Best Year Ever was a year-long campaign that was held worldwide and celebrated the 20th anniversary of SpongeBob SquarePants. "SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout" debuted as part of the event. It would conclude with the release of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run. However. it didn't become a reality because the COVID-19 pandemic began circulating around the world.
Commissions in Germany
Nickelodeon Germany would host SpongeBobs große Geburtstagssause (English: SpongeBob's Great Birthday Break) from July 12 to 14. Host Sascha Quade would welcome famous fans and others in a glass studio located on the Marlene-Dietrich-Platz in the center of Berlin, nicknamed "SpongeBox," such as German voice actor of SpongeBob Santiago Ziesmer, singer Lukas Rieger, the duo Die Lochis, YouTube star Freshtorge, grill master Tom Heinzle, presenter Johanna Klum, rapper Fargo, the cast of the popular Nickelodeon series Spotlight, as well as other guests. Fans could also come over the SpongeBox and congratulate the show. The event would be followed by a 48-hour SpongeBob Live-Show, including live recordings from the SpongeBox, which could also be seen online at SpongeBob.de, and special musical performances.
From July 2 to 8, the Silesian Street in Berlin-Kreuzberg would also be receiving a special tribute to the show, as well-known graffiti artist and self-proclaimed SpongeBob fan HRVB would dedicate a huge mural to the show in a unique Berlin style Housing wall.
Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, and MTV in Germany would continuously air during daytime on July 12 numerous episodes of the series. The latter in particular would air a MTV Most Wanted special showcasing musical episodes of the series, including "Band Geeks."
Commissions in other countries
Another event named SpongeBob PartyPants was hosted at Our Tampines Hub in Tampines, Singapore on July 27-28, 2019. It featured party game stations with activities such as a "jellyfishing race," the "goofiest ice-cream fight," and "hoping around Goo Lagoon," as well as photo sessions with SpongeBob, Squidward and Patrick. The main characters, as well as others like the Flying Dutchman, Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, would be present. The latter-day, there would be a screening of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water at the building's Festive Plaza. By participating in the required game stations and redeem limited edition collectibles, visitors could also receive a free Krusty Krab take-out bag. By obtaining a Golden Pickle on the SpongeBob Run app, taking a screenshot of that moment, and bringing it to the Mystery Gift Counter, the first 300 visitors could also win a mystery gift.
An event named Seronoknya Raya was held in May and June 2019 at the Paradigm Mall Johor Bahru in Johor, KL Gateway Mall in Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, and Paradigm Mall, Petaling Jaya in Selangor. It would include Raya-themed games and activities at special SpongeBob SquarePants-themed areas.
Nickelodeon teamed up with Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef to launch Junior Citizens Of The Reef, a pro-social initiative which would aim to raise awareness about protecting the Great Barrier Reef.
A SpongeBob special event was hosted by Nickelodeon Japan on the Tokyo Summerland aquatic amusement park in Akiruno from July 15 until 17, which included meet and greet, and special photo booths. There was also a contest held, to give fans the chance to voice a character in an episode of the series. It was reported that the recordings would take place at the Tokyo Metropolitan Area on July 15.
In July 2019, it was announced that Nike would release a Kyrie x SpongeBob SquarePants collection of 5 shoe models, each one based from one of the show's five main characters: SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, Mr. Krabs and Sandy.
Kidrobot and Nickelodeon released 8-inch SpongeBob SquarePants Sea Sponge Art vinyl figures: Rainbow (exclusively sold at the Comic-Con San Diego event), Rainbow Glitter (exclusively sold online on kidrobot.com; 200 purchases only) and OG edition. The latter two were first released on July 26, 2019.
A SpongeBob beauty line was produced and released by HipDot Studios, offering products inspired by characters and featuring a palette, blush bronzer, lip glosses, and face masks of SpongeBob and Patrick, that play on the colors of the show.
The Best 200 Episodes Ever was first released on Amazon Prime Day, July 15, 2019 and was released elsewhere on August 27, 2019. The First 100 Episodes, The Next 100 Episodes, and a special-edition 20th anniversary poster originally created for San Diego Comic-Con, featuring several characters that have appeared on the show, are included on The Best 200 Episodes Ever.
On Nickelodeon channels in Greece, France, Germany, Wallonia, Central and Eastern Europe, Portugal, Spain and Italy, through summer 2019, there would be marathons named Best Yellow Summer Ever airing at Saturday afternoons.
Weekly marathons started airing on Nickelodeon Greece on July 6, every Saturday at 6:30pm. Right before the start of a Nickelodeon program, an ident promoting the event would appear; a sponge with square glasses would present facts about characters from the show (such as Gunther Fitz's statement in "Mrs. Puff, You're Fired," that SpongeBob has failed the boating test 1,258,056 times).
