The 50 Best South Park Episodes

The 50 most hilarious, memorable, clever, and all-around best South Park episodes in the history of the long-running series.

  1. Scott Tenorman Must Die (2001)  Season 5, Episode 4
    When Cartman is conned by Scott Tenorman, who convinced Cartman that buying pubic hair will make him reach puberty, he bursts out his anger into getting his revenge on Scott as soon as possible.
  2.  Trapped in the Closet (2005)  Season 9, Episode 12
    Stan is dubbed the reincarnation of L. Ron Hubbard by a local group of Scientologists, causing a chain of bizarre events, such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta locking themselves in Stan’s closet and R. Kelly turning the whole affair into an urban opera.
  3. The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers (2002)  Season 6, Episode 13
    The boys go on a quest to return a tape with “evil powers” to the video store before the sixth graders steal it from them. Meanwhile, the parents try to find their kids to explain the context of the porno film they have in their possession.
  4. Die Hippy Die (2005)  Season 9, Episode 2
    It’s up to Cartman to save the day when hippies overrun South Park and no one listens to his warnings.
  5. Make Love, Not Warcraft (2006)  Season 10, Episode 6
    The boys dedicate their lives to defeating a mad gamer and saving the World of Warcraft.
  6. Goobacks (2004)  Season 8, Episode 7
    The townsfolk becomes angry when immigrants from the year 3045 arrive and take the residents’ jobs for lower wages.
  7.  Casa Bonita (2003)  Season 7, Episode 11
    When Cartman is un-invited to Kyle’s birthday party due to his antisemitism, he endeavors to get back into his good books so he can attend Casa Bonita, his favorite place.
  8.  Good Times with Weapons (2004)  Season 8, Episode 1
    The boys buy Japanese weapons at a fair and imagine themselves as anime characters, but when Kenny injures Butters in his Professor Chaos guise with a throwing star, they must rush to get him medical attention without being caught.
  9. Child Abduction is Not Funny (2002)  Season 6, Episode 11
    The parents hire Tuong Lu Kim to build a wall around the city to protect the children from kidnappers, but end up letting their kids go after learning that parents are more likely to abduct their own children than total strangers.
  10. Awesome-O (2004)  Season 8, Episode 5
    Butters befriends a robot (actually Cartman in disguise) he receives in the mail and takes him to Hollywood, where movie execs want him for film ideas, over 800 of which star Adam Sandler. The government pursues Cartman for national security reasons.
  11. The Succubus (1999)  Season 3, Episode 3
    When Chef gets engaged to a strange woman, the boys are convinced that Chef’s fiancee is a demon bent on sucking the life out of men. Meanwhile, Cartman becomes the butt of several pranks by his eye doctor.
  12. Fishsticks (2009) Season 13, Episode 5
    Jimmy Valmer comes up with a joke that becomes a national sensation, and Cartman takes all of the credit. Meanwhile, Carlos Mencia claims credit for the joke and rapper Kanye West is mocked for not understanding it.
  13.  The Death of Eric Cartman (2005)  Season 9, Episode 6
    The kids of South Park retaliate against Cartman by ignoring him after he eats all the skin off of the chicken Kyle, Kenny and Stan were going to eat, causing Cartman to think that he has died. With the help of Butters, (who is the only one that can “see” him) Cartman tries to atone his sins on earth, for he cannot go to the afterlife without doing so.
  14. Smug Alert! (2006)  Season 10, Episode 2
    Stan persuades everyone in town to buy hybrid cars, not realizing the new cars cause a different kind of dangerous emission which ends in a climatic finish in the midsts of San Francisco.
  15. The Losing Edge (2005)  Season 9, Episode 5
    The boys try to lose their baseball games on purpose so they can avoid having to play all summer.
  16.  Cancelled (2003)  Season 7, Episode 1
    Lifting plot and scenes off of the pilot episode, the boys soon learn that Earth is actually a reality show for aliens, and they attempt to save it from cancellation.
  17. Towelie (2001)  Season 5, Episode 8
    In order to get their video game console back, the boys must bring a drug-smoking towel to the government from the feud between paramilitaries and extraterrestrials.
  18. Douche and Turd (2004)  Season 8, Episode 8
    Stan is forced to vote in an election for the school’s new mascot after the old one is protested against by PETA.
  19. Imaginationland (2007)  Season 11, Episodes 10, 11, & 12
    Terrorists attack Imaginationland, in an attempt to take over peoples’ imagination. Meanwhile, Cartman makes a bet with Kyle that if leprechauns are real, Kyle will suck Cartman’s balls. Cartman wins, and Kyle is stuck in a dilemma.  Inside Imaginationland, Stan and Butters engage in the battle of their lives as they fight the army of evil imaginary forces alongside what’s left of the good imaginary people led by Aslan. Kyle tries to save Stan and Butters from Imaginationland, and Cartman once again goes to great lengths to get Kyle to suck his balls.
  20. Crème Fraîche (2010)  Season 14, Episode 14
    Randy becomes obsessed with food thanks to the Food Network and his family suffers negative consequences. Meanwhile, Sharon orders a Shake Weight, and the boys try to stop Randy and a slew of celebrity chefs from overrunning the cafeteria.
  21. Chinpokoman (1999)  Season 3, Episode 11
    The boys become fascinated with the latest fad from Japan, which turns out to be an insidious plot to have American children brainwashed into overthrowing the U.S. government.
  22. Red Hot Catholic Love (2002)  Season 6, Episode 8
    Following the Catholic Church molestation scandals, Father Maxi tries to bring about reform, the South Park parents convert to atheism, and Cartman wins a bet with Kyle that he can defecate from his mouth.
  23. Asspen (2002)  Season 6, Episode 2
    The boys and their parents vacation in Aspen. Stan is dragged into a skiing competition with a plot straight out of a rom-com, while their parents are imprisoned at a timeshare seminar.
  24. The Return of Chef (2006)  Season 10, Episode 1
    After a long hiatus, Chef returns to South Park, but the boys notice that he isn’t the same friend he used to be.
  25.  The Passion of the Jew (2004)  Season 8, Episode 3
