23. Cartman Sucks (Season 11, Episode 02)
Best buds Cartman and Butters help each other reach very different but equally striking realizations. This episode sees South Park in arguably its best form ever in terms of narrative structure.
Some might mistakenly put the episode in the “pro gay” pile, but it merely gives context to the existence of homosexuality, while questioning the approach of the religious orthodoxy to this homosexuality. The final conclusion is less of a tolerance toward gays, and more of an indictment of, particularly, the Christian God. Naughty heretics.
“Bradley is your accountable-a-buddy, that makes you accountable-a-buddy-able” -Camp Director
“If I’m somehow from your God, then your God must be a little bi-curious himself.” -Butters
24. 201 (Season 14, Episode 06)
As if Mitch Connor in a hospital bed in Saigon isn’t funny enough (you have to be a fan of war movies, and in particular Apocalypse Now, to fully appreciate the episode’s opening sequences), part two of this epic puts the finishing touches to a grab-bag summation of some of the best moments and characters in the show’s history. They’ve done many more “original” and cohesive episodes than this, but with South Park, and comedy in general, if the comic timing is good and the story serves better joke impact, the result is well met.
Comedy Central’s censorship of the traditional South Park moral lesson works brilliantly in a meta-way: our expectation is subverted and we’re left a bit confused, and not knowing it was the network making an all-time first for the series and censoring some words that are not profanity, we’re allowed to assume that Matt and Trey came up last-minute with a baffling but ingenious conclusion like so many times before.
It’s a guarantee that the fully uncensored episode – if it’s ever released – is much less funny (the censorship was carried over to the DVD commentary, increasing the impact of the episode’s point and giving us another laugh). File this under accidental masterpiece.
“No, I don’t like a little blood. Blood aint the stuff for 18 year old boys from Sheboygan.” -Mitch Connor
“Shut up Connor, how about I shove this flash light in your mouth?” -Cartman