The BEST Episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 23, 2019

Network: Nickelodeon

Come follow the adventures of the world's most lovable sponge and his starfish sidekick! Though they have the best intentions, SpongeBob and Patrick are always causing trouble… and plenty of laughs! When he's not at the Krusty Krab grilling up some epic Krabby Patties, SpongeBob can be found jellyfishing with Patrick, blowing bubbles, or annoying his favorite neighbor, Squidward! Bikini Bottom is home to the coolest creatures under the sea, and you CAN'T miss out on any of their adventures. Is mayonnaise an instrument? Watch SpongeBob SquarePants to find out! Are you ready, kids? AYE AYE CAPTAIN!

Pat the Horse

#1 - Pat the Horse

Season 11 - Episode 21

Patricks wants to be a horse.

star 8.42
19 votes
Band Geeks

#2 - Band Geeks

Season 2 - Episode 26

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 8.41
168 votes
Directors: Aaron Springer
Writers: C. H. Greenblatt, Aaron Springer, Merriweather Williams
The Fry Cook Games

#3 - The Fry Cook Games

Season 2 - Episode 30

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

star 8.36
123 votes
Writers: Paul Tibbitt, Mark O'Hare
Bulletin Board

#4 - Bulletin Board

Season 10 - Episode 50

SpongeBob puts up a community bulletin board at the Krusty Krab, but anonymous reviews lead to trouble.

star 8.27
41 votes
Plankton Paranoia

#5 - Plankton Paranoia

Season 11 - Episode 43

Plankton hasn't tried to steal the secret formula in a while... and that's making Mr. Krabs nervous!

star 8.25
4 votes
Grandmum's the Word

#6 - Grandmum's the Word

Season 11 - Episode 27

Plankton tells his grandma that he owns the Krusty Krab, but he must keep the lie going when she comes to visit.

star 8.23
13 votes
Stormy Weather

#7 - Stormy Weather

Season 12 - Episode 5

SpongeBob befriends a small storm cloud, but has to protect it from a crazed weather man.

star 8.22
9 votes
The Whole Tooth

#8 - The Whole Tooth

Season 10 - Episode 55

Patrick has to lose his last baby tooth, but he is frightened.

star 8.21
56 votes

#9 - MermaidPants

Season 10 - Episode 54

SpongeBob and Patrick have fun playing as superheroes Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy until their sworn enemies arrive.

star 8.20
65 votes
Rock Bottom

#10 - Rock Bottom

Season 1 - Episode 35

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 8.20
161 votes
Directors: Walt Dohrn
Writers: Merriweather Williams, Vincent Waller, Sherm Cohen
Pull Up a Barrel

#11 - Pull Up a Barrel

Season 10 - Episode 31

Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob tales from his old navy days.

star 8.18
22 votes
The Graveyard Shift

#12 - The Graveyard Shift

Season 3 - Episode 23

After Mr. Krabs decides to keep the Krusty Krab open 24 hours a day in a new scheme to get money, he tells Squidward and SpongeBob to do the night shift. Squidward tells SpongeBob the story of the Hash-Slinging Slasher, but his own twisted tale becomes reality!!

star 8.14
144 votes
Writers: Mr. Lawrence, Dan Povenmire
Just One Bite

#13 - Just One Bite

Season 2 - Episode 31

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 8.14
114 votes
Directors: Alan Smart
Writers: Merriweather Williams, Jay Lender, Sam Henderson
Sailor Mouth

#14 - Sailor Mouth

Season 2 - Episode 27

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 8.13
130 votes
Writers: Walt Dohrn, Merriwether Williams
The Getaway

#15 - The Getaway

Season 10 - Episode 68

When SpongeBob mistakes an escaped convict for his driving instructor, it’s the new teacher who learns a lesson.

star 8.11
18 votes
Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V

#16 - Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V

Season 3 - Episode 20

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 8.11
149 votes
Writers: Paul Tibbitt, Merriweather Williams, Kaz
The Secret Box

#17 - The Secret Box

Season 2 - Episode 25

Patrick keeps a small box everywhere he goes, and refuses to tell SpongeBob what's in it. Curiosity eventually gets the better of our spongy hero, as he decides to try and sneak a peek while Patrick is sleeping.

star 8.10
111 votes
Directors: Aaron Springer
Writers: C. H. Greenblatt, Aaron Springer, Merriweather Williams
Chatterbox Gary

#18 - Chatterbox Gary

Season 11 - Episode 22

Gary has a pet translation collar, and he's talking up a storm.

star 8.07
15 votes
Larry's Gym

#19 - Larry's Gym

Season 10 - Episode 37

star 8.06
16 votes

#20 - Pressure

Season 2 - Episode 21

SpongeBob and Sandy look at the flowers in the sky, then they decide to have a competition. However, they become angry at each other because they want to know who is better, and Sandy takes her helmet off, causing her to start drowning. So, afterwards, they go to dry land, where they get attacked by seagulls.

star 8.05
113 votes
Writers: Paul Tibbitt, Walt Dohrn
Rock-A-Bye Bivalve

#21 - Rock-A-Bye Bivalve

Season 3 - Episode 16

SpongeBob and Patrick find an abandoned clam and decide to take care of it. But they don't realize the responsibility they are giving themselves (mostly Patrick, who won't help SpongeBob).

star 8.05
138 votes
Directors: Jay Lender
Writers: Paul Tibbitt, Mark O'Hare
Artist Unknown

#22 - Artist Unknown

Season 2 - Episode 28

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 8.05
107 votes
Writers: Walt Dohrn, Merriwether Williams
The Great Snail Race

#23 - The Great Snail Race

Season 3 - Episode 27

When Squidward gets a purebred snail named Snelle, SpongeBob challenges him in the great snail race. SpongeBob trains Gary very hard to beat Squidward and Snelle. Patrick has a "snail" of his own for the race, which is a rock. At the snail race, Gary is in bad shape and SpongeBob hollers at Gary to get up, while Snelle heads straight to the finish line. Right when Snelle is a small step to the finish line, she turns back and makes friends with Gary, while Patrick's rock wins by a longshot.

star 8.03
96 votes
The Idiot Box

#24 - The Idiot Box

Season 3 - Episode 8

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 8.03
271 votes
Directors: Aaron Springer
Writers: Merriweather Williams, Paul Tibbitt
Mid-Life Crustacean

#25 - Mid-Life Crustacean

Season 3 - Episode 28

When Mr. Krabs feels like an aging old man, he tries to feel young again, so he comes with SpongeBob and Patrick for a night on the town. It turns out that the stops Mr. Krabs, SpongeBob, and Patrick go to are lame. Then, they go on a panty raid, but the house they strike at turns out to be Mama Krabs' house, and Krabs' mother sends Mr. Krabs to his room (well, at least he feels like a kid again and learning what it is like).

star 8.02
93 votes