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South Park: The 15 Seasons With The Best First Episodes, Ranked According To IMDb

Television shows don't get much more popular than South Park. Since the first episode aired in 1998, the series has attracted a large following due to its dark and satirical humor. Something that even carries over to the several video games that are based on the show.

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During its long run on television, the series has featured some truly outstanding episodes, and several of the most significant ones have come right at the start of seasons. But which are the best? IMDB's reviewers can help answer that, as these are the episodes they consider to be the show's greatest premieres.

Updated September 26, 2021 By Ben Jessey:Few TV series in history get to have as many seasons as South Park. The raunchy comedy is on its 24th, and it shows no signs of stopping. As a result, there has been a whole lot of season premieres.

The previous version of this list covered the ten greatest openings in the show's long history. But as there have been 24 of them, a few great episodes missed out, so we've added five more to the collection. Some of these picks show that it's not only the best seasons of South Park that start well.

15 Season 16: Reverse Cowgirl (7.8)

In classic South Park fashion, the first episode of season 16 takes a simple concept and makes it outrageous. This time it's all about the social etiquette of men putting the toilet seat down.

Clyde's failure to follow said etiquette leads to the death of his mother. Then the episode starts to parody airport security measures as the TSA (which in this version means Toilet Safety Administration) gets involved and implements ridiculous regulations for toilet usage, angering everyone in the process. It's all classic South Park silliness, and Butter's input in the whole toilet using debate is especially hilarious.

14 Season 20: Member Berries (7.9)

One of South Park's most quotable phrases in recent history is "I 'member," which is constantly uttered by a type of superfruit called the Member Berries. Those Berries debut in this episode, and constantly talk about how great things were in the past. They play into the social commentary on reboots and nostalgia that features heavily in this episode.

The show also tackles the debate about kneeling for the American National anthem in a funny and very South Park way. Mr. Garrison's presentational campaign arc continues in this episode as well, and the writers manage to cleverly link these storylines together.

13 Season 12: Tonsil Trouble (7.9)

During the season 12 premiere, Cartman gets infected with HIV while having his tonsils removed. When Kyle pokes fun at his long-term rival's misfortune, Cartman purposely infects him with the disease as revenge. Then the two go on an adventure to find a cure.

This episode is a classic example of the show's willingness to joke about anything. The serious disease and victims of it are turned into a humorous punchline throughout. And perhaps the best part is Cartman constantly repeating the words "I'm not just sure, I'm HIV positive."

12 Season 1: Cartman Gets An A**l Probe (8.0)

The first-ever official episode of South Park sees Cartman, and then later Ike, get abducted by aliens. They keep Kyle's brother, so the boys have to figure out how to get him back.

As the episode was made back in the 90s, it's not a technical marvel.However, "Cartman Gets An A**l Probe" perfectly establishes South Park's signature brand of crude and controversial humor that fans have come to love. Even though plenty has since changed about the show since its debut, a lot of the jokes still hold up.

11 Season 22: Dead Kids (8.1)

While it isn't generally considered the best season of South Park, number 22 started well with the "Dead Kids" episode. The serious issue the show is making fun of in this one is school shootings. Throughout the episode, shootings are continually occurring at South Park Elementary, and nobody is giving them much attention. The only one who cares is Sharon Marsh, and because of her distressed response, everyone thinks somethings wrong with her.

Elsewhere, Cartman believes that Token hates him because he disliked the culturally significant Black Panther movie. As with most South Park episodes, it's all controversial yet hilarious.

10 Season 6: Jared Has Aides (8.1)

In the first episode of season six, Jared Fogle (who was a spokesperson for Subway at the time) comes to South Park. His presence leads the boys to come up with an idea to get a restaurant sponsorship themselves. So, they attempt to have Butters put on then lose a bunch of weight, and credit the latter to City Wok's food.

Elsewhere, Jared tries to convey that his own weight loss was due to his aides, which everyone confuses with the disease. The misunderstanding becomes a hilarious running gag throughout. And a lot of credit should be given to the writers for getting so much mileage out of the mix-up, as it remains funny for the entire episode.