    Kyle finally sees Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ and is convinced that Cartman was right about his Jewish deicide claims. Stan and Kenny also see the movie and hate it, prompting them to head to Malibu to retrieve their ticket money from Mel Gibson himself.
  26. Over Logging (2008) Season 12, Episode 6
    In this homage to John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, the Marsh family heads west after the Internet connection goes down nationwide.
  27. Tsst (2006)  Season 10, Episode 7
    Cartman’s mom calls upon a dog trainer (Cesar Millan) to keep her son from misbehaving, which changes Cartman’s personality so greatly that he plans on killing his mother.
  28. Worldwide Recorder Concert (2000)  Season 3, Episode 17
    The boys travel to Arkansas to perform at a recorder concert. Meanwhile, Mr. Garrison confronts his father about not being sexually molested as a child.
  29. The City Park of Town (2015)  Season 19, Episode 3
    As the town of South Park is gentrifying around him, Kenny gets a job at City Wok, only to learn that gentrification hurts cities more than helps them.
  30. Ginger Kids (2005) Season 9, Episode 11
    Stan and Kyle turn Cartman redheaded and pale after Cartman does a report on how dangerous redheaded children are, but the prank goes too far when Cartman leads the “gingers” to fight for their rights by any means necessary.
  31.  Up the Down Steroid (2004)  Season 8, Episode 2
    Jimmy uses steroids to cheat in the Special Olympics and Cartman disguises himself as a child with a developmental disability in order to enter.
  32. The Death of Camp Tolerance (2002)  Season 6, Episode 13
    Mr. Garrison tries to get fired for discrimination by performing inappropriate acts in class with his new teaching assistant Mr. Slave so he can file a lawsuit against the school, but the school administration instead sends the students to a “tolerance camp” to learn how to deal with people of different walks of life.
  33.  The Jeffersons (2004)  Season 8, Episode 6
    A mysterious and very eccentric new neighbor named Michael Jefferson moves into town with his sheltered son, sparking fears that he is an unfit parent, and the police scheme to frame him for crimes he didn’t commit. Meanwhile, Kyle begins to worry for the man’s son, who is being neglected by his father.
  34. More Crap (2007)  Season 11, Episode 9
    Randy becomes South Park’s hometown hero when the guys down at the local bar see the size of his most recent feces.
  35.  Best Friends Forever (2005)  Season 9, Episode 4
    Kenny is left in a persistent vegetative state, beginning a war between Cartman, who wants him to die so he can inherit his Sony PSP, Heaven, who needs his spirit to fight a war against hell, and those who feel he should be kept alive.
  36. The Tale of Scrotie Mcboogerballs (2010)  Season 14, Episode 2
    The boys write their own novel with the intention of making it the most profane and controversial book ever and pin the blame on Butters when anyone who reads the book starts vomiting.
  37. Humancentipad (2011)  Season 15, Episode 1
    Kids at South Park Elementary have iPads, but Cartman does not. Meanwhile, Kyle is kidnapped by Apple employees.
  38.  Cartman Gets an Anal Probe (1997)  Season 1, Episode 1
    Cartman tells his friends he had a dream about being abducted by aliens. The boys realize that this did actually happen when Kyle’s baby brother, Ike, is abducted also. They manage to rescue Ike while the aliens conclude that cows are the most intelligent species on the planet.
  39.  All About Mormans (2003)  Season 7, Episode 12
    Stan befriends a boy and his Mormon family, angering the other boys.
  40. Mr Hankey, the Christmas Poo (1997)  Season 1, Episode 9
    As a Jew, Kyle feels excluded from the rest of the town during Christmas and is comforted by Mr. Hankey, a talking, singing feces. Kyle’s mom protests the school’s Christmas play leading to the removal of all religious aspects of Christmas from the entire town.
  41.  Cartoon Wars (2006)  Season 10, Episodes 3 & 4
    The town is in panic when the FOX animated sitcom Family Guy angers the Muslim world by attempting to air an image of Mohammed. Meanwhile, Kyle and Cartman fight over whether or not Family Guy should stay on the air.
  42. With Apologies to Jessie Jackson (2007)  Season 11, Episode 1
    Randy Marsh becomes a social pariah after saying the N word on Wheel of Fortune, which leads to tensions between Token and Stan. Meanwhile, Cartman angers a dwarf who comes to give a talk at the school.
  43. Guitar Queer-O (2007)  Season 11, Episode 13
    Stan and Kyle are both hooked on Guitar Hero, which drives a wedge in their friendship.
  44. Butters’ Bottom Bitch (2009)  Season 13, Episode 9
    Butters purchases his first kiss from a girl which escalates to him becoming a pimp.
  45. Medicinal Fried Chicken (2010)  Season 14, Episode 3
    New state laws result in the closure of all KFC stores in Colorado, much to the dismay of Cartman, who takes over a cartel to get his fix. Randy Marsh attempts to give himself cancer to get a doctor’s referral for medicinal marijuana.
  46.  Christian Rock Hard (2003)  Season 7, Episode 9
    Cartman, Token, and Butters form a Christian rock band called “Faith +1” so that Cartman can win a bet against Kyle for $10. Stan, Kyle, and Kenny (who have their own rock band named “Moop”) independently protest against illegal music downloads after getting arrested for doing such.
  47.  How to Eat With Your Butt (2001)  Season 5, Episode 10
    Cartman “blows a funny fuse” when his prank of putting Kenny’s butt on a milk carton prompts a family with butts for faces to come to South Park in search of their long lost son. Meanwhile, Butters gets grounded for his supposedly bad school photo.
  48. Cartman Joins Nambla (2000)  Season 4, Episode 5
    Cartman’s search for mature friends lands him as the poster child for NAMBLA. Meanwhile, Kenny tries to prevent his parents from planning to have a child.
  49. Cripple Fight (2001)  Season 5, Episode 2
    Big Gay Al is fired from being a scoutmaster due to his sexual orientation and homosexuality as he is considered a pedophile. Meanwhile, a new student named Jimmy, who is handicapped, becomes Timmy’s enemy since Jimmy gets more attention than Timmy.
  50. You Have 0 Friends (2010)  Season 14, Episode 4
    Kyle adds a third-grader named Kip as a friend on Facebook, but Kyle’s current friends erase themselves from being Kyle’s friends. Meanwhile, Stan has a Facebook account created for him against his wishes.

