Arguably one of the most influential anime television shows ever created, Sponge Bob SquarePants has permeated popular culture globally like no other. Although SpongeBob is one of the oldest animated series, many agree that the first three seasons, spanning the years 1999 to 2004, were the show’s heyday, when most episodes the most memorable were produced.
In recent years, the SpongeBob SquarePants Cinematic Universe has grown exponentially with 3 new spin-off shows, including a Squidward Show jointly developed by Netflix and Nickelodeon. Over at Ranker, thousands of Goofy Goobers took the opportunity to look back and vote on the show’s greatest hits.
ten Artist unknown (September 21, 2001)
An episode full of double meanings and innuendo, “Artist Unknown” spawned many of the show’s most memorable lines and jokes, which have since been memorialized, including the artwork “Bold and Brash,” which continued to have a pop culture. follow in real life.
The episode follows Squidward who has become an art teacher at the local recreation center as he strives to teach his only student, SpongeBob, the “right way” to make art.
9 Big Pink Loser (November 16, 2000)
This episode centers on Patrick, who after seeing SpongeBob’s many awards, begins a job at the Krusty Krab in order to earn his own award. “Big Pink Loser” features one of the show’s most famous scenes when Patrick holds the Krusty Krab phone and someone calls asking “Is that the Krusty Krab?” to which Patrick responds “No, it’s Patrick!”.
The gag is repeated multiple times, with Patrick becoming angrier each time.
8 Walnut Chocolate (June 1, 2002)
“Chocolate! Chocolate!” is one of those memorable lines from that classic episode where SpongeBob and Patrick become get-rich-quick candy bar salesmen. While the episode spawned several memes, much like most other early SpongeBob episodes, there was a “B-plot” aimed at more mature audiences.
Spongebob’s voice actor Tom Kenny cites Chocolate with Nuts as one of his favorite episodes, stating that “it’s a very sick episode. You can spend hours theorizing about what those eleven minutes say about truth, lies, big business, entrepreneurship and consumerism.” on Tom Kenny’s Top 20 Podcast.
7 Shanghaied (March 9, 2001)
Featuring possibly the most outlandish yet gruesome background artwork in the series, “Shanghaied” follows SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward as they are pressed into the crew of the Flying Dutchman and his ghostly pirate ship.
The episode’s most memorable scenes are Squidward’s descent into the “Fly of Despair”, a bottomless pit of gruesome imagery, and SpongeBob and Patrick’s struggle through the “Perfume Department”. Television reviewer Jared Russo of the Medium website describes this episode as “a perfect encapsulation of the humor that SpongeBob is known for”.
6 The Idiot Box (March 1, 2002)
In a seemingly simple SpongeBob episode setup, SpongeBob and Patrick use a cardboard box to “imagine” various fantasy adventure scenarios, much to the chagrin of Squidward, who has since sparked numerous fan theories about the so-called “Silly Box”.
Over on Reddit, a number of fans have speculated about the inner workings of SpongeBob and Patrick’s seemingly magical cardboard box. Redditor mikeyfreshh proposes that Squidward really is the one with the best (over)imagination, to the point of hallucinations and psychosis after years of living next to SpongeBob.
5 The Snowball Effect (February 22, 2002)
In one of SpongeBob’s more light-hearted episodes, we find Bikini Bottom covered in a blanket of snow, prompting SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward to have a Mexican snowball fight. As the episode progresses, the snowball fight becomes bigger and more elaborate, sparking an “arms race” between the three.
In the episode, there are a number of thematic allusions to the 20th century Cold War between the United States and the Soviets. For example, Patrick is nicknamed the “Pink Menace” which alludes to the “Red Menace”, often used by the United States to refer to the Soviet Union.
4 Band Geeks (September 7, 2001)
Much loved by the SpongeBob SquarePants fandom and often topping many best episodes lists, Band Geeks is an emotional one-episode roller coaster where we follow Squidward as he tries to turn a group of misfits into of Bikini Bottom into a professional fanfare in order to impress his great rival, Squilliam Fancyson.
The episode culminates when the Squidward Marching Band performs at the Super Bowl halftime show. This epic scene, with the band doing full rock and roll mixing animation and live action elements to the song “Sweet Victory”, won Best Sound Editing in Animation at the 2002 Golden Reel Awards.
3 Change of cemetery (September 6, 2002)
While being forced to work a 24-hour night shift by Mr. Krabs, SpongeBob and Squidward begin to experience seemingly supernatural events revolving around the Hash-Slinging Slasher, a former Krusty Krab fry cook who now haunts the establishment. .
Upon its release, Graveyard Shift was met with critical acclaim, particularly Nosferatu’s surprise gag at the end, which venerable film magazine Variety described as “perfectly representing the absurdist comedy that keeps fans’ appetites alive.” Spongebob”.
2 The Camping Episode (April 3, 2004)
One of SpongeBob’s last really great episodes, The Camping Episode follows SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward as they try to survive the “great outdoors,” while camping overnight just outside their home. This episode was particularly noted for its recurring Sea Bear gag, which has a half-bear, half-fish creature continually attacking Squidward after ignoring Sea Bear’s supposed existence.
Another highlight of the episode is the Campfire Song with its catchy melody and lightning-fast lyrics.
1 Pizza Delivery (August 14, 1999)
Returning to the first season of SpongeBob SquarePants, Pizza Delivery has SpongeBob and Squidward venture on an epic road trip through the undersea desert to deliver a special edition “Krabby Patty Pizza” to a very demanding customer. The episode is filled with classic gags such as various pioneer survival tricks and the Krusty Krab pizza theme song in its various iterations.
Pizza Delivery was well received by critics and audiences and cemented the SpongeBob persona we know and love today. Tom Kenny, SpongeBob’s voice actor, states that he particularly likes the episode’s setup, “Squidward just wants out of there, but SpongeBob sees his pizza delivery as a sacred oath between him and the customer.”
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