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Sponge Bob SquarePants is a show that many people have fond memories of. Whether it’s watching SpongeBob get his job at the Krusty Krab or Squidward traveling to the future, there have been so many great moments that have defined a generation. That changed after Spongebob square pants film, however, the quality of the episodes being largely random.

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Nowadays, fans come back and revisit the early seasons while avoiding some of the more recent ones. We will explore what these differences are by listing the 5 best and the 5 worst. Sponge Bob SquarePants episodes. Episodes from all seasons are on the table.


Is there a lot of explanation needed for this episode? “Band Geeks” is often considered the best episode of Sponge Bob SquarePants. The writing, the rhythm, the jokes and the visuals are all there. Squidward tries to build a fanfare, which leads to appearances from the entire cast.

The episode also spawned some of the show’s most iconic jokes, including, “Is mayonnaise an instrument?” and “big fleshy claws”. To top it off, the episode ends with one of the most memorable songs on television. There are so many people who could sing “Sweet Victory” by now, and it’s all because of this episode.

9 WORST: Ink lemonade

“Ink Lemonade” is the most recent Sponge Bob SquarePants episode on this list, but it manages to be one of the worst. It starts with a familiar setup: Patrick tries to run his own lemonade stand. He doesn’t get much business until Squidward gets scared and sucks in the lemonade. So people like it, which is downright disgusting.

Then the episode is a full cut-out of Patrick finding sadistic ways to terrify Squidward and collect the ink he shoots from his body. He comes across as juvenile and petty, something that Sponge Bob SquarePants should never be.



Krusty Krab Pizza is the pizza for you and me! This episode pairs SpongeBob SquarePants and Squidward as they walk through Bikini Bottom to deliver the very first Krusty Krab pizza. An episode of the show’s first season, “Pizza Delivery” has both charming animation and excellent writing.

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SpongeBob SquarePants and Squidward have great chemistry together, Squidward acting like the straight man of SpongeBob’s seemingly absurd behaviors. It also shows that Sponge Bob SquarePants isn’t afraid to defy expectations for being a little absurd, with SpongeBob leading a rock. It also ends with one of the best jokes in the series.


Mr. Krabs is clearly a greedy character, but he had a lot of redeeming qualities and people to tell him that he was never painful to watch (at least initially). That changed in “One Coarse Meal”. In this episode, Mr. Krabs finds out that Plankton is terrified of Pearl (something that has never been discussed before).

Then, Krabs continues to torment Plankton for the remainder of the episode, which sends Plankton into a very real depression in some poignant scenes. It’s problematic due to the poor way Plankton is treated, how horribly horrible Mr. Krabs is, and how ignorant the story is of the rest of the series in general.


SpongeBob and Patrick want to be entrepreneurs, so they buy a bunch of candy bars to sell door-to-door. Not only does “Chocolate With Nuts” have entertaining commentary on the commercial as well as business in general, it also has some great jokes throughout the episode.

Of course, the iconic “Chocolate!” the line takes center stage, with a hilarious payoff at the very end. Seeing the two friends interacting with random people in Bikini Bottom was also a treat as they learned how to sell their wares better. The best part is that they manage to be successful in their business and make dates as well.


Patrick has always been SpongeBob’s misguided but useful best friend. He gives clearly incorrect advice, but he’s such a good kid it’s hard to love him. Unfortunately, Patrick’s writing gradually deteriorated after the first film.

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Perhaps the worst episode starring Patrick is “Pet Sitter Pat”. In this episode, SpongeBob SquarePants ask Patrick to watch over Gary for a little while. However, Patrick is so incompetent that he ends up torturing Gary for the entire episode. It’s not funny and downright horrible to see Gary treated so badly. Patrick didn’t even suffer any consequences for treating Gary that way.


Say it with us: “Imagination”. Sponge Bob SquarePants subtly incorporated a lot of themes into its episodes, but “Idiot Box” remains one of the best. He encourages viewers to never forget the beauty of the imagination by asking SpongeBob and Patrick to buy a massive TV just to play in the box.

Not only do we get some creative and fun times with SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick, but we also get to watch Squidward try to figure out how the box works. In the end, the point is pressed with Squidward learning to use the box using his own imagination.


An episode like “SpongeBob, you’re fired!” has a premise to be interesting. After all, SpongeBob SquarePants greatly enjoy his job at Krusty Krab, so losing him would bring his world to pieces. Unfortunately, the end result is “SpongeBob, you’re fired!” is awful, boring and not entertaining.

SpongeBob SquarePants spend much of the episode crying. Then he mopes for the rest until he’s finally taken back because he’s so sad. The episode introduces a problem, then resolves it at the end by reverting to the status quo. Unfortunately, the bland ride is not worth the effort.


SpongeBob SquarePants can be funny, but even he can go too far. The writers recognized the danger of abusing a joke in “Ripped Pants,” but that’s precisely why it’s such a good episode. This is both a lesson for SpongeBob SquarePants and the public.

Despite the fact that SpongeBob SquarePants abuse a joke, the writers know all the time it’s not funny, so they don’t present it that way. “Ripped pants” might not be the funniest part Sponge Bob SquarePants episode, but it’s a classic that still makes a lot of sense today. Then there’s the end of the episode, where SpongeBob SquarePants sing a funny song with other Losers on the beach.


If you could think of the most disgusting, horrible thing you’ve ever seen on TV, we guarantee it doesn’t compare to “Face Freeze!” This episode is essentially a retread of “Hooks”, where SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick continue in behavior that Mr. Krabs warns them about.

This time, however, he makes some really ugly and disgusting faces to see. With this taking up the majority of the episode, it makes it all difficult to watch. Best of all, those who skip the entire episode aren’t rewarded by seeing normal characters again. Instead, the episode ends by showing SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, and Squidward, all with disgusting faces.

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