15 Best ‘SpongeBob Squarepants’ Episodes, Ranked


“SpongeBob Squarepants” has taken viewers to a pineapple under the sea for more than 20 years, delivering over 250 nautical episodes and three feature-length films. The show became a staple of Nickelodeon’s cartoon slate of the early 2000s and has won five Daytime Emmy awards, with two for Tom Kenny as the voice of SpongeBob.

The underwater hijinks of SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, Sandy and Mr. Krabs have now received the spin-off treatment with “Kamp Koral,” a prequel series, and “The Patrick Star Show,” with Patrick and his family. All “SpongeBob” content is available on Paramount Plus, and “The Patrick Star Show” premieres on July 9.

To celebrate the debut of “The Patrick Star Show,” Variety ranked the 15 best “SpongeBob Squarepants” episodes — though there are many more worthy candidates throughout its run. To that point, honorable mentions are “Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V,” “Shanghaied,” “Arrgh!,” “Squidville,” “Sailor Mouth,” “Sandy, SpongeBob and the Worm,” “The Secret Box,” “Dying for Pie,” “Jellyfish Hunter.”