Every SpongeBob Ever was a marathon that aired on Nicktoons from July 7 till 11. Despite being halted for unknown reasons, resulting in over 70 half-hours not airing, the marathon was the longest one of the series, since The Ultimate SpongeBob SpongeBash, a marathon for the series' 10th anniversary.
|Title card||#||Title||Airdate||U.S. viewers|
|80a||"Best Day Ever"||July 13, 2019|
|SpongeBob's best day ever doesn't go as planned.|
|80b||"The Gift of Gum"||July 13, 2019|
|Patrick gives SpongeBob a glob of gum for Best Friends Day.|
|9a||"Nature Pants"||July 13, 2019|
|SpongeBob gives up a modern life to live with the jellyfish.|
|9b||"Opposite Day"||July 13, 2019|
|Squidward tells SpongeBob and Patrick that it is Opposite Day.|
|126||"The Clash of Triton"||July 13, 2019|
|King Neptune will not celebrate his birthday until SpongeBob and Patrick find his son, Triton.|
|51||"Party Pooper Pants"||July 13, 2019|
|SpongeBob throws a party.|
|71a||"Whale of a Birthday"||July 13, 2019|
|Mr. Krabs sends SpongeBob to get Pearl a birthday present.|
|71b||"Karate Island"||July 13, 2019|
|SpongeBob becomes "the king of karate" and travels to Karate Island with Sandy.|
|123-124||"Truth or Square"||July 13, 2019|
|During a Krusty Krab anniversary celebration, SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, and Mr. Krabs accidentally get locked in the freezer.|
|60a||"SpongeBob Meets the Strangler"||July 13, 2019|
|A criminal attempts to get revenge on SpongeBob.|
|60b||"Pranks a Lot"||July 13, 2019|
|SpongeBob and Patrick use invisibility spray to play pranks on the citizens of Bikini Bottom.|
New episodes that premiered in the United States
Since "SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout" was announced after the Kids' Choice Awards 2019. Nickelodeon continued to air new episodes on late June 2019 with "King Plankton" and "Stormy Weather," it aired the The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage!, on December 7, and two specials that involved with Patchy the Pirate such as "Patchy's Playlist" and "SpongeBob Appreciation Day: Patchy's Beach Bash!. Until things were later changed in 2020, it was originally going to air a large amount of new episodes to premiere in April 2020 due to the release of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, but due to the coronavirus outbreak, plans were changed. It was decided to delay it to July, but then it was cancelled. The event ended on January 18 with "Escape from Beneath Glove World." Not counting the new episodes that premiered on February 8, March 7, April 11, and July 17.
Here are the new episodes that premiered in Best Year Ever:
|Title card||#||Title||U.S. airdate||U.S. viewers|
|245b||"King Plankton"||June 22, 2019|
|Plankton practices ruling the world by shrinking himself down and declaring himself king of SpongeBob's aquarium.|
|246b||"Stormy Weather"||June 22, 2019|
|SpongeBob befriends a small storm cloud, but has to protect it from a crazed weather man.|
|249b||"Insecurity Guards"||June 29, 2019|
|SpongeBob and Patrick volunteer as guards at the museum, while Squidward attempts to hang his painting unnoticed.|
|249a||"Sandy's Nutty Nieces"||June 29, 2019|
|SpongeBob gets in over his head when he volunteers to babysit Sandy's three nieces.|
|251b||"Senior Discount"||July 6, 2019|
|Old Man Jenkins disrupts business as usual at the Krusty Krab, but Mr. Krabs can't find a way to kick him out.|
|250a||"Broken Alarm"||July 6, 2019|
|SpongeBob breaks his precious alarm clock, and nothing else is loud enough to wake him up on time.|
|254-255||"SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout"||July 12, 2019|
|SpongeBob and Patrick tour the surface world, while the rest of Bikini Bottom prepares a surprise party for SpongeBob.|
|245a||"Gary's Got Legs"||July 27, 2019|
|Gary is given a set of limbs to keep up with SpongeBob, but soon makes his owner looks sluggish in comparison.|
|242b||"Gary & Spot"||July 27, 2019|
|Sandy narrates the nocturnal adventures of Gary and his secret pal - Spot.|
|248a||"The Krusty Bucket"||August 10, 2019|
|Plankton creates a hybrid clone of himself and Mr. Krabs, but neither restuarant is safe from the newcomer.|
|250b||"Karen's Baby"||August 10, 2019|
|Karen quickly learns that kids grow up too fast after her new child arrives.|
|Title card||#||Title||U.S. airdate||U.S. viewers|
|252a||"Mind the Gap"||September 14, 2019|
|Squidward closes the gap in SpongeBob's teeth, which causes a dramatic and unexpected change in his demeanor.|
|257b||"Breakin'"||September 14, 2019|
|SpongeBob takes his first break at work.|
|256a||"SpongeBob in RandomLand"||September 21, 2019|
|SpongeBob and Squidward take a delivery to a dreaded town where the laws of logic no longer apply.|
|256b||"SpongeBob's Bad Habit"||September 21, 2019|
|SpongeBob can't stop biting his nails, but he also can't figure out why.|
|258b||"The Goofy Newbie"||September 28, 2019|
|Patrick takes a job at the Goofy Goober when he finds out the employees get free ice cream.|
