Top 10 Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes

Are ya ready, kids? Time to plunge into the briny depths of Bikini Bottom and laugh along with some of the most side-splitting scenes ever to grace your pineapple-shaped TV set! If you're as hooked on SpongeBob as Patrick is on Krabby Patties, then you already know picking just a few top episodes is like trying to catch a jellyfish - slippery but oh-so rewarding!
The Top Ten
1 Band Geeks Squidward rallies Bikini Bottom’s residents to form a band to play at the Bubble Bowl, striving to outshine his rival, Squilliam. As they come together, diverse, hilarious mishaps unfold, but they manage to pull off a successful performance.

This episode is the best! It has so many great moments, such as Plankton playing the harmonica, the flag twirlers' death, Sweet Victory, "That's his... eager face," "Is mayonnaise an instrument?", "Big Meaty Claws," and so much more.

But this is the best scene in the episode:

SpongeBob: What kind of monsters are we? That poor creature came to us in his hour of need, and we failed him. Squidward's always been there for us when it was convenient for him. Evelyn, when your little Jimmy was trapped in a fire, who rescued him?
Evelyn: A fireman.
SpongeBob: And, Larry, when your heart gave out from all those tanning pills, who revived you?
Larry: Some guy in an ambulance.
SpongeBob: Right. So if we just pretend that Squidward was a fireman or some guy in an ambulance, then I'm sure that we can all pull together and discover what it truly means to be in a marching band.
Harold: Yeah, for the fireman!

2 Chocolate with Nuts SpongeBob and Patrick decide to become entrepreneurs by selling chocolate bars door-to-door, but their sales tactics are notably bizarre. Various misinterpretations and chaotic situations ensue, leading to both humorous and unforeseen consequences.

When you think of the funniest episode in SpongeBob history, what comes to mind? The most obvious answer is this gem of Nickelodeon history. Chocolate with Nuts has some of the best jokes ever delivered by the genius writers of this series. Every line the characters say in this episode that is supposed to be funny really is funny. SpongeBob and Patrick are at their funniest in this episode, and even some of the background characters elicit laughs.

We're not even talking about Tom (the CHOCOLATE! guy), the candy bar salesman, or the old lady duo. Overall, it's the funniest episode in the entire series!

3 Pizza Delivery A seemingly straightforward task of delivering a pizza turns chaotic as SpongeBob and Squidward find themselves lost and struggling to fulfill the order. Amidst numerous obstacles, SpongeBob’s relentless optimism contrasts with Squidward’s growing frustration.

To think this was only the 9th episode just proves that SpongeBob already made some of the best episodes when it first aired. Pizza Delivery has some of the funniest jokes of the series, but the real greatness of this episode shines within the character interactions.

Say what you want about the two above, but this episode has the best character interactions of the whole series, and maybe in Nickelodeon history. The way Squidward stands up to the angry customer at the end is so satisfying and might even make some people cry. Pizza Delivery shows that SpongeBob was in its prime earlier than even imagined.

4 The Camping Episode SpongeBob and Patrick’s camping adventure in their front yard turns perilous, much to Squidward’s amusement who believes it to be a foolish endeavor. The duo's encounter with a sea bear results in comedic chaos, proving Squidward's skepticism wrong.

This episode is just a present box filled with humor, waiting to be opened every time I watch it. The comedic timing is always spot-on, and the episode has great replay value. There's never a dull moment.

It's packed with moments like SpongeBob telling Squidward to "Have fun inside," Patrick spitting marshmallows into Squidward's face, the campfire song, the sea bear scene, and so much more. While some episodes do a great job of developing characters and plot, like "Band Geeks" and "Dying for Pie," this episode is the epitome of what SpongeBob humor should be: charming, witty, and a joy for both children and adults alike.

This is why "The Camping Episode" takes the cake for my top spot. It is just one gigantic laugh from start to finish.

