Top Ten Worst SpongeBob Episodes From Seasons 1, 2 and 3

NOW NOW PEOPLE before you hate about this list let me tell you I love seasons 1,2, and 3 of spongebob. But there are some episodes of spongebob that I just don't like so lets get started. One more thing the episode reef blower does not count because it does not feel like a episode so I will skip it.

The Top Ten

I'm With Stupid

The worst episode from seasons 1-3, but would be above average compared to the new ones. At least it isn't disgusting, and has some humor, and SpongeBob isn't annoying. Also, squidward is not getting all his dreams crushed. Seriously, in the new episodes, I just feel bad for Plankton, and hate this new over greedy Mr. Krabs, who doesn't do anything but talk about money, SpongeBob and patrick, who are stupid and annoying and aren't funny, and larry and sandy don't show up anymore. Also there is no entire toenails getting ripped off.

SERIOUSLY! This episode is just 10 minutes of SpongeBob being mentally tortured. This episode would make kids think that insulting people is OK. It's not. Patrick, Marty and Janet are huge jerks in this. They just WOULDN'T believe SpongeBob even though he was SERIOUS and FORMAL about confessing about his lies.

People complain about Patrick in post-movie episodes but he's at his absolute worst here (that includes "Rule of The Dumb", "Yours Mine and Mine", and "Stuck in a Winger). The ending is a slap in the face and what's with SpongeBob acting like a stereotypical retarded kid? This episode blows.

It made me want to tear out my brain stamp go out into the middle of the nearest four way intersection and skip rope with it: a quote from the episode with tentacle acres
It was messed up when Patrick said "oh SpongeBob if only you could see how stupid you sound right now" Well just refer to my tentacle acres reference plus you can't hear stupidity... Patrick would know

Party Pooper Pants

Okay, I get enjoyment out of every single episode of the series from seasons 1-3. Even The Great Snail Race, which showed us a sneak peak of Gary's treatment in the new episodes about a decade early, I could still find enjoyable moments in that episode. However, I don't get any enjoyment out of this episode. There are barely any jokes worth a chuckle, the Patchy segments are boring and overstay their welcome, SpongeBob is really unlikable, and he gets arrested for no reason. I don't even like the song of the episode, and I consider that the highlight! This is honestly the only episode of the pre-movie era that I can't stand. That being said, this show was able to put out 60 episodes for its first 3 seasons, and I only truly disliked one of them. That's pretty impressive if you ask me.

Because SpongeBob got arrested at the end I hate most of all I never wanted to see this episode again

! The police I would wanna murder them for arresting SpongeBob just because he didn't invite them to his party! It's SpongeBob's party, he can do whatever he wants, it's his party - sryanbruen

Why am I not surprised that the cops arrested spongebob? They sent Sandy to jail all because she was "naked" I say it like that because she wasn't fully naked and also we see a lot of fish with no clothes on. They really need to get new cops

The Great Snail Race

This was the worst season 3 episode. Well, it's only OKAY. Not bad, not good, it was okay. There isn't much episodes like this in seasons 1-3, but I just chose my least favorite. The plot was done before, Sandy was an ass for no good reason, (and no, she didn't see Spongebob being a jerk, she just kicked him for no apparent reason) and it just wasn't that great. Also, whoever put Band Geeks on here, take it off. NOW. I'm not trying to be mean, but he or she either have no good taste, or they never saw it before. Band Geeks is one of the best Spongebob episodes EVER. If not, one of the best examples of animation I ever saw. Same with Culture Shock, Krusty Krab Training Video, and Idiot Box. Also, I'm With Stupid, and MANY others. Anyways, this just wasn't a very good episode. This is my ONLY complaint about season 3.

The part when Gary breaks down and crashes during the race is the main reason why I dislike this episode. Watching Gary's eyeballs inflate and explode before he crashed was so uncomfortable and awful as a kid, and it kinda still is to this day, in my opinion. At least SpongeBob learned that pushing his friend in a very harsh manner was not the right thing to do and apologized to Gary around the end of the episode. - DikkunDiniandTwiTheAwesomeLinx

I like this one personally. Gary's "abuse" isn't abuse, as much as over-the-top slapstick. And SpongeBob apologizes in the end. - Garythesnail

This is the worst episode from seasons 1-3. The only other bad episodes were I Was A Teenage Gary and Party Pooper Pants. Here is the description of this episode.

