The 23 seasons of Comedy Central animation South Park They are available on HBO Max, except for five episodes representing the Prophet Muhammad of Islam.
Sources tell Deadline that the missing episodes were discussed and that their increase was agreed in advance. The South Park Studios series was licensed to HBO Max from WarnerMedia by ViacomCBS.
Controversial episodes violate a widespread Islamic belief that depictions of Muhammad or any of the other prophets of Islam are prohibited, as they encourage idol worship. The bans cover images, drawings, statues, and cartoons.
HBO Max’s removed shows include season five Super best friends and season 14 200 and 201. Those shows had previously been removed from a streaming deal with Hulu and were also removed by the official. South Park website. Season 10 was also removed from HBO Max. Cartoon Wars Part I and Cartoon Wars Part 2, although those episodes can still be broadcast on the South Park website.
South Park Creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker were threatened in 2010 by previous representations of Muhammad. That led Comedy Central to remove voice and visual references in the episodes, and eventually remove all episodes from the broadcast.
HBO Max licensed South Park last year for a deal estimated at more than $ 500 million. The series has also been renewed for three more seasons by Comedy Central, with new episodes available on HBO Max 24 hours after initially airing on Comedy Central.