Online, news of Stephen Hillenburg’s death was greeted with SpongeBob SquarePants memes and mournful quotations from his most famous creation. (“Today, mayonnaise is an instrument.”) In the Slate offices, it was met with equal amounts of sadness and nostalgia, especially within a particular age range. SpongeBob has been on the air since 1999, meaning that Hillenburg’s undersea, anthropomorphic comedy has made its mark on countless young viewers, many of whom have now grown up. Slate recruited its team of young millennials, many of whom watched SpongeBob in the late ’90s and early 2000s, to identify the most essential episodes from that early period—and to articulate what it is about SpongeBob that has endured for so long. Here are their picks.
I LOVE THIS EPISODE!
Band Geeks, Secret Box, Idiot Box, Best Day ever, and the camping episode should be at the top.
This deserves to be number one. I’m watching “Pizza Delivery” right as I’m typing this. Haha, I love Spongebob and Squidward together!
it was funny when there were singing
Squidward is finally successful
2. Chocolate with Nuts
Best episode ever even better than number1! Ps who the heck put the “best” day ever on here I hate the music
My favorite part of this episode is when the chocolate fish exclaims CHOCOLATE! And in the end he asks if he could buy all of their chocolate and Patrick is so surprised he dumps all the chocolate bars out of his pants and even poops out a kisses chocolate. This is the part where I crack up. There is one other episode not on the list that I think is hilarious, and it is Krusty Love, which should replace Best Day Ever. At the end of this episode, SpongeBob is so mad he curses at his own boss Mr. Krabs in front of Mrs. Puff when she looks at a dictionary and her cheeks turn red and Mr. Krabs’s mouth grows wide open.
Funniest episode of SpongeBob I have ever seen! Though band geeks is great too especially that song at the end… it’s amazing and that’s probably why its number one because of the song
This one was hilarious. but it made me hungry
3. Pizza Delivery
Squid at the end, showing genuine concern for SpongeBob “Sponge?… Sponge?
“who cares about the costumer? “I do”. “well I don’t” (hurricane stops) ‘gasp’ Squidward. Best line ever next to My Names Not. RICK. How is this not number one? It has more memorable moments than any of the other old episodes. This episode has a classic plot just like camping episode or band geeks. The part where Spongebob runs over Squidward with the boulder was hilarious, and the song is simply priceless. This song is loved by all Spongebob fans, and so is this episode. If you’re a Spongebob fan that instantly means you’ve seen and love this episode. My favorite episode of Spongebob will always be this. It should be number
This episode is SO funny! I love the part when SpongeBob is explaining to Squidward about a movie that he saw about pioneers and when he tries to convince Squidward to eat the coral instead of the tasty pizza!
Dis be my favorite episode.
4. The Camping Episode
Best Episode Ever. “WRITE THAT DOWN, WRITE THAT DOWN! ” (Patrick draws Tic-Tac-Toe Symbols). Perhaps my favorite line ever.
This should be number one. The Marshmallow shot through Squidward’s clarinet and protruded at the back of his head gets me every time. Chew. Chew. Chew. Awesome song to boot.
Most hilarious episode. I’m 25 years old, and every time I see this episode, I totally bust out laughing every time Squidward gets repeatedly mauled by the sea bear! lol
Squidward (after being mauled for the 100th time): What did I do that time?
Spongebob: I don’t know… I guess he just doesn’t like you!
“I call this one, The Campfire Song Song! “
5. Graveyard Shift
AND THE WALLS WILL OOZE GREEN SLIME! Oh wait, they always do that.+102
Number 14 the night shift, is the graveyard shift in a different way. So you may have mixed it up. Wicth makes this list have 60 episodes. Even though its mixed up, it is a great episode and you can check out the top 100 episodes. My top ten are
9, Graveyard shift
8, rock Bottem
7, naughty nautical neighbors
4, survival of the idiots
1, RIPPED PANTS( including the song that makes me feel better+53
This is my favorite episode. This episode is so funny, and the plot is so amazing. SpongeBob SquarePants use to be such a good show, but there was an obvious decrease in the quality of the show after the SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. I can’t believe how bad the most current episodes are. The episodes clearly don’t have the same great storylines that made the show so popular more than a decade ago.
It’s a good episode, but the scene at the end used to scare me really badly.
2 best lines:
“Where’s the leak, ma’am? ” and
I like the part where Patrick says Finland and also the part where Squidward gets the pencil drawing hair.
This episode is REALLY funny. We’re watching it right now+35
This is the best SpongeBob episode.
7. Krusty Krab Training Video
WHY CAN’T WE HEAR THE KRABBY PATTY SECRET FORMULA?!?!
Because if plankton steals a copy of the tape that he would figure it out.
This episode flat-out lacks a fourth wall, which is something I really love. Also, People Order Our Patties is one of the funniest moments on the show.
The first episode I ever watched, and the real best in my opinion (Sorry Pizza Delivery, Band Geeks, and Wishing You Well)
This episode is AMAZING! This episode is a perfect representation of an actual training video. None of the jokes fall flat and they were really cracking me up. Some of the best parts were the hoopla, POOP, the “I really wish I weren’t here right now” button, the emergency part, Plankton refusing to get kicked out of the restaurant and way more! I love the fourth wall breaks too! This episode is such a classic and is very memorable. I rate this episode an 11/10.
8. Idiot Box
Even to this day, I have a giant box I play in almost every day. I’m 18 now, and it’s mostly used for privacy with my girlfriend, but I do exercise my imagination with it when I can.
It filled my life with imagination. (Rainbow)
I’m watching this episode as I’m typing “isn’t there anything other than boxing”.
This should be Number ONE
9. Sailor Mouth
Proof that even SpongeBob has a dirty mouth. And that scene with Mr. Krabs cursing is hilarious!
This episode cracks me up. My favorite part of it was when they first started swearing in the first place.
If you noticed here, many of the best episodes have memorable humor. Though I have a different sense of humor [thanks to YouTube Poop], many people love this for the cursing. I will nitpick that the humor takes over the story and makes less supportive, but hey, who doesn’t love a good laugh?
WHAT KIND OF BB GENIUS PUT A BROCK IN A B PATH?
I thought this one was hilarious, really cool with a lot of neat scenery. Squidward’s even funnier than SpongeBob here!
Squidward: Future! Future! Future! FUTURE! This was one of the lines ever. This episode reminds me of how much I miss the old SpongeBob.
Best episode ever and the first one I’ve seen. I grew up with SpongeBob and this has always been my favorite.
Two words: caveman SpongeBob