South Park: Season 21 (2017)

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Season 21
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South Park delivers an uncharacteristically stilted season that feels timid in its satire and unsure of who or what it's lampooning.

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Critic Ratings: 13

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User Ratings: 349
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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 13, 2017
2
Air date: Sep 20, 2017
3
Air date: Sep 27, 2017
4
Air date: Oct 11, 2017
5
Air date: Oct 18, 2017
6
Air date: Oct 25, 2017
7
Air date: Nov 8, 2017
8
Air date: Nov 15, 2017
9
Air date: Nov 29, 2017
10
Air date: Dec 6, 2017

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Tv Season Info

Season 21 of this satirical comedy series tackles issues like North Korea, Facebook, and superhero movies. Meanwhile, Cartman continues his relationship with Heidi, but the couple have their ups and downs. Other story lines include Timmy and Jimmy creating a science project that might save the world; a witch causes trouble during South Park's Halloween; and Stan gets blamed for an opiates crisis in South Park.

Cast

Matt Stone
as Kyle/Kenny
Trey Parker
as Stan/Cartman/Mr. Garrison/Timmy
April Stewart
as Sharon Marsh/Liane Cartman/Principal Victoria

Critic Reviews for South Park Season 21

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

Freed from its serialized structure, "South Park" looks poised for an array of damning observations in the weeks to come - exactly when need it.

Sep 14, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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After twenty years of skewering public figures from Steve Jobs to Donald Rumsfeld to Britney Spears, Parker and Stone seemed stumped.

Oct 23, 2017 | Full Review…

The episode manages to take both approaches while it works through the horror of knowing Trump has his finger on the big red button.

Sep 28, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A mixed start to the season that will hopefully find its feet soon enough.

Sep 19, 2017 | Full Review…

As these subplots prove, Parker and Stone are more than capable of dreaming up an episode of Trump-free irreverence. They just need to fully commit to it.

Sep 14, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

What I'm saying is, bring back the poop that took a pee.

Sep 15, 2017 | Full Review…

It's a sad message to end a sad season on, and even more pathetic in 2017.

Oct 19, 2018 | Full Review…

South Park's knives have clearly been sharpened, which hopefully promises more cutting humor in the weeks to come.

Sep 14, 2017 | Full Review…

So, no, it hasn't been a great season by South Park standards, but it has been one that reminds us that the show remains as relevant as ever. Not bad 21 years in.

Feb 14, 2018 | Full Review…

This year yielded a handful of instant classics and reminded us that South Park is at its best when the focus remains on Stan, Kyle, Cartman and the rest of the gang, not on the crazy world outside South Park, Colorado.

Sep 14, 2017 | Rating: 8.2/10 | Full Review…

... they came out punching with kid's gloves for the season 21 premiere.

Oct 18, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

... if it's going to purposefully invoke a divisive and violent moment in recent American history-it had better come prepared to actually engage with the thing it's riffing on.

Sep 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for South Park: Season 21

