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We've received a tremendous response from almost 4 million fans who have voted online for their favorite SpongeBob episodes and we'll reward them with our biggest SpongeBob event ever.
— Tom Ascheim, executive vice president and general manager for Nickelodeon Television[1]
This is the page about the marathon. For other uses, see Best Day Ever (disambiguation).

The Best Day Ever marathon was a SpongeBob SquarePants marathon that aired over the course of 24 hours during November 9-10, 2006. The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie television premiere occurred after the marathon. The episode "Best Day Ever" premiered during this event.

During this event, Patchy the Pirate counted down the top 100 SpongeBob episodes while on a boat in the New York City harbor. Fans voted in the weeks prior to the marathon on an online poll. The marathon started on November 9, 2006, and ran through November 10, 2006, and ended with the network premiere of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. The marathon raised Nickelodeon's ratings to an average of over 6.7 million viewers and became the network's most highest rated day ever.[2] The episode Best Day Ever gained a total of 6.7 million viewers[3] and the network premiere of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie gained a total of 7.3 million viewers.[4]

On the TV Guides, the series synopsis would appear in the "Info" box in lieu of the episode synopses so as not to give away the rankings. During the 24-hour marathon, regular Nick at Nite programming and Nick Jr. programs (people could still watch Nick Jr. shows via Noggin until the marathon was over, though since Noggin ran for 12 hours at the time) were not broadcast.

Repeats of the top 10 episodes (referred to as "The Best 10 Ever") were shown on November 22, November 25, December 9, December 29, and January 12. The marathon (lasting for 1 day (or 24 hours)) and the new episode are both called "Best Day Ever." In Australia, the marathon (lasting for 4 days or 96 hours) has another version called "Non-Stop SpongeBob" which premiered on December 23, 2006. On February 12, 2008, the "Best Day Ever" premiered on Nickelodeon in Australia.

Top 100 Episodes

Forty-three episodes did not make the countdown as there were one hundred and forty-three episodes released prior to the marathon. "Procrastination" was ranked the 100th episode, and "Karate Island" was ranked the number one episode. The rankings on Turbo Nick are oddly different from the marathon order, and some have changed in the process. The Top 100 episodes are shown on the table below.

Rank Nickelodeon TurboNick[5]
100 Procrastination Procrastination
Sailor Mouth[6]
99 Hall Monitor
98 Clams
97 Tea at the Treedome Tea at the Treedome
Welcome to the Chum Bucket[7]
96 Sailor Mouth Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost
Tea at the Treedome
95 Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost I Had an Accident
Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost
94 Welcome to the Chum Bucket Bossy Boots
93 Bossy Boots


Wet Painters
92 Wet Painters My Pretty Seahorse
91 My Pretty Seahorse Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV
90 Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV


Rock-a-Bye Bivalve
89 Rock-a-Bye Bivalve Squid on Strike
88 Squid on Strike Home Sweet Pineapple
87 Home Sweet Pineapple Squirrel Jokes
86 Squirrel Jokes Shell of a Man
85 Shell of a Man Fools in April
84 Fools in April Krusty Love
83 Krusty Love Mrs. Puff, You're Fired
82 Mrs. Puff, You're Fired The Smoking Peanut
Mrs. Puff, You're Fired
81 Dumped Bubblestand
Mrs. Puff, You're Fired
80 Bubblestand Rock Bottom
79 Rock Bottom SquidBob TentaclePants
Rock Bottom
78 SquidBob TentaclePants


