The BEST Episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2020

Network: Nickelodeon

The misadventures of a talking sea sponge who works at a fast food restaurant, attends a boating school, and lives in an underwater pineapple.

Band Geeks

#1 - Band Geeks

Season 2 - Episode 26 - Aired Sep 7, 2001

Squidward enlists the aid of SpongeBob and the rest of Bikini Bottom to form a marching band to impress Squidward's old high school rival, Squilliam Fancyson.

star 8.43
415 votes
Directors: Aaron Springer
Sailor Mouth

#2 - Sailor Mouth

Season 2 - Episode 27 - Aired Sep 21, 2001

SpongeBob and Patrick pick up a "bad word," and start repeating it to the shocked patrons of the Krusty Krab, but Mr. Krabs doesn't like this! He stops SpongeBob and Patrick from using the word by informing them that it is a bad word, then SpongeBob and Patrick regret their utterings.

star 8.40
377 votes
Writers: Walt Dohrn, Merriwether Williams
The Fry Cook Games

#3 - The Fry Cook Games

Season 2 - Episode 30 - Aired Sep 28, 2001

SpongeBob's representing the Krusty Krab in the Fast Food Olympics. Representing the Chum Bucket, his challenger...Patrick!

star 8.20
336 votes
Writers: Paul Tibbitt, Mark O'Hare

#4 - BlackJack

Season 5 - Episode 27 - Aired Aug 2, 2007

SpongeBob's bully of a cousin, Blackjack, is released from prison and goes after SpongeBob's parents. So it's up to SpongeBob to save them.

star 8.15
169 votes
Rock Bottom

#5 - Rock Bottom

Season 1 - Episode 35 - Aired Mar 15, 2000

SpongeBob and Patrick accidentally get on the wrong bus coming out of an amusement park called Glove World, and head for a city named Rock Bottom. When they get there, Patrick gets on a bus back to Bikini Bottom, and leaves SpongeBob by mistake. How will SpongeBob ever get home?

star 8.14
359 votes
Directors: Walt Dohrn
To Save a Squirrel

#6 - To Save a Squirrel

Season 5 - Episode 39 - Aired Nov 23, 2007

SpongeBob and Patrick stow away on one of Sandy's trips and become lost in the wild.

star 8.11
167 votes
Writers: Dani Michaeli, Luke Brookshier, Nate Cash
Banned in Bikini Bottom

#7 - Banned in Bikini Bottom

Season 5 - Episode 35 - Aired Nov 23, 2007

SpongeBob's musical tribute irritates Miss Grissle Puss, causing Krabby Patties to be banned from Bikini Bottom.

star 8.05
176 votes
Writers: Aaron Springer, Steven Banks
The Bully

#8 - The Bully

Season 2 - Episode 32 - Aired Oct 5, 2001

At boating school, a new student shows up, but he says he's gonna kick SpongeBob's butt! This makes life miserable for poor SpongeBob, who is trying to figure out how to protect himself.

star 7.99
226 votes
Directors: Alan Smart
Writers: Jay Lender, Merriweather Williams, Sam Henderson
Just One Bite

#9 - Just One Bite

Season 2 - Episode 31 - Aired Oct 5, 2001

Squidward takes his first bite of a Krabby Patty, and, although he tells SpongeBob he hates it, he loves it. He ends up trying to sneak one so SpongeBob won't find out he was lying.

star 7.95
248 votes
Directors: Alan Smart
Writers: Jay Lender, Merriweather Williams, Sam Henderson
Neptune's Spatula

#10 - Neptune's Spatula

Season 1 - Episode 39 - Aired Apr 1, 2000

SpongeBob and Patrick go to the Fry Cook Museum and are looking at the exhibits, when they come across the a spatula stuck in hardened grease. This spatula could only be pulled out by a fry cook worthy enough to cook for Neptune himself. Spongebob pulls the spatula out with ease, and is excepted to move to Atlantis as Neptune's fry cook! But, when Neptune tells SpongeBob he cannot bring his friends, SpongeBob starts to reconsider. Will SpongeBob leave his friends behind?

star 7.93
423 votes
New Digs

#11 - New Digs

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Jul 25, 2007

After he is late for work by one minute, SpongeBob is worried that it'll happen again, so he decides to move into the Krusty Krab. At first, Squidward completely enjoys the fact that SpongeBob's no longer living next to him, but Mr. Krabs is concerned when SpongeBob is taking up too much space in his office and, worse of all, scaring away his customers.

