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South Park - Season 4

The fourth season of South Park, an American animated television series created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, began airing on April 5, 2000. The fourth season concluded after airing 17 episodes on December 20, 2000.

South Park - Season 4

The first four episodes in this season has the year 2000 at the end of their episode titles. As explained in the FAQ section on the official website: "When the year 2000 was coming up, everyone and their brother had '2000' in the titles of their products and TV shows. America was obsessed with 2000, so Trey Parker put '2000' in the titles to make fun of the ubiquity of the phrase."[1][2]

This is the first season not to feature Mary Kay Bergman as a series regular, who provided many of the female voices on the show (Bergman committed suicide on November 11, 1999). It also marks the only whole season to be animated with their old software PowerAnimator before switching to Maya without her. Eliza Schneider and Mona Marshall replaced Mary Kay Bergman in season four after her death.[3][4]

This is the first season to feature Eliza Schneider and Mona Marshall as series regulars, who would go on to provide many of the female voices on the show. They replaced Mary Kay Bergman, who died on November 11, 1999.

In this season, the boys move into fourth grade, Mr. Garrison comes out of the closet and Timmy is introduced. It is the first season not to feature a Halloween episode. This season is also notably the first season to change the theme song and title sequence (from the episode "Fourth Grade" onwards), with the exception of minor additions of characters into the sequence throughout the first three and a half seasons.

The fourth season of South Park, an American animated television series created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. It began airing on November 1, 2000. The fourth season ended after airing 17 episodes on April 1, 2001.

There are so many great episodes of South Park in season 4, but which are your absolute favorite? This list ranks every episode of South Park season 4 from best to worst, with the help of your votes.

Which South Park season 4 episode did you like better, "Trapper Keeper" or "Pip," a retelling of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations? Vote up the best episodes from South Park season 4 that you'd like to see at the top of the list.

For their upcoming season, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have been candid in the press about returning to their roots of making one-off episodes of "kids being kids" after exhaustively satirizing Donald Trump throughout the 2016 presidential campaign.

"This season I want to get back to Cartman dressing up like a robot and [screwing] with Butters, Parker told The Los Angeles Times in June while promoting Despicable Me 3, "because to me that's the bread and butter of South Park: kids being kids and being ridiculous and outrageous and not 'did you see what Trump did last night?' Because I don't give a [sh*t] anymore. We could probably put up billboards--'Look what we're going to do to Trump next week!'--and get crazy ratings. But I just don't care... Matt and I hated it, but we got stuck in it somehow."

South Park's last two seasons relentlessly spoofed our present American cultural and political landscape in a broad, serial format that wound-up largely trying to keep pace with Trump's headlines, the campaign and an ever-accelerating 24/7 news cycle. Fortunately for fans burned-out by the ubiquity of cable news, Donald Trump and the culture wars, Parker and Stone sound prepared to reverse course and get back to basics.

"We try to come in every season with a new attitude, like this is what makes this season different than last season," Parker told The Hollywood Reporter. "But at the end the day, our favorite shows are when Cartman is f---ing around with Butters."

While it departed from the much derided serialized nature of previous seasons, many of the problems audiences expressed with Season 20 are echoed here. A review discussing some of the flaws with Season 20 stated that: "Our real world out-South Parked 'South Park.' The show used to be the kind of show that shocked its audience; now, it feels like we're the ones who are doing the shocking," said Esquire's Matt Miller. Season 21 is less forgivable than its predecessor for hearing fan complaints and changing little.

Even though "South Park" has always embraced tackling hot-button issues over the years, many felt the 21st season retread a number of the same jokes as the season before it, and continued to stray from the core elements of the comedy series in a way that muddled what "South Park" has always stood for. It started to be unable to keep up with the politically charged nature of the world at the time, adopting a tone that just didn't work for "South Park."

There were a few solid picks in this season, with its second episode "Put It Down" commenting on the anxiety from the nonstop stream of terrible news we've grown accustomed to. Despite that, the jokes that landed are few and far between in this season, leaving it at the bottom of our list.

