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Dethroning Moment: South Park
South Park makes its name in offending its audience and Crossing The Line Twice. However, it can only go so far before it begins offending people for the wrong reason.

A special note for South Park: as mentioned under the Awesome Moments page, the show really does make a sincere effort to offend everyone, so if you laughed at everything else but then suddenly got offended when something you liked became the target, the problem might not be with Matt and Trey. We won't just up and delete your entry, of course, but you should be prepared to do even more explaining than usual about why it's a DMoS.

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  • No Real Life examples including Executive Meddling and Fan Dumb. That is just asking for trouble.
  • No ASSCAPS, no bold, and no italics unless it's the title of a work. We are not yelling the DMoSs out loud.

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     Season 1- 5 
  • WolfMan16: The early episode "Terrance and Phillip in Not Without My Anus". The episode didn't feature the boys at all and instead of them, they played nothing more than fart jokes condensed down into a 22 minute half hour episode. That isn't the worst part though, the worst part about this episode is that it originally aired in between the "Cartman's Mom Is a Dirty Slut" two-parter special as an April Fools Day prank. I'm very sure a lot of early viewers weren't pleased about this at all. Parker and Stone sure weren't.
  • Super Saiya Man: "Rain Forest Schmainforest" is the biggest DMOS South Park has ever produced. Advocating the destruction of the rain forest, the Kick the Dog moments to Costa Rica, Cartman's constant bitching about how sucky the place is which is how what Trey Parker really feels after going to vacation there. The horrible Getting Gay With Kids song. And Kenny's one shot girlfriend who revives him at the end. All add up to a horrible episode.
    • Ogodei: I concur with the reasons for this episode being a DMOS, but it really emphasizes itself since it runs against the message the show usually gives, which is taking a moderate approach to environmentalism, like in "Smug" where they said hybrid cars were good so long as the people driving them weren't smug jerks, or in "Goobacks" where they (at least temporarily) advocated fixing the earth now so that it doesn't suck later, so this episode was also inconsistent in terms of message.
  • ergeis: I'm fully aware that South Park is not a fan of political correctness but "Chinpokomon" is just plain vile and racist. One of the main running gags is "teehee, Japanese men's penises are so small!" Stone and Parker, are you trying to compensate for something? I also hate the Unfortunate Implications that Japan secretly wants revenge on the United States and are plotting another Pearl Harbor and therefore should never be trusted. I don't care if one of the creators married a Japanese woman (hell, that's not even evidence that they aren't racist douchebags), this episode was absolute garbage.
  • Tropers/Achaemenid: The endless invocation of the Golden Mean Fallacy, and the way the show dresses up extremely banal and obvious political observations as some kind of "out of the mouths of babes" profundity. There's nothing objectionable about libertarian party member Stone pushing a libertarian agenda in and of itself, but the way in which the show pretends it's just "common sense" or objectively right is exceedingly obnoxious, as is it's Clooney-rivaling smugness when it does it. This reaches an absolute nadir in "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000", where the kids come to the really intelligent observation that "hate crime" is a meaningless term, because to commit a crime against someone you have to hate them...which, when you give it a moment's thought, is utter bullshit. Bonus "dickhead" points for making the black characters their mouthpiece.
  • Twentington: The "Scott Tenorman Must Die" episode. Come the reveal that Cartman ground up his parents and fed them to him... that was just so ungodly creepy. I gave up on the series after that.
    • McJeff: I was bothered by the fact that Cartman confessed to a particularly deranged double murder in public, and everyone but Stan and Kyle stood around and did nothing while Stan and Kyle just said "Let's not make fun of Cartman anymore".
      • Tropers/{JRA} Agreed +1. One of the things that made Cartman a good character is yes he was a racist asshole, but he was at least likeable and relatable. And I so wanted him to get revenge against Scott. But that moment was a complete jumping of the shark and Cartman has just become unbearable to watch on screen. Maybe it was the fact that I first saw this episode with my Dad, who wasn't exactly a fan of the show. I didn't exactly blame him for his reaction to the episode's ending.
    • SickBoy: Ugh, this episode did it for me too. The stupid thing is, the episode started out entertaining, as Cartman was finally getting his comeuppance after abusing everyone in the town for years. Scott was picking on Cartman and embarrassing him, giving him a taste of his own medicine, and what Cartman did in return practically defines Disproportionate Retribution. But what's worse than that is that he gets away with it scot-freenote . What he did would likely get anyone (even an 8 year old) institutionalized for life, but instead we get one of the biggest Karma Houdini moments on TV. The ending to that episode was truly disturbing and gruesome, and it's irredeemable for Cartman and for the writers. I couldn't look at the show the same way after that.
  • Looney Luver: For me, the episode "Cartmanland" was really Kyle's worst moment. Now, yes, I realize many shows Negative Continuity for humor, but in a series with Satan, God, and Jesus all hanging around like nobodies business, it seemed pathetically stupid and whiny of Kyle to bitch that God can't exist because Cartman gets a million dollars. Then he get's a hemorrhoid and complains more, and his parents read him the story of Job to help renew his faith, but they forget (like a lot of people seem to do) that story ends on a high note with Job being rewarded twice over for his faith. Oh, and in the last 30 seconds, Kyle's faith is renewed because Cartman gets screwed over. Yep, apparently you know God exists when bad things happen to people you don't like.

