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The 18 Most Controversial South Park Episodes 

Daniel Kohn
Updated May 21, 2020 9.5k votes 1.7k voters 260.6k views 18 items

List Rules 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 ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 18 Most Controversial South Park Episodes
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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. 

Randy uses the "N" word on live TV and faces public ridicule for it and Stan tries to understand Token's feelings on the subject. Meanwhile, a little person visits South Park Elementary and Cartman can't stop himself from laughing at him. ...more on Wikipedia

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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. 

After watching the intimidating opening ceremonies of the recent Olympic games, Cartman understands that the Chinese are only just days away from invading his homeland. While the rest of the American people are haunted by the memory of a recent tragic event, only Butters will stand with Cartman as he confronts the Chinese. ...more on Wikipedia

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201 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 18 Most Controversial South Park Episodes
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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.

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Scott Tenorman Must Die ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 18 Most Controversial South Park Episodes
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Season 5: This one was also known as the "Cartman Revenge" episode. Cartman is always offensive, but viewers really get to see how twisted he is in this one. 

Cartman goes medieval on Scott Tenorman's ass when ginger-haired Scott tricks our supple hero into buying his pubic hair for $16.12. Radiohead guest stars and plays a role in Cartman's elaborate scheme at getting sweet revenge on his unsuspecting foe. ...more on Wikipedia

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