The BEST Episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 7, 2020

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!

Banned in Bikini Bottom

#1 - Banned in Bikini Bottom

Season 5 - Episode 40 - Aired Nov 23, 2007

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

star 8.91
87 votes
Writers: Aaron Springer, Steven Banks
The Hankering

#2 - The Hankering

Season 12 - Episode 25 - Aired Nov 30, 2019

Mr. Krabs has a secret taste for something… surprising.

star 8.75
8 votes
The Ghost of Plankton

#3 - The Ghost of Plankton

Season 12 - Episode 20 - Aired Oct 12, 2019

Plankton becomes a ghost to steal the secret formula, but requires a few lessons from the Flying Dutchman.

star 8.50
2 votes
Best Frenemies

#4 - Best Frenemies

Season 4 - Episode 34 - Aired Mar 31, 2007

After a smoothie stand selling "kelpshakes" opens near the Krusty Krab and the Chum Bucket, Plankton and Mr. Krabs work together to stop it.

star 8.50
2 votes
A Cabin in the Kelp

#5 - A Cabin in the Kelp

Season 12 - Episode 21 - Aired Oct 12, 2019

The Gal Pals take Pearl to a cabin in the woods for a weekend of silly pranks.

star 8.40
5 votes
To Save a Squirrel

#6 - To Save a Squirrel

Season 5 - Episode 33 - Aired Nov 23, 2007

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

star 8.39
157 votes
Writers: Dani Michaeli, Luke Brookshier, Nate Cash
Sailor Mouth

#7 - Sailor Mouth

Season 2 - Episode 34 - 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 8.38
327 votes
Writers: Walt Dohrn, Merriwether Williams
Stanley S. SquarePants

#8 - Stanley S. SquarePants

Season 5 - Episode 41 - Aired Nov 23, 2007

SpongeBob's klutzy cousin, Stanley, comes for a visit.

star 8.36
59 votes
Writers: Eric Shaw, Luke Brookshier, Nate Cash
Rule of Dumb

#9 - Rule of Dumb

Season 4 - Episode 32 - 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 8.30
100 votes
Karen's Baby

#10 - 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 8.29
17 votes

#11 - BlackJack

Season 5 - Episode 29 - 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 8.24
139 votes
Band Geeks

#12 - Band Geeks

Season 2 - Episode 29 - 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 8.22
337 votes
Directors: Aaron Springer
Rock Bottom

#13 - 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 8.11
331 votes
Directors: Walt Dohrn
The Fry Cook Games

#14 - The Fry Cook Games

Season 2 - Episode 37 - Aired Sep 28, 2001

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

star 8.11
204 votes
Writers: Paul Tibbitt, Mark O'Hare
SpongeBob, You're Fired!

#15 - SpongeBob, You're Fired!

Season 10 - Episode 22 - Aired Nov 11, 2013

To save money, Mr. Krabs fires SpongeBob.

star 8.02
126 votes
Choir Boys

#16 - 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 8.01
150 votes
Writers: Aaron Springer, Richard Pursel
SpongeBob's Bad Habit

#17 - SpongeBob's Bad Habit

Season 12 - Episode 17 - Aired Sep 21, 2019

SpongeBob can’t stop biting his nails, but he also can’t figure out why!

star 8.00
6 votes
A SquarePants Family Vacation

#18 - A SquarePants Family Vacation

Season 9 - Episode 23 - Aired Nov 11, 2011

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

star 7.99
135 votes
Yeti Krabs

#19 - Yeti Krabs

Season 10 - Episode 25 - Aired Mar 29, 2015

Squidward is not productive at work, so Mr. Krabs tells a tale about a yeti crab that eats lazy employees. When a real one arrives, SpongeBob takes it seriously and starts working extra hard.

star 7.98
58 votes
Directors: Alan Smart
Writers: Luke Brookshier, Marc Ceccarelli, Mr. Lawrence
Neptune's Spatula

#20 - 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 7.97
406 votes

#21 - MermaidPants

Season 10 - Episode 54 - Aired Oct 29, 2016

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

star 7.97
71 votes

#22 - Ugh

Season 3 - Episode 26 - Aired Mar 5, 2004

SpongeGar, Patar and Squog discover fire.

star 7.96
97 votes
Directors: Andrew Overtoom
Writers: Kent Osborne, Paul Tibbitt
The Whole Tooth

#23 - The Whole Tooth

Season 10 - Episode 55 - Aired Dec 3, 2016

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

star 7.95
62 votes
SpongeBob in RandomLand

#24 - SpongeBob in RandomLand

Season 12 - Episode 16 - Aired Sep 21, 2019

SpongeBob and Squidward take a delivery to a dreaded town where the laws of logic no longer apply.

star 7.92
12 votes
Life of Crime

#25 - Life of Crime

Season 2 - Episode 14 - 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 7.90
303 votes
Directors: Alan Smart
Writers: Aaron Springer, C.H. Greenblatt