How to watch South Park: Post Covid special for free online — release date and time

Stan and Kyle are all grown up in the South Park: Post Covid special, airing on Paramount Plus on Thanksgiving
(Image credit: South Park via Twitter)

You can now watch South Park: Post Covid online, and see how different this (not so) quiet mountain town can get. Yes, South Park's series of Paramount Plus specials is finally arriving, taking the boys off their familiar home of Comedy Central. Except they're no longer boys.  

South Park: Post Covid channel, release date and time details

South Park: Post Covid debuted on Thursday, Nov. 25.
• U.S. — Watch on Paramount Plus (get the first month free with code PEAKSALE)
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free

South Park: Post Covid is one of our picks for what to watch Thanksgiving weekend, and as its name suggests, follows Stan and the town of South Park to their adulthood, after the Covid-19 pandemic. In a press release, South Park Studios stated that the special will answer the question of "what happened to the children who lived through the pandemic?" 

The trailer, available below, shows only Stan and Kyle, but that press release reveals that Cartman and Kenny also survived. Randy Marsh, Stan's chaotic father, is also here.

And it looks like things are getting bad for everyone again. And not only do we have the South Park: Post-Covid 2 release date, we have all the details on how to watch South Park: Post-Covid 2, including the trailer for the new special.

While past South Park specials were on HBO Max and Comedy Central, this event (as the trailer below mocks) is an exclusive event for Paramount Plus. This is a familiar sight to Star Trek: Discovery fans, as that show was just pulled from Netflix. International availability is also unknown, as we'll get to below.

Fortunately, Paramount Plus is on all of the best streaming devices, so no need to worry about accessing it. 

Check out this trailer from the South Park: Post Covid special, and find all the details about how to watch below. Oh, and for more animated calamity, we've got everything you need to watch Demon Slayer season 2: Entertainment District Arc.

How to watch South Park: Post Covid online anywhere on Earth

Just because Paramount Plus isn't available everywhere (and it's expanding) doesn't mean you need to miss the South Park: Post Covid movie/special if you've travelled somewhere where it isn't working. Watching along with the rest of the internet can be pretty easy. With the right VPN (virtual private network), you can stream the show from wherever you go.

We've evaluated many options, and the best VPN is ExpressVPN. It meets the VPN needs of the vast majority of users, offering outstanding compatibility with most devices and impressive connection speeds. It's also affordable at $12.95 per month. (Signing up for longer periods of six months or a year reduces the cost even more.)


Our favorite VPN service, ExpressVPN, really shines thanks to its safety, speed and simplicity-to-use. It's also compatible with loads of devices - from iOS and Android to Roku, Apple TV and PlayStations. 

How to watch South Park: Post Covid special in the US for free

C'mon guys, all you need to watch the South Park special is Paramount Plus. Use the code PEAKSALE when signing up for a free month. South Park: Post Covid arrived at 3 a.m. ET / 12 a.m. PT on Thursday, Nov. 25. Looking for something else to watch? Real Housewives of Orange County season 16 is here if you want to scratch that itch.

This is the first of 14 South Park specials made exclusively for Paramount Plus. The series will still debut new seasons on Comedy Central, where it's going to run to at least a 30th season. Seasons 25 and 26 will air on HBO Max 24 hours after airing on Comedy Central, because that's not confusing.

Paramount Plus

Paramount Plus combines what used to be CBS All Access with even more content from ViacomCBS partners. Includes Survivor and Big Brother episodes, as well as originals like Star Trek: Picard and The Good Fight.  You can get one free month of Paramount Plus for free with the code PEAKSALE.

How to watch South Park: Post Covid in Canada and internationally

Can you watch South Park: Post Covid outside of the U.S. on Thanksgiving Day? The short answer is "we're not sure." 

The official word from South Park's own press release says that the special will "premiere on Paramount+ in the U.S. on Thursday, Nov. 25 and will also roll out on in the Nordics, Latin America, Australia and Canada." We can't get an answer from anyone as to whether or not the international versions of Paramount Plus will have the special on Thursday. It's confusion like this that helps keep Paramount Plus off our best streaming services list.

If you're traveling outside of the U.S., and want to watch South Park: Post Covid when it airs on Paramount Plus, you can simply use one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN, to make it seem like your device is back home.

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Henry T. Casey
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Henry is a managing editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past seven years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.