South Park's Starry 200th Bash

I imagine that, upon completion of the script for "200," the door to the South Park writers' room opened and released a pot-cloud that rivaled the haze of even the most irie reggae festivals. Because "200," South Park's 200th episode, was a glorious mish-mash of South Park moments that seemed as if they were delivered from outer space.

Don't get me wrong, I giggled like a schoolgirl, but man—was it all over the place. An army of ginger-haired kids, a censored image of Muhammad, and the mystery of Cartman's re-un-revealed... it all amounted to what was a half-hour of pure insane fun and references to South Park past.

(Haven't seen it yet? Watch "200" for free at southparkstudios.com.)

"200" was by no means one of South Park's top ten episodes of all time, but in true South Park style, it served as a reward for diehard fans. It was as if a dozen episodes of the show were chewed up and excreted into one messy pile, and in a lot of ways it didn't work. But that was the point. "200" was supposed to be outrageous and ridonkulous, and it was. And in that sense, it was exactly what Trey Parker and Matt Stone were going for: something so far-fetched and outlandish that only those two could pull it off and not anger fans.

The big hoopla surrounding the episode focused on the appearance of every single celebrity South Park has ever attacked, and indeed, it was the most star-studded unauthorized television episode ever. Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise, Tiger Woods, Russell Crowe, Sally Struthers, Rob Reiner... they were all there. And they all joined up in a class-action lawsuit to sue South Park (the town, not the show... not that it would have mattered).

"200" reminded us just how much South Park excels at cutting down celebrities like the Brazilian rain forests, not to mention the sheer number of great burns the show has come up with over the years. Here, in no particular order, are my favorites:

Michael Jackson ("The Jeffersons," "Dead Celebrities"): Normally South Park takes a few liberties with its celebrity spoofs, but MJ provides enough material that Trey and Matt didn't have to stretch too hard for this one. Jackson was portrayed as a fun-loving Peter Pan, with a ghoulish face that was falling apart.

Tom Cruise ("Trapped in the Closet"): One of South Park's most celebrated celebrity episodes, Cruise (along with R. Kelly and John Travolta) was strung up for his support of Scientology. Cruise was also instrumental in "200."

Kanye West ("Gay Fish"): The rapper's planet-sized ego was the focus of this episode, which had Kanye trying to figure out a joke about fish sticks.

Britney Spears ("Britney's New Look"): Britney Spears blew off part of her head with a shotgun and was the target of a planned human sacrifice.

Paris Hilton ("Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset"): Paris' faux-lebrity was mocked, as were her, uh, "loose morals," with Paris sticking things into her cavernous hoo-ha.

Barbara Streisand ("Mecha-Streisand"): The singer was transformed into a gigantic robot-beast a la Mecha-Godzilla. She was also a curse word in South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut.

Ben Affleck/Jennifer Lopez ("Fat Butt and Pancake Head"): Cartman's hand became Jennifer Lopez, and Ben Affleck fell in love with it. The scene in which Cartman's hand/Jennifer "pleasured" Affleck is one for the ages.

Mel Gibson ("The Passion of the Jew"): Following Gibson's megalomaniacal spree, he was portrayed on the show as a lunatic.

Sally Struthers ("Starvin' Marvin in Space"): In one of South Park's cruelest bits, Struthers was likened to Jabba the Hutt. So wrong, but so funny.

Rob Reiner ("Butt Out"): The director was depicted as an over-eating anti-smoking advocate, mowing down cheeseburgers and other fatty foods in pretty much every scene.

Martha Stewart ("Red Hot Catholic Love"): Martha Stewart, adorable little homemaker she is, ended up eating with her butt and pooping out of her mouth. Wonderful!

Which South Park celebrity burn is your favorite? What did you think of "200"?


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yup yup it is, check out www.Southparkstudios.co.uk for info in UK of the next episode!
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hey is there going t be a second part to this? I've looked around and no one seems to be saying a thing asbout it.
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After a mediocre season it ended with a bang.
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"My uncle says smokin' crack's kinda cool!" -South Park. What episode was that quote from? Anyone?
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i loved this ep 10/10 its the best i have seen in soo long. matt and trey must've worked really hard in this ep since they got alot of fan stuff on there 200 website and alot of nice comments. micheal jackson is probably my fave burn cause he was soo funny in the jeffersons when his face fell off. Trey does a good impression of MJ. Congraulations for making such an awesome ep and getting this far matt and trey. keep making south park don't quit now.
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It was definitely one of the best episodes I've ever seen of South Park. Really rewarding for having watched all those episodes. Awesome.
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The best thing on TV for a long time. In the age of tea parties and Palin, thank god for smart entertainment. South Park rules.
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1 word: "Awesome".
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I think my favorite bit was the return of Mr. Hat, having a one on one with Cartman's own hand puppet.
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Not my favourite, but I love that Mecha-Streisand was back with upgrades! Just hilarious what these guys come up with. My favourite episode would have to be the one with Whale Hunters and Cartman singing poker face lol...just typing it makes me laugh. The other fav would be when Butter\'s was a pimp. Now that\'s a good bottom (insert curse word for female dog)
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The last 3 minutes was pure epic south park awesomeness. In my top ten for sure - I never seem to agree with the tv.com writing staff.
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it was superbly amazing, only south park could pull it off for a long time while retaining that fun, serious, comedic style since the begining. gets you pumped up every time with new episode. shows how much south park has evolved over the years. well, we only have more two seasons of SP, might as well take the time to enjoy it.
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Great episode :)
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This is Palin's "real America"!!!
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I like their rips on Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael Jackson, and Kanye West.

The episode was pretty good, can't wait to see what happens next.
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I wonder who the f wanted Mohamed in this episode. Do they really want that those islamic extremists slash their throats. That was a kill me i dont care episode. But I loved every minute of it, It was awesome from a get go. But I had to say that I missed Hasselhoffs hace that was used on mr Garison back in season 2 when he get a nose job.
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EPIC
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This was a truly great one. Wonderfully done though I agree it was a little over the place.
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Already one of my favourite episodes. Yes the episode was a bit out of control with the story but lets be honest when has a South Park story line ever made sense.
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