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Season One of South Park was the season that started it all. Originally airing from August 13, 1997 to February 25, 1998, the series debuted as the hit new animated television series from Comedy Central.


  • 1998 Annie Award Nomination - "Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Primetime or Late Night Television Program"
  • 1998 Emmy Award Nomination - "Outstanding Animated Program"
  • GLAAD Award - "Outstanding TV – Individual Episode" for "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride"
  • CableACE Award - "Best Animated Series"


Season One's first episode, "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe", received a Nielsen Rating of 1.3 but by the time the season's tenth episode, "Damien", aired, it had achieved a rating of 6.4. At the time, a number of reviewers derided the show as going too far, the Parents' Television Council stated, "South Park is so offensive that it shouldn't have been made. It doesn't just push the envelope; it knocks it off the table." Later reviewers, however, have on the whole praised the show for its originality and audacity.


Screenshot Title Air Date Code #
101 "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe" August 13, 1997 101 1

While the boys are waiting for the school bus, Cartman explains the odd nightmare he had the previous night involving alien visitors.

S1E2-Thumbnail "Weight Gain 4000" August 20, 1997 102 2

When Cartman's environmental essay wins a national contest, America's sweetheart, Kathie Lee Gifford, comes to South Park to present the award.

103-Volcano "Volcano" August 27, 1997 103 3

A weekend trip to experience the finer points of camping, fishing and blowing animals to smithereens is threatened by an erupting volcano.

Southpark ep104 2 "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride" September 3, 1997 104 4

When Stan discovers his new dog Sparky is gay, he becomes so confused he loses his will to play in the big Homecoming Football game against North Park.

S1E5-Thumbnail "An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig" September 10, 1997 105 5

Kyle's mom won't let him keep his new pet, an elephant because it's so huge. So the boys turn to Dr. Mephesto to genetically engineer a smaller elephant.

S1E6-Thumbnail "Death" September 17, 1997 106 6

Grandpa's sole birthday wish is for Stan to take part in his assisted suicide. Meanwhile, Mrs. Broflovski has organized a protest against the boys' favorite TV show, "Terrance and Phillip".

S1E7-Thumbnail "Pinkeye" October 29, 1997 107 7

A mishap at the morgue transforms the residents of South Park into brain-eating zombies and threatens the boys' night of Trick-or-Treating.

StarvinMarvin "Starvin' Marvin" November 19, 1997 109 8

Mistaking Cartman for a starving African child, government authorities send him to Ethiopia where he runs into Sally Struthers.

S1E9-Thumbnail "Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo" December 17, 1997 110 9

While South Park Elementary is attempting to stage a non-denominational holiday play that won't offend (or entertain) anyone, Kyle checks himself into the South Park mental asylum.

S1E10-Thumbnail "Damien" February 4, 1998 108 10

After being shunned by the others kids, Damien, the Son of Satan, calls upon his father to fight Jesus in the ultimate Pay-Per-View Boxing Match between good and evil.

S1E11-Thumbnail "Tom's Rhinoplasty" February 11, 1998 111 11

While Mr. Garrison deserts the class for a visit to Tom's Rhinoplasty, Stan, Kyle, Kenny, and Cartman all compete for the attention of Ms. Ellen, the new substitute teacher.

S1E12-Thumbnail "Mecha-Streisand" February 18, 1998 112 12

The boys' discovery of a prehistoric relic spawns a monster that threatens to destroy South Park and the world.

S1E13-Thumbnail "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut" February 25, 1998 113 13

Who is Eric Cartman's father? It could be anyone who attended South Park's 12th Annual Drunken Barn Dance.

Season One