Best way to watch South Park (1997- )
South Park has been gracing our TV screens for the past two decades, leaving plenty of laughter fits in its wake. Whether you’re a mega-fan of Stan, Kenny and co or you’re just dipping your toes into the adult animation world, you’re probably wondering where to watch South Park online. HBO Max is the answer. The only streaming service to house all 23 seasons of the show, it comes with plenty of other bingeable HBO content, too. Price-wise, it’ll cost you $14.99/mo. But you won’t have to sign up for a lengthy contract, so can cancel at any time.
All the ways to watch South Park online
Full of lewd humor and foul-mouthed teenagers, South Park follows a group of elementary school kids — Stan, Kyle, Eric and Kenny — who live in the slightly odd town of South Park, Colorado. If stupidly funny gags are up your street, you’ll love the antics of this foursome. Several A-list celebrities clearly love the childish show, too. The likes of George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston and Bill Hader have all featured in South Park over the years.
Hulu used to be the home of South Park streaming, but HBO’s newest streaming service, HBO Max, recently took over. Now, HBO Max is the only on-demand streaming platform that features the long-running animation. However, you can still watch episodes via Comedy Central online if you log in with an applicable TV provider. Some seasons are also available for free on the South Park Studios site. And, of course, you can watch episodes live through live TV streaming services like Sling TV. But, for now, HBO Max is the only on-demand streaming destination for South Park fans.
Here’s how much on-demand streaming of the show will cost.
Streaming South Park
Streaming South Park is a good option because you don’t have to pay for every episode. Plus, you’ll get access to tons of other content.
HBO Max is now HBO’s main streaming service, taking over from HBO Go and HBO Now. It’s already risen through the ranks of the streaming worlds thanks to the network’s penchant for paying for exclusive rights to popular shows like South Park. In fact, you’ll find more than 10,000 hours of content in HBO Max’s library. Adult animation fans will be pleased to find the likes of Adventure Time, Regular Show and Rick and Morty. And, of course, you can rewatch Game of Thrones and check out original shows like a remake of Roald Dahl’s The Witches and the Ridley Scott series Raised by Wolves.
All of that can be yours for the competitive price of $14.99/mo. But there’s a chance you may be able to get away with paying nothing at all. Some current HBO subscribers are eligible for a free HBO Max subscription, so check whether you tick that box before signing up.
Once you’ve become an official HBO Max subscriber, you can access the service via almost every device. Unfortunately, Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices still don’t work with the platform, but here’s hoping that changes in the near future. Just like Hulu and Netflix, HBO Max allows you to create multiple user profiles (up to five in total), so each person can see personalized recommendations and viewing histories. Plus, you can please your partner or housemates with the simultaneous streaming feature, which allows three people to use the service at the same time. And when you don’t have access to the Internet, simply download your favorite titles to your device. Up to 30 episodes or movies can be downloaded for offline viewing at any one time.
Renting vs. buying South Park
If you don’t want to subscribe to another streaming service, renting and buying are also options. When it comes to South Park though, your only option is to buy through these providers.
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime may be your go-to online shopping destination, but it’s also home to Amazon’s streaming service, Amazon Prime Video, and thousands of titles to buy or rent. Unfortunately, shows like South Park can only be bought, but you do have the option of buying individual episodes or entire seasons. A standard definition (SD) episode costs $1.99, while the high definition (HD) version is $2.99. SD seasons range from $19.99 to $24.99, while HD seasons can cost anything from $24.99 to $29.99.
Apple users should turn straight to iTunes for all their content needs. The site doesn’t just provide countless music; it also has all the TV you could ever hope to watch. Only HD seasons of South Park are available to buy via iTunes, and they’ll cost you between $24.99 and $29.99. But once you’ve bought one season, you can download it to an Apple device and share it with other Apple users in your family for no extra cost.
As well as giving you the chance to buy and rent titles, Vudu also lets you watch certain content for free. When it comes to South Park, though, you’ll have to pay. Episode prices start from $1.99. Seasons range from $16.99 to $24.99 in SD and $24.99 to $29.99 in HD.
YouTube also has a few content tricks up its sleeves. As well as being the place people turn to for lighthearted user-generated videos, the site also offers movies and TV shows to rent or buy. South Park is, of course, on the list. SD episodes cost $1.99 and HD ones cost $3.99. Seasons, meanwhile, range in price from $16.99 to $24.99 in SD and $19.99 to $29.99 in HD. You can also buy a compilation of the Top South Park Moments for $14.99 in SD or $19.99 in HD.
Our hot take
As HBO Max is the only place to catch a South Park stream whenever you like, you won’t have to spend hours considering streaming service after streaming service. But popular shows like South Park can flit between platforms at short notice. So if you don’t want to miss out on the Colorado-based antics, sign up for a seven-day free trial of HBO Max before it’s too late.