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17 Times South Park Went There

Over the course of its first 16 seasons, South Park has crossed countless lines and dared to push the envelope in ways no other show has. As we look ahead to tonight's Season 17 premiere, join us for a look back at 17 of the most jaw-dropping moments in the show's history.

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1. Scott Tenorman Must Die

It's no question this is one of the most shocking episodes, but there's much debate over which sounds tastier: Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman chili or the tears of unfathomable sadness.

9. Medicinal Fried Chicken

Medical marijuana, Vatican sex scandals, health food preachiness, Scarface references, gargantuan scrotums; does this episode have everything? Does the pope sh*t in the woods?

11. With Apologies to Jesse Jackson

In the commentary for this episode, Matt Stone described one of the main ideas behind it as, "if there was a word as hateful as the n-word is... if there was a word like that against white people, white people would make it illegal."

13. The Death Camp of Tolerance

It would have been startling enough to just have Mr. Slave put a gerbil up his ass, but following Lemmiwinks' epic journey through his digestive system elevated the outrageousness into the stratosphere.

14. Raising the Bar

This episode was as bold in its sendup of lowest-common-denominator entertainment as it was for its earnest introspection. And it goes great with sketty 'n' butter.

17. Cartoon Wars

In a way, every episode of South Park is about free speech, but probably none more so than this two-parter that also features another very valuable lesson: never compare Cartman to Family Guy.

Where will Matt and Trey go next? Tune-in to South Park's Season 17 premiere tonight -- Wednesday, September 25 at 10/9c -- to find out.

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