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All time greatest Spongebob episodes ranked


Everyone has heard the name “Spongebob Squarepants” at least once, whether they watched the show or not. If not, you must’ve been raised under a rock, just like Patrick. Practically all the episodes are amazing and it’s hard to pin down what episodes are labeled as the “best,” but as a professional Spongebob analyst, I have a pretty good idea of which are the most deserving. I’m just going to do seasons one-three mainly because that’s where the best episodes are. As a kid, I watched Spongebob practically everyday. While this list is my opinion, it shouldn’t have any noticeable flaws and is pretty much perfect.


1. Band Geeks: Season 2 Episode 15

This episode claims the title of number one episode because of its amazing comedy, great soundtrack and storyline. Squidward has to get his misfit band ready for the Bubble Bowl, while they make classic jokes and mess around, worrying Squidward that they won’t be ready in time. They surprise him when they perform the act perfectly and shock the crowd. Part of this episode was used in the Super Bowl halftime show last year, so it has to be up there on the list.

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Top moments: “Is mayonnaise an instrument?” Sweet Victory performance. Patrick and Sandy fight. 


2. Pizza Delivery: Season 1 Episode 5

This episode follows the journey as Spongebob and Squidward deliver a pizza as they take the wrong route and hardship along the way. Squidward gets annoyed at Spongebob on their journey when Spongebob tries to use stupid facts that would get them found quicker, but Squidward ends up defending him when the client gets angry at Spongebob. This episode gives us the classic, “Krusty Krab Pizza” song that Spongebob makes up along the way.

Top moments: Krusty Krab Pizza song. “It’s not a boulder, it’s a rock.”


3. Chocolate With Nuts: Season 3 Episode 12

Spongebob and Patrick try to become entrepreneurs in this episode, attempting to sell chocolates to local residents of Bikini Bottom, and this episode shows the different interactions that they have with the citizens. A crazy man chases them down wanting to buy chocolates and another entrepreneur tricks them into buying his products because of their stupidity. This episode brings the classic line, “What are they selling?” from the very old and shriveled grandma that argues with her caretaker. 

Best moments: Grandma and caretaker scene. “Chocolate!” guy. Interactions with citizens.


4. The Camping Episode: Season 3 Episode 17

In this episode we receive a lot of info about what to do to defend yourself against a seabear as Spongebob and Patrick camp ten feet outside their house and convince Squidward to join. We also receive the “Campfire Song” that Spongebob performs. Squidward is attacked by the bear in the episode despite Spongebob and Patrick telling Squidward what not to do if he wants to stay safe. 

Best moments: Campfire song. Bear attacking Squidward. Squidward’s failure of setting up a tent. 


5. Survival of the Idiots: Season 2 Episode 9

This episode brings one of the funnier interactions between Spongebob and Patrick as they play in the snow of Sandy’s treedome as she is in hibernation. It brings the classic line by Patrick, “Who you calling pinhead?” Spongebob and Patrick’s fighting is loud enough to wake Sandy from her slumber as she attacks them in her angry woken up mid hibernation state. 

Best moments: “I’m dirty Dan” “Who you calling pinhead?” Objects made of snow fight.


6. Krusty Krab Training Video: Season 3 Episode 10

If you’ve ever thought about working at the Krusty Krab, then this episode can help train you so you can get the job. It goes over the right and wrongs of being a worker at the restaurant, showing Squidward as a bad worker and Spongebob as a good worker. It adds comedy and randomness which makes it so good. 

Best moments: “HOOPLA” Funny Squidward moments. 


7. Shanghaied: Season 2 Episode 13

The Flying Dutchman drops his anchor from his ship on Spongebob’s house, which sparks his curiosity. Spongebob, Patrick, and Squidward climb up the rope and encounter the Flying Dutchman. They have to become a part of his crew. They destroy most of the ship in the process and have a bunch of funny and stupid comments along the way. 

Best moments: “Leedle leedle leedle lee” Moving behind the rocks scene. Perfume department escape scene. 


8. Graveyard Shift: Season 2 Episode 16

Squidward tells Spongebob a made up scary story of a customer who visited the Krusty Krab with a spatula as a hand. As he tells the story, the things that Squidward tells Spongebob start to happen. Spongebob is scared the whole time and eventually Squidward gets scared himself when the man appears across the street. When the man comes to the light, it’s just a kid wanting a job at the restaurant.

Best moments: Nasfurato scene. Spongebob and Squidward being frightened scene. 


9. Hall Monitor: Season 1 Episode 7

In Spongebob’s boating school class, he is given the weekly duty of being the hall monitor. He takes the job way to seriously and ends up destroying the town because he’s looking for a criminal when it’s really him. Patrick helps along the way which makes the episode a lot funnier. 

Best moments: Patrick chanting “Wee woo.” Cops confronting Patrick scene. 


10. Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy 4. Season 3 Episode 5

Spongebob finds Mermaid Man’s superhero belt and gets carried away with it and doesn’t know how to use it. The M on the belt is turned upside down and Patrick tells Spongebob that it means wumbo, like Spongebob is supposed to know what that means. Spongebob shrinks everyone in the town and when he releases them from the jar he keeps them in, they attack him. Mermaid Man gets it back before Spongebob does anymore damage. 

Best moments: Wumbo scene. People in the jar scene. Shrinking Squidward scene. 


Honorable Mentions

Squilliam Returns: Season 3 Episode 8

Squidward tries to tell the rich Squilliam that he owns a fancy restaurant so Squilliam doesn’t think that Squidward is a complete failure. He has to train Spongebob and Patrick, but they fail miserably until the night of when Squilliam visits. Spongebob shocks both Squilliam and Squidward when he completely transforms the restaurant into a fancy one. Spongebob is a perfect waiter, but when Squilliam asks his name, Spongebob forgets because he got rid of everything in his brain except fine dining. He destroys the restaurant because he forgot his name and Squidward doesn’t impress Squilliam. 

Best moments: Spongebob forgetting his name scene. Squidward training them scene. 


F.U.N.: Season 1 Episode 10

Spongebob shows plankton the ways to having fun and becomes his friend because Plankton is always evil and mean and Spongebob always likes to make friends no matter who they are. Mr.Krabs is not buying it, thinking that Plankton is wanting to go through Spongebob to get the secret formula. We get the amazing “F.U.N”, song and we are shown the ways to true friendship.

Best moments: F.U.N song. 


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This is Brock's first year on The Optimist staff. He enjoys playing football and lacrosse for BHSS.
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    Patrick StarAug 11, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    Is mayonnaise an instrument?

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    Calvin PrenkertOct 13, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    WOW. Who knew the Optimist had the resident expert on SpongeBob SquarePants. Very impressed Brock, would love to hear your opinions on other classic Disney, Nick, and Cartoon Network cartoons.