Top 10 Best South Park Seasons

South Park has been making audiences worldwide chuckle, gasp, and downright guffaw since its debut back in 1997. Over the decades, the show's fearless creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, have churned out season after season of animated brilliance. From biting social satire to broad, scatological humor, South Park truly has something for everyone, if you're willing to embrace its uniquely irreverent take on reality.

When we're discussing the best South Park seasons, it can be a bit like comparing apples and oranges, or in this case, comparing Cartman's various get-rich-quick schemes. Every season has its own distinct flavor, its own memorable moments, and its own special place in the South Park legacy. With a show as consistently innovative and boundary-pushing as South Park, every fan has their own personal favorites.

Sure, you could analyze each season based on the number of laugh-out-loud moments, the depth of its social commentary, or even the balance between episodic stories and overarching narratives. But at the end of the day, the best season for you might just come down to which one resonates most with your sense of humor and worldview.
The Top Ten
1 Season 8 Season 8 marked a crucial point in South Park's history, where the show began taking on more socially conscious storylines. It presented a unique blend of pointed commentary and surreal humor, with standout episodes like "Good Times with Weapons" and "AWESOM-O."

Good times with weapons, up the down steroid, passion of the Jew, you got f'd in the a, awesome-o, the jeffersons, douche and turd, and Cartman's incredible gift are all debatable top ten episodes. When you have that many classics, how is this season not number one?

Easily has the most classic episodes. Hilarious episodes, wonderful characters moments, everything about this season is top-notch.

For me, its 8. It is not even close.

2 Season 14 Season 14 saw the series push the boundaries of satire and parody, tackling subjects from Facebook to Inception. The two-part episode "200" and "201" are notorious for the controversies they sparked, reflecting the show's fearlessness in taking on sensitive issues.

By far the funniest season. Scrotie, you have 0 friends, crippled summer, poor and stupid, jersey, and a creme fraiche finale. Don't forget 201 and 202 which are missing everywhere but are the best dramatic episodes in the series. There's a decent trilogy with coon and friends and then Medicinal Fried Chicken is my favorite episode ever. Great Randy, Cartman, and Stan episode plus the best example of South Park's brand of commentary. I get that seasons 5-7 had the classic feel but the show only got funnier when most others die from 8-18 when they tried crazier ideas and spoofed current events without being cringy. 14 is definitely when it peaked to me.

Easily the most hilarious season. I love many things about season 14. The 200-201 two-parter were spectacular specials. The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerBalls, Medicinal Fried Chicken, and You Have 0 Friends are all great episodes, and easily the best in the season. Don't forget The Coon trilogy, which is just a delight. Everything about this season is phenomenal. One of my top seasons.

3 Season 5 Season 5 showcased the balance of humor and socio-political commentary that South Park is known for. It featured unforgettable episodes such as "Scott Tenorman Must Die," and dealt with serious issues in a unique, satirical fashion.

Has my favorite episode out of all so far, Butters' Very Own Episode. Plus, there's Scott Tenorman Must Die. So... enough said. Cripple Fight and It Hits The Fan are also pretty funny.

Many classics, many laughs, many messages, its what south park built on, it is what lead the rest of the series to what it is today.

One of the best seasons

4 Season 6 Season 6 presented a more narrative-driven approach compared to previous seasons. The show explored the complex character of Butters in more depth, while the unique storyline of "The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers" demonstrated the show's creativity.

Have to put season 5, 6, or 7 at the top. If you want to talk about funny, sharp, classic episodes, I don't know how you can not pick one of these three if you've actually seen every single season. But season 6 is without a doubt the most consistent, only tarnished by the "Red Sleigh Down" and "Fun with Veal" episodes which are completely forgettable.

I could list all the episodes but someone's already done that, so I'll just say it has several of my favorites.

OH COME ON! SEASON 6 ON 15? This has WAY more interesting episodes than ANY of the seasons, for example:
Free Hat
The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers
A Ladder to Heaven
Professor Chaos trilogy
The New Terrance and Phillip Movie Trailer
My Future Self n' Me

How is this not even in the top 5? This has some of the best episodes, oh, and Season 17 deserves a place too.

