South Park (season 21)

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South Park (season 21)
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DVD cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 10
Release
Original network Comedy Central
Original release September 13 (2017-09-13) – December 6, 2017 (2017-12-06)
Season chronology
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List of South Park episodes

The twenty-first season of the American animated sitcom South Park premiered on Comedy Central on September 13, 2017, and contains ten episodes.[1] This season had planned "dark weeks" (weeks during which no new episodes would air) after episode three, episode six, and episode eight.[1]

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed byWritten byOriginal air date Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
2781"White People Renovating Houses"Trey ParkerTrey ParkerSeptember 13, 2017 (2017-09-13)21011.68[2]
Randy and Sharon start a home renovation show that is threatened. Cartman's relationship with Heidi becomes strained and he grows attached to his Amazon Alexa.
2792"Put It Down"Trey ParkerTrey ParkerSeptember 20, 2017 (2017-09-20)21021.25[3]
Tweek and Craig's relationship is strained. Cartman begs Heidi to take him back but claims suicidal thoughts. Everyone else is busy mourning people killed by distracted drivers.
2803"Holiday Special"Trey ParkerTrey ParkerSeptember 27, 2017 (2017-09-27)21031.25[4]
A relationship is formed when Randy kisses a Native American man.
2814"Franchise Prequel"Trey ParkerTrey ParkerOctober 11, 2017 (2017-10-11)21041.12[5]
The Coon and Friends members struggle to start a superhero franchise while fake news gets spread about them through Facebook.
2825"Hummels & Heroin"Trey ParkerTrey ParkerOctober 18, 2017 (2017-10-18)21050.93[6]
Opiates cause a problem in South Park and Stan is believed to be responsible.
2836"Sons a Witches"Trey ParkerTrey ParkerOctober 25, 2017 (2017-10-25)21061.22[7]
When a witch causes problems for South Park's Halloween, Cartman looks for a way to take advantage.
2847"Doubling Down"Trey ParkerTrey ParkerNovember 8, 2017 (2017-11-08)21071.13[8]
Kyle is fed up with Cartman's abuse towards Heidi and gets involved. President Garrison's advisers worry about some of his recent actions.
2858"Moss Piglets"Trey ParkerTrey ParkerNovember 15, 2017 (2017-11-15)21081.09[9]
Timmy and Jimmy's science project catches the attention of some very important people. Heidi begins to resemble Cartman, earning the disapproval of her peers and Cartman.
2869"Super Hard PCness"Trey ParkerTrey ParkerNovember 29, 2017 (2017-11-29)21090.90[10]
PC Principal falls in love with the new vice-principal. Kyle realizes how wrong Terrance and Philip are.
28710"Splatty Tomato"Trey ParkerTrey ParkerDecember 6, 2017 (2017-12-06)21100.97[11]
The President, Mr. Garrison, continues to cause problems for the children of South Park.

Reception[edit]

Jesse Schedeen with IGN rated the entire season a 8.2 out of 10, noting "Creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone seem to have decided that they took the continuity-driven approach about as far as it could go last year. Season 21 shifted gears by returning the show to its roots, and the series became better for it. There was still a certain degree of continuity involved with Season 20. The events of one episode were sometimes referenced in subsequent episodes, and the rapidly deteriorating relationship between Cartman and Heidi gave the show one serialized storyline to explore over the course of the fall. But for the most part, the emphasis was more on standalone adventures that downplayed topical humor in favor of sillier conflicts centered around the kids of South Park Elementary. It's not that this season ignored what was going on in the world this year, but it wasn't quite so obsessed with lampooning current events from week to week. That shift, more than anything else, resulted in a stronger, more well-rounded show."[12]

Home release[edit]

This season was released in its entirety on DVD and Blu-ray on June 5, 2018.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "South Park Returns For Season 21!". South Park Studios.com. Retrieved September 11, 2017. 
  2. ^ Porter, Rick (September 22, 2017). "Wednesday cable ratings: 'South Park' returns lower, 'Broad City' improves". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 23, 2017. 
  3. ^ Welch, Alex (September 28, 2017). "Wednesday cable ratings: 'The Sinner' season finale leads". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 29, 2017. 
  4. ^ Welch, Alex (October 4, 2017). "Wednesday cable ratings: 'Broad City' ticks up, 'Greenleaf' holds steady". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 23, 2017. 
  5. ^ Welch, Alex (October 12, 2017). "Wednesday cable ratings: 'Mr. Robot' premieres, 'Broad City' takes a minor hit". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 23, 2017. 
  6. ^ Welch, Alex (October 19, 2017). "Wednesday cable ratings: 'Mr. Robot' takes a hit, 'Queen Sugar' holds steady". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 5, 2017. 
  7. ^ Welch, Alex (October 26, 2017). "Wednesday cable ratings: 'Queen Sugar' ticks up, 'Mr. Robot' hits series low". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 5, 2017. 
  8. ^ Welch, Alex (November 9, 2017). "Wednesday cable ratings: 'Broad City' holds steady, 'Queen Sugar' dips". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 17, 2017. 
  9. ^ Welch, Alex (November 16, 2017). "Wednesday cable ratings: 'Mr. Robot' rises, 'Broad City' holds steady". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 17, 2017. 
  10. ^ Welch, Alex (November 30, 2017). "Wednesday cable ratings: 'Vikings' premieres down, 'South Park' dips". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 30, 2017. 
  11. ^ Welch, Alex (December 8, 2017). "Wednesday cable ratings: 'Vikings' holds steady, 'Happy!' premieres". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 7, 2017. 
  12. ^ Schedeen, Jesse (December 13, 2017). "South Park: Season 21 Review - IGN". IGN. Retrieved December 18, 2017. 
  13. ^ "'South Park Season 21' Announced for Blu-ray & DVD Release". HDReport. March 20, 2018. Retrieved June 6, 2018.