Honorable Mentions:
Marjorine, Gnomes, Something You Can Do With Your Finger, Go God Go, Le Petite Tourette, Super Fun Time, Fat Butt and Pancake Head, The China Problem, Free Willzyx, Cartman’s Mom Is a Dirty Slut, Cartman’s Mom Is Still a Dirty Slut, Woodland Critter Christmas, Black Friday Trilogy, Cartmanland, Go Fund Yourself, The Entity, 200/201

*episode summaries courtesy of Wikipedia


  1. Finally, a list I kinda agree with!!!! With the exception of number 2. Child Abduction is not funny is without a doubt the funniest I’ve ever seen. Scott Tenorman is good, but it’s the default 1 on everyone’s list (I don’t know why) but is probably in the top 10. Otherwise, I think this list generally captures the best. Not that any of this matters because it’s all personal opinion!

  2. One major edit… How is “Quest for Ratings” not included? That’s INSANELY funny! Now that it’s on HBO Max and I’ve rewatched everything.. These are the funniest ones, in no particular order after number 5. Full disclosure: I’m a Catholic since birth. Episodes: Child Abduction is not funny, Quest for Ratings, Tsst, Casa Bonita, Grounded Vindaloop, Handicar, Red Badge of Gayness, Cartmanland, A Ladder to Heaven, Red Hot Catholic Love, Lil’ Crime Stoppers, Grey Dawn, Something Wall-Mart This Way Comes, Cartman’s Incredible Gift, Preschool, Ginger Kids, Smug Alert, Stanley’s Cup, With Apologies to Jess Jackson, Guitar Queer-O, Pinewood Derby, W.T.F, Poor and Stupid, You’re Getting Old, Broadway Bro Down, Basic Cable Vaccination Special

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