Survival of the Idiots
SquidBob TentaclePants
77 Imitation Krabs
76 Nasty Patty
Nasty Patty
(referred to as "The Nasty Patty")
Missing Identity
75 Missing Identity Bubble Buddy
Nasty Patty
74 Gary Takes a Bath
73 (skipped) Texas
72 (skipped) MuscleBob BuffPants
71 (skipped) Party Pooper Pants
70 (skipped) Sleepy Time
69 (skipped) Krabs vs. Plankton
68 (skipped) Sandy's Rocket
67 (skipped) The Lost Mattress
66 (skipped) Plankton's Army
65 (skipped) As Seen on TV
64 (skipped) Graveyard Shift
63 (skipped) SB-129
62 (skipped) Idiot Box
61 Suds
60 Whale of a Birthday
59 The Fry Cook Games
58 No Weenies Allowed
57 Wormy
56 Hooky
55 New Student Starfish
54 Opposite Day
53 Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy VI: The Motion Picture[12] Enemy In-Law
52 Dying for Pie
51 SpongeBob Meets the Strangler
50 I Had an Accident
49 Pressure
48 Culture Shock
47 Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm
46 The Paper
45 Chocolate with Nuts
44 Karate Choppers
43 Nature Pants
42 Neptune's Spatula
41 I Was a Teenage Gary
40 Jellyfishing
39 Once Bitten
38 Band Geeks
37 Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy
36 Employee of the Month


35 The Great Snail Race


34 Survival of the Idiots
33 No Free Rides
32 Squid's Day Off
31 Krabby Land
30 Arrgh!
29 Pizza Delivery
28 Prehibernation Week
27 Pickles
26 Patty Hype
25 Your Shoe's Untied
24 Help Wanted / Reef Blower
23 Bubble Buddy
22 Skill Crane
21 Just One Bite
20 Snowball Effect


19 Scaredy Pants
18 Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V


17 Grandma's Kisses
16 Ugh
15 Krusty Krab Training Video
14 F.U.N.
13 Big Pink Loser
12 All That Glitters
11 Fear of a Krabby Patty
10 Have You Seen This Snail?


9 Selling Out
8 Patrick SmartPants
7 The Camping Episode
6 New Leaf
5 Ghost Host
4 Krusty Towers
3 Dunces and Dragons
2 Wishing You Well
1 Karate Island

Episodes that did not make it to the list

Patchy segments

When the Best Day Ever countdown started, Patchy's hook was on his left side. After the next commercial, his hook was on the right side. It has since been relocated to his left hand. Patchy's hosting supposedly took place in real-time alongside the marathon. A few times during the Best Day Ever marathon in the day, the Patchy commercials would take place in the night. Some segments were shown several times. Before Squid on Strike, Patchy is seen reading a men's magazine on Jessica Alba. As Patchy reads an NYC guidebook he can remember only two of the seven seas.

Patchy fell asleep at midnight and woke up at 8:00 a.m. because he cannot remember anything between #85, Shell of a Man (shown at midnight), and #43, Nature Pants (shown at 7:45 a.m.). However, in the middle of the night, Patchy woke up (he lost track of what episode was next) to announce #61, "Suds" and came up with the excuse that he was "resting his eyes". However, he was stumbling over his words in the process, showing that he was half-asleep and, ironically, skipped numbers 62-73. After that, he went back to sleep.

On Number 6, Patchy was about to "dance" with a broom, but realized that he's on-air, and "continued cleaning," while presenting the number 6, "New Leaf."

A giant, sequined SpongeBob over New York Harbor was lowered as the #1 episode drew closer and closer, a la the famous New Years' Ball in Times Square.[18]


Film premiere

Several promotional advertisements for the airing of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie showed the film in its original widescreen aspect ratio, however, the airing of the film at 8:00 p.m. EST was in a cropped full-screen aspect ratio/pan and scan version of the film.

During the airing of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie at the climax of the Best Day Ever marathon, the Nickelodeon logo changes to a semi-transparent version of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie logo.



  • To promote the special and the episode, a SpongeBob Sponge Station was made for the 2006 New York City marathon, where sponges with the words "Best Day Ever" on them, would be handed out by people, including the Nickelodeon Senior Vice President of Consumer Products Hal Snik.[19]
  • Before the premiere of the episode, Best Buy stores across the United States would introduce a "Best Day Ever"-themed Best Buy gift card that doubles as a DVD-ROM packed with music videos, video game reviews, and more. Additional designs of the cards can be found here.
    • Also, "Best Day Ever"-themed activities would be held at the Nickelodeon Family Suites Hotel by Holiday Inn, including a themed party called the Bikini Bottom Bash. Throughout November, the hotel released a "Best Day Ever" package to its guests starting at $369.[20]
  • Patchy the Pirate's hook changes hands throughout the marathon.

