South Park Hits HBO Max, But Without These Episodes

Five episodes were cut from the digital library over their depiction of Prophet Muhammad.

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All 23 seasons of the iconic, raunchy animated TV show South Park are now available to stream on HBO Max, but there are five episodes in particular that are not on the streaming platform due to their controversial nature. Here's why and which ones you won't find on the streaming service.

The episodes "Super Best Friends," "Cartoon Wars" Parts 1 and 2, and "200" and "201" were not released on HBO Max because of their depiction of the Prophet Muhammad, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

These are the same five episodes that were removed from Hulu when the show was streaming there. The episodes also got cut from rotation on broadcast TV re-runs.

Doug Herzog, the former boss of South Park network Comedy Central, told The Hollywood Reporter back in 2016 that these episodes were removed due to concerns about the safety of the production team.

HBO Max bought all 23 seasons of South Park for a reported $500 million. The show remains popular and on the air, with new seasons coming through the end of 2022.

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Make fun of Mohammed? Get cancelled. Make fun of Jesus. Continue as normal. Give me a break. South Park makes fun of everyone and that’s fine. To selectively remove just these Mohammad episodes is ridiculous.

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2020, the year of rewriting history and trying to erase history. WTF. Morons.

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hope next season is all about muslims and wokeness

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South Park is one of the best shows as far as equality. They go after EVERYONE equally. But some people don't really want equality because they still think they deserve special rights because of what happened in the past (by no one who is still living...). We (U.S.) need to always remember what happened, what our flaws are, etc., but start living for the future. You can't move forward by tearing down the past and not learning from it.

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@Wraith3: I'm an American of Scottish descent and for the hell of it Googled Scottish slavery. Turns out MY people were slaves many years ago too. I'm accepting reparations via Paypal. Thanks.

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Mohammad owned slaves, instructed his followers to rape the wives of the men they'd captured in front of their husbands, and had sex with a 9 year old girl. No depiction South Park could make of him would be more disgusting than the things he did with his life.

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@bluestorm83: You should be more careful about what you're saying, otherwise you risk provoking some radical Muslims to enslave and rape your whole family in front of you.

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@Accrovideogames: The Religion of Peace strikes again!

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Cartoon Wars I and II were on Hulu though, at least a year ago when I watched it. The other 3 episodes weren't.

Guess I'm not subbing then. Aside from the abysmal failure of launching without Roku and Fire support, this is just a double-standard. Like I said in my feedback to them, why not remove the episodes of Jesus Christ and God then? People are offended by those too.

It's a cartoon that isn't real. Get over it.

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@robb213: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Hebdo_shooting

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@Barighm: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Revolution (point being we, through fear and uncertainty, fought and won against the strongest empire of the time for our freedoms that no other country can rival).

Fear is never an excuse. Those nutjobs (the violent perpetrators) win if we succumb to fear, one of the goals of "terrorism" also implied by the term.

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@robb213: True. Cartoon Wars 1 and 2 were not pulled from Hulu or cable TV rotation. That’s a new one for HBO Max.

I’m sure they’ll remove all the episodes making fun on trans people next... so a couple entire seasons featuring “Mrs” Garrison and VP Caitlyn Jenner will be removed.

Buckle up, buckaroos!

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What a joke!

HBO has gone spineless since the end of "The News Room"

If they're gonna start catering to everyone who's offended, might as well drop South Park altogether.

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way to give into terrorist demands

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Ils ne sont pas Charlie.

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Iam a muslim , i dont know if you guys knew that , ive been here for like 5 years now and "concers for the safety of the production team" is just a garbage statement, we dont terrorise people just the depicted our prophet , we dont like the depiction of any prophet btw , moses jesus mohammed , thats in our religion , so we just dont like it

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@afromakka: And you have every right not to like it, just like the creators have the right to make it regardless. South Park makes fun of EVERYONE. Why should muslims get preferential treatment? The answer is they shouldn't.

If you think there aren't safety concerns the maybe you should talk to some people at Charlie Hebdo. I know the people who would do something like that represent a tiny fraction of all muslims but they do exist.

I do however agree with you that this is not the reason HBO Max refuses to show the episodes. They just want to be politically correct and are willing to censor the creators of South Park to achieve that goal. No thanks.

