Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 4 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Frederic M. Biddle
    Jun 25, 2013
    80
    Unlike many cartoons, this one actually looks funny, and it constantly plays on its grade-school aesthetic for shock value, with great success. At its best, "South Park" is more a profane "Peanuts" than a downsized "Beavis and Butt-head." [13 Aug 1997]
  2. Reviewed by: Ernest Tucker
    Jun 25, 2013
    88
    Has as much nerve as "The Simpsons" when it burst on the scene. [11 Aug 1997]
  3. Reviewed by: Chris Vognar
    Jun 25, 2013
    80
    South Park is either the funniest new show on the air or the next sign of the apocalypse. ... When it's not in gross-out mode, and often even when it is, South Park is weaving a surrealist satire of small-town America. [11 Aug 1997]
  4. Jun 25, 2013
    30
    There are occasional flashes of clever wit, but they're largely lost amidst crude language and crude jokes. [13 Aug 1997]
  5. Reviewed by: Bruce Fretts
    Jun 12, 2013
    50
    It might help if the South Park kids had personalities, but they're as one-dimensional as the show's cut-and-paste animation.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jun 25, 2013
    70
    Blatantly designed to tickle the funny bones of teenage boys and those who think like them, the show delivers plenty of lowbrow laughs, at the same time indulging in excesses seemingly calculated to shock the sensibilities of TV watchdogs. [13 Aug 1997]
  7. Reviewed by: Terry Jackson
    Jun 25, 2013
    80
    It is at once insanely juvenile and very sophisticated, appealing to a funny bone that, as an adult, I try to hide. I feel guilty about laughing, but I laugh anyway. [13 Aug 1997]
  8. Reviewed by: Eric Mink
    Jun 25, 2013
    80
    If all "South Park" offered were poo-poo jokes and babes spouting profanity, the show would wear thin awfully fast. It doesn't. The reason is that Parker, Stone and their collaborators actually have done something remarkable with their primitive, construction-paper animation: They have created a wholly new, internally consistent fictional world and have peopled it with distinct, interesting characters. [13 Aug 1997]
  9. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jun 25, 2013
    60
    For now, at least, the satirical elements aren't as sharp as other popular cartoons like "The Simpsons" or "King of the Hill" or even "Beavis & Butt-Head." [13 Aug 1997]
  10. Reviewed by: Marvin Kitman
    Jun 25, 2013
    70
    The important thing about "South Park" is not what it looks like or the way the characters talk, but what they say. It's a writer-driven vehicle, like most of the better twisted adult cartoons. [13 Aug 1997]
  11. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Jun 25, 2013
    30
    Sophomoric, gross and unfunny. It's great that a comedy wants to take chances - many sitcoms don't - but the adult-aimed South Park goes too far. [13 Aug 1997]
  12. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Jun 25, 2013
    70
    Even at its meanest, "South Park" is seldom mean-spirited, and it's often outrageously funny. [13 Aug 1997]
  13. Reviewed by: Miles Beller
    Jun 25, 2013
    20
    It's dismissible juvenilia ... a collection of poorly paced, lowest-common-denominator setups that are not even sophomorically funny or scatologically goofy. [13 Aug 1997]
  14. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    Jun 25, 2013
    60
    Uneven ... The series often seems more crude than irreverent, and its satirical targets too familiar and easy to hit. ... However uneven it is now, "South Park" seems to have a future. [17 Aug 1997]
  15. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jun 25, 2013
    80
    Crude in execution, harsh by design, South Park is deliciously deranged. Don't bite unless you have a taste for the tasteless. [13 Aug 1997]
  16. Reviewed by: Ray Richmond
    Jun 25, 2013
    90
    As animation, it's substandard, primitive dreck; as comedy, however, it's gloriously subversive art. [12 Aug 1997]
  17. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Jun 25, 2013
    30
    To say that the series is not for everyone is lavish understatement. The real question: Is it for anyone? [13 Aug 1997]
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 226 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 45
  2. Negative: 7 out of 45
  1. Nov 7, 2010
    10
    It is one of the funniest, well written, and smartly done shows ever made. Matt and Trey's ability to take current events and turn them intoIt is one of the funniest, well written, and smartly done shows ever made. Matt and Trey's ability to take current events and turn them into hysterical and eye opening view points is a talent that no one else could do best. Here's to more good episodes, and to more good times with the foul mouthed 9 year olds! Full Review »
  2. Nov 2, 2010
    10
    This show is great. The show takes real world situations that need addressing and it then over exaggerates the situations and packages themThis show is great. The show takes real world situations that need addressing and it then over exaggerates the situations and packages them in a hilarious way. Every episode gets at least 4 big laughs out of me. People who don't find it funny at all are either too young or stupid or both to understand the political and social innuendos the show contains. Full Review »
  3. Oct 9, 2010
    8
    The complete first season of South Park is hilarious, clever and raunchy. While admittedly South Park isn't for everyone, it's one of theThe complete first season of South Park is hilarious, clever and raunchy. While admittedly South Park isn't for everyone, it's one of the funniest shows in television history and definitely worth your time! Full Review »