Excellent collection of learnings from Parker and Stone. This slide show is more revealing than their entire 60 Minutes package.
The second-season premiere, "Terrance and Phillip in Not Without My Anus," elicited an unexpected backlash from fans because it didn’t explain the first season’s cliff-hanger. “We thought people would love it,” Parker says. “We thought of it as almost a meta-television joke. And people hated it. They were like, ‘But who is Cartman’s dad?’ And we were like, ‘Who the fuck gives a shit? He’s not real. It’s whoever we say it is!’ But it was a big lesson that the audience doesn’t like a joke on them.”