     Season 6- 10 
  • Animeking1108: The ending to "Jared Has Aides". After Butters gets grounded again, he has to have Cartman cover for him when he left the house. It's like Stan, Kyle, and Butters thought that there was no way letting a Jerk Ass like Cartman cover for someone he picks would backfire in anyway. When the Stoches call, Cartman, imitating Butters, calls his dad a pussy and his mother a horse-banging skank. When they get home at the end, they are heard punching Butters and whipping him with a belt while he whimpers off-screen. I've said this to Rumiko Takahashi, Gosho Aoyama, and Mike Judge: child abuse is not fucking funny! If saying AIDS was funny wasn't what got this episode banned for half a decade, then the ending sure as hell did.
  • Fairfield: The very worst moment I ever saw in South Park's long-running anti-activist, pro-Status-Quo crusade, was the episode "Butt Out". With little remorse, the creator's depict the tobacco companies, arguably the biggest mass-murderers on the planet, as friendly and forthcoming, and anti-smoking activists are shown as willing to kill children to make a point. This episode seems outright worthy of being sued for slander.
  • Tropers/Snailfish: I know "Good Times With Weapons" is a popular episode, but I'd just like to say this: Watching a child get horrifically injured, neglected, and then get literally pissed and shit on is not fucking funny! And people only complain when Family Guy does this stuff? This was one of the first episodes I watched, and it almost became the last.
    • Grumpy Old Man: This was mine also, for the same exact reasons. Parker and Stone seem to have a sick obsession with turning the completely sympathetic Butters into The Chew Toy, but this episode is by far the worst example of it. Sure, Butters does do petty things occasionally as "Professor Chaos", but even that's been characterized heavily as his frustrations of being a constant Butt Monkey coming out.
  • Tommy X: I would defend most of the episodes listed on this page, but not "Douche and Turd". Basically, the school has to vote for a new mascot after PETA complains about their mascot being a cow. Both Kyle and Cartman put joke options on the ballot; Kyle puts a Giant Douche on, and Cartman puts a Turd Sandwich on. Stan doesn't feel like voting because he thinks both candidates are stupid. His parents' dumbassery is expected, but then Kyle gets in on the action by calling Puff Daddy to intimidate Stan into voting. This by itself is just a Wall Banger, but when Stan goes to vote, and votes for Turd Sandwich, Kyle gets on Stan's case... again, for not voting for Giant Douche, and tries to call over Puff Daddy again. Stan sees that his best friend is being a Jerkass, and decides to not vote and gets banished from town. When Stan is forced to leave, Kyle says all this can be ignored if Stan would just vote... for Giant Douche. Stan refuses, so Kyle spits on him. Kyle asked Stan "Whose friend are you?" when he should have been asking himself the same question. Kyle's worst moment in the whole series.
    • mikelarson479: I totally agree with you. "Douche and Turd" is perhaps the most overrated and disappointing episode in the whole of the series. It's also my third least favorite behind "Stanley's Cup" and "The China Probrem". I'll be the first to admit that it had a funny premise, but its execution was poor as hell. Aside from that, there is only so much good suspension of disbelief can do when one watches the show. I mean, the very idea that a town in this day and age would be so primitive, so barbaric, and so out-of-dare as to banish a 9-year-old boy simply for not voting is beyond ludicrous. And you are absolutely right; Kyle lost all the respect I had for him after that episode. He still isn't even close to regaining it. The final blow is when Stan returns from the PETA camp battered, wounded, and even shot in the shoulder, yet nobody seems to give two craps about his safety, even his own parents!
  • Mnt T 88: "Mr. Garrison's Fancy New Vagina" is utterly horrible. Yes, its depiction of trans women clearly isn't meant to be taken seriously (this is South Park, after all), because no Transgender person in the real world would act like how Mr. Garrison does. But since a lot of the general public is very misinformed about transgender issues, many of the episode's more offensive points could easily have been taken at face value by many viewers. For a start, Garrison is misgendered by practically everyone else in the cast when presenting as a woman - almost no one uses the pronouns 'she' or 'her' at any point. Second, the conflict between Garrison and Mr. Slave only works if you buy into the "transitioning is all about 'the surgery'" myth - never mind that real trans people have to go through months of therapy before starting on hormones, which they have to do in conjunction with living as their gender for at least a year (usually longer), and then they can have 'the surgery'. Also the use of the "X trapped in a Y's body" soundbite, which is massively oversimplified and doesn't even apply to many transgender people, and the comparison's to believing yourself to be a different race or animal which, unlike transsexualism, doesn't have any scientific evidence to back it up. Plus Garrison outright admits at the end that he doesn't even identify as a woman - he simply prefers the idea of being seen as a heterosexual woman instead of a homosexual man. Countless trans women have been beaten and killed due to that line of thought, and this episode is doing nothing to dispel it. In fact, the only thing that this episode gets right about transsexualism is its rather vivid description of how a vaginoplasty works, but even then it's clearly being used for shock value and to disturb viewers. Long story short: Jesus Christ, why!?
