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The Best 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Episodes 

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List Rules Vote for your favorite SpongeBob SquarePants episodes.

For your next SpongeBob SquarePants marathon, you can start by putting all of the best and funniest SpongeBob episodes below in the queue. Sure it'll take weeks to get through this list of SpongeBob episodes (there are literally hundreds), but at least you'll be entertained! You may be asking, who determined these were the best SpongeBob episodes? Well, you'll be happy to know that SpongeBob fans voted these as the best! With some help from Patrick...

Unfortunately, fans of SpongeBob are extremely passionate about the show and there is often debate over which episodes are the best. With so many memorable episodes of the show, and so many great quotes over so many seasons, it's hard to trust just one person's opinion of what are the top SpongeBob SquarePants episodes of all time. That's why this list exists--so you can vote for your favorites and we can find out once and for all.

This classic Nickelodeon cartoon about the denizens of Bikini Bottom makes fans out of any generation who watches, no matter what their age. "Band Geeks" and "Chimps Ahoy" are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list. So what is the best SpongeBob SquarePants episode of all time? Look below and find out with this guide that shows the best moments, scenes, and videos. 

 

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Band Geeks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Episodes
Band Geeks Episode: 26, Season: SpongeBob SquarePants - Season 2

Original Airing: September 7, 2001

Season 2, Episode 26

Squidward enlists the aid of SpongeBob and the rest of Bikini Bottom to form a marching band to impress Squidward's old high school rival, Squilliam Fancyson.

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Pizza Delivery is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Episodes

Original Airing: August 14, 1999

Season 1, Episode 10

"Pizza Delivery" is the first segment of the fifth episode of the American animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants. The episode was written by Sherm Cohen, Aaron Springer, and ...more
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The Camping Episode is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Episodes
Darkchrome added The Camping Episode Episode: 34, Season: SpongeBob SquarePants - Season 3

Original Airing: April 3, 2004

Season 3, Episode 38

SpongeBob and Patrick decide to go camping for the weekend, they camp out in the backyard. Squidward lures a sea bear to the campsite by doing stuff that would allure a sea bear.
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Graveyard Shift is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Episodes
seelee added

Original Airing: September 6, 2002

Season 3, Episode 24

After Mr. Krabs decides to keep the Krusty Krab open 24 hours a day in a new scheme to get money, he tells Squidward and SpongeBob to do the night shift. Squidward tells SpongeBob the story of ...more
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Chocolate With Nuts is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Episodes
Episode: 19, Season: SpongeBob SquarePants - Season 3

Original Airing: June 1, 2002

Season 3, Episode 20

"Chocolate with Nuts" is the 12th episode of the third season, and the 52nd overall episode of American animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants. It is written by Paul Tibbitt, ...more
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The Idiot Box is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Episodes
seelee added Episode: 8, Season: SpongeBob SquarePants - Season 3

Original Airing: March 1, 2002

Season 3, Episode 8

SpongeBob and Patrick buy a big screen TV, just so they can use the box using imagination, while Squidward refuses to believe that they are using their imagination inside the box on account of ...more
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Wet Painters is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Episodes
Darkchrome added Episode: 17, Season: SpongeBob SquarePants - Season 3

Original Airing: May 10, 2002

Season 3, Episode 17

Mr. Krabs has SpongeBob and Patrick paint the inside of his house, with a strict rule not to get paint on anything besides the wall because the paint is permanent. But they accidentally spill ...more
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Club SpongeBob is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Episodes
Episode: 21, Season: SpongeBob SquarePants - Season 3

Original Airing: July 12, 2002

Season 3, Episode 22

SpongeBob and Patrick's club is too small for Squidward... literally. But Squidward forces his way in, "propelling" the clubhouse into the middle of nowhere.
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Frankendoodle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Episodes
Auron added Frankendoodle Episode: 4, Season: SpongeBob SquarePants - Season 3

Original Airing: January 21, 2002

Season 3, Episode 4

SpongeBob and Patrick find a magic pencil. When SpongeBob draws himself, it comes to life and causes chaos around Bikini Bottom. So now SpongeBob and Patrick must erase it before things go ...more
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Krusty Krab Training Vid... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Episodes
Episode: 18, Season: SpongeBob SquarePants - Season 3

Original Airing: May 10, 2002

Season 3, Episode 18

This episode is a training video for new employees of the Krusty Krab. The video goes over the basics of being an employee, such as: good hygiene, clean work area, being a good employee, and ...more
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Sailor Mouth is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Episodes
Episode: 27, Season: SpongeBob SquarePants - Season 2

Original Airing: Sep 21 2001

Season 2, Episode 27

Patrick's parents are coming over and Patrick doesn't want to look stupid, so he tells SpongeBob to be stupider than him.
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Just One Bite is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Episodes
Episode: 31, Season: SpongeBob SquarePants - Season 2

