Both When "Weight Gain 4000" aired, many writers in the mainstream media were still debating the longevity and the overall quality of In 2008, scholar Stephen Groening argued that the show appeared as part of a reaction to the Some episodes of the first season received nominations for several entertainment awards. "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe" was the only episode animated almost completely with traditional Despite high ratings, reviews from television critics for the season were mixed. The pilot episode received poor results from test audiences.Comedy Central originally ordered only these six episodes, but when the show proved successful, they requested an additional seven, which Parker and Stone had to produce quickly. The The show was a financial success for Comedy Central and helped the network transform into "a cable industry power almost overnight".The "Jesus vs. Santa" video was widely copied and shared over the Internet. South Park – The Complete First Season was originally released by Warner Home Video as a three-disc region 1 DVD box set in the U.S. on November 12, 2002 and received an MA rating. "Pinkeye", the first of these new episodes, would air on October 29, 1997, only two and a half months after the show's premiere. The first season of the animated television series The first season was a ratings success for Comedy Central. The season's fourth episode "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride" was nominated for an Six episodes—"Cartman Gets an Anal Probe", "Weight Gain 4000", "Volcano", "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride", "An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig" and "Death"—were released in a three-VHS set on May 5, 1998, marking the first time [66] [74] The season was re-released on June 29, 2005 by Paramount Home Entertainment .