7. "Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery," South Park
Air Date: 10/27/99
Pirate ghosts, (alleged) necrophilia, Korn behaving like the Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine gang, and a life-sized Antonio Banderas sex doll. On paper this sounds like the most scattered episode of television ever. Most series wouldn't be able to pull it all together, but then most series are not South Park, which at its best combines random, disparate cultural gags and weaves them together seamlessly.
Never mind why the band Korn would decide to investigate pirate ghosts, or why Kyle would be OK with Cartman digging up his dead grandmother to get revenge on some fifth gradersâ€”it works and it's damn funny. (And proves that we might actually watch a series that followed Korn around the country, touring by day, solving supernatural mysteries by night.)