Help Avoid Awkward Thanksgiving Conversations With These Excellent 'South Park' Episodes

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Nov. 21 2023, Updated 12:58 p.m. ET

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The animated comedy series South Park is one of the longest-running shows on TV for a number of reasons: Trey Parker and Matt Stone are absolutely brilliant and have amazing working chemistry. The program is also animated in such an efficient way that they're able to write, voice, and animate an episode in about a week. That's absolutely bonkers for a cartoon.

But I think the key to the program's success is its blend of scatological humor with relevant cultural phenomena, like their Thanksgiving Special episodes.

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Here ar the best 'South Park' Thanksgiving episodes:

It isn't really a holiday that gets a lot of love, but the South Park team often treats the holiday to special episode events. Here are seven of the show's best Turkey Day features that have brought us wonderful new characters, scathing criticisms of Black Friday, and of course, general irreverence.

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"A History Channel Thanksgiving" — Season 15, Episode 13

Shows like Ancient Aliens laid the hilarious groundwork for this episode that spoofs The History Channel. It tackles questions like whether or not the first Thanksgiving was haunted or whether aliens were the ones behind the concept of stuffing. It's South Park at its best.

"Black Friday" — Season 17, Episode 7

If there's anything that grinds my gears more than a bunch of saps camping outside a store in order to "save money" by purchasing a bunch of useless garbage that they don't need, I can't think of it right now. What's great is that the writing team made this a three-part series that's also a spoof of Game of Thrones. It's followed by two other episodes in the trilogy of Thanksgiving specials.

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"A Song of Ass and Fire" — Season 17, Episode 8

If humanity's proven one thing, it's that people will create allegiances and oppositions for the dumbest reasons ever, and will rip another person's throat out over said allegiances. Obviously, there's Democrats vs. Republicans. For tech nerds, it's the Android vs. iOS. For kids, it's the "console wars." South Park lampoons that perfectly in this episode.

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"T******s and Dragons" — Season 17, Episode 9

Part 3 of South Parks's scathing commentary on the idiocy that is Black Friday concludes with the penultimate battle at the mall which decides which console manufacturer will reign supreme, Sony or Microsoft.

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"Starvin' Marvin" — Season 1, Episode 8

One of the earliest South Park episodes has the boys calling a charity organization that helps hungry and malnourished children, all because they want a free digital sports watch. Unbeknownst to them, in order to get the gift they must agree to adopt a starving child ... and that's when a young Ethiopian boy shows up at their door. They affectionately call him Starvin' Marvin.

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"Starvin' Marvin in Space" — Season 3, Episode 13

This episode has Marvin happen upon a spacecraft after wandering from his mission during a lesson where Christian missionaries try to convert villagers under the false promise of free food. Marvin goes inside the ship and accidentally pilots it, which captures the interest of the CIA ... who reach out to the boys because they previously housed the young man.

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"Helen Keller! The Musical" — Season 4, Episode 13

I feel like I'm going to hell just writing the description of this episode ... but here goes. Cartman is on a power trip while directing a special school Thanksgiving production of The Miracle Worker to show up the kindergartners' competing play. Eric has the idea of replacing Helen Keller's dog with a turkey that performs tricks. Oh, and Helen is played by Timmy.

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So if you're wondering what you should do for this Thanksgiving, maybe binge these classic episodes to help get you over your turkey-induced coma?

All 26 seasons of South Park are available to stream on Max.

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