south parkPicking out the best South Park episodes was surprisingly easier than I thought it would be. Although most episodes are really good, the great ones do stand out. I wrote this article with the following question in mind, "Which episodes would I want to watch if I could only watch twelve?"

Comedy Central struck gold when they decided to put their faith into the show created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The show first aired on August 13, 1997 and was an instant hit, and it remains Comedy Central's longest running and highest rated series. Although the show is known for its crude and graphic humor, it does offer interesting opinions and arguments on what is currently happening in society.  If not for the popularity of the shorts that appeared on the Web, we may not have ever seen the episodes listed below.

12 – Spooky Fish (Season 2, Ep. 15/aired in 1998): Stan gets a pet fish as a present from his Aunt Flo. Soon dead bodies start showing up in Stan's room, and his mother suspecting her son, does everything she can to cover up the awful crimes. The fish soon reveals itself to Stan as the real killer.

11 – Cripple Fight (Season 5, Ep. 2/aired in 2001): The boys join the scouts where their troop leader, Big Gay Al, introduces them all to Jimmy. Timmy gets jealous of Jimmy, who also has a physical disability, and a fight eventually occurs between the two. (The fight between the two boys is almost identical to the fight seen in the movie "They Live." This was done purposely.)

10 – Whale Whores (Season 13, Ep. 11/aired in 2009): Stan's birthday is ruined while at the Denver Aquarium when Japanese attack and kill all the dolphins. He finally decided enough is enough and joins the group from the TV show Whale Wars. After the captain is killed in an encounter, Stan takes over and actually starts to make the Japanese pay. (Anyone who has actually seen the TV series Whale Wars knows that very little happens on that show. I'm surprised it's on the air.)

9 – Cartman Joins NAMBLA (Season 4, Ep. 5/aired in 2000): Cartman, feeling he is too mature for his fellow friends, goes on the Internet to find some adults with the same maturity level. He unknowingly joins the North American Man Boy Love Association and later discovers his idea of adult companionship and their idea of adult companionship are not the same. (This show has to be included just by the fact it let people know that there is such an organization like this that exists.)

8 – Miss Teacher Bangs A Boy (Season 10, Ep. 10/aired in 2006): Kyle has to team up with Cartman in his new role as hall monitor to stop a torrid affair between Ike and his Kindergarten teacher.

7 – Krazy Kripples (Season 7, Ep. 2/aired in 2003): Jimmy and Timmy want to try and start a club for those who have been crippled from birth when they discover there is already a club called the Crips. They hunt out the Crips, and after buying them some marshmallows and ginger ale, are allowed to join. Christopher Reeve and Gene Hackman also make an appearance.

6 – Cartman Gets An Anal Probe (Season 1, Ep. 1/aired in 1997): Cartman tells the others about his dream of being abducted by aliens. The others are convinced that it was no dream when strange things begin to happen. Cows begin dying, fire and machines begin to shoot out of Cartman's rear end, and Kyle's little brother, Ike, is abducted. (Although it is not computer generated, there is no denying the genius of the characters and the story.)

5 – Breast Cancer Show Ever (Season 12, Ep. 9/aired in 2008): Cartman finally pushes Wendy too far and with the blessing of Principal Victoria gives him a beat down.

4 – Good Times With Weapons (Season 8, Ep. 1/aired in 2004): The kids trick a salesman into selling them some ninja weapons and imaginations quickly set in. Soon the four ninjas are doing battle with Professor Chaos; the battle ends suddenly when Butters gets a ninja star to the eye. Cartman strips down naked, thinking he has the power of invisibility, and tries to creep past an audience so he can get to an injured Butters before he is discovered. He fails.

3 – Up The Down Steroid (Season 8, Ep. 2/aired in 2004): The Special Olympics is quickly approaching and Jimmy decides he needs a little help to bulk up. While Jimmy is trying to control his new anger issues, Cartman is preparing to sneak his way in to the games as a contestant so he can win prizes.

2 – Scott Tenorman Must Die (Season 5, Ep. 4/aired in 2001): Cartman is tricked into buying pubic hair from a ninth grader named Scott Tenorman. Although he tries to get his money back, Cartman fails each time, as Scott seems to be just a little smarter. The final straw is broken when Scott burns Cartman's money in front of him. Cartman comes up with such a devious plan that the show ends with him licking up Tenorman's tears. (Nobody wants to mess with Cartman after this episode.)

1 – Make Love, Not Warcraft (Season 10, Ep. 8/aired in 2006): The boys are trying to play the hit computer game World of Warcraft when an evil high level gamer comes up and slaughters their characters needlessly. They decide to build up their levels and then go after the heathen for revenge. The episode ends with Cartman (as the dwarf) standing over his enemy, "Looks like you're about to get powned." He raises his hammer and delivers the final blow.

Honorable Mentions

Ike's Wee Wee (Season 2, Ep. 3)
Chef's Chocolate Salty Balls (Season 2, Ep. 9)
Chinpokomon (Season 3, Ep. 11)
The Red Badge Of Gayness (a.k.a. War) (Season 3, Ep. 14)

Well, there you have twelve of the best South Park episodes made so far. I'm fairly surprised that the creators have been able to put out so many excellent stories over such a long period of time. No matter what future episodes come out, you can watch the above shows and laugh like crazy. Feel free to list your favorite shows in the comments section.

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