    • Cabbit Girl Emi: The biggest sucky moment would have to be the whole "Jews can't play basketball" crap. I'm not Jewish myself, but the subplot is basically one of the worst ways to make poor Kyle the Designated Monkey again! I have nothing against blacks, but Kyle is cuter in his normal, white and short self. And I'm certain that 2 years prior to this episode, there was a Disney Channel movie called Full Court Miracle, which was about, guess what? Basketball-playing Jews.
    • TRAN Sawesome: For a show that spends so much time criticizing things for bludgeoning its audience with its message, the entire episode revolved around 'Transsexuals are stooooopid!!' Not one side joke, no humorous b-story, just an entire episode smacking you over the head with its message. Subtle......
  • Thormy: "Cartoon Wars" cemented South Park's level of suck in my mind. The preachiness and smug attitudes this show exudes over people each week is astonishing. Then of course, there are people who submit wholeheartedly to their concepts and ideas. Keep in mind that I don't care about Family Guy at this point, but I don't think people realize that South Park is lampshading the concept pretty heavily.
  • So We Ate Them: As much as I like the series, "Stanley's Cup" never happened. I know what they were trying to do, but to me, the ending just comes off as unspeakably mean-spirited.
    • Dastardly Demolition: I have to agree with you here. I hated the ending. It's just so gruesome seeing small children being beaten around by huge adults. It's not funny due to Refuge in Audacity or Crossing the Line Twice, it's just cruel brutality. I laughed at some sick shit, but this made me turn my head away and change the channel.

     Season 11- 15 
  • Sgt Frog 1: When Kyle lampshades the fact that every adult in South Park is Too Dumb to Live (His exact words were "Agh, the adults here are just as dumb as the ones back home!") in "Night of the Living Homeless" is a Dethroning Moment of Suck for the adults. The plot of the episode itself is rather nonsensical, especially having No Ending. (The episode ends by the kids building a bus with a giant stereo system, blasting music to lead all the homeless to California...where the homeless will be somebody else's problem.)
  • Sara Jaye: The episode "More Crap" in general. I mean, poop jokes are one thing and Mr. Hankey was at least entertaining, but an entire episode centered around who can take the biggest crap? With graphically detailed description of said crap?! Hang on for a moment while I go out and retch.
    • Jade Eyes 1: Worse still was the completely pointless stab at Bono. Yes, I am perfectly aware that the man can occasionally be a pretentious twit, but equating him to a literal piece of shit when he hasn't done anything particularly offensive in recent memory? Instead of "Bono sucks, and we want to show you why"note , that smacks of "it's a slow news week, so here's a disgusting episode with a random musician we don't like thrown in for the hell of it". Seriously, South Park; after eleven years on the air, I thought you'd outgrown that kind of writing.
  • NickelParkLavigne: I am likely apart of the minority within this fandom who finds Cartman vs. Kyle episodes boring in addition to having Kyle as her least favorite among the major characters. And the reason is animated into the episode "Tonsil Trouble". The episode starts with Cartman getting his tonsils checked. Unfortunately, Cartman gets affected with HIV due to the incompetence of the doctors. Cartman is understandably upset. There are jokes over HIV, but that isn't the reason this episode lands on this page. It lands on the page because after finding out that Cartman has HIV, Kyle starts laughing at him. Wow, I never knew you were such an asshole, Kyle. If you were in Cartman's shoes and he was laughing at you for the same reason, you'd get pissed too. So we have an episode of a redundant Cartman vs. Kyle plot, and Kyle at his worst, being a hypocritical asshole. Stan and Kyle episodes at least provide different flavors within their episodes whether they're funny, depressing, adventurous or heartwarming, sometimes more than one in the same episode. Until Kyle becomes more than a Hero Antagonist to Cartman, he will remain my least favorite major character on the show. The only thing I like about this episode is Butters kissing Cartman's cheek. Everything else is worthless.
  • bubblesishot46853: Being disgusted by genitalia, I did not like "Major Boobage." I've never gotten high in my life, but if getting high on cocaine, crack, cat pee, or dandelions makes me see a world where anything and everything was boobs, then no thanks. The effort to put a pair of breasts into anything and everything came off as very lazy and in poor taste, and although South Park is mostly a show meant to offend, this was the only episode I've ever seen to offend me. (Not even Chinpokomon or Ass Burgers got me riled up, despite me being a Pokémon fan and having Asperger's Syndrome.) The one saving grace of this episode was Cartman being nice and hiding all the cats in his attic, then being completely unaware of any connotation to the Holocaust. But with an episode filled to the brim with nothing but boobs anywhere and everywhere, I can easily say this was my least favorite episode of the series. Hopefully, an episode like this won't happen again in the near future.
