South Park: Post COVID: Release date, trailer and everything we know about the Paramount Plus exclusive

South Park: Post-COVID
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South Park has been a TV staple since 1997 and it even got a movie in 1999, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. Now, South Park fans will be treated to something brand new: South Park: Post COVID, a special that will be released exclusively on streaming.

South Park was created by Matt Stone and Trey Parker. The animated comedy follows Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny and the rest of their grade-school friends and families as they get into all kinds of irreverent adventures in their quiet, dysfunctional Colorado town. In terms of longevity, South Park only trails The Simpsons for animated TV shows.

But even after all that time, we think the show is going to go places that it has rarely (if ever) tread before — we’re going to see the main quartet as adults.

Read on to find out everything that we know about South Park: Post COVID, as well as the newly announced sequel special, South Park: Post COVID: The Return of COVID. 

When is the South Park: Post COVID release date?

This brand new South Park special will be available for Paramount Plus subscribers to watch as a Thanksgiving treat (for those of you not in the U.S., Nov. 25). South Park: Post COVID will be available to all subscribers where Paramount Plus is currently available, which includes the US, the UK, Nordics, Latin America, Australia and Canada.

UPDATE 12/8:

For those of you who have already watched South Park: Post COVID, you know the story isn't over yet, and thankfully you won't have to wait too long to see the conclusion. The sequel special, South Park: Post COVID: The Return of COVID is getting a Dec. 16 release on Paramount Plus for US and Canadian subscribers, with those in the Nordics, Latin America and Australia set to watch it at an as yet unspecified date in December.

What is the plot of South Park: Post-COVID?

South Park: Post-COVID

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As I said, the boys get old. South Park: Post-COVID asks the question: what happened to the children who lived through the pandemic? We’ll see Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny as adults and how they were impacted by COVID.

SPOILER ALERT if you have not seen South Park: Post COVID.

As per South Park norms, Kenny's death is an integral part of the South Park: Post COVID story. Stan, having moved away from his old hometown, is brought back when Kyle informs him of Kenny's passing. In Kenny's will, he says that he found the cause of COVID and hid it where only his friends could find it. However, problems emerge when it is revealed that Kenny died from a new strain of COVID. To help put a stop to COVID once and for all, using work that Kenny did to travel back in time to when they were kids.

This will lead directly into South Park: Post COVID: The Return of COVID, as Stan, Kyle and Cartman head back in time, but problems emerge in the form of the mysterious Victor Chaos.

Is there a trailer for ‘South Park: Post COVID’?

Paramount Plus released the first (and probably only) trailer for South Park: Post COVID on Nov. 18. In it we see Stan and Kyle as adults, as well as Randy Marsh, now a senior citizen. Give it a watch below. 

Here is the trailer for South Park: Post COVID: The Return of COVID:

How to watch ‘South Park: Post COVID’

South Park: Post COVID and South Park: Post COVID: The Return of COVID are Paramount Plus exclusives, so there won’t be any way to watch them unless you have a subscription to the streaming service. The good news is that you have options. 

First, any new potential subscriber can try Paramount Plus free for one week, then they have the choice of either a $4.99 per month ad-supported plan or a $9.99 per month ad-free plan. In the UK there's a single £6.99 option.

In addition to the South Park: Post COVID specials, Paramount Plus is the home to a vast library of Paramount and ViacomCBS movies and TV shows, live sports and Paramount Plus originals like Mayor of Kingstown, Star Trek: Discovery, iCarly, the upcoming 1883 and more. 

Where can you stream ‘South Park’ episodes?

South Park: Post COVID and South Park: Post COVID: The Return of COVID are the first South Park content that Paramount Plus will offer. Due to previous licensing agreements, previous seasons of South Park are currently available to stream on HBO Max and Hulu.

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd (opens in new tab).