South Park co-creator Trey Parker begged his show’s executive producer not to air one South Park episode because he was afraid it would ruin South Park. That episode was “Make Love, Not Warcraft” which received critical acclaim and earned a Primetime Emmy Award.

The classic episode South Park’s creator Trey Parker begged not to be aired

You’d think it’d be a wall-to-wall blast creating a show as anarchically gleeful as South Park. Well, you’d be entirely wrong.

SBS2 Australia’s The Feed went behind the scenes on the show to reveal how creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker create an episode within the minuscule span of a mere 6 days. And the answer turned out to be: whilst under a huge amount of stress.

That’s the word that was used by Trey Parker to describe the average working day in the show’s studios, in a week which officially begins with an ideas session on Thursday and ends with the show’s delivery to its network on a Tuesday. “You get to Monday and you’re, like, oh my god,” Parker said. “Dude, we’re going to have to call the network and tell them there’s no sh… Continue Reading (2 minute read)

15 thoughts on “South Park co-creator Trey Parker begged his show’s executive producer not to air one South Park episode because he was afraid it would ruin South Park. That episode was “Make Love, Not Warcraft” which received critical acclaim and earned a Primetime Emmy Award.”

  1. Hashinin

    I’m still playing Hello Kitty Island Adventure.

  2. Meat_Freaky

    I wonder how he thought it would ruin South Park. It seems like a pretty cut and dry South Park episode.

  3. JoshDaws

    If you’ve seen “6 days to air” you’ll understand the pressure cooker they place themselves under to get SP out in time. Which as the article mentions, can lead to indecision, even about good ideas.

    Edit: as pointed out below it’s *6* days to air, and I highly suggest watching it if you are an SP fan OR want to work in the industry.

  4. Lichruler

    That episode was actually a catalyst in convincing me to finally play WoW. I’ll admit, no regrets there.

    But what amazed me, after I had played for a while, and went back to that episode, is how South Park got everything right about the game, and yet everything completely wrong. Like, they knew the equipment, locations, moves, and all of that, and yet would reference it incorrectly every time, and you *know* they did it on purpose.

  5. gamercboy5

    The fact that they had blizzard employees to work with them in there extremely fast paced studio and created all of the WoW parts inside the game itself is fascinating.

  6. TheRealKGsauce

    One of my favorite episodes for sure!

  7. CakeAccomplice12

    It is seriously one of the best episodes ever

  8. caspissinclair

    My first guess was he felt like they were selling out by jumping on something as popular as Warcraft, but from the article he just seemed to think it was a bad episode. Weird.

  9. samstep

    This episode and the butterfly effect is the reason I have a job today. It came out when I was in high school, my dad and I had a weekly routine to watch south park together and after this episode we both looked at each other and went “well they were dumb about it, but the game looked cool.”

    So we started playing wow, and soon I had to pick what I was going to go to college for so I chose 3D modeling and game design. I graduated and worked for a medical company doing their illustrations for a while then got hired to do models for aircraft simulators. I credit this all to this single episode of south park and hanging out with my dad.

  10. ch1burashka

    IMO that season was the golden era of South Park. That was also Satan’s super sweet 16.

    Or maybe that was the golden era for me. Logging onto [allaboutsp.net](https://allaboutsp.net) on the day episodes went up.

  11. lecorrele

    It is the reason why I play WoW to this day

  12. clarkrd

    that episode got me into WoW.

  13. Hashinin

    The airing of that episode was the only time in 18 months my guild interrupted a raid.

  14. Mikimao

    I worked at blizzard as a ~~peon~~ Game Master in WoW at the time they visited and worked with some of the devs to do some work for the episode. I never got to see them or anything, but they sent out pictures to all the employees and Blizzard themselves seemed to be genuinely excited about the episode. Me and all my co workers loved it when we saw the episode.

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