    • Cabbit Girl Emi: While not one of the worst episodes generally, the subplot was just unnecessary. Kyle's dad freaks out over the cat pee craze and has all of the cats banned from South Park. How could it get any worse? Kyle, for no reason, takes a cat home, and his mom finds it in his drawer. And Kyle ends up in an argument with his parents, who accuse him of being a drug addict and punish him without giving him a chance to explain! It sucks because Kyle is my favorite character, and I wish Trey and Matt would stop bashing him when they already do that to Kenny or Butters!
  • KD Larsen: "Canada on Strike". Yes, we know that Matt & Trey are not union people, but this whole episode is a giant attack on a strawman Matt & Trey themselves has apparently built up, namely that internet dollars are without value and how it was a lame thing for the WGA to strike over. Except that internet-based revenue is very real, with one major studio predicting a total value of up to 1 billion very real dollars for the year the episode was aired.
  • Sir Psycho Sexy: The episode "Eek, a Penis!" So SO many Unfortunate Implications and Family Unfriendly Aesops ("you'll never be a real man/woman, so why try?") Plus Trey and Matt seem to have a thinly veiled contempt for Transsexuals.
  • Tropers/Technature: "Dead Celebrities". Excellent episode. Absolutely hilarious. But I feel that the Ghost Hunters thing just fell flat. Yes, they get scared on a relatively daily basis on the show. That's fine. I had no problem with them exaggerating it to no end either. But they are almost never afraid of ghosts. Anyone who watches the show (or hell, just listens to it in the other room from time to time) know that it's almost always bugs that freak them out the most. It could of easily been absolutely hilarious if they cared a bit more about it.
  • The Evil Dr Bolty: "The F Word": A few days after the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act passed, South Park did an episode about the word "fag" being applied to bikers instead of homosexuals which argued that the word is arbitrary and featured a black man being tied in chains and dragged around by bikers in a manner reminiscent of James Byrd, Jr.'s death. The show thrives on Ripped from the Headlines, but completely dismissing the legitimate concerns about slurs (which they themselves articulated in "With Apologies to Jesse Jackson" and "Chef Goes Nanners") while mocking the death of a man killed for racial reasons, all in response to hate crime legislation, was disgusting. If there's a single solitary moment, it would be the bikers dragging a black man around in chains - because clearly, recreating an act of racist violence and playing it for comedy is a great way to make a point against hate crime legislation.
    • Norphen: I laughed at Cartman crapping on the motorcycles but in general that episode was obnoxious. It's obvious that Trey and Matt just want to be able to use "fag" as a more general pejorative and are annoyed that people might object to this. Get over it, fellas.
  • Tropers/realscreamer: For me, a DMOS of the show is the beginning of "Dances with Smurfs". A ginger kid does the morning announcements but is interrupted when a gun-toting maniac busts into the office, claiming that he slept with his wife. To clarify: he heard that a middle-age truck driver named Gordon Saltsi slept with her; the ginger's name is Gordon Stoltski. So after killing a person who happened to intervene, he starts beating the kid up and then murders him, then himself. All heard over a P.A. system. That is the most fucked-up opening to an episode in television history. Worse, the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings make this extremely grim.
  • Bastard1: The "200"/"201" two-parter (no, the whole censorship/terrorism debacle has no bearing on my final opinion). They try to go for an epic celebration of 200 episodes... the "epic" approach being the root of the problem. When South Park attempts to take itself and its mythology too seriously, more often than not it leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth, considering their otherwise omnipresent piss-takery of everything (including themselves). The boys, who I'm sure we all do care about in some way despite their...faults, become basically nonentities in a fuckton of celebrity cameos (most of which are pointless to such an extent that it feels like shallow fanservice reminiscent of a certain prequel trilogy...) and convoluted plot events with nary a funny or memorable joke to be found since they never make time for them. I'm fairly certain 'most everyone figured out the end result of the revitalized search for Cartman's father around the end of the first episode (as I did), making the dramatic reveal anti-climactic to say the least. They're probably genre savvy enough to figure people would connect the dots, but that totally clashes with the self-reverential "epic" approach they opted for. What's more, it seems like they went for this whole Muhammad thing purely for the controversy it would attract... if they didn't know it would cause an atomic shitstorm like they got they clearly aren't as ahead of the curve as they make themselves out to be. To me, it was South Park in name only, failing to provide good entertainment, or at the very least, causing some changes to the status quo (Cartman's whole "Oh god, I'm half Ginger" crisis at the end, while funny, is the final slap in the face). They should've done what they did with the previous milestone celebration and just make it a footnote to a regular episode.
  • Sizzly Bacon: I just got done watching "It's A Jersey Thing" and I was really enjoying the episode (Keep in mind, I personally dislike Jersey Shore despite the fact that many people I know, including my sister, watch it), it was one of the funniest episodes I've ever seen. But near the end, I just completely lost my smile that I got from the episode when Al-Qaeda (South Park was trying to find people to stop the invasion of New Jersey... long story short, they turned to Al-Qaeda) came in with American Airlines planes and crashed into the ground right as a bunch of Jersey-ites were invading. Earlier in the episode, someone said that the tragedies of 9/11 would be funny in 10 months, but I had no problem with that. And in the end, they congratulated Osama Bin Laden for this act? (At least before he gets killed, anyway.) Well, at least most of the episode was good.
