Pinned thread Season 1 Discussion

I've finally rated all Season 1 episodes, and it's time for the completed list, from best to worst.
9.5-10 Perfect
8-9 Great
Top Half 6.5-7.5 Good
5.5-Bottom Half of 6.5 Decent
4.5-5 Meh
2-4 Bad
0-1.5 Horrible

Naughty Nautical Neighbors: (10/10) Perfect
Ripped Pants: (10/10) Perfect
Tea at the Tree-Dome: (10/10) Perfect
SB-129 (10/10) Perfect
Walking Small: (10/10) Perfect
Help Wanted: (9.5/10) Perfect
Karate Choppers: (9.5/10) Perfect
Sleepy Time: (9/10) Great
Rock Bottom: (9/10) Great
Pizza Delivery: (9/10) Great
Plankton!: (9/10) Great
F.U.N: (9/10) Great
Arrgh!: (8.5/10) Great
Boating School: (8.5/10) Great
The Paper: (8.5/10) Great
Bubblestand: (8.5/10) Great
Culture Shock: (7.5/10) Good
Reef Blower: (7.5/10) Good
Pickles: (7/10) Good
Neptune's Spatula: (7/10) Good
Scardey Pants: (7/10) Good
The Chaperone: (6.5/10) Good
Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy I: (6.5/10) Good
Valentines Day: (6.5/10) Good
I Was A Teenage Gary: (6.5/10) Decent
Home Sweet Pineapple: (6.5/10) Decent
Employee of the Month: (6.5/10) Decent
Texas: (6/10) Decent
Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II: (6/10) Decent
Suds: (6/10) Decent
Opposite Day: (6/10) Decent
Squidward The Unfriendly Ghost: (5.5/10) Decent
Nature Pants: (4.5/10) Meh
Sandy's Rocket: (4.5/10) Meh
Hall Monitor: (4/10) Bad
Hooky: (4/10) Bad
Squeaky Boots: (3.5/10) Bad
MuscleBob BuffPants: (2/10) Bad
Fools in April: (2/10) Bad
Jellyfishing: (1.5/10) Horrible

Perfects: 7
Greats: 8
Goods: 8
Decents: 8
Mehs: 2
Bads: 5
Horribles: 1

Season 1: High Meh Season
Honestly, there are a lot of good ones in season 1. However, the duds are probably worse than some other seasons, and it honestly really lowers down the quality of the season. But there are a couple episodes that are still pretty outstanding, and are good episodes. It's not a season I would want to binge, but it does have some good episodes that really bring it up.
YES FINALLY SOMEONE WHO AGREES WITH ME THAT HALL MONITOR IS BAD!
 
Ones with :sbparty:are in my top 10 ones with :squidugh: are my least favorite post movie episode one bolded i havent seen
bolded italic one i need to rewatch

Help Wanted: 10/10 Amazing!
Reef Blower: 8/10 Superb
Tea At The Treedome: 0.5/10 Low Meh
Bubblestand: 0.7/10 Good
Ripped Pants: 9/10 Interesting

Jellyfishing: 10/10 Amazing!
Plankton!: 11/10 PERFECT
Naughty Nautical Neighbors: 10/10 Amazing!
Boating School: 3/10 Vile

Pizza Delivery: 11/10 PERFECT :sbparty:
Home Sweet Pineapple: 5/10 Meh
Mermaid Man And Baranacle Boy: 8/10 Superb

Pickles: 10/10 Amazing!
Hall Monitor: 1/10 Unacceptable :squidugh:
Jellyfish Jam: 8/10 Superb
Sandys Rocket: 9/10 Interesting

Squeaky Boots: 10/10 Amazing!
Nature Pants: 2/10 Bad
Opposite Day: 6/10 Okay
Culture Shock: 6/10 Okay

F.U.N.: 10/10 Amazing!
MuscleBob BuffPants: 0.2/10 Poor
Squidward The Unfriendly Ghost: 8/10 Superb
The Chaperone: 0.1/10 Horrendous
Employee Of The Month: 0.7/10 Good

Scaredy Pants: 10/10 Amazing!
I Was A Teenage Gary: 10/10 Amazing!
SB-129: 11/10 PERFECT :sbparty:
Karate Choppers: 8/10 Superb
Sleepy Time: 10/10 Amazing! (Fun Fact: This wasthe first episode i watched)
Suds: 10/10 Amazing!
Valentines Day: 0.8/10 Very Good
The Paper: 2/10 Bad
Arrgh!: 8/10 Superb
Rock Bottom: 3/10 Vile
Texas: 1/10 Unacceptable

