New ‘South Park’ Special ‘The End of Obesity’ Premiering May 24 on Paramount+

The Paramount+ streaming service will present its next “South Park” exclusive event, South Park: The End of Obesity, beginning Friday, May 24, in the United States and Canada, and on Saturday, May 25, in the United Kingdom, Australia, Latin America, Brazil, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

In South Park: The End of Obesity, the advent of new weight loss drugs has a huge impact on everyone in South Park. When Cartman is denied access to the life-changing medicine, the kids jump into action.

South Park: The End of Obesity is produced by MTV Entertainment Studios.

Building on MTV Entertainment Studios’ expansive deal with co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, “South Park” has been renewed on Comedy Central through 2027, taking cable’s longest-running scripted series through an unprecedented 30th season.

The first six Paramount+ special events — South Park: Post COVID, South Park: Post COVID: The Return of COVID, South Park: The Streaming Wars, South Park: The Streaming Wars Part 2, South Park: Joining the Panderverse and South Park (Not Suitable For Children) — are currently available to stream exclusively on the service.

‘South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut,’ ‘Team America: World Police’ Due on 4K June 25

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut and Team America: World Police, from “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, will be released on 4K Ultra HD disc June 25 for their 25th and 20th anniversaries, respectively, from Paramount Home Entertainment.

On June 30, 1999, creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker unleashed their animated “South Park” characters on the big screen for the first time, holding up a mirror to society with their razor-sharp wit and asking the all-important question: “What would Brian Boitano do?” In the film, Stan, Kyle, Kenny, and Cartman sneak into an ‘R’-rated movie to see their favorite Canadian superstars. When their parents find out, they declare war on Canada. Now the boys have to stand up to their parents, stop World War III, and get Satan back to Hell before he destroys the world. 

The 25th Anniversary 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray combo includes legacy bonus content, access to a digital copy of the film, and — for the first time — the sing-a-long version of the film. Bonus content on Blu-ray includes commentary by Matt Stone and Trey Parker; the “What Would Brian Boitano Do?” music video; and theatrical trailers.

In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, the sing-a-long version of South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut will debut in select theaters on June 23 and June 26. Tickets for this special engagement presented by Fathom Events and Paramount Pictures can be purchased at or at participating theater box offices.

This year also marks the 20th anniversary of Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s Team American: World Police, which will also make its 4K Ultra HD debut on June 25.  Using puppetry techniques inspired by Gerry Anderson’s Supermarionation sagas, Parker and Stone skewer U.S. politics and celebrity activism with their controversial satire about a high-tech international law enforcement agency that recruits a renowned Broadway thespian to help them mount a series of ill-conceived anti-terrorist campaigns. Parker and Stone provide voices along with Kristen Miller and Daran Norris.

The 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray combo includes access to a digital copy of the film, the uncensored and unrated cut of the film on Blu-ray, as well as legacy bonus content including “Team America: An Introduction”; “Building the World”; “Crafting the Puppets”; “Pulling the Strings”; “Capturing the Action”; “Miniature Pyrotechnics”; “Up Close with Kim Jong-Il”; “Dressing Room Test”; “Puppet Test”; deleted/extended scenes and outtakes; animated storyboards; and the theatrical trailers.

Team America: World Police

Merchandising: ‘Barbie,’ ‘South Park’ Top Survey for Most-Popular Merchandise

A new marketing report has identified Barbie as the film with the highest demand for merchandising, while “South Park” is the most popular TV series in terms of spinoff products.

The research was conducted by clothing brand Chummy Tees, which analyzed online search volumes for the top 100 highest-grossing movies and Rolling Stone’s top 100 TV shows, calculating average monthly figures in the U.S. since January 2023. 

Barbie merchandise averaged 152,053 monthly searches was was the favorite movie brand in 48 states. Based on the famous fashion doll, the film starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling was the highest grossing film in 2023, having earned more than $1.4 million at the global box office and $636 domestically to become the biggest release in the history of the Warner Bros. studio. The movie’s success no doubt added to the popularity of a franchise that was already inherently based upon merchandise — a massive toy line first released in 1959 by Mattel.

