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References by Episode

Click on the title to see the entry in the episode guide.
Click on the links below the title for entries in the Internet Movie Database.
In some cases, I give a link to a film version of a book or play along with a comment on why I chose that particular version. In other cases, a reference is to the film itself, and no note is given.

Entries with the logo next to it also have reviews at or were once a Video Pick of the Week. Click on the logo to see for yourself.

Episode 101: Cartman Gets an Anal Probe
I Love to Singa (1936)
"Sanford and Son" (1972)

Episode 102: Weight Gain 4000
Sweet Charity (1969)
Psycho (1960)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Return of the Jedi (1983)
"Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?" (1969)
"Geraldo" (1987)

Episode 103: Volcano
Stop, Drop, and Roll - educational film
"Inside Edition" (1996)
"Rescue 911" (1989)
"Entertainment Tonight" (1981)
"Step by Step" (1991)
Duck and Cover - educational film

Episode 104: Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride
Great Expectations (1946) - this is the David Lean version (which is much better than the 1998 version, despite my undying love for Gwyneth Paltrow) of Charles Dickens' classic novel. The character of Pip is based on the main character in this book. Future appearances of Pip will not have references listed for those episodes.
"Simon & Simon" (1981)
It's a Small World

Episode 105: An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig
The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) - the character of Mephesto is based on Marlon Brando's portrayal of H.G. Wells' mad scientist. Future appearances of Mephesto (and his little friend, Kevin) will not have references listed for those episodes.
"The X-Files" (1993)
Babe (1995) - NOTE: this particular reference (at the very end of the episode) is, in my opinion, the funniest reference ever on "South Park" -- especially if you have recently watched this movie.

Episode 106: Death
"Full House" (1987)
"She's the Sheriff" (1987)

Episode 107: Pink Eye
Star Wars (1977)
"Howdy Doody" (1947)
The Seven Year Itch (1955)
Return of the Jedi (1983)
"Family Ties" (1982)
Pippi Longstocking (1949) - first film based on the Astrid Lindgren novel
Dracula (1931)
Michael Jackson's Thriller (1983) - music video

Episode 109: Starvin' Marvin
"Full House" (1987)
A Christmas Carol (1938) - my favorite film version of Dickens' story, directed by Edwin L. Marin and starring Reginald Owen
Braveheart (1995)
Matthew 27:46

Episode 110: Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo
This episode satirizes countless Christmas special clichés, but the general form of the show is similar to A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Episode 108: Damien
The Omen (1976)
"Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" (1993)
Rocky (1976)
Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

Episode 111: Tom's Rhinoplasty
"Ellen" (1994)
"21 Jump Street" (1987)
Contact (1997)
Grease (1978)

Episode 112: Mecha-Streisand
Yentl (1983)
My Fair Lady (1964)
Gojira tai Mekagojira (1974) - aka Godzilla vs. Mecha-Godzilla
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Mosura (1961) - aka Mothra
Daikaijű Gamera (1965) - aka Gamera

Episode 113: Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut
Titanic (1997)
"America's Funniest Home Videos" (1990)
"Full House" (1987)

Episode 201: Terrance and Phillip in "Not Without My Anus"
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
"The Jerry Springer Show" (1991)

Episode 202: Cartman's Mom is Still a Dirty Slut
"America's Most Wanted" (1988)
"ER" (1994)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
"Quincy" (1976)

Episode 204: Ike's Wee-Wee
"Teletubbies" (1997)
"The Simpsons" (1989)
"The A-Team" (1983)
Return of the Jedi (1983)

Episode 203: Chickenlover
"Cops" (1989)
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1979) - the first cartoon based on C.S. Lewis' novel
Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand

Episode 205: Conjoined Fetus Lady
"The Monkees" (1966)
Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
"The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962)

Episode 206: The Mexican Staring Frog of Southern Sri Lanka
Titanic (1997)
"Gilligan's Island" (1964)
"The Brady Bunch" (1969)
Jerry Springer: Too Hot for TV! (1997)
"The Jerry Springer Show" (1991)
The Outsiders (1983) - the Francis Ford Coppola film based on S.E. Hinton's novel. Watch this film for early performances by C. Thomas Howell, Ralph Macchio, Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon, Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez, and Diane Lane. Ironically, the biggest star in this movie, at the time, was Leif Garrett.
"The Montel Williams Show" (1991)

Episode 207: City on the Edge of Forever
"Star Trek" (1966)
"Barney & Friends" (1992)
"Fantasy Island" (1998) - Cartman says that he's going to miss "the new 'Fantasy Island.'" I don't know if this is just a joke or if the writers knew about this new series that would premier that fall.
"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992)
"Happy Days" (1974)
"Barnaby Jones" (1973) - there is definitely no "New Barnaby Jones"

Episode 208: Summer Sucks
Frosty the Snowman (1969)
"Lamb Chop's Play-Along" (1992)
Titanic (1997)
"Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist" (1995)

Episode 209: Chef's Salty Chocolate Balls
Godzilla (1998)
Independence Day (1996)
Free Willy (1993)
The Phantom of the Opera, musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart, and Richard Stilgoe
Philadelphia (1993)
Return of the Jedi (1983)
Frosty the Snowman (1969)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Fantasia (1940)

Episode 210: Chickenpox
"Family Matters" (1989)
Return of the Jedi (1983)
"The Monkees" (1966)

