"Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics" is episode 46 of Comedy Central's animated television seriesSouth Park. An album of comedic holiday songs, some featured in the episode, and others exclusive to the album, or featured in other episodes, was released the week prior to the episode's original air date, December 1, 1999. In September 2008, Russian prosecutors filed a motion to ban the series based on complaints received about this episode.
The episode is styled as a variety show and features Mr. Hankey as the host; he sits by the fire in his sewer home and introduces shorts featuring unusual holiday songs. The episode was dedicated to Mary Kay Bergman, the voice of most of the female characters on the show, who committed suicide less than a month earlier. Since the episode features audio from the Christmas Classics album, which had been recorded months earlier, it marks the final episode in which Bergman's voice appears.
After every commercial break, a live action segment featuring a news anchor is shown, saying "Fighting the frizzies, at eleven." In the DVD commentary, Stone and Parker indicate this is a reference to a bootleg tape of Star Wars Holiday Special. The original tape featured a brief clip at the end from WCBS-TV featuring newscaster Rolland Smith informing viewers, "Fighting the frizzies, at eleven." However, while the original news ad was apparently referring to "frizzy" hair, the ending credits of this episode of South Park features the news anchor boxing a man in a giant fuzzy suit.
The album features more songs than the show. Additionally, some of those featured in the show are slightly different than the aired versions, due to content and running time. All songs are completely uncensored unlike the TV show version. Songs marked with an asterisk (*) are featured in other episodes of the series, and those marked with two (**) are not featured in the television series at all:
"Mr. Hankey, The Christmas Poo" – Cowboy Timmy – 2:16