The "dedication to Morita" scene.

  • The dedication card for Pat Morita at the end of "Karate Island" was removed in American television airings and Paramount+ after this marathon. However, the Polish, Canadian, Australian, Belgian, French, Turkish, Spanish, German, Greek, Russian, Asian, Philippines, Latin American, Malaysian, European, the British Nicktoons airings, all DVD releases, and the Netflix version (albeit cut short) still have the dedication intact.
  • Despite the event, the new episode broadcast was a standard 11-minute episode, which was followed by the number one episode to fill out the hour, and the premiere of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
  • There is an event with the same name in Israel, although it was different.
  • Even though Patchy claims that "Shanghaied" is one of his favorite episodes, it is not on the list.
  • The best performing episodes per season were:
    • Season 1: "F.U.N." (#14)
    • Season 2: "Big Pink Loser" (#13)
    • Season 3: "The Camping Episode" (#7)
    • Season 4: "Karate Island" (#1)
  • The worst performing episodes per season were:
    • Season 1: "Hall Monitor" (#99)
    • Season 2: "Procrastination" (#100)
    • Season 3: "Clams," (#98)
    • Season 4: "Shell of a Man" (#85)
  • There is another event that aired in the UK and Ireland and had the same premise called "SpongeBob's Top 100."
  • In the Netherlands the episode that had the best performance and ranked #1 in this event was "Krabby Land."
  • "Enemy-in-Law" was originally going to be #53, but was changed at the last minute.




  1. ^ https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nickelodeon-gives-kids-their-best-spongebob-day-ever-with-a-24-hour-marathon-counting-down-viewer-favorites-followed-by-the-best-day-ever-special-and-the-network-premiere-of-the-spongebob-squarepants-movie-56640382.html
  2. ^ https://www.nickandmore.com/posts/2006-11-13-spongebobs-best-day-ever-is-nicks-best-day-ever.html
  3. ^ https://www.nickandmore.com/posts/2006-11-13-spongebobs-best-day-ever-is-nicks-best-day-ever.html
  4. ^ https://www.nickandmore.com/posts/2006-11-13-spongebobs-best-day-ever-is-nicks-best-day-ever.html
  5. ^ Rankings according to nick.com
  6. ^ Rank #100 on television was shown as "Procrastination." This was the same with the TurboNick rank. However, TurboNick later changed the ranking episode to "Sailor Mouth."
  7. ^ Rank #97 on television was shown as "Tea at the Treedome." This was the same with the TurboNick rank. However, TurboNick changed the ranking episode to "Welcome to the Chum Bucket."
  8. ^ "Bossy Boots" was referred to as "Working Pearl" during the marathon.
  9. ^ "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV" was referred to as "Mermaid Man IV" during the marathon.
  10. ^ "SquidBob TentaclePants" was referred to as "Squidward Tentaclepants" during the marathon.
  11. ^ "Nasty Patty" was referred to as "The Nasty Patty" during the marathon.
  12. ^ Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy VI: The Motion Picture was supposed to be "Enemy In-Law" during the marathon
  13. ^ Employee of the Month was supposed to be Neptune's Spatula during the marathon.
  14. ^ "The Great Snail Race" was referred to as "Great Snail Race" during the marathon.
  15. ^ "Snowball Effect" was referred to as "The Snowball Effect" during the marathon.
  16. ^ "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V" was referred to as "Super Friends" during the marathon.
  17. ^ "Have You Seen This Snail?" was referred to as "Where's Gary?" during the marathon.
  18. ^ Kevin🌐 on Twitter: "While we're waiting for SpongeBob's #BigBirthdayBlowout…"
  19. ^ http://www.gettyimages.com/event/new-york-marathon-nickelodeon-spongebob-sponge-station-72371604
  20. ^ http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nickelodeon-gives-kids-their-best-spongebob-day-ever-with-a-24-hour-marathon-counting-down-viewer-favorites-followed-by-the-best-day-ever-special-and-the-network-premiere-of-the-spongebob-squarepants-movie-56640382.html

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