I was saddened to learn that Spongebob Squarepants creator, Stephen Hillenburg is no longer with us. Hillenburg made a mark on animation history and his personal touch to Spongebob can’t be replicated. Since his TV debut, Spongebob Squarepants has cemented himself as the definitive cartoon character of my generation, much like Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse who came before.
To remember Hillenburg, I’ve compiled a list of the best classic Spongebob episodes.
This is a personal favorite of mine because this episode is what convinced me to watch the series. Once Spongebob dove into the gospel rendition of the pizza song I completely lost it. It makes me laugh to this day.
An episode that pushed boundaries for kids animation was when Spongebob and Patrick learned a dirty new curse word. The offensive language was cleverly disguised with dolphin noises. This gag was so funny I even replicated it on my podcast years later.
The Nasty Patty
Spongebob and Mr. Krabs think they’ve killed the health inspector. Unbeknownst to them, he’s just unconscious. I laugh every time the health inspector is about to regain consciousness and is knocked out cold again.
Dying for Pie
Squidward accidentally fed Spongebob and explosive pie. Squidward then tries to make Spongebob’s last day on earth as fun as possible. It’s a special episode to revisit in light of Hillenburg’s passing.
Chocolate With Nuts
This is the funniest Spongebob episode ever! You know it, I know it. Everyone has heard of the now infamous “CHOCOLATE!” Scene.
The Spongebob Movie
Honestly, I don’t think this movie gets enough credit. The Spongebob Movie has the most satisfying plot and story arc for the characters. The animation quality is beyond anything the show produced on TV. The film utilizes mixed-media, slap-stick action, and clever dialogue. The film even spawned a decent video game. If you want to remember Spongebob at his funniest, craziest, and most positive, look no further than the movie.
Thank you, Mr. Hillenburg for reminding us how much joy can be found in the world. You will be missed.