Movie merch ranged from plastic dolls (naturally) to pool floats, with a ‘Barbie shirt’ accumulating up to 63,225 monthly searches. 

The film franchise with the second-highest merchandise searches was “Spider-Man” with a monthly search volume of 93,726. It was also the favorite brand in California with an average of 21,339 searches. A version of the famed Marvel Comics character has been the primary focus of 10 movies (eight live-action and two animated), all released by Sony Pictures.

No. 3 “Harry Potter,” which also ranks as the best-selling book series of all time, saw an average of 52,442 monthly merch searches in the United States, ranking No. 1 in Wyoming. “Harry Potter” magic wands averaged 29,846 monthly searches. 

Top 25 Films Leading U.S. Demand for Merchandise:

Rank Film Franchise
Monthly U.S.
Search Volume
1 Barbie 152,053
2 Spider-Man 93,726
3 Harry Potter 52,442
4 Batman 22,404
5 Star Wars 21,179
6 Godzilla 15,806
7 Venom 11,920
8 Oppenheimer 11,780
9 Jurassic Park 11,756
10 Joker 11,325
11 Lord of the Rings 10,865
12 Wonder Woman 9,931
13 Black Panther 9,273
14 Guardians of the Galaxy 9,077
15 Alice in Wonderland 8,635
16 Avatar 7,064
17 Iron Man 6,517
18 Monsters, Inc 6,354
19 E.T. 6,258
20 Deadpool 5,811
21 Minions 5,557
22 Beauty and the Beast 5,525
23 Puss in Boots 5,468
24 Transformers 5,262
25 Coco 5,147

On the TV side, Comedy Central’s “South Park” averaged 23,868 monthly searches from American fans. “South Park” merch ranges from tumblers to bum bags, with the search term “‘South Park shirt” hitting up to 5,241 monthly searches. “South Park” is the favorite in 19 states, including Texas, Arizona and Illinois.

The No. 2 series was Adult Swim’s “Rick and Morty,” which was close behind with 23,490 average monthly searches. It was the favorite in 17 states, including Florida, North Carolina and Mississippi. The most sought-after item was the “‘Rick and Morty’ hoodie,” attracting up to 8,491 monthly searches.

No. 3 was “Friends,” which last aired on NBC in 2004 but has been a popular streaming option on Netflix and Max among younger viewers not old enough for the show’s original run. It had a nationwide monthly average of 21,488 searches, with 1,713 in New York alone. The top piece of merch is the “‘Friends’ mug” with 2,175 monthly searches.

Top 25 TV Shows Leading U.S. Demand for Merchandise:

Rank TV Show Monthly U.S.
Search Volume
1 South Park 23,868
2 Rick and Morty 23,490
3 Friends 21,488
4 Peaky Blinders 19,256
5 Atlanta 11,638
6 Star Trek 9,955
7 Breaking Bad 9,585
8 The Office 6,668
9 Sesame Street 6,347
10 Game of Thrones 6,275
11 Seinfeld 5,360
12 Succession 5,124
13 Justified 5,098
14 Cheers 3,657
15 The Simpsons 3,585

‘South Park: Joining the Panderverse’ Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD June 11

Paramount Home Entertainment will release South Park: Joining the Panderverse on Blu-ray Disc and DVD June 11.

In the 49-minute special, Cartman’s deeply disturbing dreams portend the end of the life he knows and loves, as he is transported to a universe where all his friends have been replaced by a racially diverse cast. Meanwhile, the adults in South Park are also wrestling with their life decisions as the advent of AI is turning their world upside down.

The special originally debuted in 2023 on Paramount+ and pokes fun at the Disney studio’s handling of “Star Wars” and other IP.

Part of cable’s longest-running scripted series on Comedy Central, South Park: Joining the Panderverse is executive produced by co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, along with Anne Garefino and Frank C. Agnone II. 