Episode 211: Roger Ebert Should Lay Off the Fatty Foods
"Barnaby Jones" (1973)
"Night Court" (1984)
"Siskel & Ebert" (1986)
Footloose (1984)
"Star Trek" (1966)

Episode 212: Clubhouses
"Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids" (1972)
Return of the Jedi (1983)
"The Love Boat" (1977)
"The Love Boat: The Next Wave" (1998)
"American Gladiators" (1989)

Episode 213: Cow Days
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Episode 214: Chef Aid
Fatal Attraction (1987)
Return of the Jedi (1983)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

Episode 215: Spooky Fish
"Star Trek" (1966)
Poltergeist (1982)
The Bad Seed (1956)

Episode 216: Merry Christmas Charlie Manson!
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Gone with the Wind (1939)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1944)
A Christmas Carol (1938)
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Episode 217: Gnomes
"Medical Center" (1969)
"Everybody Loves Raymond" (1996)

Episode 218: Prehistoric Ice Man
"Crocodile Hunter" (1996)
Encino Man (1992)
Grease (1978)
Fargo (1996)
Independence Day (1996)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
"The Six Million Dollar Man" (1974)

Episode 301: Rainforest Schmainforest
King Kong (1933)

Episode 302: Spontaneous Combustion
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
"Josie and the Pussycats" (1970)

Episode 303: Chef's Mama (a.k.a. "Succubus")
Kama Sutra
Jerry Maguire (1996)
"The Facts of Life" (1979)

Episode 305: Jakovasaurs
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

Episode 304: Tweek vs. Craig
The flashbacks were reminiscent of The Fisher King (1991), but I think it is closer to a different film that I can't quite recall.

South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Oklahoma! (1955)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Dr. No (1962)
"ER" (1994)
"Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993)
The Blue Lagoon (1980)
Titanic (1997)
Return of the Jedi (1983)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
Les Misérables - musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg
Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus by John Gray
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Patton (1970)
"Barney & Friends" (1992)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

Episode 306: Sexual Harassment Panda
"Judge Judy" (1996)

Episode 307: Cat Orgy
Wild Wild West (1999)
Aliens (1986)
"Friends" (1994/I)
Star Wars (1977)

Episode 308: Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub
"Charlie's Angels" (1976)
The subplot about sexual experimentation is supposedly inspired by Eyes Wide Shut (1999), but I don't think they got a chance to see the film before writing this episode. There are no direct references.

Episode 309: Jewbilee
Genesis 16-22
Tron (1982)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Episode 312: Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery
"Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?" (1969)
RoboCop (1987)
Star Wars (1977)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Episode 310: Chinpoko Mon
"Pokémon" (1998)
"Battle of the Network Stars" (recurring TV special)
Independence Day (1996)

Episode 313: Hooked on Monkey Phonics
The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976)
Forbidden Planet (1956)

Episode 311: Starvin' Marvin in Space
"The Greatest American Hero" (1981)
Return of the Jedi (1983)
"The 700 Club" (1966)
"Star Trek" (1966)

Episode 314: The Red Badge of Gayness
There are no definite references, but certain scenes are similar to Ken Burns' documentary mini-series "The Civil War" (1990). Of course, the title of the episode is in reference to Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage, but there are no references to the book in the episode itself.

Episode 315: Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1944)
Frosty the Snowman (1969)
"Friends" (1994/I)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Episode 316: Are You There God? It's Me, Jesus
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume

Episode 317: Worldwide Recorder Concert
"Chicago Hope" (1994)
Bye Bye Birdie (1963) - George Sidney's original film of the Strouse/Stewart musical
Peter Pan (1953) - Disney's animated feature based on J.M. Barrie's play

Episode 402: The Tooth Fairy's TATS 2000
Peter Pan (1953)
The Untouchables (1987)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Episode 401: Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000
American History X (1998)
Les Misérables (1935) - My favorite film version of Victor Hugo's novel.
Blade Runner (1982)
Romper Stomper (1992)
"Animaniacs" (1993)

Episode 404: TIMMY! 2000
The Great Gatsby (1926) - the first film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel
A Farewell to Arms (1932) - the first film version of Ernest Hemingway's novel
"Charlie Rose" (PBS news program, not listed in the IMDb)
"Monty Python's Flying Circus" (1969)
"MTV News" (news program for those with an attention span too short for PBS)
Tarzan (1999)

Episode 403: Quintuplets 2000
Cirque du Soleil
"The Oprah Winfrey Show" (1986)

Episode 406: Cartman Joins NAMBLA
"A&E Investigative Reports with Bill Curtis" (not listed in the IMDb)
Kama Sutra

Episode 407: Cherokee Hair Tampons
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Valley of the Dolls (1967) - the first film version of Jacqueline Susann's novel

Episode 408: Chef Goes Nanners
"Sesame Street" (1969)

Episode 409: Something You Can Do With Your Finger

Episode 410: Do the Handicapped Go to Hell?
Psalm 46
South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut (1999) - The first reference in the show to the movie. In this case, concerning the relationship between Saddam and Satan.
Mark 14:22
Cannery Row (1982)
Matthew 25:41
Ezekiel 5:10

Episode 411: Probably
"Happy Days" (1974)
Matthew 15:11

Episode 412: 4th Grade
Speed (1994)
Huckleberry Finn (1920) - the first film version of Mark Twain's novel
"Star Trek" (1966)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
A Christmas Carol (1938)
"Battlestar Galactica" (1978)

Episode 413: Trapper Keeper
"Dawson's Creek" (1998)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Akira (1988)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

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