9 Season 10: The Return Of Chef (8.1)

Chef is one of several characters who have been written out of the show, and it happens during season 10's ironically titled premiere episode. It sees the once lovable Chef return to South Park after spending time with the Super Adventure Club. While the kids are initially happy to see that the man has returned, he starts to act creepier than usual.

The character left the show because his voice actor, Isaac Hayes, had issues with how the series made fun of certain beliefs. Yet, despite the unceremonious parting, Chef's last episode is still a strong one. Yes, he doesn't get a heartfelt exit, but that's in tune with the show.

8 Season 13: The Ring (8.2)

Disney is a juggernaut in the entertainment industry due to its ability to continually produce excellent movies, TV shows, and even video games. However, that doesn't stop South Park from poking fun at the giant company. Their mocking is at it's best during the first episode of season 13.

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The episode revolves around Disney stars, The Jonas Brothers, being forced to preach abstinence to manipulate young girls. South Park's version of Mickey Mouse is the highlight of the episode. Instead of being a wholesome fictional character, he's a cruel, power-hungry Disney executive.

7 Season 4: The Tooth Fairy's Tats 2000 (8.3)

When the boys find out they can make money from losing teeth, ala the Tooth Fairy, they attempt to turn it into a business. Naturally, as this is South Park, the simple premise escalates, and tooth-trading mobsters get involved.

The inclusion of the mob is funny enough, but it gets even more ridiculous when the American Dental Association starts to get suspicious about the missing teeth. This organization concludes that the culprit is a giant chicken and squirrel hybrid. South Park excels are these sort of over-the-top storylines, and this one is no different.

6 Season 5: It Hits The Fan (8.5)

South Park is rocked when someone decides to use the word s*** during a popular TV show. Everyone in town responds by continually using the curse word themselves.

The result of their actions? A deadly plague, somehow. What's more, their foul language awakens The Knights of Standards and Practices, who try to put a stop to the virus. It's a crazy yet very entertaining storyline. And one that no other show could execute as convincingly.

5 Season 7: Cancelled (8.5)

There have been some impressive-looking aliens in media. For instance, the Xenomorphs from the Alien franchise are iconic and partially responsible for several of those movies being highly-regarded. Yet, the aliens in "Cancelled" might be the most creatively designed ever. These creatures are giant Tacos who poop ice cream. Unsurprisingly their look is chosen by Cartman.

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Even more mind-blowing than their appearance is the fact that the Earth is just a reality show that these Aliens make. Upon finding out, the boys have to stop the series from being canceled. It's equal parts goofy and compelling.

4 Season 3: Rainforest Shmainforest (8.5)

During season 3's "Rainforest Shmainforest," the boys are forced to help the environment. They do so by joining a choir that tries to save the rainforest through song and dance. It doesn't go well, as they all end up getting lost in the place they're trying to help.

The episode features some great satire about people who blindly join environmental groups. Equally funny is Cartman's antics throughout, from asserting his authority over the wildlife to making unsavory comments about Costa Rica.

3 Season 24: The Pandemic Special (8.5)

As it is just a one-off special, it's not entirely clear if this Pandemic episode is the premiere of season 24. But the Comedy Central site refers to it as one, so it counts. The episode revolves around the COVID-19 Pandemic and how the town is reacting to it.

South Park is no stranger at turning real-world issues into storylines, and they excel at it in this one. Their social commentary on people's differing behavior during the Pandemic is particularly well-done. And the creators' work was rewarded as the special scored big ratings.

2 Season 11: With Apologies To Jesse Jackson (8.8)

Episodes like "With Apologies To Jesse Jackson" are why South Park is considered one of the best comedies of the 21st century. It includes two hilarious and very memorable storylines. One involves Randy being ostracized for saying the N-word on television. The other is about Cartman relentlessly making fun of a man with dwarfism.

Even by South Park standards, the episode is extremely controversial. But as often with the animated sitcom, the jokes are smart enough that it's more humorous than offensive.

1 Season 8: Good Times With Weapons (9.2)

Throughout the 20+ seasons of South Park, there have been some amazing parody episodes. In "Good Times With Weapons," the show expertly parodies various Japanese anime. It starts with the boys getting their hands on some dangerous Asian weapons. Then they go on an imaginary adventure where all four of them are powerful ninjas.