‘South Park: Joining the Panderverse’ Special to Stream on Paramount+ Starting Oct. 27

Paramount+ has announced that the service’s next “South Park” exclusive special, South Park: Joining the Panderverse, premieres Oct. 27 in the United States and Canada, and Oct. 28 in the United Kingdom and Australia, with further international markets to follow.

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In South Park: Joining the Panderverse, Cartman’s deeply disturbing dreams portend the end of the life he knows and loves. The adults in South Park are also wrestling with their own life decisions as the advent of AI is turning their world upside down.

The first four “South Park” exclusive events — South Park: Post Covid, South Park: Post Covid: The Return of Covid, South Park: The Streaming Wars and South Park: The Streaming Wars Part 2 — are available to stream exclusively on Paramount+.

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In 2022, the “South Park” series celebrated the 25th anniversary of its Aug. 13, 1997, debut on Comedy Central. “South Park” has been renewed on Comedy Central through 2027, taking cable’s longest-running scripted series through a 30th season.


‘South Park: The Streaming Wars’ Due on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 7

South Park: The Streaming Wars arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 7 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Both part one and part two of the made-for-streaming movie will now be available alongside the Emmy-winning series, which has sold over 12 million DVDs and Blu-rays to date, according to Paramount.              

In South Park: The Streaming Wars, Cartman locks horns with his mom in a battle of wills, while an epic conflict unfolds and threatens South Park’s very existence. In part two, a drought has brought the town of South Park to the brink of disaster.

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South Park: The Streaming Wars features the voices of creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, along with Mona Marshall (“Blue Exorcist”), April Stewart (Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol) and Jennifer Howell (“Bob’s Burgers”).

Season 26 of ‘South Park’ Headed to DVD and Blu-ray Nov. 7

South Park: The Complete Twenty-Sixth Season arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 7 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The newest season of the Emmy Award-winning animated series includes six new episodes.  

In the season, Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny learn the wonders of Japanese toilets, grapple with latest developments in A.I. technology, re-open an iconic Colorado restaurant, and meet a couple who feel the need to share the importance of their Privacy with the world. 

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The season features the voices of creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, along with Mona Marshall (“Blue Exorcist”), April Stewart (Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol) and Jennifer Howell (“Bob’s Burgers”).

Update (9/19/23): Edited to reflect street date change from Sept. 12 to Nov. 7

‘South Park,’ ‘Star Trek,’ Warner 100 Among New Home Video Releases April 4

The slate of home video releases for April 4 includes several Warner Bros. 100th anniversary Blu-ray sets, a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray collection of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” movies, the 25th season of “South Park” on disc, and digital releases for Marlowe and more classic Mickey Mouse animated shorts.

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment marks the 100th anniversary of the Warner Bros. studio April 4 with four themed boxed sets of 25 films apiece from the studio’s catalog: 100 Years of Warner Bros. Vol. 1 — Award Winners, 100 Years of Warner Bros. Vol. 2 — Comedies, Dramas & Musicals, 100 Years of Warner Bros. Vol. 3 — Fantasy, Action & Adventure and 100 Years of Warner Bros. Vol. 4 — Thrillers, Sci-Fi & Horror. Together, the four sets represent a 100-film collection from the Warner library.

In addition, Warner April 4 releases The Maltese Falcon and Cool Hand Luke on 4K Ultra HD disc and digital.

Academy Award winner Humphrey Bogart stars in the classic film noir The Maltese Falcon (1941) as tough San Francisco private detective Sam Spade. The famously convoluted story follows Spade’s involvement with a deadly band of international thieves who will lie, double cross and murder to obtain a small, jewel-encrusted statue known as The Maltese Falcon. Spade’s partner, Miles Archer (Jerome Cowan), accepts a job protecting a young woman (Mary Astor). Neither Spade nor Archer believe the woman or the story she tells them, but they do believe her money. Then, when Archer is murdered, Spade’s search for the killer drags him into the web of lies and death spun by the desperate people seeking The Maltese Falcon. The film is directed by John Huston in his directorial debut. The screenplay is by Huston and is based on the 1930 novel by Dashiell Hammett. In addition to Bogart, Cowan and Astor, the film stars Gladys George, Peter Lorre, Barton MacLane, Lee Patrick and Sydney Greenstreet. The Maltese Falcon was nominated for three Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Greenstreet) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Huston).

