TV Episodes 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, 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, 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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Jun 01 2002 "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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1,451 220
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"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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1,353 239
The Camping Episode is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes
Darkchrome added Apr 03 2004 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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1,181 200
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seelee added Sep 06 2002 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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1,044 212
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seelee added Mar 01 2002 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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1,001 299
Frankendoodle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes
Auron added Jan 21 2002 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

8
836 207
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Auron added Mar 15 2002 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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822 163
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Jul 12 2002 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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860 197
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Oct 05 2001 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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895 249
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May 10 2002 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

12
690 167
Wet Painters is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes
Darkchrome added May 10 2002 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

13
739 189
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Sep 21 2001 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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619 153
SB-129 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes
Darkchrome added Dec 31 1999 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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567 109
Survival of the Idiots is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes
Darkchrome added Mar 05 2001 Despite Sandy's warning, SpongeBob and Patrick sneak into her treedome, during a terrible snowstorm and since the doorknob is frozen, SpongeBob and Patrick realize they have to wait until ...more

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463 93
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F.U.N. Sep 18 1999 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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552 117
Bubblestand is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes
Jul 17 1999 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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667 158
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seelee added Sep 28 2001 SpongeBob's representing the Krusty Krab in the Fast Food Olympics. Representing the Chum Bucket, his challenger...Patrick!

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559 162
One Krabs Trash is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes
Darkchrome added Feb 22 2002 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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605 126
Rock Bottom is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes
Mar 15 2000 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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538 162
Ripped Pants is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes
Jul 17 1999 After Larry asks Sandy if she wants to go lift weights, SpongeBob feels left out, but decides to go with them. After bending down to pick up the "weight" SpongeBob accidentally rips ...more

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389 97
Christmas Who? is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes
Darkchrome added Dec 06 2000 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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500 87
Shanghaied is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes
Mar 09 2001 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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490 117
Dying For Pie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes
Darkchrome added Dec 28 2000 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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404 113
Something Smells is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes
seelee added Oct 26 2000 SpongeBob eats a peanut onion sundae and acquires a hideous case of bad breath. And he can't quite understand why everyone runs away from him whenever he talks to them.

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435 132
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May 01 1999 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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364 83
Squid on Strike is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes
Oct 12 2001 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.

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397 78
Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes
Darkchrome added Jun 01 2002 After being treated too much like a child by everyone, Barnacle Boy quits being a superhero and decides to be a supervillain and joins Man Ray and The Dirty Bubble. The three form the group ...more

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401 83
Squidville is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes
Darkchrome added Nov 27 2000 Squidward is fed up with living next to Spongebob and Patrick, so he finds new neighbors who are more like himself. But then he begins to get bored and begins playing with a reef blower and ...more

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403 107
Jellyfishing is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes
Jul 31 1999 SpongeBob and Patrick want to include Squidward in their jellyfishing fun, but Squid brushes them off only to be stung by a jellyfish while riding his bike! After Squidward returns from the ...more

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415 116
The Secret Box is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes
seelee added Sep 07 2001 Patrick keeps a small box everywhere he goes, and refuses to tell SpongeBob what's in it. Curiosity eventually gets the better of our spongy hero, as he decides to try and sneak a peek while ...more

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409 99
Life of Crime is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes
May 05 2001 SpongeBob and Patrick find out that you can borrow anything without permission as long as you return it, or that's what wise Mr. Krabs says. SpongeBob and Patrick want a balloon, but neither one ...more

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352 66
Arrgh! is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes
Mar 15 2000 SpongeBob and Patrick play a pirate board game based on a real treasure map. Mr. Krabs joins in and wins a bunch of times in a row. The next day, Mr. Krabs takes the two boys on a treasure hunt, ...more

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351 108
Hooky is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes
seelee added Apr 08 2000 Mr. Krabs wants to make more money, and Squidward suggests a talent show. Everyone is invited, including SpongeBob's parents, and Squidward thinks he will be the best act. He even tries to make ...more

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338 83
SpongeBob Meets the Strangler is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes
Darkchrome added Oct 11 2004 SpongeBob Meets the Strangler: SpongeBob goes on his early litter patrol when he catches The Strangler. After he calls the police, The Strangler (disguised with a fake mustache) decides to be ...more

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324 89
Procrastination is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes
Darkchrome added Nov 30 2001 SpongeBob has a hard essay. But he's trying to find things to distract himself from doing the essay. Then he dozes off and has a scary dream.

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308 71
Squilliam Returns is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes
seelee added Mar 15 2002 Squidward's old school rival, Squilliam, returns to Bikini Bottom to brag to Squidward. Squidward tells Squilliam that he owns a five star restaurant to get him to stop. Squidward must get ...more

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307 90
Sleepy Time is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes
Jan 17 2000 SpongeBob discovers what all his friends are dreaming about, every time he enters a dream he ruins there dream and in the end everyone comes to his house and tells him to stop messing with there ...more

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Nasty Patty Mar 01 2002 A health inspector shows up at the Krusty Krab, and while he is there, SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs see the news about a guy passing himself off as a health inspector to get free food. Mr. Krabs is ...more

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341 99
Krusty Towers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes
Darkchrome added Apr 01 2006 After Mr. Krab's gets a huge hotel bill he decides that he can make a profit from opening his own. When Patrick decides to visit the hotel Mr. Krabs demands Squidward to never deny a guest even ...more

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242 62
The Algae's Always Greener is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes
Darkchrome added Mar 22 2002 Plankton invents a machine enabling him to switch lives with Mr. Krabs. He then finds out that Mr. Krab's life isn't as good as it seems

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260 63
Imitation Krabs is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes
Darkchrome added Dec 28 2000 In another attempt to steal the Krabby Patty formula, Plankton makes a robot that looks just like Mr. Krabs. But in order to get the formula, he will have to do some odd things as part of the ...more

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266 72
Can You Spare a Dime? is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes
Darkchrome added Mar 08 2002 Squidward quits his job because Mr. Krabs accuses him of stealing his first dime he ever made. Squidward ends up on the street only to find himself being waited on hand and foot by SpongeBob ...more

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288 111
The Bully is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes
seelee added Oct 05 2001 At boating school, a new student shows up, but he says he's gonna kick SpongeBob's butt! This makes life miserable for poor SpongeBob, who is trying to figure out how to protect himself.

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294 78
Pressure is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes
Pressure Sponegobob goes on land

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241 51
Pranks A Lot is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes
Oct 11 2004 SpongeBob and Patrick buy a prank called Invisible Spray. After taunting each other with the spray, they run out and decide to haunt Bikini Bottom while being invisible, preferably being ghosts. ...more

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272 66
Clams is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes
Sep 20 2002 In celebration for Mr. Krabs' one millionth dollar, he takes Squidward and SpongeBob on a fishing trip. But a giant clam snatches Mr. Krabs' precious dollar. How will he get it back?

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MWE&more added Pickles Aug 21 1999

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273 80
Skill Crane is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes
May 20 2005 Mr. Krabs gets a new toy vender by the name of "Skill Crane." At first, Squidward doesn't like it, but when Mr. Krabs lets him and SpongeBob give it a try, Squidward becomes obsessed ...more

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188 47
Plankton's Army is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes
Darkchrome added Plankton's Army Jan 19 2004 It's the 25th anniversary of Plankton's first attempt to steal the Krabby Patty Secret Formula, and Plankton is lurking around for another attempt, his relatives.