South Park season 24’s release date hasn’t exactly been announced – but the season began with a pandemic-themed special on September 30. 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 what we expect to happen after the first special’s release.
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 was released on September 30. This marked the show’s return to production after the pandemic. The special is now available to stream on South Park Studios for free in the US.
Technically, the site counts The Pandemic Special as South Park season 24 episode 1. So season 24 has technically begun. It’s unclear if and when a full season will follow – but at the end of the episode, Randy Marsh says “I think I’m gonna do a few more specials”, suggesting this could be the format we enjoy South Park in for the time being. Could we see fewer but longer episodes this season?
A big challenge for the creative team is making South Park remotely – a video explained how it was entirely made from home. Check it out below:
We’re unsure when it’ll return for more episodes after this, but hopefully it won’t be too long. While a lot of TV show production has been negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, animation has seemingly been less affected, simply because no one has to navigate the complications of filming on-set with social distancing.
As the video makes clear, though, making an animated TV show like South Park from home has its own challenges…
Presumably, though, the fact that the animators now have the tools to make South Park from home means that production can continue on season 24.
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.