Weed sales are skyrocketing and socially distanced classrooms are in session: The COVID pandemic comes to South Park when Comedy Central’s long-running animated series returns Sept. 30 with a one-hour episode titled “The Pandemic Special.”
Watch the promo above.
The supersized episode, as with all subsequent new episodes of the show’s 24th season, will be available on HBO Max 24 hours after the Comedy Central premiere.
“The Pandemic Special” finds Randy seizing on a growing pot market as he comes to terms with his role in the COVID-19 outbreak. Cartman, still in pajamas from remote learning, is none too thrilled about returning to the “slavery” of the school classroom where teachers seem to have been replaced by cops. Nothing, says Comedy Central, resembles the normal everyone once knew.
In the real world, HBO Max licensed South Park last year for a deal estimated at more than $500 million. The series has been renewed for three more seasons by Comedy Central, with HBO Max subscribers getting next-day access to new episodes – as well as the entire South Park library – across internet-connected devices.
All-new episodes also will be available to stream in HD exclusively on South Park Studios, CC.com and the Comedy Central App immediately following the West Coast broadcast airing. The library’s uncensored episodes are also available for download on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, XBOX Live, Google Play, Sony Entertainment Network, Vudu and Verizon Flexview.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone are the co-creators of South Park, with Parker, Stone, Anne Garefino and Frank C. Agnone II executive producing. Eric Stough, Adrien Beard, Bruce Howell, Jack Shia and Vernon Chatman are Producers. Chris Brion is the Creative Director of South Park Digital Studios.
South Park‘s “The Pandemic Special” premieres on Comedy Central Wednesday, September 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, with two encore airings at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.
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