The 25 Greatest 'South Park' Moments – Updated

From singing poops to Scientologists – looking back on the hit Comedy Central show's most memorable (and memorably offensive) jokes

Cartman Gets an Anal Probe (Season 1, Episode 1)
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13. Cartman Gets an Anal Probe (Season 1, Episode 1)

In 1997, without a contract from Comedy Central, Trey Parker and Matt Stone capitalized on the success of their Christmas short involving Santa and Jesus battling over the holiday – it was a viral sensation before that was a thing, getting passed around Hollywood one VHS copy at a time. It's no exaggeration to say that the first season eventually turned the Colorado duo into first-rate social satirists and put the network on the map. And whereas most premieres would introduce us to a show's sense of humor gradually, Parker and Stone started right out of the gate with a foul-mouthed kid getting an alien anal probe. This was the one that started it all. BT
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