I Ranked The Top 25 "SpongeBob SquarePants" Episodes To Celebrate Its 25th Anniversary And It Was Incredibly Difficult

I Ranked The Top 25 "SpongeBob SquarePants" Episodes To Celebrate Its 25th Anniversary And It Was Incredibly Difficult

Coming home from school to watch SpongeBob was a major part of my childhood. Over the past 25 years, we've seen some truly hilarious and heartwarming episodes, complete with iconic quotes and memes that have traversed generations.

Animated characters from "SpongeBob SquarePants," one looking puzzled, with a caption reading "What? What are they selling?"

So, in honor of the show's 25th anniversary, I decided to rank the top 25 episodes of all time.

SpongeBob looks perplexed reading booklet

This wasn't easy!

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Let's start with some honorable mentions.

Honestly, the first few seasons of SpongeBob were so strong it would be easy to argue for any episode to make the top. Here are some that came thiiiis close to making the list:

• Ripped Pants (Season 1, Episode 2)

• Jellyfishing (Season 1, Episode 3)

• F.U.N. (Season 1, Episode 10)

Walking Small (Season 1, Episode 18)

• Life of Crime (Season 2, Episode 7)

• Frankendoodle (Season 2, Episode 14)

Krab Borg (Season 3, Episode 9)

• Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V (Season 3, Episode 12)

• Mid-Life Crustacean (Season 3, Episode 15)

• Dunces and Dragons (Season 4, Episode 6)

25."Texas" (Season 1, Episode 18)

Sandy Cheeks in a cowboy hat plays guitar with a jellyfish floating nearby

The chase scene is an iconic meme moment:

A four-panel meme featuring SpongeBob characters, contrasting a 'mom's authority' with 'my argument'

24."Shanghaied" (Season 2, Episode 13)

Patrick, SpongeBob, and Squidward staring at the Flying Dutchman's ghostly figure in "SpongeBob SquarePants"

23."Rock-a-Bye Bivalve" (Season 3, Episode 9)

Patrick Star and SpongeBob SquarePants in SpongeBob's house, doing a silly walk with a vacuum and mop

The face SpongeBob makes when he finds out Patrick has been watching TV all day at "work" gets me every time.

SpongeBob SquarePants stands angry with wide eyes at night under the sea

22."As Seen On TV" (Season 3, Episode 7)

SpongeBob SquarePants on the left with his arm around a fish character in a sharped suit, looking confident, with another fish character beside them looking surprised

21."Something Smells" (Season 2, Episode 1)

SpongeBob SquarePants sitting, eating a sundae with a large smile


A fish reacting to a bad smell

20."No Free Rides" (Season 2, Episode 10)

Mrs. Puff from SpongeBob SquarePants, looking surprised with a chart in the background

19."Arrgh!" (Season 1, Episode 17)

Patrick Star, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Mr. Krabs standing together in Bikini Bottom

18."Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III" (Season 2, Episode 11)

Man Ray giving Patrick a wallet in a scene from SpongeBob SquarePants

17."Wet Painters" (Season 3, Episode 10)

SpongeBob and Patrick standing inside, SpongeBob holding a dollar, Patrick looking confused

16."The Fry Cook Games" (Season 2, Episode 19)

Patrick Star and SpongeBob SquarePants standing next to a ladder; SpongeBob has paint on his nose

15."Help Wanted" (Season 1, Episode 1)

SpongeBob in square pants holding a spatula with tomatoes and lettuce on a table

14."Krusty Krab Training Video" (Season 3, Episode 10)

SpongeBob animation with phrase "People Order Our Patties" in bold letters

13."Sailor Mouth" (Season 2, Episode 18)

Animated characters SpongeBob and Patrick playing with miniature versions of themselves on a game board

12."The Camping Episode" (Season 3, Episode 17)

Squidward in a sombrero and dress, SpongeBob in a poncho, and Patrick under a spotlight at night

11."Opposite Day" (Season 1, Episode 9)

SpongeBob SquarePants imitating Squidward, standing next to a painting with an real estate agent

Bonus points if you can recite SpongeBob's monologue:

Patrick, SpongeBob in exercise gear, and Gary the snail in a scene from an animated show

10."Squidville" (Season 2, Episode 6)

Squidward from SpongeBob SquarePants standing in a grocery aisle, holding a jar and smiling

9."Sleepy Time" (Season 1, Episode 15)

Squidward, Mr. Krabs, SpongeBob, and Sandy sitting at a table in SpongeBob SquarePants

8."Idiot Box" (Season 3, Episode 4)

SpongeBob SquarePants creating a rainbow with his hands, expressing happiness

7."Club SpongeBob" (Season 3, Episode 2)

SpongeBob sitting next to Squidward; Patrick watches

6."Patty Hype" (Season 2, Episode 5)

SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs stand behind a stall labeled "Pretty Patties" with colorful burger stacks

5."Squilliam Returns" (Season 3, Episode 8)

Squilliam and SpongeBob at a table, a meal in front

4."Rock Bottom" (Season 1, Episode 17)

SpongeBob SquarePants standing confused in front of a bus stop at night

3."Pizza Delivery" (Season 1, Episode 5)

Squidward watches SpongeBob happily deliver a pizza, holding the box under his arm

2."Chocolate With Nuts" (Season 3, Episode 12)

SpongeBob, Patrick at a table with drinks in a cartoon setting

1."Band Geeks" (Season 2, Episode 15)

Animated character Squidward joyfully jumping

Which is your all time favorite episode? Let me know in the comments below!