South Park Hour-Long Pandemic Special Coming This Month

by : Emily Brown on : 16 Sep 2020 07:51
South Park Hour-Long Pandemic Special Coming This MonthComedy Central

Everyone has had different experiences with the coronavirus pandemic, but I’m sure none will have a take on it quite like South Park. 

The animated TV show, which has been running for more than two decades now, is set to address the outbreak when it returns with a special episode imaginatively titled The Pandemic Special. The episode will be an hour long, making it the longest in the show’s 23-year history, aside from 1999’s Bigger, Longer & Uncut movie, of course.


During the episode, viewers will see Stan’s father Randy comes to terms with his role in the COVID-19 outbreak, as the virus presents challenges to the citizens of South Park.

Comedy Central has released a trailer for the episode, which you can check out here:


In keeping with real life, the kids of the town will head back to school to find nothing resembles the ‘normal’ they once knew, a synopsis reads.


The show’s version of the outbreak will probably result in a bit more than social distancing, however, as the students find their teachers, their homeroom and even Eric Cartman have undergone astounding changes.

Written and produced by series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the episode promises to address all sorts of ‘2020 problems’ when it airs on Wednesday, September 30.

News of the special comes almost exactly a year after Comedy Central renewed South Park through to season 26. The network is almost entirely exiting the scripted live-action business in favour of animated and late-night fare, Variety reports.


South Park hit a milestone by releasing its 300th episode during the most recent 23rd season, which came to an end in December 2019.

The event special picks up where South Park left off, though no further information for the official premiere date for season 24 has been given by Comedy Central.

South Park: The Pandemic Special will air on Comedy Central on September 30. 

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Emily Brown

Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.

Topics: Film and TV, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Now, South Park


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  1. South Park Studios/YouTube

    "The Pandemic Special" Premieres Sept 30 - SOUTH PARK

  2. Variety

    ‘South Park’ Sets Hour-Long Pandemic Special (Watch)