While their creators will have rarely treated awards shows with much grace even if they show up to such an event, Comedy Central series South Park is nonetheless a critically acclaimed programme that continues to receive nominations for well-written and intelligent humour (for which the uninitiated would be advised to look beyond face value), with this year’s Primetime Emmy awards seeing the long-running show claim its 4th award since first broadcasting in 1997.
In a 5-strong nomination list for the ‘Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (One Hour or Less)’, South Park, which chose its season 16 episode “Raising the Bar” as the subjet of its entry, faced competition from Fox Animation Domination series Bob’s Burgers (“O.T.: The Outside Toilet”) and The Simpsons (“Treehouse of Horror XXIII”), as well as Cartoon Network series Regular Show (“The Christmas Special”), and Nickelodeon’s movie spin-off show Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness (“Enter the Dragon”)
The latter was hoping to emulate the surprise achievements last year of counterpart show The Penguins of Madagascar in winning the award, whilst cult hit Regular Show were also competing against better-known series in their first-ever nomination. Bob’s Burgers, meanwhile, were up for a 2nd nomination in a row after a strong 3rd season, whilst The Simpsons carried on a run of consecutive nominations that dates back to 1995. It was South Park, however, in its first nomination since 2011, that won over the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences panel, joining victories it earned in 2005, 2007, and 2009. As with all film and television awards shows, though, it is unknown what the margin of victory was, or how the other 4 shows ranked amongst each other.
A Twitter post from Comedy Central upon hearing the news read: “Best animated program – Congrats #South Park on your #Emmy win! pic.twitter.com/tllPlFOHYP”
Although the main Emmys ceremony will be held on 22 September for a CBS broadcast, the 15 September ‘Creative Arts Emmy Awards’ covered over 80 recognitions that the main show does not have time to go into detail over, including the animation category.
Any episode of an animated show premiering between 1 June 2013 to 31 May 2014 will be eligible for the next incarnation of the ‘Animated Emmy’ (the entirety of South Park‘s season 17 (premiering in little over a week’s time)), but who will it be to claim the prize? For now, though, the celebrations will belong to “Raising the Bar”, originally aired on October 3 2012, was one of the most acclaimed episodes of South Park’s season 16, satirizing subjects such as James Cameron, ‘Honey Boo Boo‘, and what many believe to be the ‘last acceptable targets’ in this world: