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100 best South Park episodes

  • 100 best South Park episodes

    There are few shows in television history that have pushed the boundaries of what’s acceptable more than “South Park.”

    Created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, “South Park” follows the exploits of Kyle Broflovski, Stan Marsh, Eric Cartman, and Kenny McCormick as they navigate elementary school while dealing with every societal issue imaginable. “South Park” has tackled everything from school shootings and abortion rights to race relations and religious hypocrisy. The show has won countless awards and been criticized by everyone from actors and athletes to politicians and scholars. To this day, it continues to push the envelope in order to shine a light on injustices and place a giant mirror on today's society.

    Though “South Park” likes to skewer famous people, there is no shortage of good-humored celebrities who have willingly participated in the show. Stars like George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, Elton John, Ozzy Osbourne, and many, many others have voiced characters throughout the years.

    Figuring out the best episodes of this groundbreaking show is nearly impossible as hardened fans can argue endlessly over which piece of satire is truly the greatest. Fortunately, there are some metrics that can be used to settle a few debates. Stacker compiled IMDb data on all "South Park" episodes and ranked them according to their IMDb user rating, with #1 being the highest rated. We then broke down a Top 100 list that can be scrutinized, debated over, and provide an excellent sense of nostalgia for fans of the classic show. Keep reading to see how many of your favorites cracked the top 100. Warning: Spoilers ahead!

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  • #100. Season 19, Episode 2 - Where My Country Gone?

    - IMDb user rating: 8.3
    - Votes: 2,057
    - Air date: Sept. 23, 2015

    Taking direct aim at the political candidacy of Donald Trump, illegal immigration, and political correctness in general, the second episode of South Park’s 19th season uses former schoolteacher, Mr. Garrison, as the stand-in for all things xenophobic. Garrison, noticing an influx of Canadians in the U.S., composes a song called “Where My Country Gone” and announces his own candidacy for president alongside running mate Caitlyn Jenner.

    The episode is a fascinating time capsule when looked at through the lens of the Trump presidency, especially when Garrison proposes to build a wall between the U.S. and Canada when he hears that South Park Elementary is forcing the teachers to learn a Canadian language.

  • #99. Season 11, Episode 4 - The Snuke

    - IMDb user rating: 8.3
    - Votes: 2,089
    - Air date: March 28, 2007

    Playing on the height of the popular Fox Broadcasting drama “24,” Season 11's “The Snuke” follows Cartman as he suspects a new Muslim student and his parents of a terrorist plot to kill Hillary Clinton. Upon hearing that a Clinton rally is planned in South Park, Cartman alerts the CIA. CIA workers then discover the Russians placed a nuclear weapon inside of Clinton, dubbed “The Snuke.” After uncovering a secret plot by the British, who are using the Snuke as a diversion to take America back, Cartman comes to the conclusion that it was his racism that actually helped solve the case—once again not learning any real lessons along the way.

  • #98. Season 14, Episode 13 - Coon vs. Coon and Friends

    - IMDb user rating: 8.4
    - Votes: 1,604
    - Air date: Nov. 10, 2010

    “Coon vs. Coon and Friends” is the final part of a trilogy of South Park episodes that feature the kids in superhero costumes with Cartman as “The Coon” and Kenny revealed to be the immortal “Mysterion.” In “Coon vs. Coon and Friends,” Mysterion tries to stop The Coon from using “Cthulhu” (an evil being created by sci-fi writer H.P. Lovecraft) from murdering hippies. Too late to save people at the Burning Man festival and from killing Justin Bieber, Mysterion turns to another immortal character, “Mint Berry Crunch” (the alter-ego of Bradley Biggle), who drags Cthulhu into the BP oil spill hole in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • #97. Season 14, Episode 12 - Mysterion Rises

    - IMDb user rating: 8.4
    - Votes: 1,681
    - Air date: Nov. 3, 2010

    Part of the “Coon and Friends” trilogy, “Mysterion Rises” follows the exploits of the Coon and Friends group that’s now led by Mysterion after banishing Cartman. Meanwhile, Cartman befriends the evil “Cthulhu” and goes on a path of destruction. Throughout the episode, Mysterion (Kenny) begins to uncover the mystery to why he can’t die, and it leads him to the Cult of Cthulhu where he finds out his parents were members (though just for the beer). Mysterion ends up dying again but always wakes up as Kenny in his own bed with all of his friends completely oblivious to his plight.

  • #96. Season 4, Episode 9 - Do the Handicapped Go to Hell?