5 Graveyard Shift SpongeBob and Squidward are left to manage the Krusty Krab during the night shift, leading to terrifying yet humorous consequences. The concoction of scary stories and dark, shadowy settings builds an atmosphere rife with laughs and shivers.

This is my favorite episode. The episode is so funny, and the plot is amazing. SpongeBob SquarePants used to be such a good show, but there was an obvious decrease in the show's quality after the SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.

I can't believe how bad the most current episodes are. They clearly don't have the same great storylines that made the show so popular more than a decade ago.

While I like Band Geeks more, this episode holds sentimental value for a very simple and minuscule reason: I looked forward to it when I was little. This episode was such a treat for me whenever it came on.

Additionally, I like the idea of an episode that features just two characters (besides SpongeBob and Patrick) interacting with each other. This was handled in a unique way, treating it like one of those campfire stories people tell, where other campfire stories come true. Truly, it's a unique and special episode for me.

6 Frankendoodle SpongeBob and Patrick discover a magical pencil that brings drawings to life, but things spiral out of control when a doodle of SpongeBob gains autonomy. The ensuing battle between creator and creation is filled with slapstick humor and visual gags.

Yeah, this is probably my favorite episode now. That whole stretch of humor between "Where's the leak, ma'am?", the bowling pin, and "Finland!" is probably the best sequence of SpongeBob humor of all time.

I love all these episodes on here, but this has got to be my favorite. I love it when that creepy DoodleBob speaks gibberish and when Patrick says Finland! It's so random and hilarious!

Finland! Where's the leak, ma'am? I mean, this episode is so classic. Memorable lines, funny scenes, and a clever plot make this one of the finest SpongeBob episodes ever.

7 Krusty Krab Training Video This episode, styled as an instructional video for new employees of the Krusty Krab, provides comical insights into the workings of the restaurant. It combines humorous narration, absurd scenarios, and funny visuals to illustrate the chaotic work environment.

This episode is AMAZING! This episode is a perfect representation of an actual training video. None of the jokes fall flat, and they really cracked me up.

Some of the best parts were the hoopla, POOP, the "I really wish I weren't here right now" button, the emergency part, Plankton refusing to get kicked out of the restaurant, and way more! I love the fourth wall breaks too! This episode is such a classic and is very memorable. I rate this episode an 11 out of 10.

What makes this episode so special is that it's a simple joking parody that even kids could understand and relate to, even though they've never had a job. The way the episode breaks the fourth wall is what makes it the most unique, creative, and outgoing of the entire series.

8 Sailor Mouth SpongeBob and Patrick learn a new word they do not know is a swear word and start using it, causing distress among the citizens of Bikini Bottom. Their newfound vocabulary leads to humorous and awkward situations, emphasizing the importance of appropriate language use.

By far, my favorite! I find it even funnier now as an adult than I did as a kid. When I was younger, I thought the noises were swear words because in my head, I replaced the various bleeps with them. I used to think the dolphin sounds they were making were sea curses. I thought it was offensive to make dolphin noises, but now I see that the noises are meant to be censorship.

Best line: "Hi Patrick! How the BLEEP are you?"

This episode is also famous for introducing many hilarious SpongeBob Edited videos on YouTube, where they replace words with swear words, usually belonging to Tenacious D and Tourettes Guy sound clips. I mean, I still watch these videos to this day. Go watch the Toy Story 2 edits on YouTube (with filters) to see what I mean.

9 Idiot Box SpongeBob and Patrick purchase a television solely for the box, using their imagination to embark on fantastical adventures. Squidward’s skepticism turns to curiosity as the cardboard box seemingly brings their imaginary worlds to life.

I absolutely loved this episode! It's not just the absolute hilarity of Squidward's confusion. When Squidward kicks the box, the epitome of pure terror suddenly comes blasting out. It just didn't make sense in a really hilarious way.

SpongeBob and Patrick's responses are priceless. I love this episode and continue to enjoy it to this day.

