A new episode of South Park will premier later this month, focusing on the coronavirus pandemic, which “presents continued challenges” to the residents of the Colorado town.
The creatively titled episode, The Pandemic Special, will air as the first of the show’s 24th season on Comedy Central in the US first, on 30 September 2020.
It will be the first hour long episode in the show’s history, though it might not be the last - it comes after reports this summer that the show’s creators have been in talks about making more movies and special episodes.
With the show famous for not pulling any punches, it is sure to attract significant controversy with an episode which appears to poke fun at many of the perceived wisdoms around the coronavirus pandemic. Typically, though, the writers do well to target both sides of any argument with their jokes.
What will the episode be about?
The trailer for the episode, released by Comedy Central earlier this week, shows Eric Cartman - one of the show’s main characters - angry about being forced to go back to school after lockdown. His more cautious and morally-upright friend, Kyle Broflovski, chides him, “Get out of my house, you could be spreading germs!”
The trailer also shows clips of the programme’s classic school classroom shot, but with the new additions of face masks, one way system markings on the floor, and plastic visors around each desk.
According to the episode’s synopsis, “Randy comes to terms with his role in the Covid-19 outbreak as the on-going pandemic presents continued challenges to the citizens of South Park.
“The kids happily head back to school but nothing resembles the normal that they once knew, not their teachers, not their home room, not even Eric Cartman.”
How can I watch it in the UK?
UK viewers will be able to watch the show on US streaming service HBO Max the day after it premieres (1 October). All South Park episodes will also be available, uncensored, to download on Google Play, Sony Entertainment Network, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video and XBOX Live.
Created by comedic duo Trey Parker and Matt Stone in 1997, South Park has consistently sparked outrage with its cutting satire of current affairs as well as more abstract and often crude storylines.
This article originally appeared on Yorkshire Evening Post