    • Tropers/ Gobstopper: For a show that thrives on nothing is sacred jokes, they did a poor job executing the satirical joke where Al-Qaeda struck down Jersey-ites with airliners. Why? Forgotten is the fact that over 500 New Jersey-ites died on 9/11 when the airliners struck the World Trade Center. What could have been an over the top driving point of the satirical punchline, it ended up looking like a collar tugging uncomfortable moment written out of laziness.
  • RetsofNoraa: The recent plagiarism scandal involving College Humor. To make it short, the writers stole a College Humor sketch about the confusing nature of Inception and pasted it into their episode spoofing said film. Here's a comparison between the two. Note how many lines remain totally unchanged. ("Sometimes, thoughts of my dead wife manifest themselves as trains.") Even though Trey and Matt later apologized for it, I really expected better of them than to have done it in the first place. South Park has been on the air since 1997; they should have known what they were getting into.
    • Redhed311: I agree, also because of the fact that Matt and Trey felt the need to portray a current pop culture phenomenon without knowing anything about it, just to be relevant. Not every episode has to be topical!
  • TMR: For me, it would have to be "Coon 2: Hindsight", not for anything that was happening with Coon & Friends, but the background plot. Not only was Captain Hindsight the most useless superhero ever, but the gall of BP Oil causing those atrocities, then just trying to apologize instead of actually doing anything was just infuriating. Causing an oil spill is one thing, but while it was ludicrous that they opened a portal to another dimension, it was even more so when they did nothing about it, especially with all the people shown being killed.
  • That 897 Guy: I didn't care for the second part of season 14 too much, aside from the "Coon Vs. Coon and Friends" trilogy, but what I'm gonna mention here is "Creme Fraiche". It was a huge disappointment. My friend had this theory that they made it right after the aforementioned trilogy because that got people so excited to see the next episode that they didn't need another reason, and as long as people are likely to watch it anyway, might as well not put any effort into it. I think that's what happened, but anyway, it just wasn't funny, especially after all the Shallow Parody episodes that half of the season had anyway. After seeing three episodes that finally were not parodies of something (I guess I'm biased because I just happened to not be familiar with any of the things that were parodied), the season ends with another one. The Shake-Weight subplot was based on an unbelievably obvious joke that everyone and their mother thought of as soon as they first heard about the thing, smirked at once, and then moved on with their lives. And as for the main plot, the joke that was also sort of obvious was stretched out for about the whole thing, and then there were other jokes that only people who watch cooking shows will get. I just really hope next season has less obscure humor; it makes me feel dumb when the only jokes I can understand are "lol, shaikwate eekwuls peenus"
  • O Zone: While Season 15 is turning out to be the worst season yet in my opinion, off the top of my head I have to say the season premiere, "HUMANCENTiPAD". A Squick-worthy and possibly Nightmare Fuel inducing parody of a Squick-worthy and Nightmare Fuel inducing Horror flick among other things can turn one's stomach enough to quit the show for good.
  • Raiku: "Funnybot". Basically it was a half hour of them saying they didn't deserve the award that they won at the recent comedy awards and that Tyler Perry isn't funny. The jokes were predictable and were so few and far in between it is one episode that's so bad that even my friend who'd defend against every DMOS on this page yet would agree on this episode sucking.
  • Dame Des Douleurs: "You're Getting Old". The thing that bothered me the most was Stan's 'cynicism'. It was basically just Matt and Trey celebrating their new found ability to say "shit" uncensored... by having the word be said as often as they saw fit. Sound familiar? Maybe because they did the same thing 10 seasons ago with "It Hits The Fan".
  • Codename Bravo: The "Ass Burgers" episode of South Park claimed that not only does Autism not exist, but it is just a fake front for cynicism, with all supposed sufferers from the condition just being depressed paranoid clueless jerks, while attempting to thoroughly humiliate them. It went well beyond the usual reluctance to slam disabilities, and just read like a random collection of slurs that did not make any sense. And that's coming from somebody who found The Onion's "autistic reporter" mostly funny because it was clever.
    • monkeyman224: As someone with Asperger's Syndrome, this troper wasn't fond of them making fun of it without doing any research on it. First off, it's not a disease. I'd liken it more to a social dyslexia. You cannot catch it from anyone or anything. Second, they had the balls to make a statement signifying that it's the fucking same as being retarded. Last time I checked, someone with Asperger's is not retarded. To me it looks like all they did was decide that Asperger's Syndrome has a funny name to make fun of and went with that idea whilst having absolutely no idea what it really is.
    • Philipnova798: With me, it wasn't so much the lack of researchnote . But the fact they made it into a half-assed parody of The Matrix trilogy. I'm sorry, but such parodies have been out of style since 2004.
