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What Is The Best South Park Season?

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South Park, an American animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, has been a cultural phenomenon since it first debuted on Comedy Central in 1997. Known for its provocative humor and satire, South Park consistently provides sharp social commentary, directly engaging with contemporary events and global issues.

Running for more than 20 years, South Park was the first hit for  Comedy Central, putting the channel on the network map. After 6 seasons, creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone resigned after a shorter than expected contract negotiation period. The duo would produce some of their best work in the subsequent seasons with hits like All About Mormons, Raisins, Christian Rock Hard and Lil’ Crime Stoppers. But is that the best season of South Park? Vote and then join the debate below.

Season Episodes First Episode Season Finale
1 13 August 13, 1997 February 25, 1998
2 18 April 1, 1998 January 20, 1999
3 17 April 7, 1999 January 12, 2000
4 17 April 5, 2000 December 20, 2000
5 14 June 20, 2001 December 12, 2001
6 17 March 6, 2002 December 11, 2002
7 15 March 19, 2003 December 17, 2003
8 14 March 17, 2004 December 15, 2004
9 14 March 9, 2005 December 7, 2005
10 14 March 22, 2006 November 15, 2006
11 14 March 7, 2007 November 14, 2007
12 14 March 12, 2008 November 19, 2008
13 14 March 11, 2009 November 18, 2009
14 14 March 17, 2010 November 17, 2010
15 14 April 27, 2011 November 16, 2011
16 14 March 14, 2012 November 7, 2012
17 10 September 25, 2013 December 11, 2013
18 10 September 24, 2014 December 10, 2014
19 10 September 16, 2015 December 9, 2015
20 10 September 14, 2016 December 7, 2016
21 10 September 13, 2017 December 6, 2017
22 10 September 26, 2018 December 12, 2018
23 10 September 25, 2019 December 11, 2019
24 2 September 30, 2020 March 10, 2021
2021 Specials 2 November 25, 2021 December 16, 2021
25 6 February 2, 2022 March 16, 2022
2022 Specials 2 June 1, 2022 July 13, 2022
26 6 February 8, 2023 March 29, 2023

What Is The Best South Park Season of All Time?

Season 1

The inaugural season of South Park introduced audiences to the crude humor and biting satire that would become the show’s hallmarks. Set in the titular mountain town in Colorado, the show follows four foul-mouthed 4th graders—Stan, Kyle, Eric, and Kenny—as they navigate a world filled with absurd and often morally questionable scenarios. The first season, which began with the infamous episode “Cartman Gets an Anal Probe,” established South Park as a cultural phenomenon.
  • Episodes: 13
  • First Released: August 13, 1997
  • Last Released: February 25, 1998
  • Network: Comedy Central

Season 2

Building on its debut momentum, South Park’s second season delved deeper into the zany antics of its central characters while further solidifying the show’s reputation for fearless social commentary. With episodes such as “Chef’s Chocolate Salty Balls,” the season effortlessly blended humor with topics ranging from pop culture to politics. It showcased the series’ unique talent for lampooning modern society while making viewers laugh uncontrollably.
  • Episodes: 18
  • First Released: April 1, 1998
  • Last Released: January 20, 1999
  • Network: Comedy Central

Season 3

In the third season, South Park continued its streak of audacious humor, challenging societal norms and expectations. The season introduced the world to episodes like “Rainforest Shmainforest,” offering a satirical take on environmental and celebrity activism. By this point, South Park was more than just a comedy—it was a platform for cultural critique that neither the young nor the old could ignore.
  • Episodes: 17
  • First Released: April 7, 1999
  • Last Released: January 12, 2000
  • Network: Comedy Central

Season 4

The fourth season saw South Park transition into the new millennium, maintaining its irreverent charm and penchant for topical humor. With iconic episodes like “Cartman Joins NAMBLA,” the series continued to provoke, entertain, and offer commentary on a broad array of subjects. By now, South Park wasn’t just popular; it was essential viewing for those looking to understand pop culture through a comedic lens.
  • Episodes: 17
  • First Released: April 5, 2000
  • Last Released: December 20, 2000
  • Network: Comedy Central

Season 5

In its fifth season, South Park continued to push the boundaries of animated comedy, tackling controversial topics with its trademark blend of irreverence and satire. Notably, this season features the episode “Scott Tenorman Must Die,” often cited as one of the series’ best and a turning point in the characterization of Eric Cartman.
  • Episodes: 14
  • First Released: June 20, 2001
  • Last Released: December 12, 2001
  • Network: Comedy Central

Season 6

South Park’s sixth season introduced fans to a mix of hilarity and heartbreak. This season marked a significant moment with the (temporary) death of Kenny in “Kenny Dies,” demonstrating the show’s ability to balance comedic content with emotional depth. Episodes like “Professor Chaos” and “My Future Self n’ Me” further accentuated the balance of ludicrous humor with genuine moments of sentiment.
  • Episodes: 17
  • First Released: March 6, 2002
  • Last Released: December 11, 2002
  • Network: Comedy Central