In this episode, SpongeBob drives his pet snail, Gary into the ground like an evil task manager because he wants to gloat in front of Squidward. It's out of character, and makes him look like a douche. Also for some stupid reason, no one not even SpongeBob knows Squidward's last name. Uhh... Artist unknown, anyone?


The faces SpongeBob makes near the end were really creepy and even a bit disturbing.

I don't find this a terrible episode, but patrick is very out of place here, and the ending could have been slightly better

Should be #1. SpongeBob didn't deserve this. I'm honestly fine with emotional episodes, and Patrick being a jerk sometimes, but THIS was probably the worst episode of the entire show, in my opinion. - IcetailofWishClan

It's very dramatic and it might be make you cry

Culture Shock

This is actually a pretty good episode and has some important lessons for people of all ages regarding comedy. Some jokes can be really offensive and some humor should be off limits no matter how many people laugh. Also that humor should only be available to people to which it could be applied. Punch up and punch the guy or gal to your right or left, but don't punch the guy on the ground.

This list is a joke! All episodes from seasons 1-5 are good. I don't know what happened to seasons 6- present. The jokes are corny, the plot is dumb, and WORST OF ALL... SpongeBob IS ANNOYING.

I actually thought this episode was decent, even though it foreshadowed the squidward thing. At least SpongeBob wasn't being so stupid when he's trying to help, or crushing his dreams on purpose. SpongeBob was quite nice here, and wasn't very stupid.

The episode name is inaccurate.
Culture shock is the feeling you have when you visit a new culture.
How does this episode connect to culture?
I mean, learning about what other people do is sort of like it, but not for real!
And then what does the dance in Squidward live even mean?
It's abstract!

The Sponge Who Could Fly

I do NOT like this episode, mostly because of the background fish. For example, they chase down SpongeBob only because he's being a dreamer. The only time they notice him is when he starts flying, and then they start asking SpongeBob to do things they could easily do THEMSELVES! When he doesn't obey THEIR dreams, guess what? They chase him down. And they try to KILL him. Yes, SpongeBob is flying in the air with his inflatable pants, and they try to pop the pants. When they finally are successful, they look like they've done something horrible. You'd probably think, "Oh, they're gonna run up to Sponge and realize their mistake." Nope. NOT AT ALL. Instead, they hold a funeral for the pants. The PANTS. And they don't care about SpongeBob, and all the unnecessary deeds he did for them. They just leave him there. There is NO apology afterwards. Actually, when SpongeBob flies with the jellyfish, we see everyone cry over his pants. No, just no. If it weren't for the Patchy segments, I ...more

I agree. I mean do these people like to beat up unicorns when they chased spongebob because of a dream he had? At least nickelodeon rarely shows this episode. - YoshiApple

I loved and laughed at the Patchy segments but overall this episode is pretty boring and mean-spirited

When I was a kid, I always liked this episode...But nowadays, I can see it's major flaws, not that it was all horrible, but there were some points that really got to me. Everyone makes fun of SpongeBob for chasing his dreams, then they Chase him off a cliff for no real reason to be angry, then when he finally achieves his dream, everyone demands favors from him, one of them stating that he "owed them favors", and when they shoot him down for once again trying to achieve his dream, they only feel sorry for his pants.
Sorry for this being so long, just wanted to get it off my chest. Seriously though, I don't like this episode.


I Was a Teenage Gary

Not that this is a bad episode but it should be top 5 of this list. Definitely one of the weakest, if not the weakest episode of season 1. Still much better than most recent episodes though.

This episode, I don't mind that much, but Squidward had a responsibility to take care of Gary, and he doesn't do it. He doesn't even get punished for doing so. And those needles near the end of the episode. Oh, gosh.

This episode is still satan that transformation is still the devil but I heard that the episode is only shown every year in October but it's still scary

That should be banned because of the transformation and the ending if Nickelodeon does not ban that episode tell them to do it right now and never show again!


Was okay until the end in which SpongeBob and Patrick NEVER learn that the monster "a butterfly" was really Wormy.

Honestly, I thought this episode was good. Why do people dislike this?