Walking Small: 10/10 Amazing!
Fools In April: 2/10 Bad

Neptunes Spatula: 10/10 Amazing!
Hooky: 11/10 PERFECT :sbparty:
Mermaid Man And Barnacle Boy II: 5/10 Meh



OVERRALL: PERFECT SEASON
 
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  • SB-149 is such a great episode, regardless of the prehistorical Spongebob meme.
  • Pizza Delivery isn't overrated. The Krusty Krab Pizza song is actually overrated indeed.
  • I recently rewatched F.U.N., and Spongebob finding the Krabby Patty inside Plankton's "pocket" was surprisingly a very weak twist. I didn't expect it to be so predictable.
  • The "I see you-MY LEG" combo during Plankton's dream in Sleepy Time is a highlight.
  • Patrick laughing at Squidward's unfunny one-liners in Culture Shock is another highlight.
  • Ripped Pants is repetitive, I don't care for the song and Sandy's characterization leaves to be desired, Jellyfish Jam's only memories are its songs because it has no plot, Opposite Day has a great opposite montage, a satisfying ending, but an irritating middle, Squeaky Boots reuses animation, Neptune's Spatula is VERY SLOW, Walking Small is forgettable and...
    "Stepping on the beach" sounds VERY annoying
    and I used to like Sandy's Rocket back then, but now I just don't enjoy how Spongebob and Sandy are portrayed.
  • I Was a Teenage Gary is a weird one, but very far from S1 worst. I don't think it's worse than the mediocre cringe which is The Chaperone.
  • Now, as for Fools in April, it doesn't actually start too bad. I even consider Squidward's prank on Spongebob kinda funny, but after that the episode gets very boring. Plus, the ending is more rushed than nonsensical, like they didn't know how to end the story.
  • Nature Pants has no reason for existing, Spongebob has no reason for leaving everything to go living with jellyfish and Patrick ranging from desperate to downright obsessed is definitely unsettling, The Paper is just STUPID and Jellyfishing starts solidly (I mean, the beginning montage has Spongebob's ALPHA JELLYFISHING GLASSES in it), but unfortunately the rest is so unpleasant. Now THAT's way worse than IWATG, it's my personal worst S1 episode. Also... the classic Krusty Krab theme = firmly grasp it??? WHY?
 
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So it's been 4 years almost to the day that I did many of these season ratings, and I think it's time to re-evaluate my opinions, starting with season 1!

Help Wanted: 9.3/10
Reef Blower: 8.5/10
Tea at the Treedome: 8.5/10
Bubblestand: 8.5/10
Ripped Pants: 8/10
Jellyfishing: 8.4/10
Plankton!: 9/10
Naughty Nautical Neighbors: 8/10
Boating School: 9.3/10
Pizza Delivery: 9.5/10
Home Sweet Pineapple: 7/10
Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy: 7/10
Pickles: 9.4/10
Hall Monitor: 8.5/10
Jellyfish Jam: 8.5/10
Sandy's Rocket: 8/10
Squeaky Boots: 7.5/10
Nature Pants: 6.9/10
Opposite Day: 7/10
Culture Shock: 9.5/10
F.U.N.: 9.3/10
MuscleBob BuffPants: 8/10
Squidward The Unfriendly Ghost: 9/10
The Chaperone: 8.5/10
Employee of the Month: 8/10
Scaredy Pants: 9.4/10
I Was a Teenage Gary: 7.8/10
SB-129: 9/10
Karate Choppers: 9/10
Sleepy Time: 8.8/10
Suds: 8.5/10
Valentine's Day: 7.8/10
The Paper: 8/10
Arrgh!: 9/10
Rock Bottom: 7.8/10
Texas: 9/10
Walking Small: 9.5/10
Fools in April: 9/10
Neptune's Spatula: 7.8/10
Hooky: 7/10
Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II: 7/10

Top 5:
5. F.U.N.
4. Pizza Delivery
3. Scaredy Pants
2. Walking Small
1. Culture Shock

Bottom 5:
5. Home Sweet Pineapple
4. Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II
3. Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy
2. Hooky
1. Nature Pants

Scoring:
Amazing: 15
Great: 15
Good: 10
Okay: 1
Mediocre: 0
Tolerable: 0
Bad: 0
Abysmal: 0

Additional Comments:
Really great introduction to SpongeBob! This season is really great and I like rewatching it all the time. I like all the episodes here, but Nature Pants kind of bores and annoys me, so I often skip it on my rewatches...which is too bad because it has one of my favorite jokes with SpongeBob throwing the fire extinguisher at the fire.

