South Park’s 10 Best Story Arcs

South Park is entering its nineteenth season this September, after a successful experiment with continuity and ongoing storylines last year. In Season 18, the boys noticed that their world didn’t always go back to normal the next week. In fact, everybody seemed to remember Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny’s misdeeds and shut them out. This shift in focus was warmly received. Max Nicholson of IGN stated: “South Park came into Season 18, guns blazing“.

But amidst all the social commentary and potty humor, it’s easy to miss the subtle character development, running gags and intricately written plot lines that have always existed in South Park. Series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have, in fact, crafted a rich and ridiculous world brimming with ever evolving storylines. While we wait for the new season to begin, why not check out our list of the best ongoing and one-off story arcs from the South Park universe?

The Goth Kids

Since their initial appearance in Season 7’s Raisins, we’ve watched the Goth kids develop from wooden stereotypes into complex characters capable of carrying their own episodes. Their self-identification as “goths”, and how that makes them different from their peers, is a common theme in their episodes.

Imaginationland Trilogy

The Imaginationland trilogy won an Emmy award for Outstanding Animated Program for One Hour or More, and it’s easy to see why. The trilogy is easily among the most creative and entertaining entries to the South Park universe.

After capturing a leprechaun, the boys are taken to a mysterious place called Imaginationland, where all imagination has become reality. Unfortunately, a group of terrorists attack its fanciful inhabitants, destroying a wall that kept all of the evil imaginary characters at bay. Worst of all, the adorably demented Christmas critters are among their ranks.