GenreAnimated sitcom
Created byMark Hentemann
Directed byRon Hughart
Opening theme"Fight Test" by The Flaming Lips
ComposerJames L. Venable
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (2 unaired)
Executive producers
ProducerKara Vallow
EditorRob DeSales
Running time20-22 minutes
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseNovember 7, 2002 (2002-11-07) –
January 16, 2003 (2003-01-16)

3-South is an American adult animated sitcom created by Mark Hentemann for MTV. It originally aired for 10 episodes from November 7, 2002, to January 16, 2003.


The series was created by Family Guy veteran writer Mark Hentemann during the show's hiatus, loosely based on Mark's college days at Miami University. It is the only animated series produced for MTV by Warner Bros. Animation; Paramount Global currently owns the series via MTV. Previously, MTV was part of Warner Bros.' sister company, Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment before the network was sold to Viacom in 1986. Creator Mark Hentemann would later go on to create Bordertown for Fox, which also ran for just one season.

The show's theme song is The Flaming Lips' song "Fight Test" from the album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.


The show revolves around two lifelong dim-witted friends, named Sanford and Del and their misadventures at the fictional Barder College.[1] With the exception of their intelligent pre-med roommate Joe, nearly everyone at Barder is dumb and incompetent. Nonetheless, the idiotic, irresponsible, and thoughtless Sanford and Del are portrayed as the series' heroes, whereas the responsible, intelligent Joe is the de facto villain in most episodes.[2]

Main characters


No.TitleWritten byOriginal air date
1"College Material"Mark HentemannNovember 7, 2002 (2002-11-07)
Idiotic friends Sanford Riley and Del Swanson move into their new dorm at the low-rent and anti-intellectual Barder College, where they must contend with their new, brainiac pre-med roommate, Joe (who is forced to attend there after Harvard filled their quota of white male students) and try to pass their first semester after bunking all of their classes.
2"Stomach Pump"Dave Jeser & Matt SilversteinNovember 14, 2002 (2002-11-14)
Sanford becomes the "bitch" to a female bully after stealing her personalized T-shirt. Meanwhile, Dean Earhart must boost interest in Barder College...and gets his wish when Joe volunteers to create a fully functional stomach pump for students suffering from alcohol poisoning.
3"New Friends"Pat PujolasNovember 21, 2002 (2002-11-21)
Sanford fears that Del will become Mr. Popular after Del makes friends with the newspaper club.
4"My Name is Todd W."Bill FreibergerNovember 28, 2002 (2002-11-28)
Todd throws a party in an attempt at being cool, but after he spills beer on himself and falls out of a window (and onto Dean Earhart), Todd gets stripped of his R.A. duties and ends up in Alcoholics Anonymous, where he falls for Sanford's sister Cindy.
5"Del Gets Sick"Reid HarrisonDecember 5, 2002 (2002-12-05)
Del forgets his coat on his way to a campus football game and ends up with a nasty cold, which is worsened when Sanford takes his sick friend ice-fishing and throws a cigar-smoking party.
6"Fraternity"Mark HentemannDecember 12, 2002 (2002-12-12)
Sanford and Del get tricked by a group of townies living off-campus into being pledges for a fictitious fraternity, but when the townies choose Del over Sanford, Sanford decides to join the Sigma Phi house—home to a psychotic frat brother named Randy Shaner.
7"Coke Addicts"Erik SommersDecember 19, 2002 (2002-12-19)
Sanford and Del desperately try to get Coca Cola from a soda machine and resort to stealing from Joe's change jar. Meanwhile, Joe finds out from the university doctor that no one worthwhile has ever graduated from Barder College, and decides to take out his revenge on the school after being mugged by Shaner.
8"Midnight Del"Steve CallaghanJanuary 2, 2003 (2003-01-02)
Barder College celebrates "The Midnight Yell" (a college tradition where students scream out their dorm windows to relieve stress from midterms), but Del ends up in trouble when he participates.
9"Joe Gets Expelled"Paul Fourie & Alan CrossJanuary 9, 2003 (2003-01-09)
Joe sets up an interview to get transferred to another college, but blows it when he comes in high after eating Del and Sanford's slice of pizzas with marijuana leaves on them and ends up expelled from Barder after Dean Earhart catches Joe passed out on top of the polar bear on the Dean's diorama. Meanwhile, Sanford and Del are called upon by a stoner student named Berger to look after his marijuana plant (which he refers to as an oregano plant).
10"100 Yr. Old Man"Dave Lewman & Joe LissJanuary 16, 2003 (2003-01-16)
Dean Earhart attempts to bilk money out of a Barder College alumnus who won the lottery. Meanwhile, Sanford and Del steal Barder College's mascot: the 100-year-old "strapping young man", whose presence ensures Barder will beat the point-spread at football games.
11"Top Dogs"Dave Jeser & Matt SilversteinJune 9, 2006 (MTV2) (June 9, 2006 (MTV2))
Sanford and Del get invited to a sorority party that ends up being a stunt called a "dog show" where sorority sisters bring in ugly men as their dates.
12"Cock Tale"Paul Fourie & Alan CrossUnaired (Unaired)
Sanford and Del lose all their money in a poker game to Milo, and hold cockfights to make up the difference. Meanwhile, Joe finds a secluded study place and meets a college student named Max who, like Joe, is the only smart student in a university of idiots, and the two plot to expose Barder's seediness so they can rebuild the school as an intellectual paradise.
13"Fake I.D."Pat PujolasUnaired (Unaired)
A Nobel prize winner comes to Barder to give a speech but loses his wallet—which ends up in Sanford's possession, which he uses to score beer at a local bar.


  1. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 639–640. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. p. 845. ISBN 978-1476665993.