Here’s a fun thought experiment. If South Park‘s central fourth graders Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Kenny McCormick, and Eric Cartman had all aged at the same rate as their show, they would all be 33 or 34 years old now. And after an announcement today, the boys seem set to approach 40 soon.
Comedy Central has announced that it has renewed its hallmark animated series South Park for season 24. It also went ahead and confirmed seasons 25 and 26 for good measure. Each of the three new seasons will feature 10 episodes each, bringing South Park‘s total run to 327 episodes. Created and run by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, South Park has already shattered countless cable television longevity records and Comedy Central seems determined to make sure it continues to do so.
“South Park is the greatest comedy in the history of television, unmatched in its satirical strength and cultural relevancy and it shows no signs of slowing down,” Kent Alterman, President of Comedy Central, Paramount Network and TV Land, said in a statement “If humanity is still intact in 1000 years, historians will see the most transcendent artists of our era as The Beatles, Muhammed Ali, and Matt and Trey. We’ll do as many seasons as they would like.”
As part of the renewal announcement, Comedy Central also unveiled a new website, SP and Me, in which users can determine their “South Park genealogy.” This writer is 28% Sheila Broflovski, Kyle Schwartz, and Sharon Marsh. Despite being a basically elderly television program, South Park has excelled in the realm of new media. Comedy Central’s renewal announcement points to the show’s social presence, growing +586% in Instagram followers and generating 111 million streams in 2018.
There is no early indication of release dates but Parker and Stone will maintain their usual insane “eight days to air” schedule so expect each season in the fall. South Park season 23 is set to premiere on Comedy Central on September 25.