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The show Sponge Bob SquarePants is, without a doubt, one of the most influential and iconic television shows of the new millennium. Premiered on May 1, 1999, the series has become a staple of Nickelodeon and a landmark for animated television. In 2021, nineteen seasons have aired, but it wouldn’t be crazy to say most SpongebobThe best episodes of belong to the first three seasons.

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Indeed, when they think of the most iconic and memorable adventures of the sponge, fans usually remember Group geeks, Change of cemetery, or of course, Ask for help. These episodes feature SpongeBob SquarePants and company in all their wacky and heartwarming glory, confirming once and for all why this is the ultimate 2000s cartoon.

ten Ask for help

SpongeBob SquarePants Help Wanted

The very first episode of the series, “Help Wanted,” features SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick, Mr. Krabs and Squidward. SpongeBob’s ecstatic, vibrant, over-the-top and slightly boring personality is on full display as he prepares to be interviewed for his dream job: Frying the Cook at Krusty Krab.

“Help Wanted” features one of the series’ most iconic sequences, to the tune of “Livin ‘in the Sunlight, Lovin’ in the Monlight”. As the Krusty Krab is filled with a horde of hungry anchovies, SpongeBob SquarePants fly in with a hydrodynamic spatula and feed the hungry crowd. It’s the perfect way to present SpongeBob’s philosophy and a wonderful start to the lovely series.

9 Treedome tea

SpongeBob SquarePants inside Treedome

Sandy Cheek’s introduction to the wacky world of SpongeBob SquarePants, “Tea at the Treedome” is the first time audiences realize how innocent and stupid SpongeBob and Patrick can be. When Sandy invites SpongeBob to drink tea in his treedome, he agrees and claims he doesn’t need the water. Alas, his efforts nearly killed him and Patrick.

“Tea at the Treedome” features fun, independent Sandy and her unique home. It also provides one of the show’s most memorable moments, when SpongeBob SquarePants eventually give in and realizes that he needs water to survive.


8 The life of crime

SpongeBob Patrick Fire

One of SpongeBob’s biggest personality traits is his honesty and correctness. He likes to do the right things and doesn’t have an ounce of mischief in his body. Patrick is also equally naive and modest, so when Mr. Krabs tricks them into believing that they can “borrow” things, they take a balloon off a rack and it bursts, they panic because they won’t be able to return it. .

Much like SpongeBob and Patrick, they overreact and decide to live in Bikini Bottom and start an outlaw life. Soon they turn on each other and hilarity ensues. “Life of Crime” has a slightly moralizing tone, but when SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick are there to deliver the message, things work out.

7 Sandy, SpongeBob and the Worm

Sandy Cheeks is one of the strongest people in Bikini Bottom. Tough and resourceful, she can easily beat most opponents thanks to her karate skills and sharp wit. When ab Alaskan Bull Worm terrorizes Bikini Bottom, Sandy volunteers to stop him, aided by a terrified SpongeBob SquarePants.

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“Sandy, SpongeBob and the Worm” is one of those episodes that are even more exaggerated than usual. It works thanks to its absurd premise and the jokes between Sandy and SpongeBob SquarePants. It also features one of Patrick’s most memorable moments, when he suggests taking Bikini Bottom “and pushing it somewhere else!”

6 Rock background

SpongeBob SquarePants Waiting for a Bus at Night in Rock Bottom Episode

Delicious and completely original, “Rock Bottom” is one of Spongebobthe strangest and most relevant episodes. Coming from Glove World, a glove-themed amusement park, SpongeBob accidentally finds himself stranded in an abyssopelagic area called Rock Bottom.

The episode features one of the rare occasions where SpongeBob SquarePants lose his temper and become increasingly frustrated with the bad luck that surrounds him. It’s also a classic “don’t judge a book by its cover” story, as the creatures SpongeBob SquarePants are initially afraid to eventually show kindness to him, allowing him to escape from the depths of Rock Bottom. .

5 Squid rest day

Squidward in Spongebob Squarepants

As children, Squidward is by far the least accessible and likeable character. He’s cranky, bitter, rude and at times downright cruel to SpongeBob SquarePants, who seem oblivious to his bad mood. As an adult, however, Squidward becomes a much more likable character, even becoming comparable.

“Squid’s Day Off” features the acerbic octopus in charge of the Krusty Krab after Mr. Krabs had to go to the hospital. Leaving SpongeBob to take care of both the grill and the cash register, he takes a day off. However, he is unable to relax as he constantly believes that an unattended SpongeBob SquarePants is going to destroy the restaurant. It’s a hilarious episode that still manages to be heartbreaking, as poor Squidward can’t seem to get a break.


Plankton is a Spongebobthe most recurring antagonist of, a minimal life form determined to steal Krabby Patty’s recipe. He approaches it several times, but his plans always fail. In “FUN”, he decides to befriend SpongeBob SquarePants and try to get the recipe from him.

The episode features a ridiculously catchy song in which SpongeBob SquarePants tries to teach reluctant plankton his philosophy and lifestyle. The infectious wholesomeness of the sponge almost succeeds in transforming the plankton, but in the end, the one-eyed villain decides to stay mean.

3 Krusty Krab training video

When it comes to unique Spongebob episodes, none hold the candle on “Krusty Krab Training Video”. Completely meta and filled with laughing humor, the episode is as much an ode to the characters as it is a full roast of them.

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“Krusty Krab Training Video” is also a master class in adult humor disguised as children’s entertainment. Kids will no doubt be delighted with SpongeBob’s gadgets, but adults will easily identify with and understand the bureaucracy of the titular training video. With other highlights like POOP, Patrick ordering a patty, and the abrupt ending, this is definitely an episode every fan must see.

2 Change of cemetery

SpongeBob SquarePants

As dark and immersive as it is hilarious, “Graveyard Shift” is one of Spongebobthe most beautiful hours. Enhanced by the jokes between SpongeBob and Squidward, and featuring the story of the Hash-Slinging Slasher, “Graveyard Shift” successfully balances an eerie tone with the classic humor of the series, creating a successful and unforgettable episode. .

The ending features famous images of Max Schreck’s Count Orlok from the classic 1922 horror film Nosferatu, making it all even more remarkable.

1 Group geeks

Squidward, next to Squilliam Fancyson, shocked to see SpongeBob SquarePants and other band members in Band Geeks

Quite possibly the best episode of the whole series, “Band Geeks” is the perfect representation of everything Sponge Bob SquarePants means. When his old rival, Squilliam, challenges Squidward and his band to perform in the famous Bubble Bowl, Squidward accepts and takes on the difficult challenge of turning the buffoons of Bikini Bottom into a real band.

“Band Geeks” Presents Most Iconic Ending of All Spongebob episode, in which Squidward’s group perform a ballad called “Sweet Victory”, conducted by SpongeBob himself. Squidward finally goes wild and dances to the rock tune, and fans around the world can’t help but shed a tear as this notoriously underrated character finally gets his moment in the limelight.

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