South Park (season 8)

The eighth season of South Park, an American animated television series created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, began airing on March 17, 2004.[1] The eighth season concluded after 14 episodes on December 15, 2004, and was written and directed by Trey Parker. The season deals with various topics that were relevant at the time of release. The episodes portray a spectrum of topics, from the effect of large scale retail corporations to immigration.

South Park
Season 8
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes14
Original networkComedy Central
Original releaseMarch 17 (2004-03-17) –
December 15, 2004 (2004-12-15)
Season chronology
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List of episodes

This is the first season to feature April Stewart as the majority of female characters instead of Eliza Schneider, who departed from the show due to a contract dispute.

Production historyEdit

On the DVD commentary for the episode "Cartman's Incredible Gift," series co-creator Trey Parker referred to the eighth season as "the year from hell," due to the grueling work schedule under which he and co-creator Matt Stone worked on both the series and their feature film Team America: World Police.[2]


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [3]Prod.
US viewers
1121"Good Times with Weapons"Trey ParkerTrey ParkerMarch 17, 2004 (2004-03-17)8013.31[4]
The boys buy Japanese weapons at a fair and imagine themselves as anime characters, but when Kenny injures Butters in his Professor Chaos guise with a throwing star, they must rush to get him medical attention without being caught.
1132"Up the Down Steroid"Trey ParkerTrey ParkerMarch 24, 2004 (2004-03-24)8033.64[4]
Jimmy uses steroids to cheat in the Special Olympics and Cartman disguises himself as a child with a developmental disability in order to enter.
1143"The Passion of the Jew"Trey ParkerTrey ParkerMarch 31, 2004 (2004-03-31)8044.43[5]
Kyle finally sees Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ and is convinced that Cartman was right about his Jewish deicide claims. Stan and Kenny also see the movie and hate it, prompting them to head to Malibu to retrieve their ticket money from Mel Gibson himself.
1154"You Got F'd in the A"
Trey ParkerTrey ParkerApril 7, 2004 (2004-04-07)8053.96[6]
In this spoof of You Got Served, Stan recruits a Raisins girl, a Goth, and a Dance Dance Revolution master to compete against a group of breakdancers from Orange County. Butters is discovered to be a good dancer, but he has flashbacks of causing death and mayhem at a tap dancing contest.
1165"Awesom-O"Trey ParkerTrey ParkerApril 14, 2004 (2004-04-14)8023.81[4]
Butters befriends a robot (actually Cartman in disguise) he receives in the mail and takes him to Hollywood, where movie execs want him for film ideas, over 800 of which star Adam Sandler. The government pursues Cartman for national security reasons.
1176"The Jeffersons"Trey ParkerTrey ParkerApril 21, 2004 (2004-04-21)8074.23[4]
A mysterious and very eccentric new neighbor named Michael Jefferson moves into town with his sheltered son, sparking fears that he is an unfit parent, and the police scheme to frame him for crimes he didn't commit. Meanwhile, Kyle begins to worry for the man's son, who is being neglected by his father.
1187"Goobacks"Trey ParkerTrey ParkerApril 28, 2004 (2004-04-28)8062.79[4]
The townsfolk becomes angry when immigrants from the year 3045 arrive and take the residents' jobs for lower wages.
1198"Douche and Turd"Trey ParkerTrey ParkerOctober 27, 2004 (2004-10-27)8082.91[4]
Stan is forced to vote in an election for the school's new mascot after the old one is protested against by PETA.
1209"Something Wall-Mart This Way Comes"Trey ParkerTrey ParkerNovember 3, 2004 (2004-11-03)8093.05[4]
When a Wall-Mart store comes to South Park, the townsfolk are torn between their love of the store's low prices, and their anti-corporate hatred of the retail giant which has reduced their local business center into an abandoned ghost town.
12110"Pre-School"Trey ParkerTrey ParkerNovember 10, 2004 (2004-11-10)8103.26[4]
A bully from the boys' past is paroled from juvenile hall, which sends them into hiding.
12211"Quest for Ratings"Trey ParkerTrey ParkerNovember 17, 2004 (2004-11-17)8113.20[4]
The boys' school news show is in competition against a rival television program created by Craig.
12312"Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset"Trey ParkerTrey ParkerDecember 1, 2004 (2004-12-01)8123.14[4]
Wendy feels left out when all the fourth-grade girls start emulating the slutty antics of Paris Hilton, who tries to buy Butters from his parents.
12413"Cartman's Incredible Gift"Trey ParkerTrey ParkerDecember 8, 2004 (2004-12-08)8132.66[4]
Cartman thinks that he has gained paranormal powers after getting in an accident, and abuses them to become a psychic detective for hire.
12514"Woodland Critter Christmas"Trey ParkerTrey ParkerDecember 15, 2004 (2004-12-15)8142.58[4]
In the show's final Christmas episode for a decade, Stan helps the woodland animals build a manger for the birth of their Lord.


  1. ^ "South Park Episode Guide (seasons 6, 7 and 8)". MSN. Archived from the original on 2009-04-15. Retrieved 2009-03-14.
  2. ^ Hicks, Jesse (December 10, 2006). "South Park: The Complete Eighth Season" Archived 2017-07-06 at the Wayback Machine. PopMatters.
  3. ^ "Watch South Park Episodes Online Season 8 (2004)". TV Guide. Archived from the original on August 13, 2019. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "South Park (Comedy Central): Ratings Recap". January 23, 2021. Retrieved January 27, 2023.
  5. ^ "Nickelodeon Slimes Cable Ratings Competition". Zap2it. April 8, 2004. Archived from the original on April 9, 2004.
  6. ^ Vasquez, Diego (March 14, 2004). "Fox's 'Swan,' no ugly ducking". Media Life Magazine. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved July 9, 2015.

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