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The Best Seasons of 'SpongeBob SquarePants'  

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All the seasons of SpongeBob SquarePants have been great, but which seasons really stand out? After introducing viewers to SpongeBob, Patrick and their world under the sea in season one, the series expands its focus to the adventures of the other residents of Bikini Bottom in later seasons. Some of the most memorable episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants come from different seasons, so picking the top season isn't easy. To determine once and for all what the best seasons of SpongeBob SquarePants are, let's rank every SpongeBob SquarePants season from best to worst.

SpongeBob SquarePants is an animated comedy series that has aired on Nickelodeon since 1999. It was created by Stephen Hillenburg and features an all-star cast of voice actors including Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, and Rodger Bumpass.

Vote up your favorite seasons of SpongeBob SquarePants, and vote down any bad seasons that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you loved any individual episodes. It can be painful to put one SpongeBob SquarePants season over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many seasons you like.

SpongeBob SquarePants - ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Seasons of 'SpongeBob SquarePants'
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The first season of SpongeBob SquarePants premiered on May 1, 1999 and contains 20 episodes. This season introduces viewers to SpongeBob, Patrick and their world under the sea and was the only season to be produced using cel animation.

This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "Help Wanted," "Pizza Delivery" and "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II."

Memorable moments from Season one include:

  • SpongeBob becomes a Krusty Krab employee.
  • SpongeBob and Squidward get lost in the desert.
  • SpongeBob reaches "Rock Bottom."

Notable SpongeBob Season 1 guest appearances:

  • Ernest Borgnine and Tim Conway as Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy (episode 6a).
  • John O'Hurley as King Neptune (episode 19b).
  • Charles Nelson Reilly as the Dirty Bubble (episode 20b).
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SpongeBob SquarePants - ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Seasons of 'SpongeBob SquarePants'
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The second season of SpongeBob SquarePants premiered on November 2, 2000 and contains 20 episodes. This season finds SpongeBob and Patrick having more adventures in Bikini Bottom.

This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "Christmas Who?," "Band Geeks" and "Sailor Mouth."

Memorable moments from Season Two include:

  • SpongeBob learns the meaning of Christmas.
  • Squidward plays the Bubble Bowl.
  • SpongeBob works the late-shift.

Notable SpongeBob Season 2 guest appearances:

  • Corky Carroll as Grubby Grouper (episode 3b).
  • Marion Ross as Grandma SquarePants (episode 6a).
  • Charles Nelson Reilly as the Dirty Bubble (episode 20b).
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SpongeBob SquarePants - ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Seasons of 'SpongeBob SquarePants'
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The third season of SpongeBob SquarePants premiered on March 22, 2002 and contains 20 episodes. This season finds the gang defending the secret of the Krabby Patty secret formula.

This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "Chocolate with Nuts," "The Sponge Who Could Fly" and "Pranks a Lot."

Memorable moments from Season Three include:

  • SpongeBob throws a party.
  • SpongeBob and Patrick become entrepreneurs.
  • Patchy the Pirate finds a lost episode.

Notable SpongeBob Season 3 guest appearances:

  • Rodney Bingenheimer as DJ (episode 9a).
  • Lux Interior as lead Bird Brain (episode 11).
  • Frank Welker as Gorilla (episode 16b).
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SpongeBob SquarePants - ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Seasons of 'SpongeBob SquarePants'
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The seventh season of SpongeBob SquarePants premiered on July 19, 2009 and contains 26 episodes. This season found the show winning the Favorite Cartoon award at the 2010 Kids' Choice Awards.

This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "SpongeBob's Last Stand," "The Great Patty Caper" and "Perfect Chemistry."

Memorable moments from Season Seven include:

  • Pearl goes through a growth spurt.
  • SpongeBob goes a day without crying.
  • Squidward falls in love.

Notable SpongeBob Season 7 guest appearances:

  • Adam West and Burt Ward as young Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy (episode 9a).
  • Kristen Wiig as Madame Hagfish (episode 15a).
  • Amy Sedaris as Ma Angler (episode 16a).
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