An incessantly funny episode of the show that I never get tired of watching. Of course, everyone knows about the whole "Imagination" thing, but personally, I think the best parts were when the main characters were actually using their imaginations.

"Look out! I'm almost at the finish line! Whoo-hoo-hoo!"

10 SB-129 Squidward, seeking solitude, accidentally locks himself in the Krusty Krab freezer and wakes up 2000 years in the future. His journey through time, encountering futuristic wonders and historical anomalies, brings forth a mix of humor and visual spectacle.

It was a close call between Band Geeks and SB-129. Interestingly, both focus on Squidward.

I went with this one because of how surreal it is. Time traveling to the future where everything is chrome, and there are hundreds of SpongeTrons. Going to the past and finding prehistoric SpongeBob and Patrick. The whole "ALONE" scene.

The idea that Squidward actually misses SpongeBob, even though he hates him, is very nice. Band Geeks had more humor and probably a better ending, but this one was so fun to watch.

I thought this one was hilarious and really cool, with a lot of neat scenery. Squidward is even funnier than SpongeBob here!

The Contenders
11 Shanghaied The Flying Dutchman captures SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward, granting each a wish in exchange for service on his ghostly ship. Their hilarious and absurd wishes lead to unexpected and uproarious consequences, making it a memorable adventure.

Probably one of the more underrated episodes of SpongeBob, which makes it awesome that it's this high up on this list.

SB: So you want it to look good AND scary?
Patrick: No, I think he wants it to look so good that it's scary.
SB: Or maybe by making it look so scary, you forget that it doesn't look good!
Patrick: ...I don't get it.

Such an awesome, quotable episode!

The ending was great! Squidward wishes he had never met SpongeBob and Patrick before in his life. His wish comes true, and he, SpongeBob, and Patrick get eaten by the Dutchman.

When they get eaten, SpongeBob and Patrick are still introducing themselves to Squidward, which makes this episode even funnier.

12 Christmas Who? SpongeBob brings Christmas to Bikini Bottom, causing excitement and curiosity among the residents. The festivities unfold with a mix of comedic misunderstandings and heartwarming moments, showcasing the spirit of giving and joy.

Many people think that either Band Geeks or Chocolate With Nuts is the best SpongeBob episode, but I disagree with both of those statements, just like Jem Reviews. Unlike Jem Reviews, however, I believe it's this episode.

Let me explain. First things first, this episode has the best Patchy segments of the series, better than the ones in Friend or Foe and Party Pooper Pants. This is the first time SpongeBob ever made a special! The SpongeBob segments are just as good. The jokes are funny, the message is perfectly conveyed, and there's so much Christmas cheer and so many funny jokes.

Christmas would not be complete without the Who, and that is why I find this the best SpongeBob episode ever. 10/10.

13 Help Wanted SpongeBob's endeavors to secure a job at the Krusty Krab result in chaotic yet hilarious scenarios. His unanticipated success in managing a crisis demonstrates his uniqueness and sets the tone for his many adventures to come.

Season 1, Episode 1. The classic first episode started the great SpongeBob era.

This episode was completed in 1997 but didn't air until May 1st, 1999. Happy 20th anniversary, SpongeBob!

This was the best first episode that this show could have given us!

14 Krusty Towers Mr. Krabs transforms the Krusty Krab into a hotel, insisting on adhering to the customer is always right policy. The ensuing chaos, spawned from outrageous customer demands, results in humorous and absurd situations.

People say that the show has declined in quality since the movie, and it's generally true. One Coarse Meal is the worst SpongeBob episode ever made. But this is one of the post-movie episodes that's just as good, if not better, than the old episodes.

I like the hotel motto and the employee elevator, especially because Patrick only wanted rocks brought up to his room.

What's this episode doing at forty-three? I love the part when Squidward makes SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs redo his hotel room. It's hard to say, but I think this episode should at least make the top ten episodes.

