13, on Comedy Central with an initial run of six episodes; due to its success, an additional seven episodes were quickly produced.
The complete season was released on DVD in November The first season was a ratings success for Comedy Central. The Nielsen ratings rose from 1. The show was a financial success for Comedy Central and helped the network transform into "a cable industry power almost overnight".
Parents Television Council rated it so offensive that it "shouldn't have been made": "it doesn't just push the envelope; it knocks it off the table",  while another critic thought of it as "coming pretty damn close" to being a "perfect" television series season. They discussed filming a three-minute short film involving a boy who befriended a talking piece of feces named Mr. Although such a short was never made,  Parker and Stone created a Christmas-related animated short commonly known as " Jesus vs.
Frosty ". The crude, low-budget animation featured prototypes for the main characters of South Parkincluding CartmanStan and Kyle. Titled The Spirit of Christmasbut also known as " Jesus Matt Stone - South Park The Complete First Season-Episode Commentar. Santa ", the short resembled the style of the later series more closely. The "Jesus vs. Santa" video was widely copied and shared over the Internet.
George Clooney was reported to have Toms Rhinoplasty - Trey Parker copies for his friends, and the short was subsequently regarded as likely the first viral video. Through Graden, the duo persuaded Fox to buy their series due to its reputation with primetime edgier shows such as CopsThe Simpsonsand The X-Files.
Fox set up a meeting at its office in Century City to discuss with Parker and Stone on how the show would proceed. It did not go well; Fox hated Mr. Hankey being included in the show, as they felt a talking stool character would not fly well with its viewers. Santa short and considered it to be "literally the funniest thing [he]'d ever seen," and requested Parker and Stone to develop a show for his network.
Hankey episode, with Parker claiming to have asked that "one thing we have to know before we really go any further: how do you Matt Stone - South Park The Complete First Season-Episode Commentar about talking poo? Hankey debuted Matt Stone - South Park The Complete First Season-Episode Commentar few months later in the ninth episode, "Mr.
Hankey, the Christmas Poo". The pilot episode received poor results from test audiences. However, when buzz began to generate on the Internet about the two original shorts, the network commissioned Parker and Stone to write one more episode without committing to a full series until they had seen the script.
While working on the Lies - The Second Hand Marching Band - Compendium! OrgazmoParker and Stone wrote the script for what would later become the episode "Weight Gain ".
The duo sought to give Comedy Central executives an Dont You Want Me - Alcazar - Disco Defenders of how the series would be and how each episode could differ from the others.
The network liked the script, and when Parker and Stone refused to write another script before signing off on at Toms Rhinoplasty - Trey Parker six episodes, the executives agreed to commit to a series. Comedy Central originally ordered only these six episodes, but when the show proved successful, they requested an additional seven, Bones - The Killers - Sams Town Parker and Stone had to produce quickly.
Hankey, the Christmas Poo"—which aired at intervals of three weeks, while the remaining four aired later in February They felt that the show's first Matt Stone - South Park The Complete First Season-Episode Commentar Christmas special, "Mr.
Hankey, the Christmas Poo", brought South Park to a new level of popularity, and Parker said this episode "just vaulted everything.
South Park 's first season was a ratings success for Comedy Central. Hankey, the Christmas Poo"6. South Park became one of the first television series to be bootlegged via the Internet, just as The Spirit of Christmas had been before it. College students digitized many episodes from the Run To The Well - The Stevens Sisters - Little By Little season and streamed them online for friends who were unable to receive Comedy Central.
Despite high ratings, reviews from television critics for the season were mixed. Both The Washington Post and The New York Times had three articles mentioning the show, usually in terms of "class-based taste arguments.
Brent Bozellfounder and then-president of the Parents Television Councilgave an unfavorable review to the episode, stating that the show "is so offensive that it shouldn't have been made. It doesn't just push the envelope; it knocks it off the table. When "Weight Gain " aired, many writers in the mainstream media were still debating the longevity and the overall quality of South Park.
With the series still in its earliest stages, the episode continued to shock many due to the characters frequent use of profanities. Hankey, the Christmas Poo" aired three months later. Inscholar Stephen Groening argued that the show appeared as part of a reaction to the culture wars of the s and s in the United States, in which issues such as Murphy Brown 's motherhood, Tinky Winky 's sexuality, and The Simpsons ' family values were extensively debated.
The culture wars, and political correctness in particular, were driven by the belief that relativism was becoming more relevant to daily life. Groening explained that South Park "made a name for itself as rude, crude, vulgar, offensive, and potentially dangerous". Its critics argued that the Stan, Kyle, Just Riden (Album Version) - Saafir - Just Riden and Kenny were poor role models for children while its supporters celebrated the show's defense of free speech.
InDevin Leonard of Fortune regarded that the launch of South Park transformed Comedy Central from a "not-so-funny" network to "a cable industry power almost overnight. South Park became immediately one of the most popular shows on cable television, averaging consistently between 3. An affiliate of the MTV Network until then, Comedy Central decided, in part due to the success of South Parkto have its own independent sales department. Some episodes of the first season received nominations for several entertainment awards.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone produced commentaries Matt Stone - South Park The Complete First Season-Episode Commentar each episode but requested they be pulled off altogether when they found out the commentaries would be edited.
Instead, the commentaries were released unedited by Comedy Central on a set of five CDs. It was one of the first experiments with downloadable television videos, thus making South Park one of the first shows legally obtainable on the Internet. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. South Park season 1 DVD cover. See also: List of South Park episodes. TV Guide. Retrieved February 2, Retrieved July 7, Brent III August 20, Media Research Center. Retrieved March 21, Retrieved April 12, AAP Newsfeed.
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