I also don't like rewatching Hooky because I don't like seeing SpongeBob be embarassed lmao, I hate second-hand embarassment.
 
Rewatching the show so here are my opinions with my 3 point Rating scale

Help Wanted: Good
Reef Blower: Good
Tea at the treedome: Meh
Bubblestand: Good
Ripped Pants: Meh
Jellyfishing: Good
Plankton!: Good
Naughty Nautical Neighbors: Good
Boating School: Good
Pizza Delivery: Good
Home Sweet Pineapple: Bad

Best (so far): Pizza Delivery (19/20 Perfect)
Worst (so far): Home Sweet Pineapple (1/20 Scant)
 
Ones with :excited: are in my top 10!


Help Wanted: Good
Reef Blower: Good
Tea at the treedome: Meh
Bubblestand: Good
Ripped Pants: Meh
Jellyfishing: Good
Plankton!: Good
Naughty Nautical Neighbors: Good
Boating School: Good
Pizza Delivery: Good
Home Sweet Pineapple: Bad
MMABB: Good
Pickles: Good
Hall Monitor: Meh
Jellyfish Jam: Bad
Sandys Rocket: Meh
Squeaky Boots: Good
Nature Pants: Bad
Opposite Day: Good
Culture Shock: Meh
F.U.N.: GOOD! :excited:
MuscleBob BuffPants: Bad
STUFG: Good
The Chaperone: Bad
Employee of the Month: Good
Scaredy Pants: Good
IWATG: Good
SB-129: GOOD! :excited:
Karate Choppers: Meh
Sleepy Time: Good
Suds: Good
Valentines Day: Good
The Paper: Bad
Arrgh!: Bad
Rock Bottom: Meh
Texas: Bad
Walking Small: GOOD! :excited:
Fools in April: Good
Neptunes Spatula: Good
Hooky: Good
MMABBII: Good

Best: SB-129
Worst: Jellyfish Jam
 
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  • SB-129 is easily the best episode of this season due to a lot of good gags
  • I used to hate Pizza Delivery but since i am rewatching the show i actually now like it
  • Walking Small is REALLY good
  • Pickles isnt meh i just accidentally put on the meh section
  • Hall Monitor does indeed have a solid amount of humor but the gags are a bit weak
  • I despise The Paper because i almost fell asleep during it
  • Jellyfish Jam is the probably the first bad episode of spongebob in my opinion as well as the worst episode of season 1
 
Bad (1/5)
41. I Was a Teenage Gary

Average (2/5)
40. The Chaperone
39. Nature Pants
38. Sandy’s Rocket


Good (3/5)
37. Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost
36. Jellyfishing
35. Bubblestand
34. Plankton!
33. The Paper
32. Fools in April
31. Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy
30. Jellyfish Jam
29. MuscleBob BuffPants
28. Boating School
27. Reef Blower
26. Opposite Day
25. Culture Shock
24. Naughty Nautical Neighbors


Great (4/5)
23. Ripped Pants
22. F.U.N.
21. Squeaky Boots
20. Karate Choppers
19. Valentine’s Day
18. Hooky
17. Texas
16. Hall Monitor
15. Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II
14. Employee of the Month
13. Tea at the Treedome
12. Scaredy Pants
11. Help Wanted
10. Neptune’s Spatula
9. Home Sweet Pineapple


Amazing (5/5)
8. Walking Small
7. Sleepy Time
6. Arrgh!
5. Suds
4. Pizza Delivery
3. Pickles
2. SB-129
1. Rock Bottom


Season 1 Score: 3.63 (Good)

Thoughts:
It is surprising how good Season 1 is, most first seasons are usually regarded as a bit slower, a bit worse than the later seasons, but season 1 is for the most part, prime SpongeBob, sure, most of the early episodes landed in the bottom half of this list, and this season still had a dud or two, but when I only consider one out of your 41 episodes bad, you’ve got a pretty good show on your hands.
 
I think Season 1 is a classic and probably the most charming season of the series imo. This season does a great job introducing and establishing the show/characters. It's also a very solid start for the series. A lot of other series' first seasons end up being weaker than the rest. But I don't feel that way as much with this one. Aside from maybe a few episodes being a bit weaker, most of the episodes are very good imo. I feel the characters might be at their most charming here too, which is good for their introduction. Not at their funniest, but most charming I feel. This is still a very funny season though. I think the next few seasons are stronger as the series developed more, but this season is still strong. The cel animation is also very charming and retro.


