Over the years, South Park has developed a reputation for taking sharp, satirical jabs at contemporary culture and world politics. The show’s creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, have a history of writing South Park stories that take more than a mere half hour to tell. The best South Park multi-part episodes opt to take a more in-depth look at a particular storyline, one that can provide both a detailed critique of a particular topic and additional insight into a character's backstory. While all of the episodes below have their charm, which multi-parters truly stand out? Here, you can help decide.
There is very little, if anything, that's off limits for Trey Parker and Matt Stone and some of the below mutli-part episodes really dive deep into complex issues. The Black Friday Trilogy takes a hard hit at the rampant capitalism associated with the holiday season via an on-point Game of Thrones parody. The Imaginationland saga, a fan favorite, looks into the power fear can play in decision making and how dangerous that can be on a global scale. However, not every multi-parter tackles heavy-handed subjects. Some, like the duology tracing Cartman's paternity, explore a character's backstory. Others, like the Meteor Shower Trilogy of Season 3, are more or less just strange to be strange (but the results are still hilarious).
Below, browse this list of South Park multi-part episodes and be sure to vote up the highest quality multi-parters. For more South Park content, vote on the best religious episodes here.
"Go God Go" (Season 10, Episode 12)
"Go God Go XII" (Season 10, Episode 13)
Cartman can't wait until the new Nintendo Wii hits the shelves, so he opts to freeze himself. However, he wakes up 500 years in the future and ends up at the center of a squabble between competing atheist sects in a religion-free world. Meanwhile, Principal Victoria forces Ms. Garrison to teach evolution in class alongside Richard Dawkins.
"Pandemic" (Season 12, Episode 10)
"Pandemic 2: The Startling" (Season 12, Episode 11)
The boys start their own Peruvian flute band in an attempt to make money, but they get arrested because there are already too many Peruvian flute bands running amok. Meanwhile, Randy gets carried away with his video camera and starts to film everyone and everything. The crew becomes stranded in the Andes and must save South Park from giant guinea pigs.
"Cartoon Wars Part I" (Season 10, Episode 3)
"Cartoon Wars Part II" (Season 10, Episode 4)
The boys aim to get an episode of Family Guy pulled from the air because it plans to show an image of Muhammad. The entire town thinks that they will become victims of a terrorist attack if the image is shown on television and opt to bury their heads in the sand as a defense.
"Sponsored Content" (Season 19, Episode 8)
"Truth and Advertising" (Season 19, Episode 9)
"PC Principal Final Justice" (Season 19, Episode 10)
"The Ad Trilogy" episodes combine to close out Season 19 of the animated series. The advertising industry gives birth to an actual person, a student named Leslie, who controls nearly everything and every person with her consumer-geared popup ads and target marketing. Meanwhile, the town goes totally gun crazy and uses arms to try to solve every single problem.