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How to watch South Park: Post Covid 2 special for free online right now — The Return of Covid release date and time

Kyle and Stan in South Park: Post Covid
(Image credit: Paramount Plus/MTV Entertainment Studios)

I've got shocking news for when you watch South Park: Post Covid 2 online this week, you might actually feel some sadness. We've started the second Paramount Plus South Park special, and found it to be surprisingly emotional.

South Park: Post Covid 2 channel, release date and time details

South Park: Post Covid 2 is streaming right now.
Release Date — Today (Thursday, Dec. 16)
Time — 3 a.m. ET / 12 a.m. PT
• U.S. — Watch on Paramount Plus (get the first month free with code PEAKSALE)
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free

As you may recall, South Park: Post Covid ended with a few cliffhangers. Butters, under the name Victor Chaos (pronounces Chaws) is locked up in South Park Mental Asylum Plus. Kenny (who died) time-traveled to stop Covid, but hasn't actually done that. In fact, Covid has put South Park on lockdown (thanks to an unvaccinated Clyde Donovan). 

But Kyle and Stan are uniting to try and finish Kenny's work to travel through time to stop Covid. They may even call on Jesus or Santa (hey, Christmas is right around the corner).

Also, Randy Marsh has found his last little sprout of Tegridy weed, and looks to use that to fight Covid. Will the ghosts (or, more likely, his deluded visions) of Shelley and Sharon come back to help him?

The trailer, available below, shows Stan and Kyle visiting Butters, and Cartman trying to stop the time travelers. It doesn't look like that worked, though, as Stan, Kyle and Cartman all appear to have made it back, albeit covered in tin foil.

Much like South Park: Post Covid, this special isn't on HBO Max or Comedy Central, and instead on Paramount Plus, the new home for South Park's specials.

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

Check out this trailer from South Park: Post Covid 2: The Return of Covid special, and find all the details about how to watch below. Oh and want some holiday cheer? Our guide to the best Christmas movies has you covered.

How to watch South Park: Post Covid 2 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 2 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.)

ExpressVPN

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 2 special in the US for free

Howdy folks: 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 2 arrived at 3 a.m. ET / 12 a.m. PT on Thursday, Dec. 16. That said, we're betting many people already used this code for South Park: Post Covid.

This is the second 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.

South Park Post Covid: The Return of Covid is one of the biggest new shows to watch this weekend, but we've got many more picks on that list. We've also got Witcher season 2 release date and time info, for those looking to watch Geralt of Rivia's latest adventures the second they go live. 

Looking for something that South Park would make fun of? The Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley 2 live stream is this weekend.

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 2 in Canada and internationally

Can you watch South Park: Post Covid outside of the U.S. this week? Folks in Canada can, but as for the rest? Unfortunately, we're not sure.

The official post on South Park's site is that South Park: Post Covid 2: The Return of Covid "will premiere on Paramount+ in the U.S. and Canada on Thursday, Dec. 16 and will also roll out in the Nordics, Latin America and Australia throughout the month of December as well."

It's vagueness 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 2 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

Henry is a senior editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past six-plus 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.