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The fourth season of the American animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants, created by former marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg, was announced in November 2004. It premiered on May 6, 2005 with the episodes "Fear of a Krabby Patty" and "Shell of a Man," and ended on July 24, 2007 with the episode "Squid Wood."

Unlike the previous seasons' DVDs, season 4's was split into volumes. The volume one DVD was released in Region 1 on September 12, 2006, the volume two DVD was released in Region 1 on January 9, 2007, the season set was released its entirety in Region 2 on November 3, 2008, and on November 13, 2012, the entire collection of episodes from season 4 was released on DVD in Region 1.

Production

Although series creator Stephen Hillenburg wanted the show to end after release of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie to prevent it from "jumping the shark" and because SpongeBob SquarePants had peaked with the first movie, Nickelodeon wanted more episodes to be produced in accordance with high ratings and series-based merchandise sales. Thus, the show was renewed for a fourth season.[1] However, Hillenburg resigned as the showrunner and appointed Paul Tibbitt.[2]

In November 2004, Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, and the rest of the crew confirmed that they had completed four new episodes for broadcast on Nickelodeon in early 2005,[3][4] and planned to finish about 20 total for the then-fourth season.[3][4] In particular, Kenny said, "Kids were happy watching them for the 3,000th time. It was the parents who've been busting my chops for new episodes."[5] He remarked that it would be "the same show, the same sponge."[5]