My Episode Rankings (my opinion):
  1. SB-129 (THE BEST)
  2. Sleepy Time (THE BEST)
  3. Rock Bottom (THE BEST)
  4. Neptune's Spatula (THE BEST)
  5. I Was a Teenage Gary (THE BEST)
  6. Plankton! (THE BEST)
  7. Suds (THE BEST)
  8. Fools in April (THE BEST)
  9. Ripped Pants (THE BEST)
  10. Sandy's Rocket (THE BEST)
  11. F.U.N. (THE BEST)
  12. Opposite Day (THE BEST)
  13. Employee of the Month (THE BEST)
  14. Karate Choppers (THE BEST)
  15. Pizza Delivery (THE BEST)
  16. Help Wanted (THE BEST)
  17. Hooky (GOOD)
  18. MuscleBob BuffPants (GOOD)
  19. The Paper (GOOD)
  20. Texas (GOOD)
  21. Valentine's Day (GOOD)
  22. Scaredy Pants (GOOD)
  23. Culture Shock (GOOD)
  24. Pickles (GOOD)
  25. Arrgh! (GOOD)
  26. Jellyfish Jam (GOOD)
  27. Hall Monitor (GOOD)
  28. The Chaperone (GOOD)
  29. Walking Small (GOOD)
  30. Boating School (GOOD)
  31. Tea at the Treedome (GOOD)
  32. Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy (GOOD)
  33. Squeaky Boots (GOOD)
  34. Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost (GOOD)
  35. Naughty Nautical Neighbors (GOOD)
  36. Home Sweet Pineapple (GOOD)
  37. Bubblestand (PRETTY GOOD)
  38. Jellyfishing (PRETTY GOOD)
  39. Nature Pants (PRETTY GOOD)
  40. Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II (PRETTY GOOD)
  41. Reef Blower (PRETTY GOOD)

My Overall Season Ranking: GREAT
 
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Ranks for the season:
BAD
41. I Was A Teenage Gary
40. Fools in April
MEDIOCRE
39. Jellyfishing
38. Valentine's Day
37. Nature Pants
36. Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II
ALRIGHT
35. Sandy's Rocket
34. Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost
33. Neptune's Spatula
32. The Chaperone
GOOD
31. Scaredy Pants
30. Squeaky Boots
29. Home Sweet Pineapple
28. Boating School
27. Jellyfish Jam
26. Hall Monitor
25. Opposite Day
24. Tea at the Treedome
23. Karate Choppers
22. Suds
21. Walking Small

GREAT
20. Hooky
19. Texas
18. Reef Blower
17. The Paper
16. Ripped Pants
15. Help Wanted
14. Bubblestand
13. Culture Shock
12. Musclebob Buffpants
11. Sleepy Time
10. F.U.N.
9. Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy

GOLDEN
8. SB-129
7. Plankton!
6. Arrgh!
5. Employee of the Month
4. Pickles
3. Naughty Nautical Neighbors
2. Rock Bottom

PERFECT
1. Pizza Delivery

Ooooh boy, season one. This truly was, and still remains as, a magical season. I think the main reason is that the characters drive pretty much every episode of the season. They are all wonderfully characterized, and they make every episode a guilty pleasure to revisit, no matter how bad they might be quality-wise. Yes, there were 2 duds from the season, but I can at least find more enjoyment from watching them than some of the other stuff from the classic era. On the flip side, there are a lot of episodes from the season that are absolutely beautiful, and still hold up because of their stories and characters. The comedy is here, but I would probably categorize most of the jokes as awkward humor, which was fine, but when they found their footing in the seasons to come, they starting delving into visual gags and wordplay humor, which I think works better. Some of the funniest episodes of the season, including "Naughty Nautical Neighbors" and "Musclebob Buffpants" did include wordplay and clever visuals, but for the most part, Season 1 just kinda feels like it's struggling to do the funny. That's not a big deal though, because the season contains really well-told stories as well. "Pickles", "Arrgh!" and "F.U.N." are the most tightly-written episodes in here, which is honestly pretty amazing considering this is the FIRST season.
I'm pretty sure everyone has seen all the episodes from this season alone, but if you haven't for some reason, I do highly recommend it, as it gives a good insight to the characters and tells good stories that relate to them.
 
