Top 15 Best “South Park” Moments
5. The Profitable Business Plan (“Gnomes,” Season 2)
Not only is this episode hilarious, but it also inspired Verbicide’s own business plan.
4. Niiice… (“Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy,” Season 10)
And with a single word, the hypocrisy of those who think there’s nothing wrong with a woman taking advantage of an underage boy is exposed…and a catch-phrase is born.
3. They Took ‘Er Jerbs! (“Goobacks,” Season 8)
With the exception of David Cross, there are no other satirists who have such a strong handle on the mindset of rednecks. In “Goobacks,” however, the show takes aim at not only the “pissed off, white trash, redneck conservative,” but also the “aging hippie liberal douche.”
2. Explaining Disney (“The Ring,” Season 13)
In season 10, after spending two whole episodes ripping on “Family Guy” (in “Cartoon Wars” parts one and two), “South Park” pokes fun at itself: “At least it doesn’t get all preachy and up its own ass with messages, you know?”
Up its own ass or not, the show has consistently used crude, vicious satire to make what are often morally noble points. Case in point: in season 13, “South Park” fearlessly attacks Disney — specifically, how they used purity rings to market the Jonas Brothers’ innocent and wholesome image while simultaneously selling sex to children. “You have to wear the purity rings,” explains the boss, “because that’s how we can sell sex to little girls.”
Mickey’s tirade at the end of the episode humorously flips Disney’s family-friendly facade on its head, using profanity and shock-value to get a laugh. Yet the dialogue is disturbing when you consider how it cuts through the bullshit and lays out Disney’s exact marketing scheme.
So there you have it: a show once described as a “curdled, malodorous black hole of Comedy Central vomit” by the Parents Television Council took Disney to task for their slimy contempt of their audience and their disrespect of children.
1. The Story of Joseph Smith (“All About Mormons,” Season 7)
Since 1997, “South Park” has lampooned virtually every aspect of society and pop culture, yet the number one clip on this list isn’t even an original piece.
In the seventh season, the writers of “South Park” realized that to be absurd, they don’t always need to mock or distort reality — they simply need to relay it to the audience. And that’s what the episode “All About Mormons” largely is: an animated by-the-book retelling of the history of the founding of the Mormon Church. Interspersed throughout the story of Joseph Smith is a musical refrain of “Dumb-dee-dumb-dumb-dumb,” which only serves to underscore (rather than distort) the tale, and perhaps antagonize the religion’s followers.
Of course, not content to simply make fun of the religion and end it there, the episode pulls a 180 at the end and posits a question to the characters and the viewer: does it really matter what religion a person is or what crazy belief system they may have if they are still a truly good person?
Scientology receives the same treatment as Mormonism in an episode from season nine, “Trapped in the Closet.” The phrase “THIS IS WHAT SCIENTOLOGISTS ACTUALLY BELIEVE” appears onscreen as the history of Scientology is presented verbatim — “South Park” just puts it out there.
Reality may not be stranger than fiction, but the fiction that others believe to be reality is certainly stranger than anything from the minds of Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
So…what did we miss? What are your favorite “South Park” moments?