This evening we’ve arrived at part four of my personal favorite “South Park” episodes and that means we’ve breached the top ten! If you missed the first three installments covering 25-11, you can peruse them here:
Let’s get into it:
10. “Good Times with Weapons”
Original Air Date: March 17, 2004 (Season 8)
The Season 8 premiere of the show has Parker and Stone going wild playing in the field of Japanese anime. The episode’s song “Let’s Fighting Love” is perhaps my favorite musical montage ever on the program.
9. “Woodland Critter Christmas”
Original Air Date: December 15, 2004 (Season 8)
The next spot belongs to the season finale of Season 8 and it’s the Christmas episode that makes Mr. Hankey look positively G-rated. The boys befriend a group of adorable animals only to find out they’re evil Satan worshipers. It’s even weirder than it sounds and side splittingly funny.
8. “You’re Getting Old”
Original Air Date: June 8, 2011 (Season 15)
An absolute stunner of an episode that generated significant publicity because it seemed to signal Parker and Stone’s frustration with having to keep the show going. The final montage set to Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” is surprisingly emotional for a raunchy animated series.
7. “Butter’s Very Own Episode”
Original Air Date: December 12, 2001 (Season 5)
Besides Cartman and Randy Marsh, my favorite SP character would be Butters. In season 5, he got his own episode dedicated to him where he’s presumed dead and his parents are suspected. This leads to a scathing and brilliant condemnation of the Ramsey parents, O.J. Simpson, and Gary Condit in one of the funniest closing scenes in the program’s tenure.
6. “The Jeffersons”
Original Air Date: April 21, 2004 (Season 8)
No one is better at mocking celebrities than this show and their take on Michael Jackson (five years before his death) is incredible. The musical number “Wishing Tree” is classic.
Tomorrow – I’ll announce my all-time top five… stay tuned!