It's during these imaginary scenes where the parody occurs. The art-style is changed to resemble more of a traditional anime, as do the characters' expressions and fighting abilities. It's all so wonderfully over the top, especially the hilarious music. The whole thing makes for a spectacular episode that ranks among the series greatest and kicks off one of South Park's best seasons in style.

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The Pandemic Special

For the two-part episode from the twelfth season of South Park, see Pandemic (South Park) and Pandemic 2: The Startling.

Episode of South Park

"The Pandemic Special" is a 48-minute[1]special episode[a] of the American animated television series South Park. The 308th episode overall of the series, it premiered on Comedy Central in the United States on September 30, 2020,[2] while also being simulcast for the first time on MTV and MTV2.[3][4]

As with the episode "South ParQ Vaccination Special", some sources, including Comedy Central's website,[5] list the specials as part of Season 24,[6][7][8][9][10] while other sources suggest that they are separate from the upcoming season.[2][11][12][13][14][15][16]

The special satirizes aspects of the United States' COVID-19 response, police brutality and racial unrest, including mental health, improper mask-wearing, education, Sinophobia and divestment from police. Critics praised the social commentary and humor, but criticized the plot and overall length of the episode,[16][17][18][19] with Adam Beam of The Slate opining that the episode's running time was not sufficient to develop its various story threads.[20]

It was the highest-rated South Park episode in over seven years, drawing in over 4.05 million viewers and becoming the most-watched program of the night.[21][22][23]

After its Comedy Central debut, the episode was released on the South Park website for free, as well as on the Comedy Central app and website with TV Everywhere authentication. It was also released on HBO Max in the United States 24 hours after its premiere. It is the first new South Park episode released on HBO Max after the service obtained the rights for the show from ViacomCBS, ending the Hulu second window.[15]

A second pandemic-themed special episode, "South ParQ Vaccination Special", aired on March 10, 2021.


Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, fourth grader Butters Stotch is upset that his parents will not allow him to visit Build-A-Bear. His father, Stephen Stotch, is criticizing improper wearing of protective masks, derisively calling them "chin diapers", when he is distracted by a crowd assembling for a live show staged by Randy Marsh, who announces a "pandemic special" on marijuana sold by his Tegridy Farms. Randy's wife, Sharon, berates him for seeking to profit from the pandemic.

Meanwhile, Eric Cartman sings ecstatically about social distancing, as he can stay at home and avoid online school lessons by faking connection problems with Zoom classes. His joy turns to fury when his mother, Liane Cartman, informs him that school could soon reopen.

At Tegridy Farms, Sharon informs Randy that her brother, Jimbo Kern, has COVID-19, but Randy insists Jimbo is sick because he is a "fat alcoholic". Randy learns from the television news that the pandemic began with a bat in Wuhan, prompting a flashback to his past visit to China, where he and Mickey Mouse had sexual intercourse with a bat. Realizing they are responsible for the virus, Randy calls Mickey Mouse and then wanders around South Park, guiltily observing the negative impacts of the virus.

Cartman visits Kyle Broflovski to complain about the prospect of having to return to school. The South Park Elementary school board convenes a Zoom meeting led by Mr. Mackey. The meeting quickly devolves into a shouting match of obscene insults, prompting Mr. Mackey to use a mute button. The meeting decides that South Park Elementary will reopen; however it will be run by the now defunct police force, which had lost most of its funding because of police violence.

Back at Tegridy Farms, Randy tries to block Sharon, Shelly Marsh and Stan Marsh from watching the news, and learns the virus actually originated from a pangolin. Randy has another flashback, recalling that he also had sexual intercourse with a pangolin in China.

As the local school reopens, local policeman Sgt. Harrison Yates is struggling to adapt to teaching, when Cartman is dragged in and handcuffed to a chair. Cartman tries to escape and gets into a fight with Kyle, prompting the police to open fire and shoot Token Black.

