SouthParkStudios

 
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Hours of edgy, offensive fun; not for young kids.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show addresses serious issues using satire, which kids and younger teens may not get. There are both heroes (Stan and Kyle) and anti-heroes (Cartman).

Violence

Plenty of gross-out cartoon violence in episodes and games -- the classic example is Kenny dying in hundreds of gruesome ways.

Sex

Lots of explicit sexual jokes and storylines. Occasional cartoon nudity.

Language

Some of the episodes are uncensored; you'll hear "f--k" and other profanity. The fifth-season episode "It Hits the Fan" contains the word "s--t" 162 times.

Consumerism

The site links to the South Park section of Comedy Central's store. Users can buy ringtones on the site. There are a lot of banner ads and ads appear before the episodes.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some of the episodes address drug and alcohol use, but mainly in a way that makes the user look foolish.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that fans can go to this site and watch almost any South Park episode ever aired on TV -- many in uncensored form. That means 12 seasons of even more profanity, potty humor, cartoon violence, sex, and scathing satire. The site has a surprisingly tame, moderated bulletin board and a very old-school chat interface. (You have to register with an email address to post on the boards.) Users can buy South Park stuff from the Comedy Central store and download ringtones for $2.99 a pop, which requires entering a cell phone number. Games feature the same kind of tongue-in-cheek cartoon violence as the show (decapitating hippies with a giant drill, for example).

What's it about?

Remember the South Park episode where Cartman sued Stan for sexual harassment? Or made chili out of Scott Tenorman's parents? South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone said they were tired of illegally downloading episodes of their own show -- so they created SOUTHPARKSTUDIOS.COM, which lets users watch all 12 seasons of episodes online.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The site has other fun features for the serious South Park geek: games based on show episodes (expect lots severed limbs), blog entries and artwork by South Park production staff, and forums for discussing favorite episodes and other hot topics. Users can create their own South Park style avatar to use on message boards. (Choose from kindergartener, fourth grader, adult, or Canadian.) Best of all is the characters section, which catalogs South Park's residents -- adult and child, major and minor -- including episodes, FAQs, sound clips, and more. Is SouthParkStudios.com a good Web site? Definitely. Is it a good Web site for kids? Definitely not.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how South Park addresses serious social issues and whether or not teens "get" the satire. What topics seem to come up most often? Are the creators making good points or just being silly? Do you ever think the show goes too far? Does it feel wrong to laugh when Cartman says offensive things?

Website details

Genre:Fan Sites
Pricing structure:Free

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Kid, 12 years old January 13, 2011
 
I watch all my episodes on this site.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Educational value
Kid, 8 years old February 25, 2011
 

Perfect for ages 18+

Too much episodes with sexual and VERY bad language
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written byEvan182 January 31, 2010
 

SouthParkStudios.com

This is my favorite tv show. So when I found out there is a website where you can watch every episode for free, I freaked out. Parents should know that most of the episodes are bleeped. But every episode in the 11th, 12th and 13th is completely uncensored. There is also two episode with cartoon nudity. Nothing extreme, but not okay for young kids. But some South Park episodes have good messages, like Bloody Mary. An episode where Stan's dad drinks and drives and then goes to jail. Anyway South Park is hilarious. And anyone should like, even my dad and grandma like the show.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educational value
Great messages

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