On 30th September, 2020 the American animated sitcom South Park released a new series called the pandemic special. The series was premiering its 24th season. This one-hour episode was created to address issues going on people’s minds in 2020. From talking about COVID-19, Donald Trump, and police brutality, it addresses all the trending and important issues. The episode gained around 2.3 million live viewers. Consequently, it became the episode with the highest rating for the past seven years.
ViacomCBS also simulcast the episode on its network. Chris McCarthy, the president of the network stated that they are excited about South Park returning. He also said that the success goes to the creativity of the creators. It was also telecasted on MTV, VH1, Paramount Network, and more. Trey Parker and Matt Stone are the creators of the show. The series is known for its dark humor content while addressing all kinds of topics and issues around the globe. The series has won numerous awards including five Primetime Emmy Awards. They were also nominated for an Academy Award in 1999. It is included in the category of the greatest cartoons of all time.
The South Park Pandemic special was the best hour of TV I have seen in a long time. pic.twitter.com/hGWCkpQakt
— Troy Harrison Chriest (@ThatTroyChriest) October 1, 2020
There HAS to be a second South Park Pandemic Special now.
— Andy (@GamblinEngineer) October 2, 2020
South Park pandemic special episode is HILARIOUS
— Big Geezus Shuttleworth (@MrStatsOfficial) October 2, 2020
That South Park Pandemic Special is outta pocket
— 1100keekz🦈 (@KiqueCashtro) October 2, 2020
What did the pandemic special of South Park show?
The pandemic episode starts by showing us the importance of masks. Stephen Stotch is seen scolding and explaining the neighbors when he sees them wearing the mask improperly. With the virus and current climate, mask is now an essential every time you step out of your house. Stats show that covering your mouth and nose is very effective. As a result, catching the virus and its spread is difficult. Then, they talked about digital education. Everyone around the world has started using the virtual medium to continue educational activities. Teachers getting overwhelmed to use the new medium and students doing fake glitches to get out. It shows parents asking the schools to reopen. However, many do not feel safe.
Police brutality is also portrayed. With many teachers losing their jobs, they show police being hired as new teachers. When two students in a class start fighting, the police start shooting. That does not go well as the bullet ends up hitting a black kid at school. Then, they showed the principal telling that the kid was taken to the hospital for contracting the virus to cover up for the police. They have also asked everyone to come up and vote in the upcoming elections. Finally, they show Stan’s dad finding the cure for COVID-19. It was more dangerous than the disease. It also shows how the virus got into the United States.
Everything you need to know about the show:
Brian Graden is the developer of the show. South Park revolves around a group of friends: Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, and Kenny McCormick. The series has had a lot of cultural influence. The show has been portrayed as stated in the opinion from the creators’ point of view. They have been involved in many controversies. They have also received criticism for talking about such Taboo topics as the show is also watched by many young viewers.