    - IMDb user rating: 8.4
    - Votes: 1,757
    - Air date: July 19, 2000

    After hearing a doomsday sermon by Father Maxi, the kids of South Park begin to wonder whether their Jewish friend Kyle and their handicapped friend Timmy will go to hell if they don’t confess to their sins. In hell, meanwhile, Satan is racked with guilt over his relationships with Saddam Hussein and a man named Chris—and whom he should choose. The episode skewers Catholicism when the boys catch Father Maxi with a woman and Cartman takes it upon himself to preach to the people of South Park to confess their sins to him instead.

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  • #95. Season 3, Episode 14 - The Red Badge of Gayness

    - IMDb user rating: 8.4
    - Votes: 1,792
    - Air date: Nov. 24, 1999

    “The Red Badge of Gayness” makes light of Civil War reenactments as the townsfolk of South Park prepare to set a record for the biggest reenactment yet. The Confederate side of the reenactors get roaring drunk thanks to their liquor sponsor while Cartman dresses as Robert E. Lee to lead the Confederate side and attempts to actually win the battle. The drunken Confederate side gets so out of hand that it begins attacking other towns. Everything comes to a head in Washington D.C. where the Confederates try to blackmail Bill Clinton into a surrender. Stan and Kyle negotiate a way to end the conflict by promising the South a free year of Schnapps and thwart Cartman from seceding from the Union.

  • #94. Season 18, Episode 8 - Cock Magic

    - IMDb user rating: 8.4
    - Votes: 1,812
    - Air date: Nov. 19, 2014

    The Season 18 episode of “Cock Magic” makes fun of the actual game of Magic: The Gathering, cock fighting, animal rights, women’s sports, and puppetry of the penis all at once. In the episode, the boys wind up training a rooster for a cock magic fight (with roosters playing Magic: The Gathering) while Stan’s dad Randy puts on performances of magic using his penis under the stage name “The Amazingly Randi.” At the same time, the South Park Elementary girls attempt to garner interest for their volleyball games while the boys get squeamish about animal rights. In the end, the police bust up the cock magic fighting ring while Randy is performing his tricks and the boys figure out how to help the girls by combining the cock magic with volleyball to gain a larger crowd.

  • #93. Season 7, Episode 3 - Toilet Paper

    - IMDb user rating: 8.4
    - Votes: 1,832
    - Air date: April 2, 2003

    After getting in trouble for making a clay penis in art class, the kids decide to get back at their teacher by toilet papering her house. The problems begin when Kyle feels overwhelmed with guilt and Cartman has to figure out a way to shut him up. The cops, meanwhile, interview a convicted toilet-paperer named Josh (in a sendup of Hannibal Lecter from “Red Dragon”) to attempt to crack the case. Cartman ultimately confesses to the crime, and in doing so gets less detention than Kyle, Stan, and Kenny. Josh is able to trick the police and escapes juvenile hall. The final scene shows him canvassing the White House with a large bag of toilet paper.

  • #92. Season 8, Episode 10 - Pre-School

    - IMDb user rating: 8.4
    - Votes: 1,841
    - Air date: Nov. 10, 2004

    When Trent Boyett is released from juvenile hall, the kids immediately worry he’ll come after them. During a flashback, the kids are shown to blame Trent for a fire that left their teacher disfigured and he was put away as a result. In a spoof of “Cape Fear,” Trent returns to South Park Elementary to get back at the kids who seek help from the sixth graders and from Stan’s sister Shelley for protection. Just when the kids are about to confess their original sin of blaming Trent for the fire, they have a second mishap with the same teacher and wind up blaming Trent for that as well, which gets him arrested a second time.

  • #91. Season 12, Episode 7 - Super Fun Time

    - IMDb user rating: 8.4
    - Votes: 1,922
    - Air date: April 23, 2008

    In a sendup of living history museums, “Super Fun Time” takes the kids on a school field trip to Pioneer Village, where all the employees act as if it’s 1864 and never break character. While there, a group of thieves fleeing the cops after robbing a Burger King wind up in Pioneer Village, taking everyone hostage—everyone except Cartman and Butters who were ditching the trip to play games at an arcade named Super Phun Thyme. The kids have to convince the workers of Pioneer Village that there’s an 1864 reason to help them thwart the thieves while Cartman and Butters sneak back into the village, thinking that the police are there because they had gone missing. Ultimately, the police raid the village and save the kids, while Cartman and Butters escape without getting caught.

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