The pangolin from Wuhan is brought to the United States for study in the hope of developing a vaccine. Fearing his zoophilia will be exposed, Randy steals the pangolin. Mickey Mouse threatens to kill Randy and send his DNA samples to scientists to create a vaccine. Randy convinces Mickey to give him more time by promising to find a cure. That night, Randy enters Jimbo's hospital ward and gives him a marijuana joint mixed with Randy's semen. The following day, Sharon informs Randy that Jimbo has recovered. Randy sets about augmenting his Pandemic Special marijuana with his semen but is interrupted when Sharon summons him to observe that Jimbo has grown a mustache identical to Randy's. The local hospital becomes packed with male and female patients afflicted by the same type of mustache. Dr. Anthony Fauci appears on television, telling people to wear masks over the area where their mustaches are, while a news anchor advises people to stay home and relax with some Pandemic Special.

The police claim Token was hospitalized for testing positive for coronavirus, and the entire school is placed under quarantine, which becomes more like a prison under the officers' watch. Butters becomes increasingly upset he may never get to visit Build-A-Bear, while Stan starts to suffer a nervous breakdown. In the White House, President Garrison receives a call from Stan, who tells him that one of the students is really sick, but Garrison refuses to do anything about the virus because Mexicans and other ethnic minorities have a higher fatality rate than whites.

Stan promises to take Butters to Build-A-Bear and convinces the students to break out of the school. Protests, rioting and looting erupt in South Park, enabling police to regain their funding and munitions to quell the civil unrest. Kenny McCormick is among those killed by the police. The boys break into Build-A-Bear but Stan is unable to successfully operate the equipment. Police are about to open fire on the boys, when Randy intervenes and hands over the pangolin. Cartman seizes the pangolin, intending to kill it, but changes his mind when Stan makes an impassioned speech. Cartman gives the pangolin to a scientist, only for President Garrison to suddenly appear and kill both it and the scientist with a flamethrower. He then reminds people to vote in the upcoming presidential election.

In the aftermath, wildfires have broken out and South Park is placed under lockdown. Randy is about to confess his actions to Sharon when he notices that she too has a mustache, and decides to run a few more specials.


The episode drew 2.3 million viewers on Comedy Central[21] and a total of 4.05 million viewers overall including the simulcast on MTV and MTV2,[23] making it the highest-rated South Park episode since 2014's "Go Fund Yourself".[21] The episode was the number one rated cable broadcast on the evening of September 30, 2020.[22]

Critical reception[edit]

Jesse Schedeen, writing for IGN gave the episode a 5 out of 10, writing, "There's no doubt that some new South Park is better than no South Park at all. Unfortunately, the series' first experiment with a longer, standalone format doesn't really pay off. 'The Pandemic Special' has moments of comedic brilliance but is brought down by a messy plot that struggles to put a fresh spin on the reality of life in 2020."[16] Stephanie Williams for The A.V. Club gave the episode a B+, stating, "While things were far from normal for the residents of South Park in this hour-long special, the show stays true to form, offering a surprising source of consistency. The world is in complete chaos, which couldn't be any more on-brand for South Park."[19]

Ben Travers of IndieWire gave the special an overall grade of B-, praising the special for how it tackled the social issues, stating, "...kudos to South Park for being one of the first scripted series to tackle America's new normal head-on, all the while making the case against its very existence. The hourlong special had plenty of targets — from trigger-happy cops to a bat-raping Mickey Mouse — but it only really dialed in on its own relevance in these trying times. And in the end, 'The Pandemic Special' is only here because TV is an essential — and still lucrative — service."[18] Andrew Bloom from Consequence of Sound gave the special a mixed review, praising the social commentary but criticising the plot, stating, "'The Pandemic Special' is unlikely to become anyone's new favorite episode of South Park. Randy's adventures are fine but nothing truly new. Cartman's homebody preservationism is amusing but slight. And the social commentary at play here is entertaining, but not exactly revolutionary. What's novel, though, is that sort of sincerity and vulnerability coming from the show's usual mouthpiece, echoing what we're all going through right now. There's a particular resonance to that at the present moment, especially when a series that can otherwise project the sense of being 'above it all' is admitting that this hurts."[17]

A point of criticism for multiple reviewers was the overall length of the special.[19][16][20] Writing for The Slate, Adam Beam stated, "The hour-long runtime greatly hurts this special, and a lot of this material would work better if the show was given more time to develop. Maybe as their own individual episodes. While plenty of the jokes land and many 'South Park' fans will enjoy, 'The Pandemic Special' lacks any kind of focus as it struggles to cram too much material into a very limited time frame. No matter how you feel about the special, the creative team continues to work on the new season remotely."[20]

The special was nominated for a 2021 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program.[24]


  1. ^Advertised as a one-hour special in some countries, which includes commercial breaks.


