Narrowing down over 200 episodes of South Park into a list of the 25 best was fairly difficult to do. When I went through the list of shows I originally wrote down around 50 episodes that I enjoyed and had to cut them down from there. Naturally there are tons of omissions of South Park episodes that I really did enjoy and maybe I should have done a top 50 but whatever. So sorry if you expected to see such episodes as Imaginationland, Rainforest Schmainforest, or Good Times with Weapons but they didn’t make the cut and it’s not because they weren’t really funny shows. This is my list of the best and I don’t think you could say anybodies list is right or wrong but it won’t please everybody. When I started to mark down the seasons I noticed that the list was really heavy in episodes from Seasons 5-8 and none newer than Season 10. I guess I prefer those episodes over the newer stuff although there have been plenty of recent gems. Anyways, enough talk here is the 25 best episodes of South Park.
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The Passion of the Jew, Season 8: How much more over the top could they have made Mel Gibson in this episode and still have been in the right ball park of how crazy he is? Cartman challenges Kyle to see The Passion of the Christ and find out the truth about the Jews and Christ for himself. This is one of my personal favorites because the whole plot of Cartman worshipping Mel Gibson and dressing himself up as Hitler while gaining followers of the Passion is hilarious. Plus the subplot of Kenny and Stan trying to get their money back from Mel is just as great as the main story of Kyle’s guilty feelings.
Best part: “Give me my money!”- Mel Gibson, the facial movements are priceless.
Proper Condom Use, Season 5: Sex ed is taught to the children after Stan demonstrates a game of red rocket in front of a group of parents and sexually inexperienced Mr. Mackey and Ms. Choksondik are charged with teaching the boys and girls.
Best part: Mr. Garrison showing the Kindergartners how to put on a condom.
Gnomes, Season 2: The boys have to give a presentation about a current event in South Park and decide to do it on the Underpants Gnomes Tweek says come into his room at night. When the other boys fail to notice the gnomes Tweek’s father writes the presentation for the boys about his coffee shop battles with the mega-chain Harbucks. Once again the boys find themselves as political pawns for adults to use, are forced to learn a lesson, and share what they learned with the town.
Best part: The Gnome’s three part business plan where they get underpants and then somehow profit.
Trapped in a Closet, Season 9: One of the most controversial episodes in the history of the series, Trapped in the Closet ultimately discredits Scientology be shining light on its ridiculousness.
Best part: R Kelly singing updates of Tom Cruise in the closet and keeps pulling out his gun.
The Jeffersons, Season 8: Mr. “Jefferson” moves into South Park with his son and quickly becomes popular amongst the children (Cartman especially) because of his toys and the fact he still acts like a child himself. This is the infamous Michael Jackson episode and it was a pretty devastating critique against the now deceased pop star.
Best part: Whenever Mr. Jefferson says people are ignorant.
Asspen, Season 6: An awesome spoof of ski movies from the 80s and time share vacation homes. Stan is challenged by the local hot shot skier to a race and then must redeem himself by winning the rematch and saving the local teen center.
Best part: Butters dance in the teen center. Also, “Quaid start the reactor.”
You Got F’d in the A: A parody of the god-awful movie You Got Served and works just as well for every other one of the 800 terrible dance movies that have come out in the past decade.
Best part: The dancing duck and the songs the farmer played about snorting K.
Make Love, Not Warcraft, Season 10: I never played War Craft but this episode was still very well done. The machinima looked fantastic and the storyline was also very funny.
Best part: Cartman unable to leave his computer calls his mom over with a pan so he can relieve himself.
Scott Tenorman Must Die, Season 5: Honestly, the first time you saw did you expect it to end that way after the first ten minutes of Cartman buying pubes from Scott Tenorman? This is just a great Cartman episode that really solidifies his character as an evil child.
Best part: The reveal at the Chili Con Carnival.
Kenny Dies, Season 5: This episode marks the end of Kenny as a character for quite a while and his death for once is taken seriously. It manages to be really funny and touching at the same time.
Best part: Cartman singing “Heat of the Moment” in front of Congress.
The Biggest Douche in the Universe, Season 6: Dedicating an entire episode to calling psychic John Edwards a douche is amazing. This is also the last episode where Kenny’s spirit is trapped in Cartman’s body.
Best part: The Intergalactic B.D.I.U committee.
All About the Mormons?, Season 7: This is similar to Trapped in the Closet in that it uses cutaways to give background on a religion in this case Mormonism. But at the end of the episode Gary the Mormon kid wins the upper hand with his speech to Stan.
Best part: Dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb
Christian Rock Hard, Season 7: Cartman bets Kyle that he can go platinum with his Christian Rock group, Faith +1 before the other guys can with their band Moop. Cartman’s scheme involves taking popular songs and just replacing the word baby with Jesus and that Christians will eat it up. The subplot of this one is the boys of Moop learning about the horrors of downloading music and how pop stars will no longer be able to afford their mega-luxury items. This is such a great Cartman episode and features him singing some great songs such as my favorite “Jesus Baby”.
Best part: Token finally kicking the crap out of Cartman after repeatedly being called a black asshole.
