South Park has been on the air for 19 seasons now, which probably comes as a bit of a surprise since a lot of you probably haven’t watched it in the last ten years. Yes, South Park is still going strong.
It might not be in the middle of the pop culture storm like it was back in the day, but it still gets solid ratings and Comedy Central shows no signs of slowing the money train down.
It’s headed for its 18th season, and while everyone in the world has marveled or joked about The Simpsons never-ending story, South Park isn’t too far behind. Unlike The Simpsons, though, South Park has managed to shift the focus to other characters – Randy Marsh and Butters most of all – which has given the show a much-needed boost. It’s not quite the same show that you probably remember, but that’s exactly why it’s managed to survive all this time, and why it’s probably not going away anytime soon.
When a show goes on for so long, some fans tend to leave, while other catch on to the show in the later seasons. If you stopped watching years ago, you’ve missed some crazy things.
Here are eight South Park facts you’d be shocked to learn since you stopped watching.
Kenny is Immortal
Yes, the same Kenny who died at the end of each episode. Eventually, Trey Parker and Matt Stone – the show’s creators – got tired of looking for ways to kill Kenny each week, and so they just decided to kill him off for good. He came back, though, because he always comes back, and since then it has been revealed that he is actually immortal, being literally reborn every time he dies, with his friends none the wiser.
How did he get such mystical powers? Well, his parents belonged to a Cthulhu cult. Naturally. He doesn’t die too much anymore – even a show that has been on as long as South Park recognizes it’s time to let some jokes, well, die – but what is life and death in the face of an eternity spent serving Cthulhu? Sure, it’s worked for 75% of our Presidents, but Kenny is just a child.
Chef was a Pedophile
This is just a sad and tragic story. Isaac Hayes, soul legend and the dude who gives (or gave, anyway) Chef his “Chefness” objected to the show’s depiction of his religion – Scientology. Naturally, the boys handled it well by writing Chef out of the show, but not before depicting him as a brainwashed pedophile. Look, if you’re going to annihilate a character, you might as well go all the way, but goddamn, man. Just… goddamn.
Chef is Dead
Of course, that wasn’t the end of it, as Chef’s brainwashed pedo was killed off in heinous and ridiculous fashion. They even showed him shitting himself. I guess the lesson here is don’t fuck with Trey and Matt. At least the story had a real life happy ending, as Hayes had a stroke and then wound up broke before dying two years later. Hilarious! Sigh.