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10 Shows Like 'South Park' to Watch Next

They killed Kenny (multiple times) and got involved in streaming wars, if you're looking for irreverent comedy outside of 'South Park,' though, discover these 10 shows.

Taylor Freitas
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'South Park'

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South Park, the bold and brash animated comedy created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone has turned 25. And over the past quarter-century, Parker and Stone have pumped out more than 300 episodes of South Park, plus a feature film and additional longer-form specials, offering an unfiltered perspective on politics, pop culture, and current events — all through the lens of small-town schoolchildren.

In terms of the show's premise, South Park depicts life in the fictional mountain town of South Park, Colo. It follows many different characters throughout the town but is mainly focused on four boys: Stan Marsh, Eric Cartman, Kyle Broflovski, and Kenny McCormick (Parker voices Stan and Eric, while Stone plays Kyle and Kenny).

Throughout the show, these youngsters (and their classmates, parents, and fellow townspeople) continually find themselves in sticky situations — whether they're feuding with Kanye West, going head-to-head with Scientologists, or getting involved in an underground fried chicken trade. In 1999, the series expanded to the silver screen with South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.

Even 25 years after its release, South Park remains one of Comedy Central's most popular shows. Last year, Parker and Stone inked a deal to continue creating episodes and streaming-exclusive movies until 2027.

If you're a South Park super fan who's up-to-date on every episode, you might be wondering what else to watch. To help, Metacritic has created the following list of 10 similar shows that you might enjoy. All of the titles except one are animated comedies aimed at adults, with some of them sharing the provocative and boundary-pushing feel of South Park.

Here are 10 shows like South Park to watch next, listed by Metascore.


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'The Simpsons'

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The Simpsons 

Metascore: 87
Best for: Fans of family-focused sitcoms
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Seasons: 33 (so far)

For more than 30 years, Matt Groening's iconic show has chronicled the day-to-day lives of one of TV's most famous families: the titular Simpsons. The dysfunctional Springfield-based family is led by Homer (Dan Castellaneta) and Marge (Julie Kavner), who are parents to the precocious Bart (Nancy Cartwright), studious Lisa (Yeardley Smith), and innocent Maggie (voiced by several different actors over the years). The Simpsons has transcended television to become a cultural phenomenon, with an empire that includes film, comic books, video games, and more. It's currently the longest-running animated sitcom in America, with its 34th season set to debut in September 2022.

"This is that rare series about kids that is written by people you can envision actually having been kids." — Howard Rosenberg, Los Angeles Times


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'Rick and Morty'

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Rick and Morty

Metascore: 87
Best for: Fans of sci-fi adventure comedies
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Seasons: 5 (so far)

Created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, Rick and Morty tags along with mad scientist Rick Sanchez (Roiland) when he shows up at his daughter's door after two decades of silence. While there, he begins conducting questionable experiments and traveling through distant dimensions and planets — often taking his grandson, Morty Smith (also voiced by Roiland), along for the ride. Rick and Morty, which airs during Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block, has won several awards, including the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Animated Series and two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Animated Program. The show's sixth season premieres in September 2022.

"A blistering, demented animated series." — Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times


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'Big Mouth'

Netflix

Big Mouth 

Metascore: 86
Best for: Fans of raunchy coming-of-age comedies
Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 5 (so far)

Like South Park, Netflix's Big Mouth revolves around a group of adolescents but specifically through the lens of puberty, hormones, and sexuality. It mainly focuses on best friends Nick Birch (Nick Kroll) and Andrew Glouberman (John Mulaney), who are both experiencing the physical and mental changes that come with growing up. Created by Kroll and his longtime friend Andrew Goldberg, Big Mouth debuted in 2017 and has won three Primetime Emmy Awards in its first five seasons. It has also spawned a spin-off (Human Resources), which premiered in early 2022.

"It's gross, but not without purpose; painful, but rarely cruel; heartfelt, but never cheesy." — Thomas Reimann, Collider


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'BoJack Horseman'

Netflix

BoJack Horseman 

Metascore: 82
Best for: Fans of satire and dark humor
Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 6

Set in Los Angeles, BoJack Horseman is an animated comedy about BoJack Horseman (voiced by Will Arnett), a half-man/half-horse and former actor who's several decades past his prime. The series follows the jaded former star as he deals with substance abuse and struggles with his interpersonal relationships — all while planning his comeback with the help of Diane Nguyen (Alison Brie), a ghostwriter who's penning BoJack's memoir. Over its six-season run, the Netflix show received numerous accolades, including the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Animated Series and three nominations at the Primetime Emmys.

