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First Look: ‘South Park’ Season 26 Debut

We got images and a clip… the boys are back in the new season premiere, ‘Cupid Ye,’ on Wednesday, February 8; Cartman, jealous of the friendship that’s developed between Kyle and Tolkien, decides to do something about it.

Comedy Central has shared a clip and images for the premiere episode of the 26th season of Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s renowned Emmy and Peabody Award-winning animated series, South Park, coming Wednesday, February 8… YES, THIS WEEK! All-new episodes will be available to stream in HD on,, and the Comedy Central App post-premiere. The new season will also roll out on Comedy Central internationally throughout 2023.

In the first episode, “Cupid Ye,” Cartman is jealous of the friendship that’s developed between Kyle and Tolkien and decides to do something about it. Check out the first-look clip below. But first, a little history lesson:

The show first aired in August 1997, inspired by a VHS-shared, animated short entitled The Spirit of Christmas, beginning an era of adult animation from which there was NO turning back! Co-created and executive produced by Trey Parker and Matt Stone Parker, Anne Garefino and Frank C. Agnone II also serve as executive producers. Eric Stough, Adrien Beard, Bruce Howell, and Vernon Chatman serve as producers. Christopher Brion is the creative director of South Park Digital Studios.

Last summer, Comedy Central celebrated the show’s 25th anniversary with South Park: The 25th Anniversary Concert. Filmed live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, it starred Trey Park and Matt Stone, Primus, and Ween, with a special appearance by members of the band RUSH – it is currently available on Paramount+.

MTV Entertainment Studios’ expansive deal with Parker and Stone extends the South Park franchise on Comedy Central through 2027. In addition to the series extension, the deal includes 14 South Park original made-for-streaming events for Paramount+, including South Park: The Streaming Wars Parts 1 & 2, South Park: Post Covid, and South Park: Post Covid: The Return Of Covid.

And now…

Source: Comedy Central

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.