The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the TwoTowers, Season 6: A hilarious video tape mixup sends the boys on a quest to retrieve the evil rental (which is unknown to them a porno called Backdoor Sluts 9) and bring it back to Randy. However once they see the strange effects the tape has on other people they decide that it must be brought back to the video store where it came from.
Best part: When the parents believing that the boys had watched the porno catch up to them and start trying to explain various sexual acts.
Cartman Joins Nambla, Season 4: Cartman wants to hang out with some mature friends so he goes online to find older men (who are actually pedophiles) and whenever he tries to hang out with them they get arrested. He eventually joins the National Man/Boy Love Association who often gets confused with the other NAMBLA that is for Marlon Brando look-alikes .Cartman becomes the national poster child for the perverts and is enlisted to bring other children to a banquet. Meanwhile, Kenny’s parents are having a new child and Kenny is trying to make his mom have an abortion.
Best part: Kenny’s dad getting injured and throwing up and crapping throughout the episode.
Fat Butt and Pancake Head, Season 7: This episode makes fun of the whole J-Lo and Ben Affleck media idiocy that went on around that time. What’s great about Fat Butt and Pancake Head is it shows the lengths that Cartman will go to trick and embarrass Kyle in this case by creating a character named Jennifer Lopez with his hand, becoming a music sensation, and seducing Ben Affleck.
Best part: The songs such as “Taco Flavored Kisses”.
Towelie, Season 5: The boys get sucked into another adventure that they want no part of. All they want is to play their new video game system, the Okama Gamesphere but get wrapped up in a government plot involving towel super soldiers. Towelie is a stupid character but he is still hilarious because of what a ridiculous idea he is, a towel that loves to get high.
Best part: Shut up you stupid towel! You’re a towel!.
Go God Go, Season 10: This is the first part of the two part story arc involving evolution and Cartman’s impatience while waiting for the Nintendo Wii. It was interesting to see them take on Atheism and in the future scenes give it the same treatment they have done with various religions. Plus Mrs. Garrison is funny as hell when trying to explain evolution.
Best part: The sex scene between Garrison and Richard Dawkins, “Yeah Richard. I’m a monkey. Pound my monkey hole!”
Up the Down Steroid, Season 8: An episode involving the Special Olympics probably shouldn’t be funny but it really is. Jimmy and Timmy are training for the Special Olympics and Jimmy becomes so focused on winning the competition he starts to take steroids to increase his performance. As a side story, Cartman becomes determined to win the $1,000 prize offered to the winner of the Special Olympics and transforms himself into someone with special needs in order to partake in the contest.
Best part: Jimmy’s dad continually asking him if he was masturbating.
Butters’ Very Own Episode, Season 5: Butters finally becomes a more prominent character in the show after years of being featured sparingly. He is such an innocent character that always gets dragged into the other boys’ mishaps and is only concerned with not being grounded by his parents. In this episode Butters follows his dad around trying to get the scoop on what he plans to buy for his mother on their anniversary. Butters finds out his dad has gone to a gay bath house and tells his mom who proceeds to go crazy and tries to drown Butters in the car before she takes her own life. Naturally none of this goes to according to her plans and once his dad prevents his wife from committing suicide they must make up a story about what happened to Butters (who is actually still alive).
Best part: Some Puerto Rican guy.
The Death Camp of Intolerance, Season 6: When Mr. Garrison tries to get fired from his teaching job for being gay in order to sue the school for millions the boys feel uncomfortable with his actions. They are told throughout the episode that they are being intolerant of Garrison and his life choices when really he is just doing awful things like putting Lemmiwinks, the class gerbil up Mr.Slave’s ass. The boys are sent to intolerance camp which is pretty much a Nazi concentration camp to learn their lesson.
Best part: The Lemmiwinks side story of him trying to escape from Mr. Slave’s body.
Goo Backs, Season 8: People from the future come back to present day South Park to look for jobs and have a negative impact on the locals, mostly poor white trash rednecks. The men of the town gather to think of ways to get rid of the time immigrants and decide that if they all become gay then there won’t be a future so the “Goo Backs” won’t exist.
Best part: They took our jobs! Derka Derr!
Chickenlover, Season 2: Someone in the town is having sex with chickens and the offender is leaving behind written clues for Officer Barbrady to solve the crime. There just one problem Officer Barbrady is illiterate and is sent back to school to learn how to read. He also deputizes the four boys in order to help him read and solve the crime. Cartman takes this idea of being a cop very seriously and patrols the town on his big wheel.
Best part: Barbrady reading Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and vowing never to read again.
Chinpokomon, Season 3: Japanese toymakers brainwash the children through their cartoon and toy products in order to make them into Japanese pilots who will attack Pearl Harbor. The parents naturally concerned by this increasingly dangerous fad try to get the children to move on to another toy including such products as Alabama Man.
Best part: You Americans have such large penis!
Cancelled, Season 7: The boys learn that the alien anal probe inside of Cartman is really a satellite dish that broadcasts throughout the universe the hit reality TV show called Earth. The entire history of the planet has in reality just been for the entertainment of aliens and now the show is being cancelled which means the end of the world. The boys are forced to see the network heads, the Joozians to stop Earth from being cancelled.
Best Part: The Jeff Goldblum character and suck my Jaggon.