I really enjoyed Professor Chaos, Bebe's Boobs Destroy Society, and the child abduction episode. And Return of The Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers was iconic.

5 Season 10 Season 10 was a notable period for the series, introducing the world to the "ManBearPig" and presenting an unforgettable critique of Scientology in "Trapped in the Closet." These episodes demonstrated the show's knack for crafting uproarious humor out of contemporary issues.

I don't know why people hating on this season just because of chef dying, it sucked he died but he had to go because his voice actor quit the show. This season has great episodes like cartoon wars, go God go, make love not warcraft, smug alert I mean come on, people need to get off their periods on this season

It has the worst episodes like, Hell on earth 2006, A million little fibers, ManBearPig, Stanley's cup, and The return of chef! Whoever put this THIS high on the list, must really like disturbing, cruel, and lame episodes

Are you kidding me not even on the list. Cartoon wars, Make love not Warcraft. It has Towelie. It needs to be higher on the list

6 Season 11 Season 11 solidified the show's reputation for bold and daring satire. The three-part epic "Imaginationland" showcased the show's knack for weaving complex narratives, while "With Apologies to Jesse Jackson" exemplified its fearless approach to tackling societal issues.

Oh My God, where to start with season 11? We got More Crap, Cartman Sucks, The List, and Imaginationland. Easily one of the strongest seasons.

The List (episode) is probably the best episode of the season. Stendy is back after that episode! They'll stay in Love...FOREVER!

This is one of my favourite seasons fr South Park. It had a lot of funny and classic episodes, which are worth watching.

7 Season 13 Season 13 continued the series' fine tradition of taking on topical subjects with humor and irreverence. Episodes like "Fishsticks," which humorously skewered celebrity culture, and "Dances with Smurfs," a satire of political punditry, highlight this season.

After not watching the show for a decade or more, I bought a copy of this season only to find that it had somehow managed to remain fresh, relevant and hilarious!

8 Season 1 Season 1 introduced audiences to the world of South Park, with its unique humor and unforgettable characters. From the series opener "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe" to the satirical "Starvin' Marvin," it set the tone for what would become a cultural phenomenon.

Includes my all time favorite episode! Starvin Marvin. I absolutely think that season 5s episode scott tenorman must die is in my top 3 episodes but I have to go with Starvin Marvin for the win!

The early South Park is the best South Park.

My opinion it's the best

9 Season 4 Season 4 distinguished itself with episodes like "Trapper Keeper" and "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000," which exemplify South Park's knack for mixing humor with social commentary. This season continued to build the show's reputation as a cultural powerhouse.

This is when the show really found it's footing. Trapper Keeper and Something You Can Do With Your Finger are classics. Also we got 4th grade. That was great. And Timmy 2000 was strong too.

I have this season on DVD just for that ONE EPISODE. Which episode you might ask? Trapper Keeper. I don't know why but this is absolutely my favorite episode of all time.

Good season (with the exception of Chef Goes Nanners). And yes guys, Chef Goes Nanners is the worst episode of that season. Cartman doesn't deserve Wendy at all. Stendy is a better pairing that Candy. Candy is not a good or fitting pairing.

10 Season 7 Season 7 offered some of the most memorable episodes in the series, like "Casa Bonita" and "Raisins." The show's unique blend of humor, satirical commentary, and character development continued to engage audiences in this season.

Grey Dawn, Cripple Fight, Cancelled, I'm a Little Bit Country, Red Man's Greed, Li'l Crime Stoppers, Christian Rock Hard, and Raisins are all among my favorite episodes. A true example of South Park at it's best, very underrated.

It's either 6, 7, or 8 for me. I chose 7 because it's probably the season that I could watch the most, their are no bad episodes.

Only 2 sub par episodes. The rest are hilarious. As others have said... Casa Bonita is the best ep of the season.

