South Park is moving to the new HBO Max next year. The Comedy Central show will leave its current home, the Disney-owned Hulu, for exclusive streaming on the WarnerMedia-backed platform in June 2020.
In announcing the deal, HBO Max Chief Content Officer Kevin Reilly said South Park is unequivocally among the best – setting the satirical gold standard with a consistent finger on the comedy pulse. “Audiences have connected with Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny – either alive or dead – for over 20 years, and we look forward to connecting these characters to new audiences on HBO Max,” Reilly added.
The deal covers all 23 seasons, plus three new seasons which will stream on HBO Max 24 hours after each episode airs on Comedy Central and hinges on HBO Max’s young adult animation portfolio, which will also include shows from Adult Swim and Crunchyroll, plus streaming rights to a number of Studio Ghibli films.
South Park debuted in mid-1997 with a unique and risqué sense of humor that arguably hadn’t been seen in an animated series since Beavis and Butt-Head. The show has had its ups and downs over the years but has maintained its position as one of Comedy Central’s highest rated programs throughout.
HBO Max is expected to launch in May 2020 as yet another streaming platform for your consideration.