  1. ^"South Park Season 24". Retrieved August 5, 2021.
  2. ^ ab"South Park Returns With One Night Hour Long Special Event" (Press release). Comedy Central. September 15, 2020. Archived from the original on October 1, 2020. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  3. ^"Comedy Central's Emmy & Peabody Award Winning South Park To Simulcast On Mtv And Mtv2 For First Time Ever With Pandemic Special Event Tonight, Wednesday, September 30th At 8:00pm Et/Pt" (Press release). Comedy Central. September 30, 2020. Archived from the original on October 1, 2020. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  4. ^White, Peter (September 30, 2020). "'South Park': ViacomCBS To Simulcast Pandemic Special Across MTV & MTV2". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  5. ^"South Park - Season 24". Comedy Central. Archived from the original on March 19, 2021. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  6. ^Pell, Roxie (February 21, 2021). "South Park Trailer Teases A Vaccination Special Episode In March". Screen Rant. Retrieved February 26, 2021.
  7. ^Kemp, Ella (October 1, 2020). "Go Behind the Scenes of the South Park Pandemic Special". NME. Retrieved November 15, 2020.
  8. ^Roberts, Samuel (November 10, 2020). "South Park Season 24: Release Date, Trailer and What We Know About the Show's Future". Tech Radar. Retrieved November 15, 2020.
  9. ^Martin, Anne (September 16, 2020). "South Park Pandemic Special to Air Sept. 30". United Press International. Retrieved November 15, 2020.
  10. ^"South Park - Season 24 Ep. 1 - The Pandemic Special - Full Episode". Comedy Central. September 30, 2020. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
  11. ^Milner, Sarah Bae (March 14, 2021). "Everything South Park Mocks In The Vaccination Special". ScreenRant. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  12. ^Longo, Chris (September 15, 2020). "South Park To Premiere A Pandemic Special Event Episode". Den of Geek. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  13. ^Kim, Allen (September 16, 2020). "Comedy Central to air one-hour 'South Park' pandemic special". CNN. Retrieved September 23, 2020.
  14. ^Hibberd, James (September 15, 2020). "South Park tackling COVID-19 with its first hourlong episode". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 23, 2020.
  15. ^ abKobb, Kayla (September 30, 2020). "How to Watch the 'South Park' Pandemic Special Live Tonight". Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  16. ^ abcdSchedeen, Jesse (September 30, 2020). "South Park: 'The Pandemic Special' Review". IGN. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  17. ^ ab"South Park's Pandemic Special is damning and yet surprisingly earnest: Review". Consequence of Sound. October 1, 2020. Retrieved November 12, 2020.
  18. ^ abTravers, Ben (October 1, 2020). "'South Park: The Pandemic Special' Makes a Convincing Case for Its Own Inadequacies". IndieWire. Retrieved November 12, 2020.
  19. ^ abcWilliams, Stephanie (September 30, 2020). "South Park's pandemic special thrives in 2020's chaos". The A.V. Club. Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  20. ^ abcBeam, Adam (October 9, 2020). "Review: Even 'South Park' can't handle 2020 in the messy hour-long 'Pandemic Special'". The Slate. Archived from the original on October 9, 2020. Retrieved July 14, 2021.
  21. ^ abcThorne, Will (October 1, 2020). "'South Park' Pandemic Special Delivers 7-Year Ratings High". Variety. Retrieved October 2, 2020.
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  23. ^ abNakamura, Reid (October 1, 2020). "'South Park' Pandemic Special Notches 7-Year Ratings High". Yahoo. Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  24. ^Zahed, Ramin (July 13, 2021). "The 2021 Animation and VFX Emmy Nominees Are Announced". Animation Magazine. Archived from the original on July 13, 2021. Retrieved July 14, 2021.

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Safe Space (South Park)

5th episode of the nineteenth season of South Park

"Safe Space" is the fifth episode of the nineteenth season and the 262nd overall episode of the animated television series South Park, written and directed by series co-creator Trey Parker. The episode premiered on Comedy Central on October 21, 2015. It parodies the idea of safe spaces while also continuing the season-long lampoon on political correctness.


