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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

Cartman tells his friends about an odd nightmare he had the previous night involving alien visitors abducting him from his bed. Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Chef all try to convince him that his dream really happened.

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

Cartman tries to bulk up using "Weight Gain 4000"; Mr. Garrison attempts to assassinate Kathie Lee Gifford. A mishap happens when Cartman takes too much and becomes more overweight than he already is and Kathie Lee Gifford flees.

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

The boys go hunting with Stan's uncle Jimbo and his friend Ned, not knowing a volcano is about to erupt nearby; Cartman tells a scary story involving the creature "Scuzzlebutt"; Stan doesn't want to kill animals and is afraid Jimbo likes Kenny more than him because of that. Cartman plays a prank and pretends he's Scuzzlebutt.

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

When Stan finds out that his dog is gay, he seeks advice on the subject; Jimbo and Ned attempt to sabotage a football game against a rival elementary school. Stan's dog runs away to Big Gay Al.

ElephantPig "An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig" September 10, 1997 105 5

The boys try to breed an elephant with a pig as a genetic engineering experiment; Stan struggles with his abusive sister. Dr. Mephesto creates a evil Stan by taking Stan's blood.

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

Stan's grandfather wants Stan to help him commit suicide; the town's parents travel to New York to protest "Terrance and Phillip" for its toilet humor and bad language. The boys try and stop their moms.

Southpark ep107 1 "Pinkeye" October 29, 1997 107 7

Kenny is killed by the Mir space station and becomes a zombie; Stan, Kyle and Cartman must find a way to stop "Pink Eye" from spreading on Halloween.

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

The boys befriend a boy from Ethiopia sent to them accidentally by Sally Struthers; mutant turkeys attack the town.

MRHANKEY "Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo" December 17, 1997 110 9

Kyle tries to show everyone "Mr. Hankey", but no one believes him; the townspeople remove potentially "offensive" symbols from holiday displays.

Southpark ep108 1 "Damien" February 4, 1998 108 10

The son of the devil named Damien becomes a new 3rd grade student; Satan battles Jesus; Cartman's birthday party is ruined.

NoseJob "Tom's Rhinoplasty" February 11, 1998 111 11

Mr. Garrison gets a nose job; the boys (including Stan) compete for the attention of their substitute teacher; Wendy doesn't want Stan to be attracted to another woman. Especially an old teacher.

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

The boys find an artifact which Barbra Streisand uses to transform herself into a giant monster and wreck the town; a team of assorted celebrities show up to battle her.

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

Cartman tries to find out who his father is; Stan and Kyle submit a tape to "America's Stupidest Home Videos".

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