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SpongeBob’s second film, The SpongeBob movie: The sponge out of the water, hits theaters today. With his beloved characters and hilarious wit, Sponge Bob SquarePants is Probably the best cartoon ever. I haven’t watched a new episode in 10 years, yet I can’t escape the daily spongy references. At home, the SpongeBob SquarePants lexicon makes up about 85% of my daily dialogues and just yesterday I received a Snapchat from my best friend holding canned bread, my favorite SpongeBob SquarePants.

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous about seeing the new movie for obvious reasons. If you talk to a big SpongeBob fan in their 20s, they’ll tell you that the show lost some of its magic when he decided to cater to kids. (How ironic!) In most of the more recent episodes, I find myself thinking “where’s the sarcasm and the brilliant stupidity ?!” Nothing beats classic episodes. Whether you’re a true SpongeBob fan or seeing him in theaters for the first time this weekend, here are the 10 essential SpongeBob episodes that are the best ever. Disclaimer: This is about to get extremely out of date.


‘Squidville’ (Season 2, Episode 6)

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After an aggravated Squidward leaves Bikini Bottom, he discovers that a city filled with all of his weird passions and duplicates isn’t as great as he had imagined. In this episode, we learn that Squidward deep down enjoys SpongeBob SquarePants even more than canned bread. [Watch “Squidville” on Amazon Prime]


‘Dying For Pie’ (Season 2, Episode 4)

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For Employee Fellowship Day at Krusty Krab, employees, SpongeBob and Squidward, must exchange homemade gifts. After receiving an eyelash sweater from Spongebob, Squidward ventures out to buy an explosive pie to give to Spongebob. Some of the best quotes come from this episode including, “I was not sure about the size of the hole for the head, so I used a watermelon for the size.” and “Just the three of us. You me, and that brick wall you built between us. [Watch “Dying For Pie” on Amazon Prime]


“My pretty seahorse” (season 3, episode 2)

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In this episode, SpongeBob SquarePants befriends a majestic seahorse and wants to play with it all day. Sadly, he’s more of a burden than anything else and Mr. Krabs forces SpongeBob to release him back into the wild. The best part of this episode is the ending with Patrick as well as when SpongeBob SquarePants decide on the name of the seahorse. [Watch “My Pretty Seahorse” on Amazon Prime]


“Artist unknown” (season 2, episode 18)

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Squidward teaches an art class and is haunted by the undeniable talent of SpongeBob SquarePants. After SpongeBob SquarePants create a replica of Michelangelo’s David, Squidward literally tries to put his nose to it. If you haven’t guessed it yet, Squidward is my favorite character and you can see why in this episode. [Watch “Artist Unknown” on Amazon Prime]


“Algae are always greener” (season 3, episode 1)

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In this gripping episode, Mr. Krabs and his nemesis, Plankton, change their lives! Plankton discovers that Mr. Krabs’ life, which he thought was perfect, was, in fact, incredibly irritating. Between SpongeBob SquarePants panicked at the thought of giving the client a big instead of a medium and his now whale daughter, Pearl, crying for a dollar, Plankton quickly realizes that his life is not as bad as it is. ‘he had thought so. [Watch “The Algae’s Always Greener” on Amazon Prime]


‘Krusty Krab Training Video’ (Season 3, Episode 10)

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This episode shines because I can honestly say that I have never seen anything like it on any show before. Unlike all the other episodes, this one has a very different format. This is a training video intended for the instruction of future Krusty Krab employees. We learn the secrets of Krusty Krab, including what POOP (People Order Our Patties) stands for. The abrupt ending of this episode brilliantly keeps us from knowing what’s in the secret Krusty Krab sauce. [Watch “Krusty Krab Training Video” on Amazon Prime]


“Band Geeks” (Season 2, Episode 15)

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I’m sorry Katy Perry, but Spongebob was the best part-time entertainer ever. One of the great things about this show is that the songs are insanely catchy. The performance of this episode of “Sweet Victory” was definitely the best song until Goofy Goober’s final song from The Spongebob Squarepants steals our hearts. Squidward’s proud smile and Patrick’s commentary, “Is Mayonnaise an Instrument” easily make this episode one of the best. [Watch “Band Geeks” on Amazon Prime]


‘Club Spongebob’ (Season 3, Episode 2)

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SpongeBob and Patrick have a treehouse club and tell Squidward, “You and your nose won’t fit in.” Squidward quickly discovers that he couldn’t fit in when the entire treehouse soars into the sky and lands far away. SpongeBob and Patrick believe they will be saved by their magical conch-shaped toy. This incredibly ridiculous episode is not to be missed. [Watch “Club SpongeBob” on Amazon Prime]


‘Chocolate With Nuts’ (Season 3, Episode 12)

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When asked, most SpongeBob SquarePants fans say “The Chocolate Episode” is their favorite. SpongeBob and Patrick test their entrepreneurial skills by selling chocolate to Bikini Bottom. They make important decisions such as sticking to their real estate stripping tactic and buying carry bags. This episode does not disappoint. [Watch “Chocolate With Nuts” on Amazon Prime]


“Shanghaied” (season 2, episode 13)

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In this episode, SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick, and Squidward board the Flying Dutchman’s ship and learn about the ship’s fragrance department, the Dutchman’s sock fetishes, and Patrick’s bargaining abilities. Kind of like a Goose bumps book, Nickelodeon asked real viewers to choose one of three possible endings for this special episode. The formidable writing, creativity and sheer awkwardness of “Shanghaied” make it the best episode ever. [Watch “Shanghaied” on Amazon Prime]