On January 3, 2011, Nickelodeon ordered 26 episodes for a ninth season, to bring the number of episodes up to 204 and pass the 200-episode milestone. Season 9 aired on July 21, 2012 with the episodes "Extreme Spots" and "Squirrel Record". This season marks the show's transition to HD by now having every episode produced in widescreen (16:9), the native aspect ratio of high definition.

Title card # Title Airdate U.S. viewers (millions)
Extreme Spots title card
179a "Extreme Spots" July 21, 2012
SpongeBob and Patrick are dying to join Johnny Krill's extreme sports team.
Squirrel Record title card
179b "Squirrel Record" July 21, 2012
Sandy tries to break a number of world records.
Patrick-Man! title card
180a "Patrick-Man!" October 27, 2012
Patrick becomes a superhero and plans to clean up Bikini Bottom.
Gary's New Toy title card
180b "Gary's New Toy" October 14, 2012
SpongeBob must take drastic measures when Gary becomes obsessed with his new red ball.
License to Milkshake title card
181a "License to Milkshake" September 7, 2012
SpongeBob returns to the milk-shake academy after discovering his milk-shake license has expired.
Squid Baby title card
181b "Squid Baby" September 3, 2012
A head injury makes Squidward thinks he's a baby, and SpongeBob and Patrick must look after him.
Little Yellow Book title card
182a "Little Yellow Book" TBA
Squidward finds SpongeBob's diary and reads in front of everyone in the Krusty Krab.
Bumper to Bumper title card
182b "Bumper to Bumper" November 17, 2012
SpongeBob once again fails at his boating test, but has gone too far this time.
[[File:|70px|center]] ' "Eek, An Urchin!" October 27, 2012
The Krusty Krab Krew have a problem on their hands when SpongeBob finds an urchin.
Squid Defense title card
183b "Squid Defense" January 18, 2013
After Squidward's groceries are stolen, SpongeBob and Sandy teach him karate to protect himself.
Jailbreak! title card
184a "Jailbreak!" TBA
Jailed Plankton allies with his cellmate in order to break out of prison and to steal the Krabby Patty secret formula. [1]
Safe Deposit Krabs title card
186a "Safe Deposit Krabs" TBA
Mr. Krabs is included in Bikini Bottom's new bank. It's up to SpongeBob and Patrick to rescue him. [2]
[[File:|70px|center]] ' "It Came From Goo Lagoon" TBA
A giant slime bubble appears over Goo Lagoon and sends the whole of Bikini Bottom into a panic. Except for Plankton, who wants to use it for his evil plans. Note: Double Episode [3]
Evil Spatula title card
184b "Evil Spatula" TBA
SpongeBob replaces his broken spatula with one from Plankton, which may have magical strength/powers. [4]
Plankton's Pet title card
186b "Plankton's Pet" TBA
After fai­ling again to steal the Krabby Patty formula, Plank­ton gets a pet to cheer him­self up. [5]
[[File:|70px|center]] ' "Séance Schméance" TBA
SpongeBob attempts to contact spirits in order to find the recipe for a long forgotten sandwich. [6]

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