Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Over the past 20 years, everyone’s favorite nautical creature has made this the easiest question to answer. Since its inception in 1999, “SpongeBob Squarepants” has grown into one of the most famous TV shows of all time, attracting various age groups with a level of creativity and wit that is not often seen. in an animated series for children.
The brilliance of “SpongeBob Squarepants” resonates far beyond the television screen; it extends deep into pop culture, uniting teens and young adults through memorable memes and timeless quotes. Given the continued success of this aquatic sponge and its underwater friends, it’s no surprise that “Nickelodeon” took every opportunity to celebrate the show’s triumphant run.
Nickelodeon’s most recent celebration, the 20th anniversary of âSpongeBob Squarepants,â is a tribute to the life of series creator Stephen Hillenburg. Hillenburg passed away in November 2018, leaving an insatiable void in the animation community. Nickelodeon chose to honor the showrunner and his legendary creation with a weeklong marathon from July 7 to 12.
In the 246 episodes of âSpongeBob Squarepantsâ that aired during the week, there were many unforgettable moments that highlighted SpongeBob’s tenure. After hours of nostalgic television, careful deliberation and careful ranking, the 5 episodes listed below are featured as the most iconic moments from the “SpongeBob Squarepants” series.
1. Bubble holder
This is arguably the most memorable episode of the series, and the mere mention of âBubble Standâ takes âSpongeBob Squarepantsâ fans back to their childhood. Everyone remembers watching SpongeBob’s ridiculous bubble blowing routine and doing their best to memorize all the steps.
âNow it’s time to bring it to townâ became the favorite quote for kids around the world as they tried out the routine with their friends. The episode also marks the first time the world has fallen in love with SpongeBob’s silly friend Patrick Star after SpongeBob blows a bubble elephant that Patrick mistakenly calls a giraffe.
âIt’s a Giraffeâ became an instant testament to Patrick’s hilarious popularity, and, many years later, would become one of the first âSpongeBob Squarepantsâ memes to bless the internet. âBubble Standâ might have just been the second episode of the series, but it was an instant classic that solidified the series’ success for years to come.
2. Change of cemetery
âGraveyard Shiftâ is another episode that’s sure to bring back childhood memories – it was the quintessential sleepover episode when it first aired. SpongeBob says, “It’ll be like a sleepover – except we’ll be sweaty and covered in grease!”
What makes this episode so iconic is the unforgettable story of the Hash Slinging Slasher. In an attempt to scare off SpongeBob SquarePants while he works nights, Squidward imagines a story about a former one-handed employee who returns to the Krusty Krab to haunt the restaurant. Every young adult remembers this story how oddly silly it is.
But perhaps the most memorable component of âGraveyard Shiftsâ is its sequitureless ending; the episode ends with an unexpected brief appearance by 1920s vampire Nosferatu. The eerie vibe of the episode makes it one of the most distinctive episodes in the series.
3. The camping episode
The concept of this episode is as simple as the title: SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick and Squidward decide to camp outside their house. There are lots of great jokes throughout this 11 minute camping trip, but what makes it iconic is fan favorite song, âThe Campfire Songâ.
SpongeBob pulls out a guitar and begins to spell out “Campfire Song” at a slow, soothing tempo. However, the song speeds up tremendously, making it a hilarious challenge as the audience tries to spell the words at the same pace as SpongeBob SquarePants (even Patrick struggles to keep up). The simplistic lyrics run deep in the minds of the show’s most casual fans.
4. Chocolate With Nuts
“Chocolate With Nuts” is the archetypal example of the spirit that makes “SpongeBob Squarepants” so great. This is the perfect episode to play for people who have never watched the series before, as its continuous stream of jokes is sure to make any cartoon new to it laugh.
Jokes flow naturally as SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick go door to door trying to sell chocolate bars, desperate to become successful entrepreneurs. Ultimately, they learn that the best way to sell something is to lie to customers about the product, which is timeless marketing advice.
5. Group geeks
Squidward’s attempt to form a band with the more inept members of Bikini Bottom pays off when they perform David Glen Eisley’s “Sweet Victory” in front of a crowd of humans (“ugly fish”). This scene only lasts a few minutes, but it had an everlasting impact on the minds of children who grew up watching cartoons.
It is unforgettable and brilliant, and it has also become the purest testament to Stephen Hillenburg’s legacy. After her death, over a million people signed a petition to have “Sweet Victory” played at halftime of Super Bowl LIII, showing just how vital this episode is to the “SpongeBob Squarepants” fandom. .