Academy Award winner Paul Newman stars with George Kennedy in Cool Hand Luke (1967), the story of a man who will not surrender to authority — even at the cost of his life. In the film, when Luke Jackson (Newman) is sentenced to a Southern prison for a minor infraction, his intelligence, calm under pressure and inability to accept defeat soon gain him the respect of his fellow inmates on the chain gang — and the nickname Cool Hand Luke. But they also earn Luke the enmity of the warden, who cannot allow any inmate to challenge his authority. When Luke’s mother dies, he decides to escape, and he will not allow anyone to stop him. The film is directed by Stuart Rosenberg.  The screenplay is by Donn Pearse and Frank R. Pierson and is based on the Pearce’s 1965 novel of the same name. In addition to Newman, Cool Hand Luke stars George Kennedy, J.D. Canon, Robert Drivas, Lou Antonio, Strother Martin and Jo Van Fleet. Cool Hand Luke was nominated for four Academy Awards, Best Actor (Newman), Best Supporting Actor (Kennedy), Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Pearce and Pierson) and Best Original Music Score (Lalo Schifrin), and won for Best Support Supporting Actor.

Rebel Without a Cause will be available to purchase digitally April 4 and on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc April 18 from Warner.

Paramount Home Entertainment April 4 releases the four films focused on the cast of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc for the first time. The collection includes 1994’s Star Trek: Generations, 1996’s Star Trek: First Contact, 1998’s Star Trek: Insurrection and 2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis. The films continue the 24th century adventures of the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise as seen on the 1987-94 series “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” starring Patrick Stewart as Capt. Picard, Brent Spiner as the android Data, Jonathan Frakes as first officer Riker, Michael Dorn as the Klingon security officer Worf, LeVar Burton as chief engineer Geordi LaForge, Marina Sirtis as Counselor Troi, and Gates McFadden as Dr. Crusher. Each film has been fully remastered and is presented on a 4K Ultra HD disc with Dolby Vision and HDR-10. The films are available as part of an eight-disc collection that includes them on both 4K disc and a remastered Blu-ray, as well as individually as combo packs. A digital copy code of each film will be included with both the collection and the individual combo packs. The discs will also include most of the legacy bonus material.

Paramount Home Entertainment releases South Park: The Complete Twenty-Fifth Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD April 4. The collection includes the six episodes of the animated series that aired on Comedy Central in 2022: “Pajama Day,” “The Big Fix,” “City People,” “Back to the Cold War,” “Help, My Teenager Hates Me!” and “Credigree Weed St. Patrick’s Day Special.”

The Liam Neeson crime thriller Marlowe because available in standard digital pricing April 4 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Neeson (Memory, Blacklight) portrays Raymond Chandler’s hard-boiled private detective Phillip Marlowe in the Open Road Films release from Academy Award-winning director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game). The film also stars Academy Award winner Jessica Lange (Blue Sky, Tootsie, The Gambler), Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds, Unknown, The Infiltrator), Emmy Award nominee Alan Cumming (“The Good Wife,” Battle of the Sexes, X2: X-Men United), and Golden Globe  nominee Danny Huston (The Constant Gardener, The Aviator, 21 Grams).  Set in late 1930s Bay City, Marlowe centers on streetwise, down on his luck detective Philip Marlowe, who is hired to find the ex-lover of a glamorous heiress (Kruger), daughter of a well-known movie star (Lange). The disappearance unearths a web of lies, and soon Marlowe is involved in a dangerous, deadly investigation where everyone involved has something to hide. The film was previously available via PVOD. It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD April 18.