  • Ian: "Bass to Mouth" was just a mess from beginning to end. A kid defecates his pants and commits suicide because of Cartman's bullying, so when another similar incident occurs, the teachers turn to... Cartman? I can only assume that absolutely anyone else was busy because that's who'd be more appropriate for the job. As his compensation, Cartman demands to beat up Selena Gomez, which they cede to. Why Selena Gomez? His beef with her is never explained. Usually they have a solid reason for picking on a celebrity, but I can't think of anything heinous or mockable Gomez has done besides star in a vapid but altogether inoffensive Disney sitcom; did they just pick a celebrity name at random? Also there's a gossip website called the Eavesdropper posting embarrassing information about students, and for some unexplained reason Cartman is never suspected of being behind it - I don't know why because that's just the kind of thing that's right up his alley. Oh but get this, the person behind it is a rat named Wikileaks. Not only is that oh, so very subtle, but also very much still relevant in late 2011. And it's clear they have no idea what Wikileaks actually is; the looks and content of the Eavesdropper are much more like TMZ if anything. And here's the best part. In the end, not only does Cartman get off scot-free for pushing a student to suicide and two others to the brink, but he also gets the last laugh on the teachers, after their half-baked attempt to kill him goes awry. When someone acts so retardedly that it makes Cartman look like the moral high ground, you know you've made a real clusterfuck of an episode.
  • Ecclytennysmithylove: “Broadway Bro Down”. While this episode did an excellent Take That at Broadway musicals, the DMOS for me was the third act: after a horrified Randy finds out that Shelley had already gone off with her new boyfriend (named Larry Feegan) to see Wicked, he (without taking a second look at audience in the theater that would prove him evidence that none of them were doing the ‘blowjob’) goes through a disastrous attempt to stop the show (long story short, he was kicked out of the theater for being disruptive) by breaking the water main that resulted with Larry fatally drowned (another long story short, Larry was always forced to wear a life preserver and took it off to prove his independence when he went with Shelley to see ''Wicked''). Thanks, guys. You made a probably heartwarming subplot, and then ruined it by using Randy to kill off Larry. Seriously, I find this episode two-times worse than any American Dad! episodes involving Steve Smith attempting to win a girl’s heart that ends in a failure.
  • CJ Croen 1393: "A History Channel Thanksgiving". Thank you Matt and Trey, for once again telling everyone that anyone who believes in UFOs, Cryptozoology and ghosts are stupid, gullible idiots who believe anything they hear, but also going the extra mile by saying that any "experts" are actually fraudulent morons. The worst part of this is the fact that they did this already with "Dead Celebrities" and handled it much better there. Here, however, they decided to just wing it and make up a bunch crummy unfunny gags (the only thing remotely funny about it was the scenes involving Natalie Portman). Mixing in the horrific Canon Discontinuity, even by this show's standards (sooo, we're all just going to forget that Cartman was probed by aliens twice?) and the Unfortunate Implications that all Native Americans are evil, thieving monsters who must be gruesomely destroyed and you have the worst episode of South Park ever.

     Season 16- 
  • Largo Quagmire: "Cash for Gold" was just a massive failure of an episode on all levels. Satirizing cash for gold kiosks and stores is a pretty soft target anyways, but throwing in random semi-satires of Foxcom and home shopping networks made the episode even more unbearable. There's a retread of Cartman's "...while you fuck me" routine from "HUMANCENTiPAD" which manages to be incredibly unfunny. There's an attempt at pathos with Stan's grandfather that falls incredibly flat, considering that Parker and Stone, in the previous episode, managed to wring a lot of genuine emotion out of Clyde's mother's death (YMMV, of course, but for me at least). The lowest point was easily the shopping network man killing himself - Matt and Trey have pulled off humor much darker than this before, but since the whole episode was off, the capper seemed incredibly mean-spirited and awful instead of a fitting send-off. Just a horrendous mess of an episode.
  • MadMan400096: I originally thought of the ending to "Ass Burgers" as the show's low point for its Ass Pull nature and insulting attitude towards, change, but when I think about it, "Jewpacabra", the last of the first four Season 16 episodes, in which I considered the once-amazing show to be going downhill. The episode's clearly trying to make us feel bad for Cartman by having him tortured, but considering the countless horrible deeds he's done over the years (making Scott Tenorman eat chili made out of his parents, ordering around fucking Cthulhu to do his bidding, and convincing special needs students to cheat while ragging on Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots), that's really the dumbest thing to do. But it's made worse with the ending, where Cartman, a proven anti-Semite, converts to Judaism. Let me explain why this make me want to puke. What makes Cartman such a great character is his gleeful Jerkass nature, while still getting screwed over. Take that away and he's just a regular asshole. Also, antisemitism is one of Cartman's defining traits, and something like this bullshit falls nothing short of Character Derailment. The only good thing I can say about this episode (which even for South Park was all around unpleasant) was that it thankfully didn't stick. Matt and Trey must have known they were fixing what wasn't broken (per se, anyway), and in later episodes, he's back to being the dick we all Love to Hate.
