South Park is one of the most popular comedy series of the past 2 decades—and definitely one of Comedy Central’s top shows in the history of the network. South Park is the brain child of Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who continue to write for the show and provide almost all of the voices for each episode. Throughout the show’s double digit season run, there have been many highly praised episodes—but let’s take a special look at some of the episodes that Parker and Stone have admitted to being their favorites.
Terrance and Phillip in Not Without My Anus
This episode has a somewhat controversial history. The show’s first season ended with a cliffhanger that promised the revelation of Eric Cartman’s father would happen during the first episode of season 2. But rather than air the episode which continued the cliffhanger, Parker and Stone wrote a Terrance and Philip centric episode which parodied the popular book and TV film, Not Without My Daughter. While some fans appreciated the joke (the episode did, after all, air on April Fool’s Day) others were vocally upset with the duo for pulling the prank.
Matt Stone revealed that he loved the episode because it was different from anything they had done before due to the focus on Terrance and Philip. He also says he has a soft spot for the episode precisely because most people do not like it.
In AWESOME-O, Cartman plays an elaborate trick on Butters by dressing up as a robot and showing up on his doorstep. Right before he makes his big reveal, Butter reveals that he has secret dirt on Eric that he will show to everyone if Eric every tries to play a prank on him again: a video of Cartman dressed as Britney Spears in his backyard. Cartman must then keep his charade as ‘AWESOME-O’ while trying to figure out how to get away from Butters. In the end, Cartman’s disguise is revealed and Butters plays the video for the entire town.
Both Stone and Parker have said they love the episode because it has a great Butters/Cartman dynamic; Stone in particular enjoys the scene where Cartman, hungry because Butters does not think a robot needs to eat, rushes into the bathroom after an hours-long flight and gobbles down a tube of toothpaste.