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The 10 Most Iconic SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes, Ranked

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by Stephen Hillenburg Sponge Bob SquarePants has been entertaining audiences since 1999. The gripping humor and quirky nature of the series attracts most anime fans, especially those who grew up watching animation. Previous seasons laid the foundation for a successful franchise, paving the way for some memorable episodes.

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SpongebobThe early episodes of the series stuck with massive audiences, which makes the series nostalgic for most people. Several memes have also kept popular segments alive by using screenshots of funny moments and character facial expressions to back up the jokes. Throughout the show’s 13 seasons, a few episodes stand out above the rest.

ten Plankton befriends Spongebob in “FUN”


SpongeBob teaches Plankton about fun

The Season 1 segment begins with Plankton attempting to steal a Krabby Patty. After SpongeBob foils his cunning plan, he feels sorry for the microscopic organism’s lack of friendship and invites him to engage in fun activities. Plankton has no understanding of fun, so SpongeBob sings the famous song “FUN” which makes this episode unforgettable.

Plankton befriends the protagonist, tricking SpongeBob and the audience into thinking they will become great friends. Sure, Mr. Krabs sees through this ruse, but “FUN” is one of the first times Plankton’s elaborate plans don’t go as planned.

9 Spongebob applies to become a cook in ‘Help Wanted’


Sponge Bob SquarePants "Ask for help"

Fans who have been around since the beginning will remember “Help Wanted”. SpongeBob imagines his chance to become a fry cook for The Krusty Krab and confidently inquires about the position at the restaurant.

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SpongeBob is then sent in pursuit of the wild goose when Mr. Krabs and Squidward task him with searching for a “hydrodynamic spatula with port and starboard attachments and a turbocharger.” SpongeBob manages to find the unique cooking utensil and saves the day after cooking up a storm for a horde of hungry anchovies. Naturally, this impressive display leads to its employment.


8 “The Sponge That Could Fly (The Lost Episode)” is hosted by Patchy the Pirate


SpongeBob SquarePants The Lost Episode

“The Sponge Who Could Fly” is over twenty minutes long and is introduced by Patchy the Pirate, performed by Tom Kenny, the voice behind SpongeBob SquarePants. The episode consists of live action portions as well as an animated segment where SpongeBob helps the citizens of Bikini Bottom with his new flight ability.

The episode is also called “The Lost Episode” and, as Patchy explains, the segment was allegedly discovered under a desk at Nickelodeon studios. This questionable story, along with Patchy’s low-budget scenes, held viewers’ attention from start to finish.


7 “Krusty Krab Training Video” Is Intended To Educate New Employees


SpongeBob SquarePants Krusty Krab training video

“The Krusty Krab Training Video” is essentially an educational film for The Krusty Krab staff. The audience watches the segment from a new employee’s perspective and the training video is introduced by the yellow protagonist who can’t wait to get down to business and make a Krabby Patty. The episode is unique because the story is the first of its kind. SpongeBob constantly breaks the fourth wall and interacts with the narrator as the employee’s duties are explained.


6 SpongeBob Finds Out What Jellyfish Like To Do For Fun In “Jellyfish Jam”


SpongeBob SquarePants Jellyfish Jam

In the Season 1 episode, “Jellyfish Jam”, Spongebob finds out what jellyfish like to do for fun. When a jellyfish follows Spongebob’s house, he invites her inside and they both dance to techno music. Popular memes were built from these scenes which further promoted the episode.

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After SpongeBob falls asleep, more jellyfish come to his house and the party quickly spirals out of control. SpongeBob wakes up to a house full of jellyfish but encourages them to leave after orchestrating a catchy melody using sounds from the sea. This song is among the most iconic of the entire series.


5 ‘The Fry Cook Games’ tests SpongeBob and Patrick’s friendship


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In this iconic parody of the Olympic Games, the talking fish head provides commentary on the underwater tournament between rival restaurants. SpongeBob represents The Krusty Krab with Mr. Krabs as his trainer while Patrick competes on behalf of The Chum Bucket under Plankton’s guidance.

Food-themed events include Fried Pole Vault, Chocolate Dip, and Bun Fight. “The Fry Cook Games” is also significant as the friendship between the pink starfish and the yellow sponge is put to the test. In the end, friendship wins out and they learn that they still care about each other. The two are rarely at odds, which is another reason this episode stands out.


4 ‘Tea At The Treedome’ is when SpongeBob and Sandy first meet


SpongeBob tea at the Treedome

The first episode also includes “Tea At The Treedome”. This is an important segment because it’s when the protagonist and viewers discover Sandy Cheeks, SpongeBob’s squirrel friend and karate partner. When SpongeBob visits Sandy’s house for tea, he ironically suffers asphyxiation in Sandy’s air-filled dome and politely struggles to breathe without water. Nonetheless, he does his best to keep acting normal and impressing his new friend while keeping his little finger held high. SpongeBob’s hilarious dehydrated facial expressions have been used for countless memes.




3 ‘Chocolate With Nuts’ Features Weird Characters


SpongeBob SquarePants Chocolate Nuts

When SpongeBob and Patrick aspire to a higher standard of living, they become entrepreneurs. Between the two of them, they came up with the idea of ​​being itinerant chocolate bar salesmen to help fund their dreams of luxury living. After a few unsuccessful canvassing attempts, the dynamic duo decide to twist the truth and lie about the benefits of chocolate in order to earn more money.

“Chocolate With Nuts” is familiar to most Spongebob fans due to its relatable storyline and weird characters. Several memes referencing the episode have been created using SpongeBob and Patrick’s odd customers, such as the chocolate-obsessed fish and the mother and daughter SpongeBob and Patrick have dinner with at the end of the episode.


2 ‘Pizza Delivery’ Gave Viewers Their First Look At Spongebob’s And Squidward’s Working Relationship


Spongebob Squarepants Pizza Delivery

When Mr. Krabs seizes a money-making opportunity, he asks Squidward and SpongeBob to deliver The Krusty Krab’s first pizza. Finding himself in the middle of nowhere, Squidward is concerned for their welfare while SpongeBob undertakes to deliver the customer’s food.

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Besides being one of the first episodes, “Pizza Delivery” gave viewers their first look at the working relationship between SpongeBob and Squidward. As usual, Squidward suffers from SpongeBob’s naivety and comedic demeanor. Throughout the over-the-top journey, SpongeBob entertains and entertains viewers with his enthusiastic manner which helped the episode remain popular among fans.


1 “Band Geeks” is one of the most famous episodes


SpongeBob SquarePants Band Geeks

One of the most famous songs of Sponge Bob SquarePants is “Sweet Victory” which is heard at the end of “Band Geeks”. When Squidward is forced to put on a marching band to impress Squilliam Fancyson (Squidward’s high school rival), the members of Bikini Bottom get together to rehearse for the Bubble Bowl halftime show. Throughout the segment, viewers are led to believe that the performance will be a disaster after several funny mishaps during band practice.

During the final performance, the band knocks it out of the park and, to Squidward’s disbelief, the halftime show goes incredibly well. It’s one of the rare occasions when Squidward gets a win, and viewers embrace the sympathetic moment with the help of a rock ballad. Although the song remains absent from Super Bowl history, an iconic scene from the episode was used to feature Travis Scott onstage during the 2019 halftime show.

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