South Park first aired its successful episode last August 1997 and since then has consistently earned high ratings and though it varied, it remained one of Comedy Central’s highest rated shows and is lined up to air through at least 2016. The pilot episode was produced using cutout animation then all subsequent episodes are created with software that resembles the cutout technique, providing a similar look to the originals while requiring a fraction of the time to produce.
It was the first weekly program to receive the TV-MA rating with characters using strong profanity, with only the most taboo words being bleeped by censors during a typical broadcast. Creators claim that usage of such language in the program serves to display how young boys talk when they are alone. Carnivalesque and absurdist techniques, numerous running gags, violence, sexual content, offhand pop-cultural references, and satirical portrayal of celebrities are also commonly use in South Park.
Though the show has raised criticism and controversies, the series has received numerous awards including five Primetime Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award and inclusions in various publications' lists of greatest television shows. Less than two years after the show’s premiere, its success and popularity resulted in a feature-length film “South park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut” which was released in June 1999. TV Guide also ranked the South Park the tenth Greatest TV Cartoon of All Time in 2013.