The Oscar-nominated drama Living arrives for digital purchase April 4 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film, adapted by Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of the Day) and based on the classic Akira Kurosawa film Ikiru, was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor (Bill Nighy) and Best Adapted Screenplay. In the film, Nighy (Love Actually) plays Williams, a 1950s London civil servant who struggles to maintain order under mountains of paperwork. Overwhelmed at work and lonely at home, his life takes a heartbreaking turn when a medical diagnosis tells him time is short. Influenced by a local decadent (Tom Burke) and the vibrant Margaret (Aimee Lou Wood), Williams continues to search for meaning until a simple revelation gives him the purpose to create a legacy for the next generation. It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD April 11.

Disney April 4 releases Mickey & Friends: 10 Classic Shorts Vol. 2 for digital purchase on April 4. The new collection includes such animated classics as “The Band Concert,” “Pluto’s Sweater” and “Mickey’s Trailer” with an all-new animated interstitials introduction featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald, Goofy and Pluto, all gathered together to watch a slideshow on some of their hilarious past adventures. A Blu-ray and DVD release arrives June 27.

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Cinedigm, in partnership with Bloody Disgusting, will premiere the horror documentary Living With Chucky on its horror streaming service Screambox and on all major digital platforms on April 4 in the United States and Canada. The documentary about the iconic “Child’s Play” franchise takes an in-depth look at the franchise from the perspective of a filmmaker who grew up within it. The film features interviews with cast and crew such as Brad Dourif, Jennifer Tilly, Alex Vincent, creator Don Mancini and more.  Storming into pop culture in the late 1980s, the three-foot killer known as Chucky proved that Child’s Play was anything but. The horror film went on to spawn six sequels, a television series, a reboot, comic books, a video game and merchandise. Written and directed by Kyra Elise Gardner, daughter of legendary special effects artist Tony Gardner, Living With Chucky looks back at the franchise by those there from the beginning. The documentary details the history of the “Child’s Play” films by the cast and crew, in addition to Gardner’s own relationship with the series and the impact it had on her family. Gardner seeks out other families involved with the “Child’s Play” films as they recount their experiences working on the franchise and what it means to be a part of the “Chucky” family. It arrives on Blu-ray April 18.

Kino Lorber April 4 releases its 12th collection of vintage black-and-white film noir movies as Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XII. The set includes Undertow (1949), Outside the Wall (1950) and Hold Back Tomorrow (1955). All three films are coming to disc from brand-new 2K masters.

Also from Kino Lorber April 4 is the 1987 film The Big Easy on Blu-ray Disc. Directed by Jim McBride, the neo-noir thriller stars Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin, Ned Beatty, John Goodman, and Grace Zabriskie. The Big Easy was a box office hit that combined New Orleans nightlife with steamy romance and sultry suspense. When a hood’s murder triggers a bloody gangland drug war, detective Remy McSwain (Quaid) is on the scene. The smooth-talking Remy meets his match in Anne Osborne (Barkin), a no-nonsense assistant district attorney in town to investigate police corruption. At first they are at odds, but then the sparks start flying.

The horror series Wings of Disaster: The Birdemic Trilogy and the third film in the franchise, Birdemic 3: Sea Eagle, fly to disc April 4 from Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

Writer/director James Nguyen goes back to basics to complete his action-adventure eco-terror vision in Birdemic 3: Sea Eagle, due on Blu-ray and DVD. In the film, when global warming triggers climate chaos along the Northern California coast, two scientific researchers discover tender romance, sudden wealth, awkward dancing, appalling CGI, space elevators, automatic weapons and a plague of sea eagle attacks that could lead to the extinction of life on Earth. Ryan Lord and Julia Culbert star, along with the return of Alan Bagh and the musical stylings of Damien Carter. Special features include an intro by Nguyen; audio commentary with Nguyen; audio commentary with cast members Ryan Lord, Julia Culbert and Alan Bagh; audio commentary with Birdemic 2: The Resurrection background actor/four-time “Jeopardy” champion Andy Wood and his neighbor Tony; festival highlights; and the trailer.

