Trey Parker and Matt Stone have created one of the longest running, and hilarious animated series on television. With the possible exception of The Simpsons (FXX), South Park has been one of the most plugged-in and politically active shows in the last two decades. And the best part is, you can watch the first 19 seasons right on Hulu with your subscription.
When new episodes premiered for season 19 of the show, South Park Studios announced that they would be available on Hulu the day after they premiered. There is no word yet if the studio will be doing this again, but do you really want to risk it? I mean you can sit there with your Hulu subscription and watch the first 19 seasons of this gem, right now. Win-win scenario here.
For those who don’t know (are you out there, people who don’t know? Seriously?), South Park is the brainchild of creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The show is made at the beginning of each week, meaning that each one is exceptionally timely. The pilot episode used cutout animation and each subsequent season used software to emulate that style. Much like The Simpsons, South Park uses a very large ensemble cast of recurring characters and places the main cast of Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, and Kenny McCormick into untenable, sometimes disgusting, and ultimately, hilarious situations.
What are our favorite South Park episodes? Glad you asked. Here’s five in no particular order at all:
- Season 9, Episode 12: Trapped in the Closet. In this episode, Tom Cruise refuses to come “out of the closet” in Stan’s bedroom. R. Kelly appears and sings his entire exchange with Cruise as a spoof of his notoriously poorly reviewed “opera” of the same name. The episode generated such backlash that Isaac Hayes, the voice of the character Chef, left the show because of jokes made against Scientology. Tom Cruise and R. Kelly also lashed out against the episode.
- Season 11, Episode 5: Fantastic Easter Special. It makes fun of Christiniaity, the Catholic Church, Easter and the Da Vinci Code, all wrapped up in one half hour time slot. In an exceptionally hilarious adventure Stan finds out the truth about Easter and what the Catholic Church has been “hiding.”
- Season 7, Episode 11: Casa Bonita. Eric Cartman is not invited to Kyle’s birthday party at Casa Bonita. The reason this episode is so funny is because it gives the viewer a snapshot into the absolutely corrupt and evil mind of Cartman – trust us, it’s black as the night.
- Season 10, Episode 8: Make Love Not Warcraft. Possibly the most hilarious of the episodes, particularly if you’ve ever played the Massive Online game World of Warcraft. The entire episode was created in conjunction with Blizzard, the creators of the game, and is “filmed” within it, as the boy attempt to stop a super powerful character from killing everyone in their server.
- Season 2, Episode 17: Gnomes. This entire episode is about the boys trying to figure out where their underwear goes when they put it in the washing machine. Turns out, gnomes are stealing it, and they have a complete (or incomplete, depending on how you look at it), plan to turn a profit on the missing skivvies.
That’s just a small snapshot of the 267 episodes you can watch right now! You’ve got plenty of shows to watch, so get out there and get streaming!