As Vulture notes, starting today all 17 seasons of Trey Parker and Matt Stone's often brilliant and always envelope-pushing "South Park" are available, for free, on Hulu. This will be the case until season 18 premieres on September 24th. So get cracking. (After the new premiere, all episodes will be available the following day on Hulu Plus, the pay version of Hulu.)
"South Park," of course, is the critically acclaimed animated series that began life as an animated Christmas card back in 1992 called "The Spirit of Christmas" (created, crudely but effectively, in a stop motion paper cutout style). A few years later the short was refined and looks a lot more like the eventual series. The pilot episode of the series aired in 1997, and jumped to the big screen in 1999 with the deeply wonderful "South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut." Always a lightning rod for controversy, the series had touched on everything from Scientology to Saddam Hussein, with Trey Parker and Matt Stone acting as culture warriors willing to tackle any topic, no matter how taboo it might seem.
And if you've missed any of the past 17 seasons, well, now is a good time to catch up -– from humble beginnings the series has spun out into a rich and mythology-laden universe that goes far beyond fart jokes and cruelly murdering Kenny. We can't wait for what they have in store for season 18. Neither should you.
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