South Park has been a staple on Comedy Central for more than two decades, which somehow still doesn’t make it the longest-running show on television. But the show that first aired in 1997 is still going strong, and its latest season officially has a release date.
Season 22 of South Park will premiere in September, Comedy Central announced in a press release on Wednesday. With more than 280 episodes under their belt you might not think there’s much ground left to cover for a few grade schoolers in Colorado, but the network is barreling full steam ahead with the network flagship created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
The show will premiere in its usual Wednesday time slot on September 26 at 10:00 p.m. Few other details were given about Season 22, though it’s expected we’ll learn more about the network’s plans as the premiere grows closer.
Wednesday’s announcement also included Comedy Central’s plans for Comic-Con in San Diego: ‘Cartman’s Escape Room’ seems to be exactly what it sounds like, while ‘South Park’s Member Berries Challenge’ will put fans into a replica of a scenerio from an already-aired South Park episode.
Cartman’s Escape Room is making its worldwide debut at Comic-Con. Trapped! Caught in another one of Cartman’s schemes, fans will now enter the most impossible to escape place ever invented. Ten South Park fans will have a limited amount of time solve a series of puzzles using what they know about South Park to free themselves… before it’s too late. This new South Park activation is free and open to the public at the San Diego Wine Center (200 Harbor Dr. #12, across from the Convention Center) from Thursday, July 19 through Saturday, July 21 from 9:30 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 22 from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
South Park’s Member Berries Challenge (booth #23729 inside Convention Center) will transport fans into a 3D replica scene from the iconic “Member Berries” episode. While joining Randy at the Marsh family dinner table, fans will take the Member Berries Challenge – where they will be asked three South Park trivia questions as they sit in Sharon and Shelly’s seats. If the fan answers all three correctly, they will walk away clean and be rewarded with their very own limited edition Member Berry. However, if a fan answers incorrectly, Member Berry juice will spew out of Randy’s mouth on to the losing player! Ponchos and protective glasses will be available. In addition to the Member Berries Challenge, fans will also get the opportunity to jump in to other iconic scenes from the series and play other South Park themed games.
Recent seasons of South Park have taken advantage of how quickly the showrunners can create its episodes to tackle extremely recent news and pop culture events. This year has certainly had no shortage of those, which means they’ll have plenty to say come September.