Since it’s inception in 1997, South Park has only gathered in pace and risen right to the top in terms of popular television. The show follows four elementary school boys (Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman) as they find themselves in compromising situations in the small town of South Park, Colorado. These adventures are not conventional, per se, being massively bizarre and often supernatural. The show is known for poking jokes at anything and everything, showing they are not afraid of making a joke at anyone’s expense. The show is also unique for at times, rationality is best seen in the four (or simply just one) of the boys. That means while the rest of the town are being ridiculous, 8 year old Stan or Kyle might be the voice of reason. So now that we’re all caught up, let’s take a look at some of the greatest ever moments to occur on the show.
Stan Grows Up – and Notices That New Music Literally Sounds Like S*** (Season 15, Episode 7)
South Park encounters a new type of popular music for youngsters dubbed Tween Wave, which sounds like someone pooping to Stan, in what is widely regarded one of the creators’ most personal episodes. After 15 seasons, Parker and Stone face the reality that they’re getting older and that what’s trendy now doesn’t exactly work for them – though, to be fair, Bob Dylan and the Police sound just as “s****y” to youngsters as Tween Wave does to Stan and the adults. The show then delivers an emotional haymaker: a montage set to Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” depicting the effects of a shattered marriage and the passage of time. We cnn also see that it is a pretty good excuse for more farting sounds per minute than you’ve probably ever heard.
PC Principal and The Fight Against Sentient Online Advertising (Season 19, Episodes 8-10)
PC Principal, a loud-mouthed ‘frat bro’ who bullies everyone into supporting the goals of social justice and political correctness, is one of South Park’s best new additions. The story thread for the heavily serialized 19th season was driven by his inconsistencies, in which the program argued that overzealous policing of anything undesirable – both online and offline – creates a society that is confused and false enough to be controlled by marketing agencies. As he stands forth against an invasion of artificial beings who appear like real humans but are actually “sponsored content,” even the single-minded PC Principal begins to realize the extent to which he’s been fooled in the climax.
Satan Throws a Fit at His Super Sweet 16 Party (Season 10, Episode 11)
After the popularity of South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut, the king of Hell became one of the show’s most popular characters; he’s less the Prince of Darkness here than a petulant toddler. So it made perfect sense to use Satan to mock MTV’s strange reality-TV celebration of excess, My Super Sweet Sixteen. When his actual-size Ferrari cake arrives shaped like an Acura instead, the devil has a major hissy fit. Even Biggie Smalls’ ghost, summoned by the boys in a Bloody Mary ritual, is powerless to salvage the party.
Mr. Garrison Wins the Presidential Election (Season 20, Episode 7)
Because Season 20 premiered in the fall of 2016, the writers intended to make a running commentary on the presidential election by transforming Mr. Garrison into a Trump-like rabble-rousing populist. But, with the world-shaking event on November 8th – the night before that show was intended to run — plans for a satirical storyline about the new “First Gentleman” Bill Clinton changed overnight. Instead, Parker altered the screenplay to have President-Elect Garrison deliver a shocked acceptance speech. The scene became more than just memorable; it accurately portrayed the times, as South Park appeared to be as perplexed as the rest of us about how to make current events amusing.
The Boys Meet Mel Gibson (Season 8, Episode 3)
Long before Mel Gibson was yelling about hot springs and other nonsense, South Park took a vengeful stance against the controversial Oscar winner. After witnessing The Passion of the Christ, Cartman transforms the actor-director into his personal Jesus — and becomes a bit of a Nazi in the process. Then Stan and Kenny track out the star in order to get their money back, only to discover that he is even crazier than Martin Riggs. Parker and Stone brazenly parody Gibson as a gun-toting, homicidal lunatic, spoofing several of Gibson’s biggest songs. To add insult to injury, Comedy Central released the episode on DVD on the same day that Passion was released on DVD. Amen.