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3 South

3 South
Created by Mark Hentemann
Directed by Ron Hughart
Starring Brian Dunkleman
Brian Posehn
Mark Hentemann
Opening theme "Fight Test" by The Flaming Lips
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (1 unaired) (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Bill Freiberger
Mark Hentemann
Producer(s) Kara Vallow
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Warner Bros. Animation
MTV Networks
Original channel MTV
Original release November 7, 2002 (2002-11-07) – February 7, 2003 (2003-02-07)
Related shows Bordertown

3 South is an American animated series that aired on MTV. The show focused on two lifelong friends, Sanford and Del, and their adventures at the fictional Barder College. With the exception of their roommate Joe, nearly everyone at Barder is stupid and inept. 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.

The series was created by Family Guy veteran writers Mark Hentemann and Steve Callaghan, based on a short film they had created years earlier. It is to-date the only animated series produced for MTV by Warner Bros. Animation. Creator Mark Hentemann would later go on to create Bordertown for Fox.

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


  • Main characters 1
  • Episodes 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Main characters

  • Sanford Reilly - voiced by Brian Dunkleman. Sanford is a fat, oafish, highly insensitive loudmouth who shows little consideration for others. He has a very crude sense of humor, believing in the value of scatophilia and stupid pranks. As Del's best friend, he often takes the lead in their pointless adventures. Sanford has a sister named Cindy (voiced by Kathleen Wilhoite) who is an alcoholic (though in the pilot episode, "College Material", Cindy spent the entire summer sobering up and mending her self-esteem, only to have her roommates give her a beer), lives off-campus with two other girls who drink, often flashes her breasts at people or gets hit by cars while drunk, and has been banned from eating at the cafeteria.
  • Del Swanson - voiced by Brian Posehn. Del is Sanford's lifelong friend, similarly stupid, but more reserved and considerate. While Sanford is hopelessly dumb, Del shows a few glimpses of intelligence to his own surprise. He is extremely short and tends to have slightly better luck with women than Sanford ever does. Actor Brian Posehn gives Del a distinct low, droning voice, similar to the one used for Jim Cuback on the short-lived animated series Mission Hill.
  • Joe Tate - voiced by Mark Hentemann. The most intelligent student at Barder, Joe is forced to attend Barder College because he was not accepted to Harvard (due to the fact that Harvard filled their quota of white male students). He has dreams of being a doctor, but is constantly at odds with idiotic students and the school's poor facilities, including an extremely inept medical center. As Del and Sanford's roommate, he endures their rudeness and stupidity on a daily basis.
  • Todd Wolfschmidtmansternowitz - voiced by Brian Posehn. The R.A. of Del and Sanford's floor, Todd is a grotesque loser with a high, croaking voice and several medical conditions, including albinism. Todd has been pathetic his whole life, often mentioning his loud alcoholic father and inability to cope with ordinary problems. He is constantly ignored by the students on his floor despite his good intentions, and has a tendency to blindly follow rules and regulations.
  • Ed Bickel - voiced by Mark Hentemann. A hillbilly who lives on Todd's floor. Ed often hangs out with Del and Sanford and displays many stereotypical redneck habits, including a distinctly stupid laugh. Although just as stupid as everyone else, he sometimes provides helpful information and always has a cheerful demeanor.
  • Dean Earhart - voiced by Jeffrey Tambor. A Barder graduate, Dean Earheart deals with the school's many failings on a daily basis. He is neurotic, dishonest, and terrible at his job.
  • Felicity - voiced by Lori Alan. Felicity has an over the top obsession over Del since high school, and only enrolled in Barder in hopes to always be with him. Her dorm room is filled with photos of Del all over the place. At one point, Del had to file a restraining order against her only for her to injuct it thinking it was all a misunderstanding. She constantly rips off her own hair to make clothing for Del, in hopes that one day she'll marry Del and bear children with him. She constantly bickers with Sanford.
  • Dr. Heminger – Barder College's doctor. He is not very helpful when it comes to helping the students on campus. He is usually taking medicine that he does not need but likes to take much of; example, cough syrup.


No.  Title  Original air date 
1 "College Material" November 7, 2002
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 roommate, Joe (who is forced to enroll there after Harvard filled their quota of white male students) and try to pass their first semester after missing out on all of their classes.
2 "Stomach Pump 2000" November 14, 2002
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" November 21, 2002
Sanford fears that Del will become Mr. Popular after Del makes friends with the newspaper club.
4 "My Name is Todd W." November 28, 2002
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" December 5, 2002
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 in Del's honor.
6 "Fraternity" December 12, 2002
Sanford and Del get tricked by a group of slackers living off-campus into being pledges for a fictitious fraternity, but when the slackers choose Del over Sanford, Sanford decides to join the Sigma Phi house—home to a psychotic frat brother named Shaner.
7 "Coke Addicts" December 19, 2002
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.
8 "Midnight Del" January 2, 2003
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" January 9, 2003
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" January 16, 2003
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" February 1, 2003
Joe gets 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" Unaired
Sanford and Del lose all their money in a poker game to their janitor Moe, 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.[1]
13 "Fake I.D." February 15, 2003
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.[2]


  1. ^ "3 South - Season 1, Episode 12: Cocktail -". CBS Interactive. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "3 South - Season 1, Episode 13: Fake I.D. -". CBS Interactive. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 

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