Original Airing: October 5, 2001

Season 2, Episode 31

Squidward takes his first bite of a Krabby Patty, and, although he tells SpongeBob he hates it, he loves it. He ends up trying to sneak one so SpongeBob won't find out he was lying.
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No Weenies Allowed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Episodes
Auron added

Original Airing: March 15, 2002

Season 3, Episode 11

Sandy and Spongebob line up at the Salty Spitoon, the toughest club in Bikini Bottom. Sandy gets in, but Spongebob gets kicked out since the club is too tough for him. Spongebob must find a way ...more
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Rock Bottom is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Episodes
Episode: 35, Season: SpongeBob SquarePants - Season 1

Original Airing: March 15, 2000

Season 1, Episode 35

SpongeBob and Patrick accidentally get on the wrong bus coming out of an amusement park called Glove World, and head for a city named Rock Bottom. When they get there, Patrick gets on a bus back ...more
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SB-129 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Episodes
Darkchrome added Episode: 28, Season: SpongeBob SquarePants - Season 1

Original Airing: December 31, 1999

Season 1, Episode 28

Squidward hides in the Krusty Krab inside a freezer, and SpongeBob and Patrick try to look for him, but he's trapped in a freezer for 2,000 years and travels through time, as he goes to the past ...more
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The Fry Cook Games is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Episodes
seelee added Episode: 30, Season: SpongeBob SquarePants - Season 2

Original Airing: September 28, 2001

Season 2, Episode 30

SpongeBob's representing the Krusty Krab in the Fast Food Olympics. Representing the Chum Bucket, his challenger...Patrick!
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Bubblestand is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Episodes
Episode: 4, Season: SpongeBob SquarePants - Season 1

Original Airing: July 17, 1999

Season 1, Episode 4

SpongeBob opens up a bubblestand offering bubbles and lessons for 25 cents, Patrick arrives. After Squidward hears them making noise by blowing bubbles, he comes out of his house and reprimands ...more
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Shanghaied is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Episodes
Episode: 19, Season: SpongeBob SquarePants - Season 2

Original Airing: Mar 09 2001

Season 2, Episode 22

When a giant anchor falls onto SpongeBob's house, Squidward, SpongeBob and Patrick decide to climb the anchor, and they find the boat of the Flying Dutchman and he imprisons them.
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Dying For Pie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Episodes
Darkchrome added Episode: 9, Season: SpongeBob SquarePants - Season 2

Original Airing: December 28, 2000

Season 2, Episode 10

It's employee brotherhood day and Squidward has nothing to give to SpongeBob, so he accidentally gives SpongeBob a pie bomb. Squidward spends the whole day with SpongeBob because SpongeBob only ...more
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Help Wanted is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Episodes
Episode: 1, Season: SpongeBob SquarePants - Season 1

Original Airing: May 1, 1999

Season 1, Episode 1

SpongeBob wants to work at the local restaurant, "The Krusty Krab," and with a little help from Patrick, is on his way. But Mr. Krabs and Squidward don't want him there. They send him ...more
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Survival of the Idiots ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Episodes
Darkchrome added Episode: 13, Season: SpongeBob SquarePants - Season 2

Original Airing: March 5, 2001

Season 2, Episode 14

 

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Christmas Who? is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Episodes
Darkchrome added Episode: 1, Season: SpongeBob SquarePants - Season 0

Original Airing: December 6, 2000

Season 2, Episode 9

Patchy the Pirate hosts the SpongeBob Christmas Special. In this half-hour special, Patchy tells the tale of how SpongeBob SquarePants brought Christmas to Bikini Bottom.
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One Krabs Trash is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Episodes
Darkchrome added One Krab's Trash Episode: 6, Season: SpongeBob SquarePants - Season 3

Original Airing: February 22, 2002

Season 3, Episode 6

Mr. Krabs opens up a "yard" sale, where SpongeBob buys a hat that was worth $1,000,000! He plans to get it back, but SpongeBob doesn't want to. So he tries to scare him with a paper ...more
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F.U.N. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Episodes
F.U.N. Episode: 21, Season: SpongeBob SquarePants - Season 1

Original Airing: September 18, 1999

Season 1, Episode 21

SpongeBob tries to be friends with Plankton, whom SpongeBob thinks is only evil because he's lonely and made fun of. But Mr. Krabs doesn't believe it. He knows Plankton is evil on the inside. He ...more
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Squid on Strike is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Episodes
Episode: 34, Season: SpongeBob SquarePants - Season 2

Original Airing: October 12, 2001

Season 2, Episode 33

After not getting their paycheck from Mr. Krabs and instead, getting a note that says they're being charged to breathe and other silly things, SpongeBob and Squidward decide to go on strike.