The 18 Most Controversial 'South Park' Episodes

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Vote up the episodes of South Park that caused the most controversy when they aired.

Since 1997, South Park has delighted fans and infuriated its enemies too many times to even count. This list accounts for some of the most controversial moments in the show's history. Trey Parker and Matt Stone have made a living off making jokes and controversy, with no real delicate balance in between. The results are often times hysterical, but when they do decide to needle controversial figures, what happens is usually spectacular. 

Who could forget the "Trapped in the Closet" episode where Parker and Stone not only managed to question Tom Cruise's sexuality and Scientology as a whole, but weaved in the R. Kelly controversy as well? The show almost got kicked off the air when it aired "201," an episode that depicted the prophet Mohammad in a form that eventually got censored. The controversy managed to anger the South Park creators, who wanted the image shown, and Muslims worldwide who were furious about a potential depiction. 

Despite how you may feel about the show, South Park evokes strong opinions. Some think these South Park episodes should be banned from television, while others love the take on controversial subject matter. There's no other series quite like it, but you can check out more shows like South Park. Vote up the most offensive South Park episodes on this list. 

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  • With Apologies To Jesse Jackson
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    Season 11: This episode touched on the controversy surrounding Seinfeld's Michael Richards (Kramer) and his use of the N-word. 

    1,118 votes
  • The China Probrem
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    Season 12: As if Butters and Cartman dressed in Asian garb wasn't offensive enough, people were also very upset over the show's depiction of sexual violation. 

    742 votes
  • 3
    924 VOTES


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    Season 14: This was the episode that almost ended South Park. It featured a depiction of the prophet Mohammad, which angered many Muslims.

    924 votes
  • Crack Baby Athletic Association
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    Season 15: The title speaks for itself. The episode mocked the NAACP.

    630 votes
  • 5
    475 VOTES

    World War Zimmerman

    World War Zimmerman
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    Season 17: The episode lampoons the high-profile George Zimmerman trial while mixing in themes from World War Z.

    475 votes
  • 6
    559 VOTES
    Tonsil Trouble
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    Season 12: Cartman is diagnosed with AIDS and passes it to Kyle as a form of revenge. 

    559 votes