Season 7

In its seventh season, South Park continued its fearless expedition into the realms of satire. From critiquing commercialism in “Raisins” to taking on the music industry with “Christian Rock Hard,” the show never shied away from poking fun at societal norms. The season further established the series’ expertise in taking the pulse of American culture and returning a comedic diagnosis.
  • Episodes: 15
  • First Released: March 19, 2003
  • Last Released: December 17, 2003
  • Network: Comedy Central

Season 8

Season 8 saw South Park touching on everything from passionate politics in “Douche and Turd” to the realm of video gaming with “Make Love, Not Warcraft.” The season displayed the creators’ uncanny ability to remain on the cutting edge of societal issues, all while retaining the classic South Park charm. By this point, South Park wasn’t just entertaining its fans—it was challenging them.
  • Episodes: 14
  • First Released: March 17, 2004
  • Last Released: December 15, 2004
  • Network: Comedy Central

Season 9

The ninth season of South Park continued its tradition of providing irreverent and topical humor, tackling both global and domestic issues. From the Scientology-skewering “Trapped in the Closet” to the Hurricane Katrina-inspired “Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow,” South Park proved that no topic was off-limits. The show’s fearlessness was cemented, making it a beacon of free speech in a landscape of increasing sensitivity.
  • Episodes: 14
  • First Released: March 9, 2005
  • Last Released: December 7, 2005
  • Network: Comedy Central

Season 10

Season 10 of South Park is perhaps best known for the two-part episode “Cartoon Wars,” which satirized the controversy over the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten’s publication of cartoons depicting the Islamic prophet Muhammad. By its tenth season, South Park had firmly established itself as a fearless social commentator unafraid to skewer sacred cows.
  • Episodes: 14
  • First Released: March 22, 2006
  • Last Released: November 15, 2006
  • Network: Comedy Central

Season 11

South Park’s eleventh season showcased its continued dedication to sharp, contemporary satire. With episodes like “With Apologies to Jesse Jackson,” the show delved into the weighty topics of racial slurs and societal repercussions, while “Imaginationland” gave viewers a multi-episode saga that played with beloved fictional characters. This season solidified that, over a decade in, South Park still had its finger firmly on the pulse of societal humor and commentary.
  • Episodes: 14
  • First Released: March 7, 2007
  • Last Released: November 14, 2007
  • Network: Comedy Central

Season 12

In its twelfth season, South Park navigated the realms of internet culture, celebrity worship, and economic collapse. With memorable episodes like “Canada on Strike” and “About Last Night…,” the series demonstrated its knack for timely humor. Whether lampooning the online world or political events, South Park never missed an opportunity to merge comedy with real-world issues.
  • Episodes: 14
  • First Released: March 12, 2008
  • Last Released: November 19, 2008
  • Network: Comedy Central

Season 13

Season 13 marked another strong entry in South Park’s long-standing tradition of humor mixed with social reflection. Episodes such as “Fishsticks” not only became instant comedic hits but also delved into the nature of humor itself. Meanwhile, “Dances with Smurfs” took a critical look at media and sensationalism. Once again, the show demonstrated its unmatched ability to be both hilarious and thought-provoking.
  • Episodes: 14
  • First Released: March 11, 2009
  • Last Released: November 18, 2009
  • Network: Comedy Central

Season 14

The fourteenth season of South Park continued its deep dives into pop culture, media, and society. From addressing censorship issues in “201” to exploring the nuances of modern fame in “You Have 0 Friends,” the series remained as relevant as ever. By tackling both hilarious and controversial issues head-on, South Park maintained its position as a vital voice in animated comedy.
  • Episodes: 14
  • First Released: March 17, 2010
  • Last Released: November 17, 2010
  • Network: Comedy Central

Season 15

In the fifteenth season, South Park continued to deliver razor-sharp satire, with memorable episodes like “You’re Getting Old,” which offers a poignant commentary on aging and cynicism. The season demonstrates the show’s capacity to balance humor with more serious themes, all while staying true to its unique brand of comedy.
  • Episodes: 14
  • First Released: April 27, 2011
  • Last Released: November 16, 2011
  • Network: Comedy Central

2021 Specials

The 2021 Specials marked a significant shift in the production of South Park, with the creators releasing standalone, hour-long episodes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These specials, which included “South ParQ Vaccination Special,” satirized the public’s reaction to the pandemic and vaccine distribution, encapsulating the zeitgeist of a challenging era.
  • Episodes: 2
  • First Released: November 25, 2021
  • Last Released: December 16, 2021
  • Network: Paramount+

Season 26

Season 26 continued South Park’s legacy of provocative humor and biting cultural critique. While still retaining the show’s classic format, this season also demonstrated South Park’s capacity to evolve and engage with contemporary issues, maintaining its relevance in a constantly changing cultural landscape.
  • Episodes: 6
  • First Released: February 8, 2023
  • Last Released: March 29, 2023
  • Network: Comedy Central

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