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”
South Park is an American animated television series created by Trey
Parker and Matt Stone for the Comedy Central television network.
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.
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.
In the 2004 documentary The 100 Greatest Cartoons, South Park was
placed at #3, just behind The Simpsons and Tom and Jerry.
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
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.