We all know South Park, we all know “oh my god they killed Kenny” but do you know where and when it started? I bet most don’t, at least most non USA readers.
South park started actually in 1992 with The spirit of Christmas Jesus vs Frosty. In this episode only Cartman has a name….Kenny and yes, he gets killed (as is the character that we later get to know as Kenny). You can already recognise Cartman, Stan and Kenny, Kyle could be there but has a totally different hat and no reference is made about him being jewish
Then in 1995 they make a new episode also called “the spirit of christmas. I don’t know if the first episode had the theme song already (not in the video I posted) but here we hear the tune for the first time but in a slower beat and sounding a bit gloomy. Also in this episode Kyle gets his name and is recognised as being a jewish boy, cartman is called cartman and only Stan is without a name
Thesecond video became one of the first Internet viral videos, which ultimately led to its production as a series. South Park debuted in August 1997 with great success, consistently earning the highest ratings of any basic cable program. Subsequent ratings have varied but it remains one of Comedy Central’s highest rated shows, and is slated to air through at least 2016 The pilot episode was produced using cutout animation. All subsequent episodes are created with software that emulates the cutout technique. Parker and Stone perform most of the voice acting. Since 2000, each episode is typically written and produced during the week preceding its broadcast, with Parker serving as the primary writer and director. There have been a total of 257 episodes over the course of the show’s 18 seasons.
The series has received numerous accolades, including five Primetime Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, and numerous inclusions in various publications’ lists of greatest television shows. The show’s popularity resulted in a feature-length theatrical film, South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut which was released in June 1999, less than two years after the show’s premiere, and became a commercial and critical success. In 2013, TV Guide ranked South Park the tenth Greatest TV Cartoon of All Time. South Park is the third longest-running animated series in the U.S. behind The Simpsons and Arthur.
enjoy the first official episode “Cartman gets an anal probe” with a short commentary by Matt Stone and Trey Parker