The Best of South Park's Christmas Songs
Fifteen years ago today, Comedy Central's hit South Park first aired its iconic "Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo" episode. Along with introducing the notion of "Christmas poo" into seasonal holiday conversations, it offered the first major glimpse of co-creator Trey Parker's song-writing capabilities. While he would go on to sweep the Tony Awards years later with The Book of Mormon, South Park's holiday specials gave Parker his first highly-seen platform to share his musical talents. To mark such a milestone, we're taking a look back at South Park's most memorable Christmas musical moments.
Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo
With "Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo" being the show's first episode to feature numerous songs, Parker, a student of classic musical theater, made sure each tune flushed out the characters and pushed forward the narrative. In a genuinely sweet moment, Kyle laments how isolating and trying it is to not be of the Christmas persuasion during the holidays. Along with being a key moment in developing the character, "A Jew On Christmas" works as a refreshing perspective during a typical television "everyone's in the spirit of Christmas" episode.
One year later, South Park decided to attempt making a real life Grinch/Scrooge-type character change his ways after feeling the warmth of the holidays in "Merry Christmas, Charlie Manson." The big closing musical number, "Happy Happy Happy Holidays" parodies the sudden realizations the once-curmudgeonly character goes through when imbued with the Christmas spirit. Airing at the height of the politically correct '90s, the song crescendos with Manson tagging on a "Happy Kwanzaa too" to its conclusion.