Shit happens - a lot

South Park breaks swearing record

South Park characters said the word 'shit' 162 in last night's programme - a record for US television.

The word is still surprisingly taboo on prime-time TV. A character in Chicago Hope said 'shit happens' a year ago, which is believed to be the first - and, until last night, the only time it had been used.

But South Park has done its bit to shatter that.

The cartoon even featured an on-screen counter to keep tally of the swearing - and the official Comedy Central website had even run a sweepstake on how may times the word could be shoehorned into the show.

After adverts, a half-hour episode of South Park runs at about 22 minutes - meaning an average of one 'shit' every eight seconds.

The episode featured the fictional HBC network, which used the word in a primetime show, thereby making it acceptable.

Published: 21 Jun 2001

Today's comedy-on demand picks


From an empty Tyne Theatre in Newcastle, Carl Hutchinson introduces the venue's first live show since the lockdown, featuring an array of North East talent, including Steffen Peddie, Nicola Mantalios-Thompson, Lauren Pattison and Gavin Webster, plus an interview with Chris Ramsey.

Click for more suggestions
... including a new stand-up special from Hannibal Buress and the return of Nighty Night to iPlayer.

We see you are using AdBlocker software. Chortle relies on advertisers to fund this website so it’s free for you, so we would ask that you disable it for this site. Our ads are non-intrusive and relevant. Help keep Chortle viable.