  • Tropers/lightning37: "Butterballs". That episode was a total mess. First off, if Butters established he didn't want to be a part of the bullying video, he never should have agreed to being a part of the movie that they wanted to make out of it. Next off, when Stan is confronted by Bucky Bailey (the head of the company that wanted Mr. Mackey to have the bullying assembly), he accuses Stan of being the one to sell the bullying video to the company when it was Bailey's idea to do it, but it was the company who wanted to claim it, that wasn't Stan's idea (I could be wrong about that though). But the third and final act takes the cake: Stan and Butters are on the Dr. Oz show, and after Dr. Oz keeps trying to ask Butters how he feels, Butters doesn't want to have any of it and he attacks Dr. Oz on national television. Then Stan is hated by everybody at school. The thing that made this suck was, Butters was the one who attacked Dr. Oz, and he was the main victim of the bullying video, so shouldn't they be mad at him and not Stan? Stan was the one trying to make a difference, and Butters ruined it. For that matter, Butters doesn't get any punishment for it. If his parents had grounded him for the rest of his life, I would have had no problems with that whatsoever (most of his grounded moments have been bogus, but this was just awful). Additionally, I can't think of any real purpose that his grandmother actually served in the episode other than picking on Butters and stabbing him with forks with his parents unaware. And that brings me to another point, if Butters didn't like being picked on by her, then he should have been able to relate on Dr. Oz instead of not trying to help Stan at all.
  • Tropers/raidpirate823: "I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining" was the cherry on top of a horrible season 16A. The cut-away scenes to the boys interviews (which is another dethroning moment, seeing they appear to do this at least once a season now) and just do random screaming at random points so not only does that just scream "lazy writing" but it was so boring to watch. There's also the fact that this episode changes subject every two minutes. It starts with ziplining, then goes to complaining about horse back riding, then later to boat riding. If a quarter of the episode is nothing but exposition, you know it's bad. There's also that badly acted, mind-vomiting live action scene that featured very bad acting. If you were tired of the exposition by the end, guess what? That's exactly how the episode ends. Not to mention reusing an unfunny joke that was stupid in the previous episode was bad enough. The worst part about this whole episode? If you read the plot to the episode before seeing this episode about the boys getting lost would make you think of "ManBearPig" level epicness, only for it to go all kinds of wrong.
  • Monokuroma: Originally, my DTMOS was going to be, as mentioned above, "Creame Fraiche", but with the new season being one of my least favorite, I'll point out my least favorite episode. "Taming Strange". So, Kyle's brother, Ike, always seen as a genius with knowledge far beyond his years, and his whole gimmick being that essentially, he was still a baby. In this episode, however, Ike hits puberty (Canadian puberty which is far different than American puberty, and somehow happens to babies), causing him to be an annoying mix of an obnoxious teenage douchebag and his normal self, and talking in the most annoying Surfer Dude voice. Kyle takes Ike to go see a Yo Gabba Gabba stage show to reconnect with his brother, and while there, Ike experiences a change of hormones and sexually violates one of the characters. What the hell? Ike has always been one of the more intelligent characters on the show, and although he had his episodes of doing odd things (his Hot for Teacher phase, for one), he still remained one of my favorite characters, and now they utterly derail him? What follows is a parody of Miley Cyrus and her whole slut phase. I don't know if the status quo returned to normal or not by the end, as I got too fed up to continue, but I'm hoping that it did. Unfunny, derailing a character, and aiming for a target everyone and their mom has made a joke about by now.
  • AB No 4: "Ginger Cow" takes the cake for me. As someone who is fed up with Cartman vs. Kyle episodes, especially ones where Cartman is a Karma Houdini while Kyle spends the whole episode being the Butt Monkey, this one was particularly bad and felt like a new low. Too mean-spirited to be funny, nothing clever, original or creative with its jokes or social commentary on the Middle Eastern conflict and just plain depressing.
    • Shasarazade: I was just about to come on here and make an entry for this episode, but I see that you did it. The "eating farts" gag was just a stupid Overly-Long Gag. Everyone assumes that Kyle is being a dick for making the Heroic Sacrifice of eating said farts to preserve peace in the Middle East, and then Kyle apologizes for being a dick when he hadn't been acting like a dick at all. I also didn't get why Stan was such a dick to Kyle over what was happening, whereas in previous episodes if Kyle is depressed or is acting out of character, Stan bends over backwards to find out what's wrong with his best friend. The only reason I sat through and watched this whole episode was because I was waiting for Cartman to get his comeuppance at the end for kick-starting everything with his dumb prank and torturing Kyle the way he did. Cartman getting a Karma Houdini however is more expected of South Park. But it just left me angry. I wasn't entertained by this episode. I was just grossed out and pissed off.
    • ElegantVamp: Thirded on "Ginger Cow". And, Kyle being my favorite character just made this episode worse. It wasn't funny, it was mean-spirited for no reason, the fart "gags" got old really fast. I was waiting for Cartman to get some sort of karma for what he did, but, nope! All of this Cartman vs. Kyle nonsense is getting overdrawn. I don't understand why the writers just all of a sudden decide to treat Kyle as the show's Butt Monkey. Wasn't Butters supposed to fill that role? And even IF Butters was in Kyle's place, it still wouldn't have been funny. The only part of the episode I found entertaining and laughed out loud at is when all the religious symbols combined as Van Halen. I hated Cartman after he got away with what went down in the Scott Tenorman episode, but this is a new low. It really solidified my hatred for "Karma Houdini-Cartman", and makes me hope that someone will beat his ass into the ground, again, like Wendy in "Breast Cancer Show Ever".