Because in one specific scene, the butterfly lands on Spongebob's helmet, and they do a zoom in on its face, and it scared many kids. - Catacorn

When I saw this episode as a kid, I felt traumatized by the zoomed in bug face. Everybody I new called me a baby because of this, but I will never get over that scene, even if I'm an adult. What I wanna know is why the writers thought that image would be kid friendly? AND show periodically? Sorry guys, but this scene alone just ruined the episode for me. Just my opinion.

This episode always made me sad because SpongeBob and Patrick never found out that the butterfly was Wormy.

Gary Takes a Bath

This episode was almost banned in USA because (u know why) it is banned in Australia. It's partner episode was banned both places to.

It was banned because of the Don't Drop the Soap part and the girl.

Oh god... That girl - Spandy4Eva

This episode was banned in Australia and the UK, because of the inappropriate thing Spongebob said.

This was one of my favorite episodes, about Gary trying to avoid a bath.


Which idiot put this at #2, this is one of the best episodes I've seen from classic SpongeBob

What (dolphin noise) genius put this (dolphin noise) episode on the list? This list blows. For this episode, there's a lot of jokes based on SpongeBob getting confused, not to mention the diner lingo in the first half of the episode (a nice touch), and what tops it all off is the outstanding music in the background.

This is one of my favorite episodes of all time.

This is In my top 20 list

The Contenders

The Paper

This is a good episode. Best part? When SpongeBob was playing the music on the paper, in comparison to Squidward's clarinet. "All those wrong notes made it sound more original! "

This List was HORRIBLE. The old Episodes Were AWESOME!

Here are my few reasons why I Like This episode;

Funny moments
Hilarious music
Squidward is in it

Well, you have to delete This List. This Should be garbage.

This Should be number 20 greatest SpongeBob Episodes on the history.

This is the most boring episode from seasons 1-3 I felt genuinely bored through the whole 11 minutes and nothing funny even happens - Mswalgren

Ripped Pants

Whoever said that season 1 has a lot of boring episodes adores SpongeBob seasons 6-9

Whoever put this in the top twenty, give yourself a round of applause! (Not sarcastically, seriously.) - CartreW

I love that episode. Why you didn't Like those old Episodes! Those Episodes were great!

I mean come on it is bad! They forgive him just for singing song! - Gangem

Grandma's Kisses

Squidward probably forgot in this episode that his Grandmother gave him soap (Two faces of Squidward).

Squidward and the other fish were such a jerk in this episode.

This episode is underrated!

Squidward sucks in this episode

Bubble Buddy

Spongebob inconveniences several people for a bubble, making him unlikable.
The citizens of Bikini Bottom continue to try and pop bubble buddy, even after Spongebob's speech, making them unlikable.
Bubble Buddy was alive the whole time, meaning he willingly let a man DIE, making him unlikable.
Notice a theme here? Such an unlikable episode.

I think this one is overrated, but still a classic.

I will be honest. This episode is overrated, but I don't care for it.

This is the worst episode of season 1,2,3 and SpongeBob acts like more of a jerk here than on party pooper pants

Reef Blowers

The episode had no dialogue because the sound equipment was broken. - Turkeyasylum

Compared to the other episodes on this list, I would like to point out: this is a season 1 episode. No dialogue is used. It's supposed to be a slapstick episodes, but I just don't get it. - dureckl

I love this one - lizard302

No dialogue, but better than all of the post-2005 episodes combined. - Catacorn


The first true "Squidward Torture Porn" in the series. We see Patrick blow steaming hot soup onto Squidward's bandaged face several times, Patrick stabbing Squidward's hand with a jellyfishing net, and SpongeBob and Patrick take Squidward jellyfishing, despite the fact that Squidward doesn't want to go jellyfishing, and he's recovering from a serious injury! I know SpongeBob and Patrick aren't very smart, and they wanted to do good for Squidward. But this doesn't change the facts that some parts of the episode are painful to watch. That said, I still would rather watch this episode over the most of the garbage that the show spewed out in seasons 6 & 7.

I detest this episode. The first time a jellyfish flew into Squidward's mouth, it was okay because he was paying for what he did. But the torture just goes ON AND ON! He swallows a jellyfish, gets stung, gets his tentacles tangled, crashes his bicycle off a cliff, gets burned three times, gets his hand skewered, and gets stung by a giant jellyfish. Jeez! Isn't this a bit harsh? Also, I hate the firmly grasp it line. Why does everyone love it so much?

