ⓘ South Park (season 13)
The thirteenth season of South Park, an American animated television comedy series, originally aired in the United States on Comedy Central between March 11 and November 18, 2009. The season was headed by the series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who served as executive producers along with Anne Garefino. The season continued to focus on the exploits of protagonists Stan, Kyle, Cartman, Kenny and Butters in the fictional Colorado mountain town of South Park.
The season was the first of three new seasons Parker and stone agreed to produce for the network of Internet update. It consisted of fourteen 22-minute episodes, which aired in two groups of seven episodes separated by six months. Before the season premiere, all South Park episodes available for free viewing on the official series website, South Park. The 13th season was the first to be broadcast in high definition on the big screen. Continuing their practice from previous seasons, Parker and stone wrote and produced each episode within the week before the date of broadcast.
The 13th season satirically such topics as the acorn scandal, Japanese whaling, piracy in Somalia and the marketing tactics of the Walt Disney company. Celebrities were spoofed throughout the season, including the "Jonas Brothers", Kanye West, Carlos Mencia, Paul Watson and Glenn Beck, all of whom publicly responded to their image. The episode "fish sticks" has attracted particular media attention in connection with the rapper Kanye Wests, after all the Declaration that its jokes about his arrogance was funny, but to hurt his feelings. "The f word" in which the main characters are trying to change the definition of the word "fag" was especially controversial and prompted complaints from the Alliance of gay and lesbian against defamation. Stream "Derby" in Mexico was stopped, allegedly due to its depiction of President Felipe Calderon. "Fatbeard" received a high appraisal to the crew of the USS Bainbridge, which was involved in the 2009 rescue of the MV Maersk Alabama from Somali pirates.
The 13th season received mixed reviews: some critics called it one of South Park with strong seasons, while others claimed that the series began with the deterioration. In the season saved an average rating of viewership company Nielsen for the series, around 3 million viewers per episode. The episode "Margaritaville", which satirized the global recession then the considerable part of the industrialized countries in the world, received the Emmy award 2009 for outstanding animated program for programming less than one hour.