When we come back home after a long day at work, school, or a combination of both, we just want to sit down and relax, clear our heads, and focus on something that has nothing to do with the tiresome grind of daily life. People spend whatever free time they can get doing all sorts of things, like playing video games, reading, watching internet videos, or going out for a fun evening with friends. But the most common and easiest thing to do to pass the time is watching television. For over 60 years now, television has been offering people the kind of entertainment that truly allows a person to pass their time, due to the fact that you can watch shows, movies, sporting events, award shows, and even some concerts on the TV screen.
Television has evolved so much over the decades that every genre imaginable can be found, including the animated sitcom genre, which has produced acclaimed and iconic shows like Family Guy, The Simpsons and Comedy Central’s immensely popular series, South Park. As a show, South Park focuses on four boys: Kyle, Cartman, Stan and Kenny, who have bizarre adventures which take place in their Colorado town, and it is known for its dark and surreal humor. South Park was created by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, and aired its first episode in 1997, and in all that time, it remains one of the highest rated shows on Comedy Central, and will be on the air until at least 2019. This year, South Park celebrates its 20 year anniversary, so to commemorate this milestone, here are 15 things you may not have known about South Park.
15 The KFC Dispensary Is Real
14 George Clooney Guest Starred
13 The Show Had Its Own Video Game Server
12 Influenced Game Of Thrones Writers
11 Imaginationland Was Almost A Movie
10 Investigated By Scientology
9 Cartman’s Inspiration
8 Inspired Major Scientologist To Quit
7 "Sh*t" Said 162 Times In One Episode
6 Tourettes Episode Received Official Praise
5 An Alien Is Hidden In Every Show?
4 The Creators Don't Remember Every Episode
3 Kyle Was Almost Killed-Off
2 Kenny Is Based On A Real Person
1 Making The First Episode Cost $300K
With every show, each and every episode requires a certain amount of time in order to be fully shot and edited, as well as a set budget, and in most cases, a show’s pilot episode is usually the longest and most expensive episode that a show shoots, and South Park is no different. Every episode of South Park currently takes only a couple of days to animate digitally thanks to computer programs, but the show’s pilot episode is the only one not shot in this manner, and it is still currently the longest and most expensive of all series’ episodes. For the pilot, Stone and Parker used hundreds of cutouts made from construction paper and shot the episode by using thousands of pictures taken from an above angle. The pair did all of this work out of a small office in Denver, and after everything was all said and done, it took a whopping three-and-a-half- months and $300,000 to complete the pilot. It is fair to say that based on the show’s continued popularity, all that time and money spent on the pilot was absolutely worth it.
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