Episodes

Title card # Title Airdate U.S. viewers (millions)
SBSPSeason4HD00073
61a "Fear of a Krabby Patty" May 6, 2005
2.60
The Krusty Krab opens up for 24 hours as part of Plankton's plan.
SBSPSeason4HD00074
61b "Shell of a Man" May 6, 2005
2.60
Mr. Krabs molts and loses his shell.
SBSPSeason4HD00075
62a "The Lost Mattress" May 13, 2005
N/A
SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward try to get back Mr. Krabs' lost mattress.
SBSPSeason4HD00076
62b "Krabs vs. Plankton" May 13, 2005
N/A
Plankton sues Mr. Krabs.
SBSPSeason4HD00077
63 "Have You Seen This Snail?" November 11, 2005
7.93
Gary runs away.
SBSPSeason4HD00078
64a "Skill Crane" May 20, 2005
N/A
Squidward attempts to win a prize from the skill crane.
SBSPSeason4HD00079
64b "Good Neighbors" May 20, 2005
N/A
SpongeBob and Patrick annoy Squidward with their "Good Neighbor Club."
SBSPSeason4HD00080
65a "Selling Out" September 23, 2005
N/A
Mr. Krabs retires and leaves the Krusty Krab under new management.
SBSPSeason4HD00081
65b "Funny Pants" September 30, 2005
N/A
SpongeBob thinks he lost his laughter.
SBSPSeason4HD00082
66 "Dunces and Dragons" February 20, 2006
8.60
After a jousting accident, SpongeBob and Patrick accidentally travel back to the Middle Ages.
SBSPSeason4HD00083
67a "Enemy In-Law" October 14, 2005
N/A
Plankton falls in love with Betsy Krabs.
SBSPSeason4HD00084
67b "Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy VI: The Motion Picture" October 7, 2005
N/A
SpongeBob and Patrick make a Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy movie.
SBSPSeason4HD00085
68a "Patrick SmartPants" October 21, 2005
N/A
Patrick gets smarter after he is screwed into the wrong brain.
SBSPSeason4HD00086
68b "SquidBob TentaclePants" November 4, 2005
N/A
SpongeBob and Squidward get morphed together.
SBSPSeason4HD00087
69a "Krusty Towers" April 1, 2006
N/A
Mr. Krabs turns the Krusty Krab into a hotel.
SBSPSeason4HD00088
69b "Mrs. Puff, You're Fired" April 1, 2006
N/A
Mrs. Puff gets fired and is replaced by a stricter teacher.
SBSPSeason4HD00089
70a "Chimps Ahoy" May 5, 2006
N/A
Sandy's bosses visit.
SBSPSeason4HD00090
70b "Ghost Host" May 5, 2006
N/A
The Flying Dutchman stays with SpongeBob to reclaim his dignity.
SBSPSeason4HD00091
71a "Whale of a Birthday" May 12, 2006
N/A
Mr. Krabs sends SpongeBob to get Pearl a birthday present.
SBSPSeason4HD00092
71b "Karate Island" May 12, 2006
N/A
SpongeBob becomes "the king of karate" and travels to Karate Island with Sandy.
SBSPSeason4HD00093
72a "All That Glitters" June 2, 2006
N/A
SpongeBob breaks his spatula and is forced to replace it.
SBSPSeason4HD00094
72b "Wishing You Well" June 2, 2006
N/A
Mr. Krabs opens a wishing well.
SBSPSeason4HD00095
73a "New Leaf" September 22, 2006
N/A
Plankton turns the Chum Bucket into a gift shop.
SBSPSeason4HD00096
73b "Once Bitten" September 29, 2006
N/A
Gary's biting causes the Bikini Bottomites to think that he has a disease.
SBSPSeason4HD00097
74a "Bummer Vacation" October 13, 2006
N/A
Mr. Krabs forces SpongeBob to take a vacation to avoid paying a fine.
SBSPSeason4HD00098
74b "Wigstruck" November 17, 2006
N/A
SpongeBob finds a wig and starts wearing it.
SBSPSeason4HD00101
75a "Squidtastic Voyage" October 6, 2006
N/A
SpongeBob and Patrick travel inside Squidward to retrieve his clarinet reed.
SBSPSeason4HD00102
75b "That's No Lady" November 25, 2006
N/A
Patrick is disguised as a woman.
SBSPSeason4HD00099
76a "The Thing" January 15, 2007
N/A
SpongeBob and Patrick think Squidward is an animal and call him "Smelly."
SBSPSeason4HD00100
76b "Hocus Pocus" January 15, 2007
N/A
SpongeBob thinks he turned Squidward into an ice cream cone.
SBSPSeason4HD00109
77a "Driven to Tears" February 19, 2007
N/A
Patrick gets his driver's license and rubs it in SpongeBob's face.
SBSPSeason4HD00110
77b "Rule of Dumb" February 19, 2007
N/A
Patrick becomes a mean tyrant when he is crowned king.
SBSPSeason4HD00103
78a "Born to Be Wild" March 31, 2007
N/A
SpongeBob and Patrick think that vicious bikers are coming to Bikini Bottom.
SBSPSeason4HD00104
78b "Best Frenemies" March 31, 2007
N/A
A new restaurant called Kelpshake opens in Bikini Bottom.
SBSPSeason4HD00107
79a "The Pink Purloiner" February 19, 2007
N/A
SpongeBob accuses Patrick of stealing his jellyfishing net.
SBSPSeason4HD00108
79b "Squid Wood" July 24, 2007
N/A
SpongeBob makes a miniature Squidward and everyone likes him better.
SBSPSeason4HD00105
80a "Best Day Ever" November 10, 2006
6.70
SpongeBob's "best day ever" does not go as planned.
SBSPSeason4HD00106
80b "The Gift of Gum" February 19, 2007
N/A
Patrick gives SpongeBob a glob of gum for Best Friends Day.


References

  1. ^ Heintjes, Tom (September 21, 2012). The Oral History of SpongeBob SquarePants. Cartoonician. Retrieved on February 15, 2018.
  2. ^ Bauder, David (July 13, 2009). SpongeBob Turns 10 Valued $8 Billion. Retrieved on February 15, 2018.
  3. ^ a b 10 secrets of SpongeBob SquarePants. The Chicago Tribune (November 19, 2004). Retrieved on August 18, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Ten secrets of the SpongeBob movie. Today. Retrieved on August 18, 2013.
  5. ^ a b SPONGEBOB READY FOR HIS FOURTH TV SEASON. The Cincinnati Post (May 2, 2005). Retrieved on November 2, 2013.

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