      • MrJeperson: Fourthed on "Ginger Cow". I am sick and tired of Cartman becoming the ultimate Karma Houdini. I am also sick and tired of his casual abuse of poor Kyle. I have an increasing worry that Cartman is the writers' Mary Sue - they are never going to allow him to be seen as wrong by everybody else, let alone punished for his sheer deliberate douchiness, ever again.
      • Asger: Thank god I'm not the only person who loathes this episode, it completely blew "World War Zimmerman" out of the water as my Dethroning Moment. It was just the one same unfunny joke of Kyle eating farts for half the episode, and just when you think he's going to give Cartman a beatdown like the one he got from Wendy, it just fucking ends. Aside from Kyle calling his mom a fat skank, nothing good came from this episode.
    • DanTheEnigma Wait. There's others what hate this episode other than me?! Thank god. Anyway, there's nothing that can be said that hasn't already about this episode except for one little thing. At the end of the episode, the Jewish man who explained the prophecy of the Ginger Cow said that a little boy with a small dick would dress a cow like a Ginger person. Cartman would get off scot-free just because he said he had a big dick to the Jewish representatives (or whatever they were) when in-fact, in an earlier episode, it was actually confirmed that Cartman had the smallest dick of the 4th graders. Something Kyle was there for! So not only could Kyle have completely do what he set out to do in the first place, but he could've completely humiliated Cartman in the process. But the fact that the creators didn't do and just went with the "tried and true" "Cartman is a Karma Houdini" ending just made this a complete DMOS for me.
    • RedDragon1989: Wow, it appears that I am not alone in detesting this episode. "Ginger Cow" is without a doubt one of the biggest DMOS moments in the recent years of the show's run. And it certainly didn't help that Kyle is my favorite character. This is what happens in this episode: Kyle puts up with abuse from Cartman in order to maintain peace in the Middle East, and that's it basically. This is why it's a DMOS in my books. The "eating farts" gag got old very quickly, and not to mention that Cartman got away with his stupid prank and his torture of Kyle in the end. I didn't even think that the bit with Kyle insulting his mother was funny, because I have come to really like Sheila Broflovski following her Heel-Face Turn after the movie, and to see her son Kyle (who very dearly loves her) insult her like that, it's not funny, it's just cruel. Also, I am almost completely certain that Cartman can be considered a Creator's Pet. For one thing, he is both Parker and Stone's favorite character, and as a side effect, it seems as if the Karma Houdini-Cartman theme is becoming popular between them, meaning that they are never going to see him be punished for his horrid wrongdoings ever again. And lastly, like I said earlier, this episode was made worse by the fact that Kyle is my favorite character. The things that Cartman does to Kyle in this episode have cemented my hatred for Cartman, and it makes me feel even more sorry for Kyle, and it makes me hope that somebody will give Cartman a severe thrashing, just like Wendy did in "Breast Cancer Show Ever".
  • OZone I honestly loved season 17 of South Park even if it was slightly shorter than past ones. However, the season finale "The Hobbit" just bothers me. Basically, Wendy tries to show that using photoshop to make a girl look 'sexy' is unnatural just as Kim Kardashian supposedly does, but instead the guys instantly love the new girl because her picture depicts her as hot while she's unattractive in real life. Then all the girls and Mr. Mackey call her 'jelly' when she tries to call anyone out on thinking the altered pics are amazing. Maybe it was because it was following the epic "Black Friday" trilogy, but my problem is that there was no real ending and after all the crap she had to go through, Wendy basically just 'gives up' and alters her own picture to make herself look sexy too after Kanye West tells her a story about "The Hobbit/Kim". It was kind of sad to see her defeated like that, even if she isn't my favorite character in the series and soured the season finale to an otherwise epic season.
    • Luma: Indeed. While it was a pretty powerful episode, the backlash from it and the alternative interpretation have made me second-guess and wonder if Parker and Stone wanted us to sympathize with Wendy, or (as her haters claim) if they portrayed her as too ridiculous in her cause to have her ultimately defeated with no way out. It's a lot of food for thought. I wouldn't necessarily nominate the episode itself as the dethroning moment, although the reception and debates over it have definitely seemed to solidify Wendy's status as a base-breaking character some more. There are also those that note they didn't specifically show whether she hit "yes" or "no" for sending the picture, so that leaves even more up to interpretation. My thought is that they intended her to have sent it, but who knows? I'm guessing it'll be reset, but then, it's a long wait for the next season. It's definitely probably the most downer of the finales.

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  • tsstevens: For me it's watching some episodes after a interview with Parker and Stone where they suggest they "don't sit around and ask, okay who can we piss off?" Watching some of the episodes, bullshit they don't. Now that's not to say there are not good episodes but it's clear the show sets out to offend and/or gross out sometimes, it would be nice for the creators to come out and admit it rather than pretend it's not the case.
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