Cable Television
South Park
“Teacher Bangs a Student”
Cable TV Statistics
Total US Television
(Sept. 2008)
• Households
113.3 million
• Cable subscribers
64.7 million (57.1%)
Top 25 providers
(June 2011)
#1 Comcast
• 22.5 million subscribers
#4 Time Warner
• 12.2 million subscribers
Top 25 Channels
(basic cable—2010)
#17 Comedy Central
A TV show about “people”
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South Park is an American animated television series created by Trey
Parker and Matt Stone for the Comedy Central television network.
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Intended for mature audiences, the show has become famous for its
crude language, surreal, satirical, and dark humor that lampoons a wide
range of topics and has inspired controversy for nearly an entire
generation. Emphasis on parody.
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The ongoing narrative revolves around four boys—Stan Marsh, Kyle
Broflovski, Eric Cartman and Kenny McCormick—and their bizarre
adventures in and around the titular Colorado town.
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In the 2004 documentary The 100 Greatest Cartoons, South Park was
placed at #3, just behind The Simpsons and Tom and Jerry.
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South Park is currently contracted to continue until 2013, taking the
show to 17 seasons.
Expected Narrative
Relationship montage
Report to the police
Main Plot
Narrative influenced by character
• South Park brand based on parodies of famous people
and current events
Story—forbidden love (lovers are breaking a
social rule)
• Parody of Deborah LaFave and her young lover
Thought—Student-teacher relationships are
okay if the teacher is female and hot
Unexpected Narrative
Cartman as “Dog the Bounty Hunter”
“Go with Christ” for a video
Subplot
Narrative influenced by character
• Iconography—process of creating a “star”
• Cartman is a fat, manipulative, bigoted, intolerant
sociopath—note opening rant
Story—pursuit (focus on “the chase”)
• Normally about pursuit, but this about reclaiming the
public persona
• Note—Dog the Bounty Hunter use of N word
Thought—Bad guys can’t pursue justice.
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