Also due on Blu-ray is the complete trilogy. In 2010, writer/producer/director/software salesman Nguyen’s groundbreaking Birdemic: Shock and Terror soon became a global phenomenon. In 2013 Nguyen returned with his biggest budget to date for Birdemic 2: The Resurrection, never-before available on Blu-ray and exclusive to this collection. For the first time ever, Wings of Disaster: The Birdemic Trilogy gathers Nguyen’s complete avian epic on three discs with more than 13 hours of special features.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

This Week’s MPN Podcast: Popular Shows Streaming in March; ‘South Park’ Legal Fight; ‘It’ Prequel Series Headed to HBO Max

On this week’s episode of the Media Play News podcast, hosts Charles Parkman and Charlie Showley preview the new and returning shows coming to streaming services, the lawsuit surrounding the streaming rights for “South Park,” and speculate about the announcement for the “It” prequel series “Welcome to Derry.” The episode leads with Charles talking about how he’s getting back into physical media having grown tired of streaming, and Charlie recounts some of his favorite special features from movies he owns. As they start to discuss the upcoming shows for March, “The Mandalorian” and “Succession” (seasons three and four, respectively) grind Charlie’s gears while Charles is looking forward to “Mandalorian.” In a surprise twist, Charles announces that the revival season of “Party Down” on Starz has just released, catching Charlie off-guard in a rare moment of enthusiasm.

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Next comes the legal battle between Paramount and Warner Bros. Discovery over the show “South Park.” The subject of multiple eight figure deals between the streaming platforms and itself has produced episodes about the absurdity of creating content for multiple streaming platforms. The show has been around for a very long time and is one of the rare properties that is still (intermittently) releasing new episodes into its almost 30-year run.

Finally, the hosts have a spirited discussion about Stephen King’s works and its possible impact on “Welcome to Derry,” the prequel series produced and partly directed by the same director in charge of the feature film King adaptations It and It: Chapter Two. While movie-to-series adaptations don’t have the best track record in the hosts’ point of view, this series may be better set up than most.

Warner Bros. Discovery Files ‘South Park’ Content Licensing Lawsuit Against Paramount

Warner Bros. Discovery Feb. 24 filed a content licensing lawsuit against Paramount Global alleging the media company reneged on its obligation to produce 30 new episodes of the Comedy Central animated series “South Park” as part of a $500 million distribution deal signed in 2019 affording the HBO Max streaming platform exclusive access to the franchise’s entire 300-episode catalog.

The suit, filed in Supreme Court of the state of New York in the County of New York, contends just 14 episodes over the new Seasons 24, 25 and 26 have been produced and delivered to HBO Max as of Feb. 9. In addition, the suit alleges that following Paramount’s separate $900 million Comedy Central renewal deal in 2021 with “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone for Seasons 27-30 — 14 special episodes, including so-called “super size” episodes (“South Park: The Streaming Wars Part 1,” and “South Park: The Streaming Wars Part 2”) were exclusively earmarked for the rival Paramount+ streaming service.

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“Paramount, South Park Digital Studios and MTV Entertainment … engaged in an illicit scheme to unfairly and deceptively divert to its nascent streaming platform [Paramount+] ‘South Park’ content belonging exclusively to Warner/HBO,” read the complaint.

With catalog episodes of “Friends,” “The Office” and “The Big Bang Theory,” among others, commanding premium valuation across linear TV and streaming channels, “South Park” is no different. The series, which debuted on Comedy Central in 1997, has earned five Emmy wins against 18 nominations. WBD paid Paramount $1.68 million per “South Park” episode.

WBD believes the new “South Park” episodes are more valuable than catalog shows, and that it overpaid for the distribution deal when factoring in the missing new content. The company is seeking unspecified punitive damages and legal fees.

In a statement, Paramount said the allegations are without merit and that it looks forward to “demonstrating so through the legal process.”

“We also note that Paramount continues to adhere to the parties’ contract by delivering new ‘South Park’ episodes to HBO Max, despite the fact that Warner Bros. Discovery has failed and refused to pay license fees that it owes to Paramount for episodes that have already been delivered, and which HBO Max continues to stream,” Paramount said in the statement.