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All South Park Religion Episodes, Ranked

Updated October 13, 2018 1.6k votes 269 voters 10.1k views26 items

List RulesVote up the best religious episodes of South Park; vote down the episodes that were just so-so.

Fans of South Park know Trey Parker and Matt Stone are equal opportunity offenders who parody the spectrum of religious beliefs, lampooning everything from atheism to zealous Christianity. South Park devotees live for all those cringe-worthy moments that give the show its reputation for exploring difficult topics without hesitation. Here, you'll find a fan ranking of all the South Park episodes that touch on religion. 

Televangelists, missionaries, and Christian rock bands face their fair share of scrutiny on South Park, but a lack of faith will not protect you from Parker and Stone's scorn. “Go God Go,” which is set in the year 2546, features a petty, drawn-out war between the atheists. These kinds of episodes have been met with equal parts praise and condemnation. "Trapped in the Closet,” the Scientology episode, was so controversial it caused a voice actor to walk off the show. South Park has never shied away from being controversial as the creators have always been willing to embroil themselves in scandal for the sake of making a point

What are the best South Park religion episodes? Make your voice heard and vote up the funniest, smartest takes on religion below! 

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    A devout and truly kind Mormon family moves to South Park and tells Stan and his family the origin story of Mormon founder Joseph Smith. It provokes the Marshes to attempt to convert to Mormonism. While the episode strongly implies the religion is founded on lies, it also postulates the Mormon faith can still make you a better person.

    • Original Airing: Nov 19 2003
    • Season: South Park - Season 7
    • Episode Number: 12
    • Series: South Park
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    Trapped in the Closet

    Scientologists think that Stan is the reincarnation of L. Ron Hubbard and flock around him for wisdom. Tom Cruise arrives for guidance, only to end up locking himself in Stan's closet upon being told he's not as great an actor as "the guy from Napoleon Dynamite." One of the more controversial South Park episodes, it concludes by essentially calling Scientology a cult created to make money. 

    • Original Airing: Nov 16 2005
    • Season: South Park - Season 9
    • Episode Number: 12
    • Series: South Park
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    Christian Rock Hard

    When Cartman gets the boot from his band with Stan, Kyle, and Kenny, he forms his own hit Christian rock band, Faith + 1. The episode is a send-up of Christian rock in general and bands who voice their opposition to consumers downloading music illegally.

    • Original Airing: Oct 29 2003
    • Season: South Park - Season 7
    • Episode Number: 9
    • Series: South Park
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  • This 2002 episode, produced amid the flurry of sexual abuse allegations against Catholic priests, takes aim at the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church. Father Maxi sets off for the Vatican only to find that priests from nearly every country are molesting kids. The episode also takes a swing at atheism, with characters literally expelling feces from their mouths while boasting of a secular lifestyle. 

    • Original Airing: Jul 03 2002
    • Season: South Park - Season 6
    • Episode Number: 8
    • Series: South Park
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