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@Acheron18: yeh i get what you mean , but out of respect for my religion you shouldn't go on with depicting him , as we do respect all religions and never make fun of any religion we would like to be treated the same , but then again , we wouldn;t go as far as threatening people lives and families , thats just disgusting

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@afromakka: When you say "we", who exactly are you referring to? All muslims? Because that would lump you together with talibans and ISIS and I don't think that's the company you want to find yourself in. If you only mean more moderate muslims then those aren't the ones HBO are scared of.

It's interesting that you think that others should refrain from doing something because it offends you and your religion. I am an atheist and all religion is offensive to me. But you don't see me trying to get people to stop practicing their religion. Or to censor religiously themed films and TV shows. Why should your beliefs be worth more than mine?

If we try to outlaw everything that is offensive to someone in the world, there won't be a world left.

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@Acheron18: "But you don't see me trying to get people to stop practicing their religion. Or to censor religiously themed films and TV shows. Why should your beliefs be worth more than mine?"

i am also not going to every atheist on the planet and convincing them to be muslim , i have every right to defend my religion , my race , my country against everyone who makes fun of it and voice my concern

" If we try to outlaw everything that is offensive to someone in the world, there won't be a world left. "

if you have a friend who doesn't like being made fun of his limp or his skin color or his beliefs then you should immediately stop pissing him off about it , thats called " being human " is to stop making other people pissed if you know what pisses them off let alone hurting them

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@afromakka: They kept the episode of Jesus snorting coke but having Mohammed even mentioned is wrong? (They never actually aired the scene with Mohammed's depiction, it was censored out completely)

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@KahnArtizt: depicting jesus is also wrong in our religion xD but hey i have every right to defend my religion and say that i dont like when it being made fun of like that you have every right to protest when racism is at all times high , i also have the right to say that i want my prophet to be mentioned with respect ..... again threatening people is just not cool

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@afromakka: "out of respect for my religion you shouldn't go on with depicting him"

Lol nope buddy, not how that works. Sorry! Dont like stick your head in the ground with everyone else.

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wait but isnt this sterotyping though? because you are assuming making fun of Muslims results in violence? because they make fun of every other religion including portraying jesus as goofy, and god was a platypus? Why arent they afraid of they backlash from every other group they offend,.

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@alastor529: Because no one has gotten their head cut off for making fun of Jesus in the last few centuries.

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@jadephoenix13: I'm not sure there is any comparison between 200+ years ago and present day.

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@alastor529 said:

wait but isnt this racism though? because you are assuming making fun of Muslims results in violence? that would be stereotyping right? because they make fun of every other religion including portraying jesus as goofy and god was a platypus?

Or, here's a wild and crazy idea, it's about showing respect for that there aren't supposed to be visual depcitions of him.

p.s. No, it wouldn't be racism, because Muslims aren't a race. They're followers of a particular religion that can be of any race.

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@Welverin: They have Jesus snorting coke but even mentioning Mohammed in any capacity is wrong?

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@Welverin: if it was about respect they wouldn't make fun of any sensitive topics. they are offending everyone equally on their show.

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@alastor529: It is, they make fun of Jesus, and i am catholic, remove those episodes right now!!!....not, im ok with it, because i know some people dont believe in god, and guess what? I respect them.

If i feel offended by this episodes i simply dont watch them.

Its that so hard for people to understand?

This has always been the case. You see what yo like and ignore what you dont.

Easy living.

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@neilkun: And the best way. Ignored stuff is eventually forgotten and lost. You start putting exceptions on certain things and everyone starts asking why. You'd think any living person would realize by now that human curiousity is insatiable.

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Every other religious figure they portrayed in South Park is ok though?

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@lionheartssj1: Especially Jesus snorting coke. lol

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Remember back when people weren't so easily triggered by such trivial shit? Today's society sucks.

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@DEATHWlSH: People were triggered when those episodes first aired. Were you even around back then?

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@sbargovox3: yaa but i think he means they weren't afraid to make people triggered and now days they are. which is true.

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@alastor529: They still edited out the Mohammed scene and just implied it. I don't see why they couldn't do that on HBO or Hulu.

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