South Park (season 17)

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South Park Season 17
South Park Season 17 DVD.jpg
Region 1 DVD cover art
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 10
Broadcast
Original channel Comedy Central
Original run September 25, 2013 (2013-09-25) – December 11, 2013 (2013-12-11)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 September 16, 2014 (2014-09-16)[1]
Region 2 October 27, 2014 (2014-10-27)[2]
Region 4 September 16, 2014 (2014-09-16)[3]
Blu-ray Disc release
Region A September 16, 2014 (2014-09-16)[1]
Season chronology
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List of South Park episodes

The seventeenth season of the animated television series South Park premiered on Comedy Central on September 25, 2013 and ended on December 11, 2013.

Production[edit]

The season consists of 10 episodes, as series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone decided to scale back and have one uninterrupted season, as opposed to two 7-episode runs, as had been the format since season 8.[4] Aside from Parker, this season employs additional writers, one of whom is former Saturday Night Live cast member Bill Hader, who began working full-time on the show.[5]

Due to a power outage at the studio, episode 4 ("Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers") missed the deadline and aired a week later than scheduled.[6]

Episodes[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
238 1 "Let Go, Let Gov" Trey Parker Trey Parker September 25, 2013 (2013-09-25) 1701 2.89[7]
Concerned over the government prying into his social media accounts, Cartman infiltrates the National Security Agency and does not like what he learns. Meanwhile, Butters uses the local DMV office to confess his sins.
239 2 "Informative Murder Porn" Trey Parker Trey Parker October 2, 2013 (2013-10-02) 1702 2.49[8]
Thanks to a nerdy kid's oral report in school and a neighborhood incident, the boys become concerned over the growing rate of copycat incidents involving "murder porn" (i.e., the shows on Investigative Discovery centered on infidelity, spousal abuse, domestic violence, and murdering unfaithful lovers) and use Minecraft to distract them from hurting each other.
240 3 "World War Zimmerman" Trey Parker Trey Parker October 9, 2013 (2013-10-09) 1703 2.06[9]
In a parody of World War Z, Cartman fears for his and humanity's future after learning that George Zimmerman was found not guilty for killing Trayvon Martin.
241 4 "Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers" Trey Parker Trey Parker October 23, 2013 (2013-10-23) 1704 1.83[10]
When Henrietta, one of the Goth kids, is sent out to a camp for "troubled" kids, she returns deeply changed as an emo kid, which finally makes her parents happy. The rest of the goth kids panic and must seek help from the Vampire Kids, who still do not forgive them for burning down Hot Topic as seen in "The Ungroundable."
242 5 "Taming Strange" Trey Parker Trey Parker October 30, 2013 (2013-10-30) 1705 1.89[11]
When Ike experiences early puberty, he develops an antisocial personality and advocates a more sexualized image for Foofa from Yo Gabba Gabba!, to whom he becomes manager. Meanwhile, the Canadian Minister of Health experiences marriage problems, while Mr. Mackey has a new computer interface in the school, which is fraught with technical errors that disrupt the school.
243 6 "Ginger Cow" Trey Parker Trey Parker November 6, 2013 (2013-11-06) 1706 2.39[12]
Cartman's latest prank brings about the necessary spiritual conditions for world peace. Religious leaders descend upon South Park to witness a Biblical prophecy that has been fulfilled. Cartman and Kyle are the only two at odds as the world embarks upon a thousand years of peace and harmony.
244 7 "Black Friday" Trey Parker Trey Parker November 13, 2013 (2013-11-13) 1707 2.07[13]
Part one of three. In anticipation of a Black Friday sale, Randy Marsh takes a temporary job as a mall security guard to gain an advantage over the holiday shopping crowds. Meanwhile the children of South Park split into two factions over whether to collectively purchase bargain-priced Xbox Ones or PlayStation 4s to facilitate their online group gaming, a split on which Stan and Kyle find themselves on opposite sides.
245 8 "A Song of Ass and Fire" Trey Parker Trey Parker November 20, 2013 (2013-11-20) 1708 2.39[14]
Part two of three. Hordes of shoppers gather outside the mall in anticipation of the Black Friday sales. The kids prepare for an epic battle to assert the superiority of one faction's favorite videogame platform over the other.
246 9 "Titties and Dragons" Trey Parker Trey Parker December 4, 2013 (2013-12-04) 1709 2.48[15]
Conclusion. With the PS4 faction gaining more support through Princess Kenny's magical efforts, Cartman and Kyle inform the PS4 supporters that they have decided to give up and fight alongside them for PS4s.
247 10 "The Hobbit" Trey Parker Trey Parker December 11, 2013 (2013-12-11) 1710 2.17[16]
After Butters insults Wendy's under-confident female classmate for her appearance, Wendy's criticism of Kim Kardashian as a "hobbit" leads her to speak out publicly about how unrealistically photoshopped images of famous women lead to poor body image among girls. It also results in a crusade by Kardashian's fiancé Kanye West, who tries to convince the world that Kardashian is not a hobbit.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "South Park: Series 17 [DVD]". Amazon EU. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ "South Park: The Complete Seventeenth Season (DVD)". Ezy DVD. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  4. ^ Carr, David (January 27, 2013). "Fortifying the Empire 'South Park' Built". Retrieved January 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ Evans, Bradford. "Bill Hader Is Writing for 'South Park' Full-Time This Season". Splitsider. Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Episode 1704 will not air tonight". South Park Studios. October 16, 2013. Retrieved October 16, 2013. 
  7. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (September 26, 2013). "Wednesday Cable Ratings: 'South Park' Wins Night + 'The Challenge: Rivals II', 'Key & Peele', 'The Daily Show', 'The Colbert Report' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
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  14. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (November 21, 2013). "Wednesday Cable Ratings: 'American Horror Story' Wins Night + 'South Park', NBA Basketball, 'American Pickers' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  15. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (December 5, 2013). "Wednesday Cable Ratings: 'American Horror Story' Leads Night + 'South Park', 'American Pickers', College Basketball & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
  16. ^ Bibel, Sara (December 12, 2013). "Wednesday Cable Ratings: 'Duck Dynasty' Wins Night, 'American Horror Story', 'South Park', 'Rodeo Girls', 'Key & Peele' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 13, 2013.