The realm of adult animation on television is not an uncrowded one, but despite worthy younger competition — Archer, Bojack Horseman — the old stalwarts one could call the Big Three of the genre are still kicking. These are The Simpsons, Family Guy and South Park, and they are among the longest-running prime-time series on television. (The Simpsons, which first aired during the first Bush Administration, is the longest-running American sitcom.)
This year, South Park turns 20. To commemorate the occasion and tease the new season, South Park Studios has released a trailer that’s … actually kind of beautiful. We have a young girl, presumably born around 1997 (when the show aired), who grows up watching the series with her dad. Over the course of two decades, their sentimental moments are juxtaposed with the show’s most scandalous — a tongue-in-cheek approach that proves artful, as only South Park can do. It’s a tribute to how well the series has withstood the test of time (and a litany of public controversies).