|248b||"Squid's on a Bus"||September 28, 2019|
|Squidward gleefully switches jobs with a bus driver for an easy ride… until SpongeBob and Patrick climb aboard.|
|259a||"The Ghost of Plankton"||October 12, 2019|
|Plankton becomes a ghost to steal the secret formula, but requires a few lessons from the Flying Dutchman.|
|262a||"A Cabin in the Kelp"||October 12, 2019|
|The Gal Pals take Pearl to a cabin in the woods for a weekend of silly pranks.|
|252b||"Dirty Bubble Returns"||November 23, 2019|
|The newly reformed "Clean Bubble" takes a dishwashing job at the Krusty Krab, where he is tempted by the grime.|
|257a||"Handemonium"||November 23, 2019|
|Plankton's giant Chum Bucket glove runs wild in town, but SpongeBob has a handy friend to help them out.|
|246a||"Plankton's Old Chum"||November 30, 2019|
|When Plankton's usual spot to dump his rotten chum is too full, he tricks SpongeBob into hiding it around the city.|
|262b||"The Hankering"||November 30, 2019|
|Mr. Krabs has a secret taste for something... surprising.|
|Title card||#||Title||U.S. airdate||U.S. viewers|
|266||"Escape from Beneath Glove World"||January 18, 2020|
|SpongeBob and Patrick are sent to jail in the underground tunnels of Glove World!, leading to a daring escape.|
|Title card||#||Title||U.S. airdate||U.S. viewers|
|891||"Patchy's Playlist"||November 30, 2019|
|Patchy takes a fun-filled journey through the world of SpongeBob's best musical moments.|
|892||"SpongeBob Appreciation Day: Patchy's Beach Bash!"||January 4, 2020|
|A guy gets washed up and Patchy shows him his favorite moments from the show.|
- A clip from "Boss for a Day" was used for the promos for new episodes premiering in Fall 2019 but that episode didn't premiere in that season. Instead it premiered with "Pineapple RV" on the show's 21st anniversary.
- This was the last event to occur in 2019, and the first to occur in 2020.
- Most episodes excluding "Senior Discount," "Broken Alarm," "Gary's Got Legs," "Karen's Baby," "Breakin'," "The Goofy Newbie," "The Ghost of Plankton," "Dirty Bubble Returns," "The Hankering", and "Escape from Beneath Glove World" were premiered in other countries before they premiered in the United States.
- In a promo for "King Plankton" and "Stormy Weather" a clip of an animated version of Squidward's house from "Shell Games" was used, but that episode didn't premiere with "Jolly Lodgers" on March 7, 2020.
- Likely because that this and for its sister episode were finished while the promo began its broadcast.
- At the start of the promo for "King Plankton" and "Stormy Weather," a fan-made SpongeBob background was used when the Lego brick falls to the bottom of the ocean, which sparked controversy.
- This event created a 5-month gap between Sunday SpongeDay's "The Krusty Slammer" and "King Plankton" with no new episodes premiering in the Spring.
- "My Two Krabses" was supposed to air on April 4, 2020, but was pulled off due to a delay of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run.
- This event precedes two Nickelodeon animated series which is Lego City Adventures and Lego Jurassic World: Legend of Isla Nublar.
- "SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout" is the highest viewed episode of this event, the lowest rated are tied with "Sandy's Nutty Nieces" and "Insecurity Guards."
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|SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout (V • E)|
|Characters and actors:||JimBob • Patrick (live-action) • Mr. Manward • Mr. Slabs • Pearl Slabs • Mr. Charleston • Carol • Jack Griffo • Daniella Perkins • Kel Mitchell • Beanie McBean • Jace Norman • David Hasselhoff • Can • Gorilla Boss • Monkey Middle Managers • Gilbert Gottfried • Slappy • Patrick's lover fish • Dog walker • Rube • Pie dragon • JoJo Siwa • Michael Strahan|
|Locations:||Trusty Slab • Crumb Basket • Beach Blanket Bean-Go • Land Aquarium • Surface Land|
|Songs:||Slabby Patty Song • SpongeBob SquarePants Theme Song|
|Shorts:||1 Second From Every SpongeBob Episode!|
|Miscellaneous:||Double Dare SpongeBob Week • Best Yellow Summer Ever marathons • Bikini Bottom Bash DVD|
|The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (V • E)|
|Characters:||King Poseidon • Sage • Otto • Chancellor • The Gambler • El Diablo • Tiffany Haddock • Documentary narrator|
|Locations:||Atlantic City • The Lighthouse Casino • Camp Coral|
|Objects:||Challenge Coin • Window of Meanwhile • Wall of Failure|
|Songs:||It's Always Summer in Bikini Bottom • On the Road Again • Dream Weaver • El Diablo • How We Do • Livin' La Vida Loca • Aka Waka Maka Mia • Gary's Song • My Heart Will Go On • Secret to the Formula • Agua • Krabby Step • Snail: I'm Avail • Things Go Better With Friends|
|Miscellaneous:||DVD • Blu-ray • Book • The Great Gary Rescue! • Official Activity Book • Welcome to Camp Coral! • Happy Campers! • Soundtrack • Paramount+ • Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years • Best Year Ever • The SpongeBob 3-Movie Collection • I'm Urchin You to Leave|