South Park (season 22)

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South Park (season 22)
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes9
Release
Original networkComedy Central
Original releaseSeptember 26, 2018 (2018-09-26) – present
Season chronology
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List of South Park episodes

The twenty-second season of South Park, an American animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, premiered on Comedy Central on September 26, 2018; it will contain 10 episodes.[1] This season had hiatus also known as "dark weeks" (weeks during which no new episodes would air) after episode four and episode seven.

On September 13, 2018, the series began teasing a set of commercials about a mock cancellation by Comedy Central by using the hashtag #cancelsouthpark.[2] Similar to the previous season, the season features continuing elements and recurring story lines without adhering to a linear storyline; while lampooning several cultural phenomenon such as school shootings in the United States, modern political correctness & climate change denial, several characters in the show also express disdain and exasperation with South Park's constant attraction to controversy and surreal occurrences.

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed byWritten byOriginal air date Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
2881"Dead Kids"Trey ParkerTrey ParkerSeptember 26, 2018 (2018-09-26)22011.09[3]
When school shootings occur at South Park Elementary, everyone is nonchalant about it except Sharon. Cartman fails a math test because he copied his answers from Token and believes Token deliberately sabotaged him because he did not like Black Panther.
2892"A Boy and a Priest"Trey ParkerTrey ParkerOctober 3, 2018 (2018-10-03)22020.93[4]
When Father Maxi struggles to deliver his sermon amid constant jokes, Butters attempts to console Maxi, but the rest of the town takes their new friendship the wrong way.
2903"The Problem with a Poo"Trey ParkerTrey ParkerOctober 10, 2018 (2018-10-10)22030.97[5]
After posting offensive tweets, Mr. Hankey is fired from directing the annual holiday pageant, and enlists Kyle's help to regain his reputation. Strong Woman gives birth to quintuplets following her relationship with PC Principal.
2914"Tegridy Farms"Trey ParkerTrey ParkerOctober 17, 2018 (2018-10-17)22040.71[6]
The vaping craze hits South Park. Cartman and Butters sell vapes to others in school while Kyle is strongly against it. Annoyed with all the recent issues, Randy resolves to move the family to a farm, but a vape salesman follows him and attempts to steal his product.
2925"The Scoots"Trey ParkerTrey ParkerOctober 31, 2018 (2018-10-31)22050.84[7]
When e-scooters appear all over town, the boys want to use them to their advantage to get as much candy on Halloween as possible, but the town goes into panic upon realizing how much candy they will need.
2936"Time to Get Cereal"Trey ParkerTrey ParkerNovember 7, 2018 (2018-11-07)22060.83[8]
Part one of two. A creature is killing citizens of South Park. The boys soon realize who is responsible, and turn to an old acquaintance for help, but the police think the boys are the ones responsible and wrongfully arrest them in the end.
2947"Nobody Got Cereal?"Trey ParkerTrey ParkerNovember 14, 2018 (2018-11-14)22070.82[9]
Part two of two. As the town panics over the recent destruction, the boys escape police custody and Stan confronts the one responsible for bringing the creature to South Park.
2958"Buddha Box"Trey ParkerTrey ParkerNovember 28, 2018 (2018-11-28)22080.83[10]
Cartman's anxiety leads him to wear a cardboard box over his head and isolate himself and the trend catches on. PC Principal and Strong Woman continue to deal with their quintuplets.
2969"Unfulfilled"Trey ParkerTrey ParkerDecember 5, 2018 (2018-12-05)22090.77[11]
Part one of two. An Amazon warehouse opens in South Park, and after an accident, the employees go on strike. The boys decide to enter a bike parade, but are upset by the shipping delay.
29710"Bike Parade"[12]TBATBADecember 12, 2018 (2018-12-12)2210TBD

Reception[edit]

The premiere episode "Dead Kids" was watched by 1.09 million viewers and scored a 0.7 in the ratings,[3] making it the lowest watched season premiere in the show's history, and a decrease from the season 21 premiere episode "White People Renovating Houses" which was watched by 1.68 million viewers.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Budow, Aileen (July 11, 2018). "South Park Season 22 to Premiere Wednesday, September 26". Comedy Central Press (Press release). Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  2. ^ Pearson, Ben (September 13, 2018). "'South Park' Teases Its Own Cancellation in New Trailer For Season 22". /Film (Press release). Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Welch, Alex (September 27, 2018). "Wednesday cable ratings: 'American Horror Story' slips again, 'South Park' premieres down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  4. ^ Welch, Alex (October 4, 2018). "Wednesday cable ratings: 'American Horror Story' ticks back up, MLB leads". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  5. ^ Welch, Alex (October 11, 2018). "Wednesday cable ratings: 'South Park' ticks back up, 'Always Sunny' stays steady". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  6. ^ Welch, Alex (October 18, 2018). "Wednesday cable ratings: MLB playoffs dominate, 'American Horror Story: Apocalypse' falls". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  7. ^ Welch, Alex (November 1, 2018). "Wednesday cable ratings: 'American Horror Story' falls, 'Greenleaf' holds steady". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  8. ^ Welch, Alex (November 8, 2018). "Wednesday cable ratings: 'Always Sunny' finale stays steady, 'Black Ink Crew' ticks up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  9. ^ Welch, Alex (November 15, 2018). "Wednesday cable ratings: 'American Horror Story' finale and 'Greenleaf' stay steady". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  10. ^ Welch, Alex (November 29, 2018). "Wednesday cable ratings: College Basketball claims the top slot, 'Vikings' premieres steady". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  11. ^ Welch, Alex (December 6, 2018). "Wednesday cable ratings: The NBA leads the night, 'South Park' dips". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  12. ^ "Episode 2210 "Bike Parade" Press Release". South Park Studios. December 10, 2018.
  13. ^ Welch, Alex (September 15, 2017). "Wednesday cable ratings: 'South Park' returns lower, 'Broad City' improves". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 15, 2017.