South Park is an American animated television program created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone for Comedy Central. It has been airing since 1997.
South Park references in The Simpsons
Homer entering a bleeped tirade against an ambulance that cut him off in Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner? was most likely a reference to and a dig at South Park's constant and excessive use of profanity, due to the closed captioning revealing that the "censored" words were extremely tame curses (eg, dingus, damn, stupid, and screw) that weren't censored both in prior episodes and even in the same episode at other times.
Milhouse and Bart are watching a spoof of South Park in the episode The Bart of War.
There's a South Park spoof in "O Brother, Where Bart Thou?", where Bart is dressed as Stan, Milhouse as Kyle, Nelson as Eric, and Ralph as Kenny. Otto hits Ralph with the school bus and exclaims "Oh my God, I killed Kenny!". But then Milhouse corrected him by saying "Ralph", but Otto told them that "No, I killed Kenny yesterday!". That's a reference to a recurring gag in the South Park series, mostly from Seasons 1-6 but occasionally in later seasons.
In Marge Simpson in: "Screaming Yellow Honkers", after Homer discovered that he unknowingly bought an implied female-tailored F-model of the Canyonero and was teased by Lenny and Carl as being homosexual, Homer angrily yells "Screw you, guys!" before driving home, which was a reference to Eric Cartman's catchphrase "Screw you, guys! I'm going home!"
The Blackboard gag from the episode The Squirt and the Whale is "South Park - We'd stand beside you if we weren't so scared", a reference to the controversy of the South Park episode 201 and its intention to portray the Muslim prophet Muhammad.
The couch gag for the episode The Cad and the Hat, featured Homer going to different animated shows to look for the family sailboat painting. One of the shows was South Park and the four main boys started cussing out at him, with everything they said, being bleeped out. At the end of the gag, Marge let out another censored profanity, brick joking the South Park reference.
In the Treehouse of Horror XXV segment The Others, different versions of the Simpsons family enter their house, with one of them resembling South Park.
The Simpsons references in South Park
In the episode Ike's Wee Wee, Mr. Mackey becomes ridiculed throughout town for allowing third graders to access marijuana. One person driving by tells him, "Now we know what you and Homer Simpson have in common! Dope!" (with "Dope!" spoken very similar to Homer's "D'oh!")
The episode The Simpsons Already Did It is a complete spoof of The Simpsons. On the episode, Butters Stotch tries to create panic on South Park with his plans, but his sidekick, Dougie points out that all of his plans were already done in The Simpsons. These plans include:
- Build a giant wooden structure to block the sun, just like Mr. Burns did in Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part One)
- Cut off the head of a statue, just like Bart did in The Telltale Head, however it backfired, as South Park residents thought it was a homage to The Simpsons.
- Sell a monorail to the city and escape with the money like Lyle Lanley did in Marge vs. the Monorail.
- Start a website to spread rumors about South Park's citizens, like Homer did in The Computer Wore Menace Shoes.
- Bury a winged skeleton so people think it's an angel, like in Lisa the Skeptic.
- Bring the World Cup to town and cause riots, like in The Cartridge Family.
- Shake beer cans with paint mixers to make them explode, like Bart did to Homer in So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show.
- Even though many characters are "Simpsonized" they all look like actual characters from The Simpsons.
- Dougie - Bart
- Ms. Crabtree - Otto Mann
- Mr. Garrison - Smithers
- Chef - Dr. Hibbert
- News Anchor - Kent Brockman
- Ms. Choksondik - Doris Freedman
- Mr. Mackey - Mr. Burns
- Stephen Stotch (Seen in a deleted scene) - Principal Skinner
- Linda Stotch (Also seen in a deleted scene but heard in the episode) - Mrs. Krabappel
- Stan, Kyle and Tweek - Martin
- Timmy - Ralph
- Cartman - Nelson
- Liane - Doris Freedman
- Mr. Hat - Groundskeeper Willie
The secondary plot is based on "The Genesis Tub" sketch from the episode Treehouse of Horror VII, where Eric Cartman accidentally creates intelligent sea creatures and they start worshiping him as a God, but another group of lifeforms start worshiping Tweek as a God and they battle against each other until they destroy the entire tank.
During Cartoon Wars Part II, a two parter episode mocking Family Guy, a character resembling Bart Simpson appears. He initially sides with Cartman to get Family Guy pulled and lures Kyle into a shed to prevent Kyle from stopping Cartman, but lets Kyle go after Kyle persuades him.
In The Problem with a Poo, (the title is a reference to the controversial documentary "The Problem With Apu") the People of South Park decides to sever all ties with Mr. Hankey and banish him from their town, bringing the long Christmas holiday association between him and the town to an end. Now having been exiled from South Park, Mr. Hankey goes off in search of a place that still accepts objectionable, racist beings like him. He arrives in Springfield, where the characters native to that show, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, welcome him with open arms. In addition to Apu, other characters appear during this scene:
- Homer Simpson
- Marge Simpson
- Lisa Simpson
- Bart Simpson
- Maggie Simpson
- Santa's Little Helper
- Patty Bouvier
- Selma Bouvier
- Ned Flanders
- Otto Mann
- Krusty the Clown
- Barney Gumble
- Mayor Quimby
- Dr. Hibbert
- Nelson Muntz
- Milhouse Van Houten
In the end, there is a tag that says "#cancelthesimpsons", a parody of the "#cancelsouthpark" tag that first appeared during promos for Season 22 of South Park as well as promos for new South Park episodes during Season 22.
Behind the Laugher
- Nancy Cartwright was at one point approached to star in South Park, but rejected the offer.