"Perhaps a little more clever than it is uproariously funny, but it is often very clever, and, moreover, well-tuned to the ludicrousness of the sort of low-level fame that surrounds BoJack." — Willa Paskin, Slate


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'Archer'

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Archer 

Metascore: 79
Best for: Fans of snarky workplace comedies
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Seasons: 12 (so far)

Archer takes place in New York, at the headquarters of the fictional International Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS) intelligence agency. At the center of the action is Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin), a heavy-drinking and self-obsessed womanizer, who frequently finds himself at odds with his co-workers — including his boss and mother, Malory Archer (Jessica Walter), his fellow agent and occasional love interest, Lana Kane (Aisha Tyler), and his mother's secretary, Cheryl Tunt (Judy Greer). Created by Adam Reed, Archer has won a slew of awards, including four Primetime Emmys and four Critics' Choice Television Awards.

"Archer's affection for character and craft makes it more likely to be remembered as one of the great TV shows of our time, and not just another dirty cartoon." — Michael Ward, PopMatters


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'F Is for Family'

Netflix

F is for Family 

Metascore: 75
Best for: Fans of throwback sitcoms
Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 5

Set in the 1970s, F is for Family revolves around a middle-class Pennsylvania family and offers an interesting look at how family dynamics have changed over the past half-century. In the show, Bill Burr voices the character of Frank Murphy, a baggage handler and war veteran working to provide for his wife, Sue (Laura Dern), and their three kids. The comedian and The Simpsons writer Michael Price created the show for Netflix based on themes from Burr's stand-up. F is for Family streamed new seasons from 2015 to 2021, earning two Primetime Emmys nods in that time.

"It's still a comedy, rude, raunchy and not entirely original, but it has heft and heart." — James Poniewozik, The New York Times


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'Futurama'

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Futurama 

Metascore: 74
Best for: Fans of futuristic comedies
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Seasons: 10 (so far)

Futurama tags along with Fry (Billy West), a pizza delivery person who's cryogenically frozen and wakes up in the year 3000. As he adjusts to his new surroundings, Fry accepts a job at Planet Express, a business that makes deliveries between planets. It's here that he meets his romantic interest, Leela (Katey Segal), and his best friend, Bender (John DiMaggio). Created by Groening and David X. Cohen, Futurama premiered on Fox in 1999 before moving to Comedy Central. It hasn't delivered new episodes since 2013, but Hulu announced its plans to revive the series in 2023.

"It's not quite the revelation that The Simpsons was, but Futurama contains enough inventiveness and heart to make it a worthy follow-up." — Matthew Gilbert, The Boston Globe


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'The Boondocks'

Adult Swim

The Boondocks

Metascore: 72
Best for: Fans of edgy social and political commentaries
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Seasons: 4

In 2005, Aaron McGruder created The Boondocks, an animated comedy based on his comic book strip of the same name. It tells the story of Riley and Huey Freeman (both voiced by Regina King), a pair of Black brothers who relocate from the city to a predominantly white suburban neighborhood (which they call "the boondocks") with their grandfather. As the Freemans settle into their new life, the boys start to move in opposite directions, with younger brother Riley becoming fascinated with gangster rap and older brother Huey getting involved in revolutionary politics and social causes.

"It'll make you think, and maybe even wince — but at the same time, it makes you smile." — David Hinckley, New York Daily News


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'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'

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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia 

Metascore: 71
Best for: Fans of brash and crude comedy
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Seasons: 15 (so far)

Like South Park, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is a long-running series about a group of friends who often do outlandish things and push the boundaries of human decency. The latter show is set at Paddy's Pub, the Irish bar run by a crew of hard-partying and back-stabbing Philadelphians. The group regularly gathers at Paddy's to brainstorm outrageous plans for personal gain — often betraying one another in the process. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is heavy on satire and black comedy, highlighting the depraved lengths that some people will go to for their own benefit.

"Somehow, this ridiculous show manages to entertain us without any semblance of character development or the remotest whiff of a familiar, relatable scenario." — Heather Havrilesky, Salon



Beavis and Butt-Head

Metascore: 69
Best for: Fans of crass comedy duos
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Seasons: 9 (so far)

Nearly three decades ago, MTV began airing Mike Judge-created animated series Beavis and Butt-Head, which follows the titular teenagers (both voiced by Judge) as they slack off at school, watch music videos, and cause trouble in their Texas town. Though controversial, the show's popularity (it was MTV's highest-rated program at one point) helped catapult it into a full-blown empire, with a spin-off show (Daria) and two movies: 1996's Beavis and Butt-Head Do America and 2022's Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe.A continuation of the series was released on Paramount+ in August 2022.

"Beavis and Butt-Head are lewd and crude, and they are a phenomenon." — Howard Cohen, The Miami Herald