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Terrible:
Nature Pants
The Paper


Bad:
MuscleBob BuffPants
Home Sweet Pineapple
Texas
The Chaperone
Fools in April


Meh:
Sandy's Rocket
Jellyfish Jam
Tea at the Treedome


Okay:
Ripped Pants
Boating School
Hall Monitor
Culture Shock


Great:
MMABB
MMABBII
Bubblestand
Jellyfishing
Arrgh! (I used to hate it but i rewatched it recently and i think its now a good episode)
Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost
Employee of the Month
Karate Choppers
I Was a Teenage Gary
Neptune's Spatula
Hooky
Suds
Squeaky Boots
Valentines Day


Amazing:
F.U.N.
Scaredy Pants
Rock Bottom
Plankton!
Help Wanted
Reef Blower
Opposite Day
Pickles
Pizza Delivery
Naughty Nautical Neighbors
Sleepy Time



TOP TIER MATERIAL:
Walking Small
SB-129


Final Rating: Amazing

Best Episode: SB-129
Worst Episode: Nature Pants

Additional Thoughts:


Nature Pants: BRUH I REALLY WISH I LIKED THIS EPISODE I REALLY DO BUT I DONT! This episode is just not funny but depressing and very sad i cried at the stupidy of this episode. Defiantly in my dungeon of atrocities along with The Splinter Big Sister Sam and To Love a Patty and Crappy Land (Krabby Land)

Squeaky Boots: I never understood why people this episode its got many funny jokes and its very fun to watch. The ending was funny too! Sure its annoying but i think the annoyingness was personal meaning this episode was SUPPOSED to be annoying.

Sleepy Time: Ahhhhh yes the first episode i ever watched was Sleepy Time i love the animation here! Theres not much to explain though.

Walking Small: The jokes in fellow season 1 episode Walking Small are jokes to remember. I had many laughs at this episode! It also spawned my favorite quote which is "You used me... FOR LAND DEVELOPMENT?!"

SB-129: I believe this episode is a winner because it had much insanity. Insanity is awesome
 
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  • Arrgh! is a fun, funny adventure-filled episode, and Mr Krabs gets his comeuppance, which I appreciate
  • SB-129, Pizza Delivery, Rock Bottom & Scaredy Pants are all great episodes, but I prefer Arrgh! simply because of the adventure aspect.
  • I Was A Teenage Gary is just boring,
  • and I never liked Jellyfishing.
 
I miss this season's animation. It made everything look so cute!! D'awwwwww
 
Best Episodes: Bubblestand, Home Sweet Pineapple, Hall Monitor, F.U.N.,

Worst Episodes: Culture Shock, Sandy's Rocket
 
41. I Was a Teenage Gary
40. Nature Pants
39. Sandy's Rocket

38. Karate Choppers
37. MuscleBob BuffPants
36. Hooky

35. Texas
34. Home Sweet Pineapple

33. F.U.N.
32. Hall Monitor
31. Jellyfish Jam
30. Scaredy Pants
29. Fools in April
28. Plankton!
27. Valentine's Day
26. Bubblestand

25. Naughty Nautical Neighbors
24. Tea at the Treedome
23. Jellyfishing
22. Neptune's Spatula
21. Sleepy Time
20. Reef Blower
19. Pickles
18. Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost
17. Suds
16. Ripped Pants
15. Rock Bottom
14. The Paper
13. Help Wanted
12. Walking Small
11. Culture Shock
10. Squeaky Boots
9. The Chaperone
8. Pizza Delivery
7. SB-129
6. Opposite Day
5. Employee of the Month
4. Boating School
3. Arrgh!

2. Mermaidman and Barnacleboy II
1. Mermaidman and Barnacleboy


medians: Sleepy Time, Reef Blower
great season
 
41. I Was a Teenage Gary
40. Nature Pants
39. Sandy's Rocket

38. Karate Choppers
37. MuscleBob BuffPants
36. Hooky

35. Texas
34. Home Sweet Pineapple

33. F.U.N.
32. Hall Monitor
31. Jellyfish Jam
30. Scaredy Pants
29. Fools in April
28. Plankton!
27. Valentine's Day
26. Bubblestand

25. Naughty Nautical Neighbors
24. Tea at the Treedome
23. Jellyfishing
22. Neptune's Spatula
21. Sleepy Time
20. Reef Blower
19. Pickles
18. Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost
17. Suds
16. Ripped Pants
15. Rock Bottom
14. The Paper
13. Help Wanted
12. Walking Small
11. Culture Shock
10. Squeaky Boots
9. The Chaperone
8. Pizza Delivery
7. SB-129
6. Opposite Day
5. Employee of the Month
4. Boating School
3. Arrgh!

2. Mermaidman and Barnacleboy II
1. Mermaidman and Barnacleboy


medians: Sleepy Time, Reef Blower
great season
i agree with most of this list
 
My favorite episode from the first season of SpongeBob SquarePants is probably going to have to be Boating School.
 
My favorite episode from the first season of SpongeBob SquarePants is probably going to have to be Boating School.
the ''act natural'' joke is so funny
 
Patrick’s my favorite character in the series
 
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