star 7.88
390 votes
Scaredy Pants

#12 - Scaredy Pants

Season 1 - Episode 26 - Aired Oct 28, 1999

Spongebob decides to try and make a real splash at Mr. Krabs' Halloween Party, so he chooses to dress as the legendary Flying Dutchman.

star 7.88
462 votes
Directors: Alan Smart
Writers: Paul Tibbitt, Peter Burns
The Algae's Always Greener

#13 - The Algae's Always Greener

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 22, 2002

Plankton invents a machine enabling him to switch lives with Mr. Krabs. He then finds out that Mr. Krab's life isn't as good as it seems

star 7.87
385 votes
Writers: Merriweather Williams
SpongeBob, You're Fired!

#14 - SpongeBob, You're Fired!

Season 10 - Episode 22 - Aired Nov 11, 2013

To save money, Mr. Krabs fires SpongeBob.

star 7.87
134 votes
Life of Crime

#15 - Life of Crime

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired May 5, 2001

SpongeBob and Patrick find out that you can borrow anything without permission as long as you return it, or that's what wise Mr. Krabs says. SpongeBob and Patrick want a balloon, but neither one has any money, so they "borrow" it and it pops. They decide to run away and live like criminals, because they think they're now "thieves."

star 7.86
293 votes
Directors: Alan Smart
Writers: Aaron Springer, C.H. Greenblatt
Rule of Dumb

#16 - Rule of Dumb

Season 4 - Episode 31 - Aired Feb 19, 2007

Patrick's ancestors were adlings, so Patrick is the legal king of Bikini Bottom and now he reigns/misrules Bikini Bottom.

star 7.83
117 votes
Artist Unknown

#17 - Artist Unknown

Season 2 - Episode 28 - Aired Sep 21, 2001

Squidward starts to teach an art class at the Recreation Center, but SpongeBob is the only person who shows up. Then, Squidward tries to pass off SpongeBob's art sculpture as his own, in order to impress a big-shot art collector.

star 7.82
291 votes
Writers: Walt Dohrn, Merriwether Williams
A SquarePants Family Vacation

#18 - A SquarePants Family Vacation

Season 9 - Episode 24 - Aired Nov 11, 2011

Patrick goes on vacation with SpongeBob's family to the Great Barrier Reef.

star 7.82
136 votes
Karen's Baby

#19 - Karen's Baby

Season 12 - Episode 13 - Aired Aug 10, 2019

Karen quickly learns that kids grow up too fast after her new child arrives in the mail.

star 7.82
28 votes
Roller Cowards

#20 - Roller Cowards

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Jul 27, 2007

SpongeBob and Patrick are excited because they are going to ride "The Fiery Fist O' Pain." But when SpongeBob has terrible experience in a nightmare, they are both too scared to ride it and stall by riding the kiddie rides first.

star 7.81
284 votes
Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V

#21 - Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Jun 1, 2002

After being treated too much like a child by everyone, Barnacle Boy quits being a superhero and decides to be a supervillain and joins Man Ray and The Dirty Bubble. The three form the group "EVIL," which stands for "Every Villain Is Lemons." While Patrick, SpongeBob, Sandy, and Squidward become superheroes and form the group "I.J.L.S.A.," which stands for "International Justice League of Super Acquaintances," to prevent "EVIL" from committing crimes.

star 7.80
464 votes
Picture Day

#22 - Picture Day

Season 5 - Episode 25 - Aired Aug 2, 2007

It is picture day at Boating School and SpongeBob wants to look his best. But no matter what, he keeps getting dirty one way or another.

star 7.80
173 votes
The Idiot Box

#23 - The Idiot Box

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 1, 2002

SpongeBob and Patrick buy a big screen TV, just so they can use the box using imagination, while Squidward refuses to believe that they are using their imagination inside the box on account of all the noise they are making.

star 7.79
558 votes
Directors: Aaron Springer
Writers: Merriweather Williams, Paul Tibbitt
Eek! An Urchin

#24 - Eek! An Urchin

Season 10 - Episode 11 - Aired Oct 27, 2012

The Krusty Krab crew have a problem on their hands when SpongeBob finds an urchin.

star 7.78
222 votes
Choir Boys

#25 - Choir Boys

Season 6 - Episode 34 - Aired Mar 20, 2009

Squidward tries to avoid SpongeBob while on his way to an audition for the Bikini Bottom Men's Chorus.

star 7.78
165 votes
Writers: Aaron Springer, Richard Pursel