I don't know how Patrick knows what Christmas is because... This is before "Christmas Who" I call this episode a Squidward Karma Trip. I think he slightly deserves it. But only slightly. But there has to be someone else that sees the "FIRMLY GRASP IT" was just Patrick being an idiot and was supposed to be a joke. At least it's not a toenail getting ripped off.

Firmly grasp it! What about this quote? I thought this episode was funny.


I liked it. But they really should of been able to talk. Long story short I could write a better story for lots of bad SpongeBob episodes. Eg. For this one it should go like this: plot: this episode takes place before land creatures. Many fish (all side characters and Mr. Krabs) plan to pioneer onto land (this is evolution). SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward want to go on land but a current sweeps them away to a strange part of the ocean. To get back home they must make the journey back. There could be prehistoric aquatic creatures. Megaladon or even better. It would be nerdy but awesome. This could be a one hour special. Now back home, mr.Krabs plans on opening a restaurant on the surface (the krusty crab) but he trips on land and his dime goes into the water, floating away. He goes searching for it and meets up with SpongeBob and the gang. Now they all must get home. Mr.Krabs finds his dime and keeps it, which explains where he got his giant old dime in that one episode. So that's ...more

Ugh is pretty funny to be honest - FlakyCuddles43

Yeah, "Before Comedy". Definitely one of the weaker pre-film specials.

Called Ugh. It is ugh.

Welcome to the Chum Bucket

Definitely one of the worst all season... Just didn't really capture my interest much...

It was good!

I actually like this episode.
Plankton: Don't back sass me!
SpongeBob: Neh Neh neh neh!
Plankton: What?!
SpongeBob: *blows raspberry*
Plankton: That's it mister you just lost your brain privileges!


Artist Unknown

SOOO underrated.

Squidward was so cruel

Me too

Krabby Land

I think this episode is kind of boring, but who put Band Geeks (best episode ever) on here?!

I loved the references to amusement parks, although the SpongeBob abuse was a bit harsh.

I do NOT like this episode but the only reason I watch it is cause it's pard with camping episode which Awesome

Born Again Krabs

Mr. Krabs commits suicide by eating a dead patty.

Why is this at 50? This should at least be in the top 15.

Why is this so hated? I didn't find it bad. - Datguyisweird666

Squid on Strike

If only they made an episode that's just like Ferris bueller's day off. But with sandy.

I like this episode

This episode is not very great. - PowerKamek

Krusty krab is unfair! Mr. Krabs is in there! Standing at the concession! Plotting his oppression! - Katekat123


This episode's fall from grace is the ending. I know that they were punished for their misdeeds, but not only is this going too far, but SpongeBob already promised that he would not ride hooks again, and not telling off Krabs or the like, so the whole darn thing was unnecessary. Also, let's think about earlier in the episode when SpongeBob was not at work, and they were doing horribly without him. We don't see Mr. Krabs tell SpongeBob that the whole thing was staged, and that he was not really fired. He instead laughs at SpongeBob streaking in psychological agony, thinking that he is fired. If so, than they would probably have the same problem they had before because he didn't know that it was a prank. If he was told of what happened and vowed to never again ride hooks, a la Life of Crime, and end on Patrick in the tuna can, this ending could have been saved. But, no. We get a painful ending to an episode that had much good going for it.

That ending was terrible! SpongeBob promised not to go near hooks, but NO! Mr Krabs will not listen! I only felt bad for SpongeBob in this episode, but Patrick to be honest kinda deserved it, because obviously it was his idea.

I hate pearl and her friends looking at naked spongebob. Disturbing. Such a horny whale

Still better than some of the episodes listed on here. - IcetailofWishClan

Nature Pants

To be honest, I love ALL of the pre movie episodes, but if I had to choose one this would be it. I'm surprised they could make a mediocre episode about this plot:

"SpongeBob likes jellyfish so much he wants to go live with them"

What were they thinking?

This episode is underrated. I think its pretty good. Stop hating on this people, there are many things worse! Just watch the splinter.

Most underrated episode. It deserves more respect. Why do people hate it?

This episode is good, but one of the more weaker episodes of season 1 - ChiefMudkip

The Smoking Peanut

This is a classic!

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