15 Wet Painters SpongeBob and Patrick are tasked with painting Mr. Krabs’ house without getting paint on anything but the walls. Their series of comedic blunders and desperate attempts to rectify their mistakes lead to a surprising revelation.

When I was little, this episode was my all-time favorite, and it still is. This was one of my favorite jokes: Patrick puts a dollar in the vending machine and it comes back out. SpongeBob begs Patrick to take it out, but he puts it back in.

It comes out again, but then Patrick puts it back in. Comes out, back in. Comes out, back in. This joke is unforgettable.

Patrick: SpongeBob! We're not cavemen! We have technology. *slams a computer on top of the dollar* SpongeBob: It didn't work. Haha, a classic quote!

This honestly is the best episode ever. Not only does it have a really good storyline, but it is also full of humor. This and Chocolate with Nuts are the best.

16 F.U.N. SpongeBob befriends Plankton in hopes of transforming him into a better person, leading to several amusing and chaotic situations. Plankton’s ulterior motives and SpongeBob’s innocence make for a delightful mix of humor and lessons learned.

I love this one because (you guys might not agree with me) it shows Plankton wants friends more than success. Even though he did try to steal the Krabby Patty formula, he really wanted a friend more.

This is a great episode where SpongeBob actually likes Plankton. I think that Mr. Krabs really likes Plankton and just doesn't know it.

I loved it when Plankton pretended he had regretted stealing the Krabby Patty, and then he just ran off.

17 Something Smells SpongeBob becomes self-conscious after realizing his foul breath is causing people to avoid him. The comedic quest for acceptance and friendship, despite the unpleasant odor, reveals the importance of true companionship.

Easily my favorite episode. Every character gets an iconic moment. Patrick with "Look at it!" and the Ugly Barnacle story, SpongeBob with "ugly, you gotta be kidding!" and "I'm ugly and I'm proud," and even the classic "DEAAAUUUAAAGHH!" line from that random guy in the movie theater. An unforgettable classic.

All the episodes are fun. However, as I read through all the comments and read about the tale of the Ugly Barnacle, I laughed aloud. For me, that's proof that "Something Smells" is the funniest episode to me. I'm going to rewatch the episode right now!

18 Rock Bottom SpongeBob finds himself stranded in the eerie town of Rock Bottom after catching the wrong bus, leading to numerous comedic predicaments. His attempts to return home are fraught with bizarre encounters and amusing misunderstandings with the town’s unusual inhabitants.

Why does no one ever talk about this episode? It's so different from most of the other SpongeBob episodes, but equally as amazing, if not even better. It actually scared me when I was a little kid, which is impressive given that it's a SpongeBob episode.

Plus, all the jokes and everything that's going on are so well-executed. This is a true example of how amazing classic SpongeBob was.

I love this episode of SpongeBob. It's definitely my favorite. Patrick left SpongeBob by himself downtown. His expression when he saw they were leaving Bikini Bottom was priceless!

19 Big Pink Loser Patrick strives to earn an award and emulates SpongeBob to do so, leading to a series of hilarious mix-ups and misunderstandings. His pursuit of acknowledgment and SpongeBob's ensuing identity crisis provide plenty of laughs and a touch of sentiment.

Phone: Is this the Krusty Krab?
Patrick: No, this is Patrick. Hangs up.
Phone: Rings and Patrick picks it up again. Is this the Krusty Krab?
Patrick: No, this is Patrick!
Phone: Rings as Patrick picks it up a third time. Is this the Krusty Krab?
Patrick: NO, THIS IS PATRICK! Slams phone down.
SpongeBob: Um, it's the name of the restaurant.

This episode is not my favorite, but it has the funniest moment:
Phone: "Is this Krusty Krab?"
Patrick: "No, this is Patrick."
Phone: "Is this Krusty Krab?"
Patrick: "No, this is Patrick."
Phone: "Is this Krusty Krab?"
Patrick: "No, THIS IS PATRICK!"

