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 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.