South Park is an American animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
Its frequent depiction of taboo subject matter, unusual (especially Sophomoric) humor and portrayal of religion for comic effect has generated controversy and debate throughout the world over the course of its 20 seasons.
TV-MA: This program may contain one or more of the following: crude indecent language (L), strong sexual content (S), or graphic violence (V).
To note, some episodes on syndication have been reclassified TV-14.
For instance, in late 2008, on behalf of Muslim activists and members of the Russian Pentecostalist Church, a group of prosecutors in Moscow sought to have the Russian channel 2×2 closed in an attempt to prevent them from broadcasting the series, which they claimed promoted "hatred between religions." Their appeal was rejected by Russian media officials, and the channel's broadcasting license was extended until 2013.
The show further lampooned the controversy surrounding its use of profanity, as well as the media attention surrounding the network show Chicago Hope's single use of the word "shit," with the season five premiere "It Hits the Fan".
In Australia, the first three seasons and some episodes in season 4, were rated M: Recommended for mature audiences 15 years and over.
The controversy that soon followed was dubbed "Closetgate" by the Los Angeles Times.
Furthermore, the season 3 DVD set was originally rated 18 in the UK, Canada and Ireland, due to the content of the final episode, World Wide Recorder Concert (which contains references to child molestation). Season 4 is the only season rated R13 in New Zealand and the first season is rated M, akin to Australia's rating. The television rating of the show in NZ is AO (adults only).