The Contenders
11 Season 9 Season 9 proved the series' creative resilience with fresh and biting satire. The hilarious critique of Family Guy in "Cartoon Wars" and the examination of free speech in "Bloody Mary" demonstrated the show's unflinching approach to social commentary.

Season 9 was one of the best. Episodes like : "Mr. Garrison fancy new vagina" (one of the sickest ever made),"The Losing edge","Ginger Kids","The death of Eric Cartman", Trapped in the closet,"Marjorine" were awesome!

Season 9 was another great season. Except for Mr. Garrisons Fancy New Vagina, but we don't talk about that.

I always tought this season to be 2nd best after season 8. Sad to see it this far. Seasons 8,9,10 and 13 are just flawless.

12 Season 15 Season 15 offered a unique mix of satire and humor, with episodes such as "HumancentiPad" offering commentary on consumer culture and technology. This season stands out for its clever spin on a range of contemporary issues.

Can we give some damn credit to season 15? 19th? Really? Okay sure, Funnybot and Royal Pudding were weak, but we got T.M.I., Crack Baby Athletic Association, and You're Getting Old, which were great. Not to mention Broadway Bro Down, Bass to Mouth, 1% and The Poor Kid, which were all pretty strong.

You're Getting Old and Assburgers are the two best episodes in the entire series.

13 Season 19 Season 19 marked a shift in the series' format, introducing a season-long storyline while continuing to address contemporary topics. The introduction of PC Principal added a new dynamic to the show, while episodes like "Safe Space" addressed relevant societal concerns.

My analysis:

I've been extremely critical of recent South Park seasons. This one is the exception. South Park has always talked about real, current issues, but Season 19 took a lot heavier of a focus on it. As always, it talked about issues that were quite taboo, but this time it felt much more genuine, something they hadn't pulled off in a while. This season was also paramount for another reason. A season or two before, South Park began doing a new over-arching plot for each season rather than each episode. Season 19 was, in my opinion, the only season that truly pulled it off, with a new conflict each episode that would fit into the larger story.

Final Verdict:

South Park should take notes on this season for how to proceed with Season 21, as Season 20 wasn't much to write about. Season 19 may not be the best season ever, but it represents that shows like South Park can evolve and still remain as fantastic as they always were.

14 Season 12 Season 12 tackled a variety of topics, from internet fame in "Canada on Strike" to the 2008 presidential election in "About Last Night." The season demonstrated the show's ability to blend current events with its unique brand of humor.

This season was pretty weak. It only had one really good episode, Breast Cancer Show Ever, but I will admit that that episode is probably in my top 10.

Don't know why everyone thinks thinks this is the worst season. Season 16 is the worst and Season 11 should be way higher.

Absolutely the best season, although they are all very good save the first couple.

15 Season 2 Season 2 built upon the foundation of the first season, developing more nuanced storylines. Memorable moments include the introduction of Chef's parents in "The Succubus" and the shocking twist in "Chef Aid," both encapsulating the show's unique brand of humor.

I don't know about you guys, but this season was just pretty hilarious to me with the old eric cartman and the stupid things the characters did that made no sense. It was just a great laugh for me

This is my favorite of the first four seasons! Gnomes, Clubhouses (ROY), Spookyfish, Conjoined Fetus Lady, Chickenpox, Chickenlover... so many classics!

The first 4 seasons are why I started to like Southpark, they talked about general stuff and old Cartman was amazing, then was meh.

16 Season 3 Season 3 solidified South Park's place in pop culture, offering a blend of biting satire and absurd comedy. Episodes like "Chinpokomon" highlighted the show's ability to humorously reflect on contemporary fads and trends.

Season 3 is quite charming. It's offbeat with episodes like Cat Orgy, Jakovasaurs, Two guys Naked in a Hot Tub, The Red Badge of Gayness, Hooked on Monkey Fonics, Chinpokomon, and Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery. I just have a personal liking to this season, but one could argue that seasons 5, 6, 7, 10, 19, 20, and 2 are really good too. For me personally, this is my ranking of the seasons I'm well acquainted with: 3>5>20>2>6>10>7>19>15>1>9>4>11>18>14>12>16>17>13

Cartman is hilarious in this season, should definitely be higher!

