- Kenny's Lines
Matt Stone, the voice of Kenny, says the lines that are written out for Kenny by talking into his sleeve. Although it sounds like mumbling, Kenny is actually saying words, often ones that are overtly sexual.
- Chef The Scientologist
Isaac Hayes, voice of Chef, left South Park because of a dispute over an episode about Scientology. Allegedly it is the "Trapped In The Closet" episode that caused the problems. This is the episode that pokes fun at Tom Cruise, among other scientologists, as well as the practice itself.
- Tom Cruise
Before the "Trapped In The Closet" episode, Tom Cruise had wanted to do a voice on the show. Of course after being mocked in this episode, Tom Cruise does not seem as interested in appearing on the show. Other celebrities have wanted to do voices on the show but are frequently turned down or given silly parts. For example, George Clooney voiced Sparky in the episode "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride." His appearance involved no dialogue, only dog barks. (Later George Clooney did get to voice a doctor, with lines, in the South Park movie.)
- Archie Bunker
The character Archie Bunker from the TV show All In The Family influenced the development of Cartman in South Park. Archie Bunker was a politically incorrect family man, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone wondered what he would be like in his younger years, thus Cartman was born.
South Park has won four Primetime Emmy Awards and has been nominated eleven times. South Park has won many other awards and accolades for their writing and for the character of Cartman. For example, in 2006 Comedy Central received the Peabody Award for South Park's "stringent social commentary."
Trey Parker and Matt Stone were attending University of Colorado together and made a stop motion video called Jesus vs. Frosty. An executive at Fox liked it so much he paid them to make a sequel, they created Jesus vs. Santa. These short movies featured the South Park boys, although with the names mixed up and some details not fully developed. When Doug Herzog at Comedy Central saw the video he loved it, Stone and Parker soon got to start developing South Park into a TV show.
- TV-MA Rating
South Park was the first weekly show to carry a TV-MA rating. This rating means that the program might be unsuitable for children under 17 due to language, violence, or sexual content. Only the most explicit words or phrases are censored.
- Quick Production
Since 2000, episodes are typically written, animated, edited, and aired in one week. This means that they can include things that are happening spur of the moment. For example, in the episode "About Last Night...", excerpts from both President Obama's and runner-up John McCain's speeches are included. This episode aired less than a day after the speeches were made.
- World Record Breaking
The South Park movie, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, holds the Guiness World Record for most swearing in an animated film. There at 399 curse words said in the movie. Further, the movie depicted 128 offensive gestures and 221 cases of violence. This 1999 musical comedy was only 81 minutes long.
When the show depicted the Prophet Muhammed in season 14 episodes "200" and "201," there was a need for censorship. After a threat was made by a radical Muslim organization against the South Park creators, Comedy Central intervened with censorship to protect everyone involved. The issue was that Muhammed is not supposed to be depicted, and he appeared in both episodes "200" and "201." Neither episode are available to stream or purchase through legal avenues.