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South Park Episodes

Television | By A.J. for The Top 13 on April 14, 2010

After more than thirteen years of profanity-laced, boundary-pushing content, South Park (which we ranked as the fourth-best Sitcom of the 2000s) will air its 200th episode tonight on Comedy Central. In its fourteenth season, the show is several years past its peak but continues to churn out the occasional Emmy-winning classic, like last year's "Margaritaville." Writers/directors/voice-actors Trey Parker and Matt Stone are only under contract through 2013, but even if the show ends then, Cartman and the gang are permanently ingrained in pop culture. To mark tonight's historic episode, we present the Top 13 South Park Episodes, which can all be streamed at South Park Studios.

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Kenny Dies

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Kenny Dies

Season 5

Though some may have been disappointed by the show's decision to kill off Kenny and his gimmick for good, we think that the first five seasons were culminating toward this perfect moment, when Kenny McCormick, known for dying in almost every episode, would die for real. Aired near the end of the show's best season, "Kenny Dies" managed to be funny and a little bit sad at the same time. To not check out this episode would be a "fetal mistake."

Scott Tenorman Must Die

2

Scott Tenorman Must Die

Season 5

The Titus Andronicus-esque ending of this episode is easily the most infamous moment in South Park history. Before "Scott Tenorman Must Die," Cartman was just a whiny little fat kid. But with this episode, the second of three on this Top 13 from Season 5, he became the most evil kid in the world capable of things no fans could have ever expected. This episode also is notable for featuring a hilarious cameo by Radiohead.

Trapped in the Closet

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Trapped in the Closet

Season 9

For tonight's milestone episode, Parker and Stone have promised the return of several real-life characters whom they have really pissed off. That just about guarantees the return of Tom Cruise, who notoriously got the premiere of "Trapped in the Closet," which poked some fun at him and Scientology, pulled off the air. Of course, fans revolted and the episode was eventually broadcast. Sadly, though, this fiasco led to the grisly end of the character Chef, who was given life by deep voice of Isaac Hayes, a Scientologist.

Bebe’s Boobs Destroy Society

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Bebe’s Boobs Destroy Society

Season 6

When Bebe shows up to class with the slightest appearance of breasts, the boys in the class revert back to primal instincts, not unlike the monkeys at the beginning of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Of course, while the boys are excited, the other girls are insanely jealous and begin making up vicious rumors about Bebe's promiscuity. With a plot like that, you'd expect something really funny. And the South Park team didn't disappoint, turning it into one of their finest episodes.

The Biggest Douche in the Universe

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The Biggest Douche in the Universe

Season 6

One day, the entire South Park crew unanimously decided that John Edward, the psychic known for his show Crossing Over with John Edward, was the biggest douche in the universe. And, as they are wont to do, they took up 30 minutes of airtime on Comedy Central to say just that. We at the Top 13 think that was airtime well spent, as this episode - which was the last in which Cartman was temporarily possessed by Kenny - is one of our very favorites.

All About Mormons?

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All About Mormons?

Season 7

The guys at South Park really must enjoy making fun of Mormons. Their next side project is a collaboration with Avenue Q's Robert Lopez to create a musical that's, well, all about Mormons. Parker and Stone also got some digs in with their 1997 film, Orgazmo. But they don't merely call the religion "dumb" in this episode; instead, they portray Mormons as the nicest people around and, perhaps ironically, the only ones that make it into heaven. Though this episode is universally considered among the show's best, it was - not surprisingly - roundly criticized by the Mormon Church.

Best Friends Forever

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Best Friends Forever

Season 9

Based on the Terri Schiavo saga, "Best Friends Forever" is another Kenny-centric episode. This time, the boy in orange dies, gets recruited by heaven's army to command them against Satan's troops, and is brought back to life in a vegetative state. This stirs up a debate over his life (and more importantly, possession of his PlayStation Portable). Airing the day before Schiavo passed away, the episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program.

It Hits the Fan

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It Hits the Fan

Season 5

Upset that shows like NYPD Blue get labeled "bold" and "artistic" for using the word "shit" on television, Parker and Stone decided they would use it 200 times in this episode. Each time a character said "shit," a counter at the lower left side of the screen increased in number, eventually reaching 162 (the remaining 38 appearances were visual), at which point a dragon named Geldon broke through the surface of the earth and wreaked havoc. There's apparently a reason they call them "curse" words.

Make Love, Not Warcraft

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Make Love, Not Warcraft

Season 10

This Emmy-award winning episode turns Cartman and his band of newbs into the most legendary World of Warcraft players ever as they totally pwn the artard who is killing all of their characters. The Top 13 took one of Cartman's lines in this episode to heart: "You can just hang outside in the sun all day and toss a ball around or you can sit at your computer and do something that matters..." As you can see, we decided to make a list of the best South Park episodes, which obviously matters.

Woodland Critter Christmas

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Woodland Critter Christmas

Season 8

South Park is known for putting out some truly demented Christmas specials, whether they involve a talking piece of poo, Santa getting shot down over Iraq, or in this case, a group of devil-worshipping forest creatures. Our favorite of the show's many great Christmas episodes, this one - which was inspired in part by the film Event Horizon - features the anapestic rhyming narration and storybook style common to South Park's Christmas shows.

A Ladder to Heaven

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A Ladder to Heaven

Season 6

"Where were you when they built the ladder to heaven?" sings Alan Jackson in this episode that began a five-episode story arc in which Cartman shared his body with Kenny's soul after drinking his ashes, thinking it was chocolate milk mix. In "A Ladder to Heaven," the world rallies around the boys as they try to get a winning raffle ticket back from Kenny. Naturally, the kids' actions lead to the U.S. military's decision to bomb heaven.

Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy

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Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy

Season 10

In our opinion, Kyle's little brother, Ike, might just be the funniest supporting character on the show. So while we're bound to love any episode focused on Ike, this is our very favorite. While Ike gets into a sexual relationship with his kindergarten teacher, Cartman is finally given "authoritah" as the school's hall monitor. He takes this as his cue to parody Dog the Bounty Hunter, and sets out to put an end to the inappropriate behavior. Duane "Dog" Chapman recently commented on the episode in his biography: "You know you've really made it when they include you on their show."

Christian Rock Hard

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Christian Rock Hard

Season 7

When Cartman is kicked out of the boys, band, Moop, he responds by starting a Christian rock band of his own called Faith + 1. His new band achieves great success by merely taking classic love ballads and changing the romantic subjects of the songs to Jesus. Nevertheless, for reasons that we won't reveal here, the band doesn't quite achieve Cartman's goal. This episode, which reveals Cartman's competition with Kyle as the true motivation for his manipulative behavior, also mocks the consequences for artists like Metallica and Britney Spears of illegal music downloads.

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Comments Leave a comment

tloveisready ★★

Nice list. I'm amazed that this show is still going strong. It's a real testament to creativity and cheap animation.

8:37 AM   Apr 14, 2010

PulpAffliction ★★

1. Scott Tenorman Must Die.

/endlist.

(Really, though, this is a great list; it's making me want to watch South Park really badly, which is a testament to both the show and the list.)

9:49 AM   Apr 14, 2010

oshoney 

what about Good Times With Weapons? one of my favorites.. good list though for the most part.

9:58 AM   Apr 14, 2010

tloveisready ★★

It's surprising that there is nothing here from the first few seasons. Seems to me that those first few groundbreaking seasons should trump some of this later stuff.

12:44 PM   Apr 14, 2010

jason ★★

It is a little heavy on later seasons, though it hit its prime a little later than a lot of shows do. Apart from the first Xmas special, the first season isn't that great, IMO. I'd put Best Friends Forever at #1, but this is a pretty definitive list of the funniest episodes.

2:21 PM   Apr 14, 2010

pookie 

Great list but it's also missing Towelie, Mr. Hankey, Sexual Harassment Panda, but REALLY the Fat Butt and Pancake Head epsidoe. Taco flavored keeeeesses. I'd also probably add Major Boobage. Happy to see Woodland Critter Creatures made the list. That episode blew my mind...a little bit...with how fabulous it was.

2:30 PM   Apr 14, 2010

ajay ★★

http://www.southpark200.com/videos/NkeGtiMTqZv8iJVCd5GEVoPY1akJoD7I/Robert-Popper-phones-South-Park#tab=featured

5:44 PM   Apr 14, 2010

zircona1 

Wow, my list would be totally different. I didn't really enjoy Trapped in the Closet, Miss Teacher, or Best Friends Forever. I agree with Scott Tenorman and Christian Rock Hard, I also love the Fingerbang episode, Good Times With Weapons, Cartman Joins NAMBLA, the Korn Halloween one, and Awesome-O, for starters. The Mormons episode you mentioned has grown on me.

8:29 PM   Apr 14, 2010

Sura 

Scariest middle school experience: I had a Science teacher in 8th grade who was cruel and unusual. She wrote notes in Shorthand and told us we had to learn it if we wanted to take notes, also told us she never went out in the sun (and looked it) and one day...this kid in my class named Kenny was talking/goofing off, who knows, and she just stopped talking and then said, "You know, Kenny dies in every episode." OMG so fucking ridiculous. South Park was is it's first or second season and she never had a classroom of silence like the moment after she said that!

8:11 AM   May 28, 2010

Sura 

Scariest middle school experience: I had a Science teacher in 8th grade who was cruel and unusual. She wrote notes in Shorthand and told us we had to learn it if we wanted to take notes, also told us she never went out in the sun (and looked it) and one day...this kid in my class named Kenny was talking/goofing off, who knows, and she just stopped talking and then said, "You know, Kenny dies in every episode." OMG so fucking ridiculous. South Park was is it's first or second season and she never had a classroom of silence like the moment after she said that!

8:11 AM   May 28, 2010

Samantha 

Make Love Not Warcraft is a awesome Episode, Highlights the reality of the game and how it effects alot of people.

One of there latest episodes entitled 200(1), Is a episode that I'm sure will reach some of the newer top 10 lists, But it is now removed from circulation on the air and even on there official site, For those interested in seeing it, Check out South Park Episodes

1:39 PM   Jun 08, 2010

Samantha 

Make Love Not Warcraft is a awesome Episode, Highlights the reality of the game and how it effects alot of people.

One of there latest episodes entitled 200(1), Is a episode that I'm sure will reach some of the newer top 10 lists, But it is now removed from circulation on the air and even on there official site, For those interested in seeing it, Check out http://spepisode.org/

1:40 PM   Jun 08, 2010

bdouble 

My favorite ever is easily "ginger kids" followed by the one where Stan gets genetically turned into a black guy, and his dad is a dolphin, hilarious! Also more noteable ones not listed, Guitar Hero, Big Gay Al, The Crips n bloods lock-in, and many more.

2:18 PM   Jan 02, 2012

bdouble 

One more, when Tokken writes rich black celebrity's and invites them to move to south park. Like Oprah, Kobe Bryant etc.

2:22 PM   Jan 02, 2012

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