South Park season 24: release date, trailer and what we know about the show’s future
South Park season 24’s release date hasn’t technically been announced – but a new one-hour episode is coming on September 30, it’s been confirmed. With more than 300 episodes now under its belt, Comedy Central’s adult animated sitcom remains evergreen, even if its quality still fluctuates wildly between seasons. In South Park season 23, the show was pretty much on form, with a lot of focus placed on a storyline involving Randy Marsh’s Tegridy Farms.
South Park season 24 was confirmed in 2019, when the show was renewed through 2022. The show’s popularity clearly isn’t waning: HBO Max reportedly paid more than $500 million just to stream old episodes of the show, and episodes like ‘Band in China’ suggest the show can still grab headlines over (relatively minor) controversies.
Here’s what we know about South Park season 24 so far, then, including the release of the new pandemic-themed special episode.
South Park season 24 release date
South Park season 24 doesn’t have an official release date yet, but a one-hour pandemic-themed episode of the show has been confirmed to release on September 30. This marks the show’s return to production. Here’s a trailer:
The on-going pandemic presents continued challenges to the citizens of South Park, in the hour-long, supersized episode titled “The Pandemic Special” premiering Wednesday, Sept 30 at 8p ET. pic.twitter.com/wzyTXxjNtlSeptember 15, 2020
We’re unsure when it’ll return for more episodes after this, but presumably it won’t be too long.
Now TV, which airs new episodes of South Park in the UK, tweeted in late August (see below) that South Park is streaming weekly from September 25. That tweet has now been deleted, however, and we believe it was probably some kind of listing error. Still, they were only five days off the actual release date of a new episode.
#TwoWeeksToLive – 2nd – Stream every episode#TheThirdDay – 15th – Stream weekly#TheComeyRule – 30th – Stream every episode#911LoneStar – 22nd – Stream weekly⁰#SouthPark – 25th – Stream weekly#TeenMomS2 – 17th – Stream weekly#FBIMostWanted – 17th – Stream weeklyAugust 25, 2020
While a lot of TV show production has been negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, animation has seemingly been less affected, with shows like Bob’s Burgers and The Simpsons returning at their usual times this year. How South Park specifically will be affected (if at all) is unclear, though, since the series is typically produced on a fast turnaround.
South Park season 24 will be followed by 25 and 26
As mentioned above, South Park has been renewed through to 2022, which should cover the show through to seasons 25 and 26.
The show is likely to end at some point over the next decade, though. “I don’t think we have ever had an ‘OK, let’s sit down and decide if we are going to keep going,’” co-creator Trey Parker told The Hollywood Reporter this year about the future of the show. Co-creator Matt Stone also said in 2019, “I am 48. Trey turns 50 this year. So I will say that I don’t think we will be doing this show when we’re 60.”
So, assuming Parker and Stone don’t change their minds (which is possible), you’ve got between three and ten seasons of South Park left.
How to watch South Park episodes online
South Park is relatively each to watch, depending on where you are. In the US, HBO Max has the streaming rights to the show (with several controversial episodes missing) including new episodes, but you can also just watch them online here on Comedy Central’s website. DVDs are also available of every season, including South Park season 23.
In the UK, new South Park episodes are aired on Comedy Central UK, which you can watch with a Now TV subscription. Amazon Prime Video UK also has the first 22 seasons available to stream. Netflix UK has several seasons to watch in the UK, but not a complete archive.