Cartman is in PC Principal's office crying after receiving negative comments for his appearance in a picture he posted online of himself wearing only underwear and lifting weights. Principal suggests having another student filter out negative comments on Cartman's social media accounts and printing out only the positive comments to Cartman. Cartman agrees and Principal asks Kyle, Wendy, and Butters to filter out the negative comments. Kyle and Wendy get two weeks of detention when they refuse, but Butters, fearful of being grounded by his parents, agrees.

Meanwhile, at Whole Foods Market, Randy is pressured by a cashier to give additional money for poor starving children while paying for groceries. The cashier continues increasingly pressuring him to make donations in his subsequent visits until he finally makes a donation, but is then embarrassed again by the cashier for only giving one dollar to charity.

Principal holds a student assembly featuring guest speaker Steven Seagal, who tells the students that he has also been a victim of body shaming like Cartman. Principal orders Butters to help Seagal in the same manner he has been helping Cartman. Eventually, Butters is filtering negative comments for an increasingly large number of people, including Demi Lovato and Vin Diesel, which requires him to stay up late at night and suffer from sleep deprivation.

Randy films a commercial featuring poor starving children to support his cause to make the supermarket a safe space free of "charity shaming". Cartman, Randy, and others sing an original song about their safe space, with the song introducing the personification of "Reality", who threatens to destroy their safe spaces. Randy and others make a new commercial to support a shameless America in which citizens are not criticized for any of their attributes or actions. In order to pressure the Whole Foods Market cashier to stop asking him for donations, Randy tells him that he is hosting a charity fundraiser dinner for his shameless America. The cashier then asks Randy if he will help put a hamster through college, and eventually Randy replies that his fundraiser is actually aiding the cause of sending hamsters to college, for which the cashier happily wishes him a good day.

Meanwhile, a sleep-deprived Butters begins hallucinating that Reality is appearing in his room and threatening him. This results in a traumatized Butters showing up at school in the nude and jumping out of a window, for which he is hospitalized. The charity dinner, hosted by model Gigi Hadid, is disrupted by Reality, who angrily tells the guests they are all living in denial and informs them what has happened to Butters as a result of their relegating all of the negativity directed towards them to Butters. In response, they make a new commercial to help raise money for iPads for poor starving children so that they can filter negative comments from the fundraisers' social media accounts. At the town center, the citizens opt to have Butters publicly execute Reality by hanging him.

Critical reception[edit]

IGN's Max Nicholson gave the episode a 7.3 out of 10 and commented that the storyline with Randy and the supermarket donations "hit its mark this week. Not only was it relatable, but it also touched on some of the same points Cartman's storyline addressed, but in a finer, more innovative way" but felt the episode had a "vague stance".[1] Chris Longo from Den of Geek gave the episode 3 out of 5 stars, and stated that "What’s really paying off in the episode, and this season as a whole, is South Park’s ability to play an issue down the middle."[2] Writing for The A.V. Club, Dan Caffrey gave a B+ rating to the episode, noting the blend of the two storylines was "a strategy that, on top of being comedically surprising, often forces the viewer to keep their own feelings of superiority in check."[3]


  1. ^Nicholson, Max (October 21, 2015). "South Park: "Safe Space" Review". IGN. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  2. ^Longo, Chris (October 22, 2015). "South Park: Safe Space Review". Den of Geek. Retrieved October 23, 2015.
  3. ^Caffrey, Dan (October 22, 2015). ""Safe Space" - South Park - TV Review". The A.V. Club. Retrieved October 22, 2015.

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The 10 Best South Park Episodes, According To IMDb

Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s South Park has been one of the funniest animated shows on the air for over two decades. While the show was initially criticized for its crude humor, it has since proven itself to be a poignant vehicle for social commentary. Since the late ‘90s, whenever a big news story has broken – from the 9/11 attacks to the COVID-19 pandemic – South Park has been there with a sharp satirical take on it.

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Across more than 300 episodes, South Park has delivered some truly iconic and groundbreaking half-hours. These are the best episodes of the show, according to their IMDb ratings.