20 Sand Castles in the Sand A friendly day at the beach turns competitive as SpongeBob and Patrick engage in an elaborate sandcastle war. Their increasingly intricate and destructive creations lead to hilarious outcomes and an eventual return to friendship.

Guys, just because this is in season 6 doesn't mean it shouldn't be higher on the list. The plot in this episode has numerous gags and some of the best animation of the whole series. It feels like a nice, simple plot with an amazing story.

If I tell you there's an episode where SpongeBob and Patrick make sandcastles, you're going to want to see it. It's full of awesome action and keeps your attention.

This was one of the few good episodes in Season 6, which was quite possibly one of the worst seasons of the series. In fact, this is one of the best and most creative episodes in the series.

21 Roller Cowards The anticipation of riding the formidable new roller coaster, The Fiery Fist O' Pain, sparks a wave of fear and hilarity for SpongeBob and Patrick. Their journey through apprehension and excitement is laden with comedic moments and visual humor.

This is probably the closest SpongeBob has come to real-life situations. Remember when you were little? Fearing that roller coaster, terrified, and your parents teasing you to go on it? It really relates.

Although the quality of episodes decreased after the movie, I think this episode is one of the best post-movie episodes, along with Krusty Towers. It should have ranked a lot higher!

This is one of my all-time favorites! I still laugh at the part where SpongeBob and Patrick are on the kiddie ride.

22 I Had an Accident After a traumatic sandboarding incident, SpongeBob develops a fear of the outdoors, opting to live in the secure confines of his pineapple. His friends’ creative endeavors to lure him outside culminate in a series of humorous and heartwarming events.

When Patrick is playing the video and his limbs explode off him, and then it happens to him in real life, this episode is loaded with gems. The tree wearing a scuba tank. They ran out of staples and had to use glue and tape. THE IRON BUTT!

"Next time it won't just be my butt. It could be my forehead or an armpit."
"Or your other armpit."

"That's not crazy talk. This is crazy talk! Sorry!" Best line ever! By the way, why isn't this episode higher on the list?

Sandy, we'll get SpongeBob outside to see there's nothing to be afraid of. Patrick, and that's when I punch him, right.

23 Krabs a La Mode After Plankton freezes the Krusty Krab, Mr. Krabs turns it into a popular ice rink, frustrating Plankton’s plans. The icy transformation induces a slew of humorous scenarios and competitive antics between the two business rivals.

It would've been good if it didn't have characters getting hurt in almost EVERY PART!

The ONLY reason this isn't higher on the list is because it's a post-movie episode.

This is an awesome episode. It should be in the top, in my opinion.

24 Ripped Pants In an effort to be the center of attention, SpongeBob’s “ripped pants” joke spirals out of control, leading to feelings of isolation. The ensuing journey of realization and redemption is adorned with musical numbers and poignant moments.

I really liked how this episode tried to teach a great moral about not having to change just to spend time with someone. The running joke gets overused, but that's the point. It's not the audience who suffers for it, but the characters within the show.

Not to mention the song. It's one of my favorites of the show, right there with Sweet Victory. But why this episode is my favorite is because I'm a Sandy and SpongeBob shipper. This episode just oozes with shipping fuel. I know SpongeBob is said to be asexual, but I don't care! I ship it.

25 Dying for Pie SpongeBob unknowingly receives a pie-shaped bomb from Squidward, who spends the day fulfilling SpongeBob’s last wishes. The emotionally charged and comical journey builds up to a surprising and hilarious conclusion.

This episode is awesome. It is my personal favorite because it is so clever. It raises an interesting question as well. What would Squidward do if today was SpongeBob's last day? You'd think he would celebrate and dance over SpongeBob's grave when he had gone, but Squidward is genuinely kind to SpongeBob. He's actually shown to care about his actions if they hurt someone. This is quite the characterization for Squidward!

And the episode doesn't stop there. It has brilliant humor and SpongeBob's obliviousness added majorly to the humor. It's a great episode, contributing to why Season 2 is my favorite season.

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