Tackling the ongoing issues in the world as bluntly as ever, "South Park's" 24th season continued the recent trend of opting for an overarching story as opposed to the traditional standalone episodes. Despite somewhat positive reception to the unique and memorable time-travel plot, Kayla Cobb of Decider said that "it seems as though Parker and Stone have found a place where they can play and experiment while still giving fans exactly what they want." Here, many of "South Park's" main characters find themselves in the future, and the season's scant four-episode run made it the shortest in "South Park" history.

Season 20 was arguably one of the most divisive seasons in "South Park" history, which is saying something considering the show's entire foundation being built upon its offensive humor and the animated comedy's long history of being met with derision. The parody of the 2016 election cycle didn't sit well with some viewers, as stated in Esquire by reviewer Matt Miller: "It was a season of half-thoughts and glimmers of brilliance that never amounted to anything. And because they were trying to keep up with the rapid changes in the election, the jokes and analysis suffered."

The 22nd season of "South Park" stumbles quite a bit when it comes to the overall quality of its humor. While it doesn't have any episodes that are downright terrible, it lacks any that can really be considered above average. Despite being a disappointing entry overall, this season did convey some poignant messages on the current state of the world. This was notable in episodes like "Unfulfilled" and "Bike Parade," which commented on the working conditions at Amazon. Unfortunately, it typically did so in an ineffective way that felt bogged down by the message it was trying to convey, and didn't coincide with a humorous twist as effectively as previous seasons.

Although Season 23 was inconsistent in quality, some of its better episodes helped it shine when compared to the more recent seasons of "South Park." The loosely connected plot throughout the first half of the season was handled well enough, with critiques of both the Chinese government's censorship practices in "Band in China" and the United States' own immigration policies in "Mexican Joker." Audiences had set understandably set their expectations pretty low by this point, and were pleasantly surprised by some of this season's offerings.

While there's nothing overtly wrong with Season 15, it was largely unfocused and lacked much of the comedic weight that many of the show's previous seasons pulled off. The season got off to an average start, with several jokes across its 14 episodes not landing very well. Despite its flaws, there are a few notable exceptions to the overall lackluster quality, with season standout "You're Getting Old" parodying the "Matrix" series across two episodes. After coming down with a severe case of depression amidst his parents divorce, Stan is told he's living in a simulation and finds himself going on an adventure directly parodying the 1999 sci-fi action film.

Season 18 marks "South Park's" first attempt into telling more serialized stories as opposed to the typical slice-of-life adventures with a few two- and three-part episodes mixed in. While the concept was promising, Season 18 stumbles a bit with the idea, delivering a number of episodes that fall flat with audiences. In a review referencing this new phenomenon for "South Park" Max Nicholson, IGN, said, "Then there was the two-part season finale, which attempted to bring all the other storylines together ... but ultimately this kind of went off the rails. Actually, the best parts of these episodes were the stuff completely unrelated to previous storylines."

In hindsight, the debut season of "South Park" was flawed to say the least. The season never quite managed to find its footing with its characters, and the lackluster animation pales in comparison to what the show would be able to pull off in seasons to come. Despite its imperfections, however, it laid the foundation for some of the most memorable episodes down the line, and proved popular enough with audiences to kick off the nearly 25-year cultural phenomenon we know today. James Endrst, in a 1997 Hartford Courant review, said the breakout series is: "Outrageously entertaining, devilishly original, and singularly warped."

The grim premises of the episodes "Death" and "Pinkeye" serve as season standouts, with an arc revolving around Eric Cartman's dubious paternity that would continue in Season 2. "Pinkeye" was the first season's highest rated episode.

Coming off of the success of Season 1 and returning to television just a little over a month after Season 1's conclusion, "South Park's" second season would become the longest to date with 18 episodes. While it feels reminiscent of the previous adventures in the small Colorado town, Season 2 manages to further expand upon the characters and add to their respective personalities. 041b061a72


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