10 Grounded Vindaloop (9.1)

In its opening moments, the premise of “Grounded Vindaloop” seems to revolve around Cartman convincing Butters that he’s in virtual reality when he’s actually in real life.

Then, it becomes a mind-boggling head trip as Cartman learns that he is, in fact, in virtual reality. The episode is filled with references to trippy sci-fi movies like The Matrix and Total Recall.

9 The Death Of Eric Cartman (9.1)

After Cartman eats all the skins on their KFC, Stan, Kyle, and Kenny decide to ignore him. The rest of South Park Elementary follows suit and Cartman is convinced that he died and his soul is trapped on Earth.

Since Butters doesn’t know everyone is ignoring Cartman, Cartman thinks he’s the only living soul who can see him. So, they set about getting Cartman into Heaven.

8 Trapped In The Closet (9.1)

The Church of Scientology was very unhappy with its portrayal in “Trapped in the Closet,” which reveals Stan to be the second coming of L. Ron Hubbard and boldly claims that the entire religion is a scam to bilk people out of their money.

The episode closes with Stan daring the church to sue him in a reference to its history of litigiousness, then the end credits list all the cast and crew as either “John Smith” or “Jane Smith.”

7 Woodland Critter Christmas (9.1)

Initially set up as an adorable holiday yarn about a little boy helping out some forest critters, “Woodland Critter Christmas” takes an ominous turn when the critters start preparing for the birth of the Antichrist.

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One of South Park’s darkest episodes – and that’s saying a lot – “Woodland Critter Christmas” delivers a doozy of a plot twist.

6 AWESOM-O (9.2)

Cartman shows up at Butters’ house in the guise of a robot in “AWESOM-O.” His plan is to enjoy the prank for a while before revealing the trick, but he stays in character when he finds out Butters has an embarrassing videotape of him that he’ll show the whole class if Cartman ever tricks him again.

AWESOM-O is mistaken for a robot designed to come up with movie ideas when Butters takes his “robot” on vacation to Hollywood. Every pitch he generates is for a high-concept Adam Sandler comedy.

5 Casa Bonita (9.2)

The lengths that Cartman will go to in order to get what he wants are hilariously explored in “Casa Bonita.” Kyle gives Cartman’s invitation to the birthday party of a lifetime to Butters and tells him he can only come to the party if, for some reason, Butters can’t.

So, Cartman tricks Butters into thinking the town has been destroyed by an asteroid and locks him in a bomb shelter so he can go to Kyle’s party.

4 Good Times With Weapons (9.2)

The season 8 premiere blends South Park’s signature cutout animation with gorgeously rendered anime as the boys get a hold of some martial arts weapons and play ninjas with them.

However, the episode takes a sinister turn when Kenny accidentally launches a throwing star into Butters’ eye. They then try to fix it before their parents find out they were playing with deadly weapons.

3 The Return Of The Fellowship Of The Ring To The Two Towers (9.4)

When Randy sends the boys to drop off a VHS copy of The Lord of the Rings at Butters’ house, he accidentally gives them a porno he rented instead. The boys’ quest to return the video becomes a Fellowship-esque quest of its own as they’re chased by their parents and tormented by bullies along the way.

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The episode’s story is tightly structured, while the parallels with The Lord of the Rings – like Butters becoming a Gollum figure after watching the porno – are hysterical.

2 Make Love, Not Warcraft (9.5)

Only South Park could make an episode like “Make Love, Not Warcraft” work. Trey Parker and Matt Stone are true-to-life gamers, so when they make an episode about gaming, it doesn’t become the laughing stock of the gaming community like the nonsense spouted by characters from various other shows when they are trying to reference the industry.

Embraced by Warcraft fanatics and strangers to the iconic MMORPG alike, “Make Love, Not Warcraft” is South Park at its finest, with sharp storytelling and hilarious gags in spades.

1 Scott Tenorman Must Die (9.6)

It’s hardly surprising that “Scott Tenorman Must Die” is ranked by IMDb as the best South Park episode, as it’s been named such by a ton of different publications. This episode marked a turning point for South Park as pure evil became Cartman’s defining characteristic and the show’s comic sensibility became truly pitch-black.

In the episode, Cartman is tricked by an older kid into buying some pubic hair, then proceeds to launch a harrowingly diabolical revenge scheme.

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