South Park is absolutely the show that built Comedy Central and the network is completely aware of that by giving it a 3 season renewal with creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The deal will put the show on the air for 26 seasons and at least 327 episodes. While some shows might lose a step creatively as they age South Park is one of those rare shows that seems to be on the cutting edge of news and pop culture because of how fast it’s turned around.
Parker and Stone will continue to write, direct, and edit every episode of South Park, as they have since the series premiered in 1997.
The hard work Parker and Stone put into the show has paid off greatly for them, it was the highest-rated primetime cable comedy for six consecutive years, +21% higher than its closest competitor in 2018. Comedy Central estimates that 18.3 billion episodes and 7 billion hours of the show have been watched to date. South Park extends off the television screen with over 48 million fans across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, making it the most-popular cable comedy series on each platform. On social platforms, South Park generated 111 million streams in 2018 with incredible growth on Instagram (+586% vs. prior year) and YouTube (+78%).
“South Park is the greatest comedy in the history of television, unmatched in its satirical strength and cultural relevancy and it shows no signs of slowing down,” said Kent Alterman, President of Comedy Central, Paramount Network and TV Land. “If humanity is still intact in 1,000 years, historians will see the most transcendent artists of our era as The Beatles, Muhammed Ali, and Matt and Trey. We’ll do as many seasons as they would like.”
“Apparently, our efforts to get our own show cancelled have fallen short,” said Parker and Stone. “Luckily, we love Comedy Central and Kent and our staff so we are looking forward to new cancellation opportunities in the next few years.”
Season 23 of the show kicks off on September 25th where it will air a landmark 300th episode. Ahead of its launch, viewers can take the SPandMe test to find out which South Park characters are inside you.