I think season 3 is underrated, better than season 2 in my eyes.

17 Season 17 Season 17 continued to tackle hot-button issues with its signature irreverence. Standout episodes include "Black Friday," a biting commentary on consumerism, and "The Hobbit," a critique of unrealistic beauty standards.

This season is also an underrated season. Like we all know about the Black Friday trilogy, but I thought Goth Kids 3, Taming Strange, and The Hobbit were amazing.

Best season yet with almost every episode being funny. I loved the game of thrones console war trilogy

18 Season 18 Season 18 marked a shift towards interconnected storylines, with notable episodes like "Freemium Isn't Free" and "Cock Magic." This season showcased the series' evolution in narrative depth while maintaining its satirical edge.

Pretty underrated season. I thought that Gluten Free Ebola and Freemium Isn't Free were really funny and The Cissy is one of the best episodes of the last 5 seasons.

This season has stronger plots than other seasons and the episodes are back to back!

This season had some hilarious episodes and really should be higher on the list. I love grounded vindaloop and the cissy and the drone episodes and the freemium episodes. So funny

19 Season 16 Season 16 presented a diverse array of subject matter, including critiques of reality TV in "Raising the Bar" and explorations of fan culture in "A Nightmare on Face Time." This season continued the show's tradition of tackling current issues with humor and wit.

This was the weakest season I've watched.

This was an amazing season!

20 Season 20 Season 20 followed a serialized format, introducing an overarching narrative that spanned the entire season. Focusing on topics like internet trolling and the 2016 presidential election, this season represented a unique storytelling experiment for the series.

This season is weak and just bad yes there was a few decent episodes but the whole plot of this season is bad mainly the member berry plot I did not get that plot at all. They could of easily put this into a 2 or 3 part episode but they had to stretch it out as much a possible

I don't get the hate behind this season. Yes it started to decline after Oh, Jeez, but it also had Skankhunt, which is an extremely powerful and poignant episode

First half was great, But after the surprise election of Trump, The planned storyline got all muddled.

21 Season 22 Season 22 took a poignant look at contemporary society, with episodes like "Time to Get Cereal" and "Bike Parade" providing an entertaining blend of humor and commentary. Its engagement with environmental issues demonstrated South Park's continued relevance.

Time to Get Cereal was the greatest episode they ever did. The only episode I didn't really like was Buddha Box, but that was mostly because I felt as though the PC Babies running amok didn't really add anything, just rehashed an earlier joke. For 11 minutes. But then, at the same time, I really want to like the episode, because it shows peak Cartman with a box over his head for phone time.

22 Season 21 Season 21 delivered a unique blend of humor and social critique. Standout episodes like "Franchise Prequel" and "Hummels & Heroin" tackled topics from franchise fatigue to the opioid crisis, continuing the show's tradition of timely satire.
23 Season 23 Season 23 saw South Park dive further into serialized storytelling with the Tegridy Farms subplot, while the "Band in China" episode provided a sharp commentary on Hollywood's relationship with China, highlighting the series' commitment to pushing boundaries.

An extremely underrated season and has some of the funniest scenes in all of south park. this season has classic episodes like Mexican joker, band in china, let them eat goo and basic cable

Tegredy farms is an amazing plot line. All story lines come together in the 6th episode. Other 4 standalone episodes are pretty weak.

24 Season 24 Season 24 was significantly impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic, leading to a reduced number of episodes, each one a longer special. The "Pandemic Special" and "South ParQ Vaccination Special" offered timely commentary on the global situation, underlining the series' adaptability.

Loved the pandemic special.

25 Season 25 Season 25 returned to more traditional South Park storytelling, while continuing to explore the fallout of the pandemic and other timely issues. The nuanced handling of complex themes exemplified the series' enduring ability to weave comedy and commentary.
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