South Park: Season 1 (1997 - 1998)

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Season 1
South Park

Critics Consensus

South Park is gallingly crude in both its humor and art style, but this upstart cartoon is blisteringly funny as it blasphemes against conservative and liberal attitudes alike.

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Critic Ratings: 11

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User Ratings: 242
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Episodes

1
Air date: Aug 13, 1997
2
Air date: Aug 20, 1997
3
Air date: Aug 27, 1997
4
Air date: Sep 3, 1997
5
Air date: Sep 10, 1997
6
Air date: Sep 17, 1997
7
Air date: Oct 29, 1997
8
Air date: Nov 19, 1997
9
Air date: Dec 17, 1997
10
Air date: Feb 4, 1998
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Tv Season Info

The debut series of Trey Parker and Matt Stone's often outrageous satirical animated program "South Park" introduces the world to four elementary school friends -- Stan Marsh, Kyle Braflovski, foulmouthed Eric Cartman, and mumble-mouthed Kenny McCormick -- whose many misadventures skewer various aspects of popular culture. The debut series includes the GLAAD nominated "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride," the alien-abduction episode "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe," the introduction of "Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo," and ends with a cliffhanger that promised to reveal the identity of Cartman's father.

Critic Reviews for South Park Season 1

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (7)

Rendered in the wanting style of a cheesy, early 1960's cartoon, South Park is a witless offering that wants to score as it seeks to be pointedly outrageous and aggressively offensive but clocks in as merely dumb.

Jan 26, 2018 | Full Review…

TOO BAD, KIDS! South Park... is for grownups albeit grownups who aren't put off by some blood, some guts and some sure-fire passing-gas jokes along with the show's sardonic observations about kids, parenting, politics and media.

Sep 9, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Beneath the rough edges... are some knowingly clever observations about childhood and popular culture.

Sep 9, 2013 | Full Review…

So far, 'South Park' succeeds best in small touches.

Sep 9, 2013 | Full Review…

It might help if the South Park kids had personalities, but they're as one-dimensional as the show's cut-and-paste animation.

Sep 9, 2013 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Part of what made the show seem so unusual when it was in its first full flush of success was the way that it managed to be everywhere while also seeming so thoroughly disposable.

Sep 11, 2013 | Full Review…

The genius of Parker and Stone is the incongruity between the innocent look of the characters and the outlandish invective that spews from their yaps and gives South Park its deliciously wigged-out sensibility.

Sep 9, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Shocking, offensive, and hilarious, South Park continues to undermine authority with its creative and insightful critiques of the media, politics, and celebrity hype.

Mar 7, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This is proto-South Park. It's rough and dirty, fast and offensive - like a drive-by. Only funnier.

Sep 12, 2013 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Even if we were always the butt of every South Park gag, we were also always in on the joke.

Aug 31, 2018 | Full Review…

South Park strikes a great balance between the family orientated Simpsons, and the adult humor of Family Guy, whilst proving far more funny and far less irritating than the loud-mouthed latter.

Mar 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for South Park: Season 1

  • Feb 15, 2017
    "Oh my god, they killed Kenny!" Hilariously entertaining, Season 1 of Comedy Central's hit animated series South Park delivers a ton of laughs. The show follows a group of elementary school students named Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny as they get into wacky adventures, including alien abductions, an erupting volcano, a zombie outbreak, wild turkey attacks, and a rampaging genetic clone. The animation is rather crude, but the simpleness has a sort of charm to it and serves as a clever juxtaposition to the adult humor. And the comedy is really well-written, with plenty of no holds barred lampooning of celebrities. Fresh and exciting, South Park delivers an incredible first season.
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  • Oct 23, 2019
    The first season is an absolute classic now. I remember seeing the first few episodes and I couldn't stop laughing because of how ridiculous the animation was and how offensive it was.
  • Sep 22, 2019
    the start of the show couldnt have been better this is classic south park
  • Sep 03, 2019
    This Show always stays so fresh after 22 seasons
  • Jul 07, 2019
    The season that started it all.. the one that started what I consider to be the single best animated TV Show of all time. in Season One of South Park The voice of some of the characters is still not established, the animation is too crude and there is not a single episode here that should be on any all-time best list, However none of the episodes are bad or borderline unwatchable, the social and political commentary does not get in the way of the humor which is surprisingly good at times. But what really makes South Park work are the characters: Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, Kenny Mccormick and Chef are some of the very best characters of all time. Overall it's nothing spectacular, but for the very first season, it is really good and holds up pretty well. Best Episode: "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe" Worst Episode: "Cartman's Mom.... "
  • May 24, 2019
    Favorite show since childhood!
  • Jan 01, 2019
    South Park at its best. Wildly ridiculous and funny this season is well worth the watch.
  • Apr 26, 2018
    The early work is just as good as the new stuff
  • Sep 20, 2017
    The best show ever! Best season to start with everyone watched when it first came out and it became a hit! Start with this season and then you'll be ready for Season 2, 3 and then eventually make your way all the way down. What I miss in the newer seasons is the third grade maybe the reason in Season 3 they didn't make new episodes for a month is because they had to rewrite the episodes with Stan and Wendy because Mary Kay Bergman died and that's effected the show's timeline since. They became an even edgier show paving the way for a more loving towards gay society and everyone it was the plan since they were moving into the new century in 2000. But that's no need to make the current seasons politically correct. It's just so complicated because they would need to replace Chef. Maybe they need to return to the third grade and write more stories like they originally planned. Mary Kay did the best job as the voice of Wendy Testaburger they should hire on of her former students Grey Delisle she can do hundreds of voices just like Mary Kay could. She should continue to do the voice of Wendy Testaburger instead of April Stewart. And Isaac Hayes the Third should be hired to do the voice of Chef in memory of his father and to show he never really quit the show.
  • Jan 20, 2017
    South Park Season 1 is one of the GREATEST American TV programs I've ever seen in my life.

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