Best South Park Episodes

Tuesday, August 2 by Tony Dutch

In 1997, Trey Parker and Matt Stone changed the face of animation with a crudely drawn show on Comedy Central and years later, fans around the world all debate the funniest and the best "South Park" episodes. Known for regularly pushing boundaries, scatological humor, and dealing with timely topics, "South Park" is a favorite show to many people. In no particular order, here are the best "South Park" episodes.

  1. Gnomes (Season Two). Centered on a parody of Starbucks, this episode introduces the Underpants Gnomes and their genius business plan, “Phase 1: Collect Underpants. Phase 2: ? Phase 3: Profit.”
  2. The Death of Eric Cartman (Season Nine). Following a chicken-skin binge, Cartman thinks he is dead and only Butters can see him which of course results in Butters being anally probed by a vibrating machine for over 14 hours while suspended in the air.
  3. Trapped in the Closet (Season Nine). When Stan joins Scientology all hell breaks out. Even though this episode was nominated for an Emmy, landed on Comedy Central's list of "10 South Parks That Changed The World", was spoofed by Conan O'Brien during the Emmy Awards, and was ranked #17 on TV Guide’s list of "TV's Top 100 Episodes of All Time" it is probably best remembered as the episode that made Chef quit the show.
  4. Good Times with Weapon (Season Eight). This is hands-down one of the best "South Park" episodes and also one of the funniest. Featuring anime renditions of the boys as well as Butters disguised as a dog the climatic final scene unfortunately features Eric Cartman—and a wardrobe malfunction.
  5. Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy (Season Ten). Eric Cartman finally gets some authority and becomes the school hall monitor. Of course he takes it way too far and thinks he is Dawg the Hallway Monitor. Oh yeah, three year old Ike is the one banging the teacher.  
  6. Scott Tenorman Must Die (Season Five). The plot is too twisted to discuss but it involves Cartman killing his father and feeding him to his half-brother. Repeatedly voted one of the best "South Park" episodes, this episode also stars Radiohead.
  7. Big Gay Al’s Big Gay Boat Ride (Season One). Comedy and a social conscious don’t always go hand in hand, especially on "South Park." This is one of the best "South Park" episodes and was nominated for both an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program and a GLAAD Award, and was also the episode submitted when South Park won a CableACE Award for outstanding animated series.
  8. More Crap (Season Eleven). Randy Marsh and Bono fight to see who can produce the biggest crap. It seems like just another "South Park" episode until it comes to light that Bono actually is the biggest piece of crap in the world.
  9. Imaginationland Episodes 1-3 (Season Eleven). Okay, okay we cheated. Yes, this is actually three separate episodes but they snagged the 2008 Emmy for "Outstanding Animated Program for One Hour or More" and the three episodes were later reissued together, along with previously unreleased footage, as the uncensored Imaginationland: The Movie. So that makes them one episode, and one of the best "South Park" episodes at that.
  10. Weight Gain 4000 (Season One). Many fans don’t know this but the pilot episode of "South Park" generated a poor reaction from fans and the show was in danger of not being continued. This episode convinced the network to continue the series. Without this episode we would not have "South Park." Need two more reasons this is one of the best "South Park" episodes? This was the first time a celebrity was ever spoofed on the show and also the first time we hear Cartman yell “Beefcake.”