  • Mar 18, 2019
    South Park attempts to get back to episodic adventures in its twenty-first season. Yet while it's far less serialized than previous seasons, there are still a couple of ongoing story thread; such as Cartman's dysfunctional relationship with his girlfriend. And despite their pledge to avoid the low hanging fruit of Trump jokes, Trey Parker and Matt Stone can't help but to throw some shade his way. The sociopolitical satire continues to be smart and edgy, taking on victim culture, political correctness, and several pop-culture trends. However, they push the raunchiness a little far in a couple of episodes, and if one's not hip the current trends a lot of the humor will fall flat. Season 21 of South Park isn't that bad, but it's nowhere near the highs of the early seasons.
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  • Oct 06, 2019
    South Park is still funnier and cleverer than Family Guy and The Simpsons with its sarcasm, wit and social commentary. You'd think with the ridiculousness of a Trump presidency, this type of subject matter would be right up South Park's street, however many of the Trump jokes aren't that funny. My favourite part of this season was Heidi's character transformation. I look forward to seeing more from Heidi in the following season.
  • Sep 24, 2019
    Season 21 is a return to form for South Park after some average seasons where serialization and politics sadly took over but now with no continuity and a return to classic South Park where each new episode is their own original thing. A much needed change was finally made for the better. "White People Renovating Houses" while the took our jobs rednecks and Randy Marsh weren't as brilliant as they usually are Eric Cartman certaintly was. "Put It Down" Is a fantastic South Park episode with Craig and Eric Cartman being simply hilarious in this and the take on Americans‘ fear of a potential war with North Korea being excellent. "Holiday Special" is a weaker episode it does have some good Randy moments but overall it's rather weak. "Franchise Prequel" I felt was a real accurate depiction of Mark Zuckerberg and how he probably behaves in real life, but the kids aren't memorable in this except for professor Chaos who is actually succeeding at being evil. "Hummels & Heroin" Is another weaker one with that kid Marcus being really annoying, but it is nice to see Grandpa Marsh again and he's probably at his best since S1 Death here. "Sons a Witches" Is just another great and memorable episode with the fathers being absolutely hilarious in this episode and Heidi and Cartman both manage to amuse quite a bit. "Doubling Down" Has Eric Cartman being really great again, being really manipulative and racist that's how I like him best. "Moss Piglets" should have used Jimmy, Timmy and Nathan more as unlike handicar they are really great in this one, and so was Heidi transforming into the female version of Cartman to simply hysterical results, but the episode does fall apart in the second act unfortenately. "Super Hard PCness" is bad. Terrance and Phillip were ridiculously aged a lot and Kyle just acts so out of character what happened to him he used to be cool but now to be honest I don't even know why Stan is still best friends with him as he's always being so whiny about everything it's been going on since season 18 and I don't like it at all Kyle needs to go back to the boy he once was ending with the bombing of Canada was just so unnecessary. "Splatty Tomato" Is such a weak conclusion with nobody being great here and only two good scenes: The Chicago Bears Super Bowl Shuffle song playing and that everyone vomits about the thought of two co-workers being intimate with each other oh and the Heidi/Cartman break up I really hope they're through now as I want Cartman to be truly free and Heidi was holding him back and quite frankly was really annoying aswell she never was a good character. So In the end South Park Season 21 is a good season It definitely felt like an improvement over the previous couple of seasons with a funnier approach and less serialized storytelling it had great episodes like Put It Down and Sons a Witches but some bad ones aswell like Holiday Special, Super hard PCness and Splatty Tomato. So the season is far from great and I would only rank Seasons 18 and 20 below this but it is great to know that they got rid of the serialization so the only way to go from here is upwards. Best Episode: "Put It Down" Worst Episode: "Super Hard PCness"
  • Jan 01, 2019
    This season has some interesting moments but overall is not worth more than one watch.
  • Oct 16, 2018
    Not the worst season, far from the best.
  • Aug 28, 2018
    As a mad SP fan I have to say, It was better than Season 20. Sure about 4 of the episodes absolutely bombed for me but other than that SP is still holding it strong. The Season tried to dig back its roots and I can tell hey are half-way there.
  • Aug 23, 2018
    maybe should have made season 20 there last I feel like south park is going down hill faster then myself man this show used to be mind-blowingly witty now it feels a lot more stale in parts then it used to I suggest watching the other south park seasons before this one as well because it has a lot of story building on past interactions of the shows and movies and they are so much funnier
  • Jul 21, 2018
    South Park always amazes me with their brilliance. In this season there are as always quite a few moments of pure genius - DNA&me commercial's "..Wassup Nigger ..I'm 13% victim.." ; Heidi not going out of the which's sack ; Cartman dressing Heidi and him as Hensel & Gretel to get the which to get Heidi ; Trump showing the which true power ; Netfix representative green-lighting everything; The unbelieving reaction to co-worker love... The list goes on. BUT.... the obviousness of the political views of the writers kind of spoils the originality and every time they go this way.. well.. the jokes are just not funny. The whites are dull, pursuing Trump is really boring, Zuckerberg too. Its when South Park sticks to Children acting as adults on children issues, and adults acting as children on adult issues, that the magical humor kicks in, and when they try to be too political it just becomes obvious. Still, I will probably always watch South Park for those pure genius moments that no one else thinks to say.
  • Jul 09, 2018
    Nothing compared to to the earlier seasons, but I actually really enjoyed this season. The only thing is the Trump and member berries stuff is getting tiring. Im not a trump supporter either, but it’s just like, yknow, getting old? Except for the finale, the finale was fucking hilarious. White People Renovating Houses was so funny, and along with the humor I do quite enjoy taking a break from it and seeing the wholesome Tweek and Craig moments. But I hope they wrap this story up and get back to the regular story arch they had before. Hoping this plot doesn’t mean the end of South Park.. if simpsons has been going at it for as long as it has, you can do it to, Parker and Stone!
  • Jun 04, 2018
    South PARK season 21 REMINDS us that tv shows CAN still be funny and relevant after 20 years. The season brings South PARK back to it's old days, when the cartoon was just kids having ADVENTURES.

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