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SpongeBob SquarePants is a popular/famous cartoon, and has been referenced in popular culture numerous times. Several of these references are from other Nickelodeon shows and shows from other networks.

Other Nickelodeon shows[]

The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius[]

  • In the episode "Operation: Rescue Jet Fusion," Jimmy, Carl, and Sheen go into the ocean to look for a tracking device, and when they find it, a pineapple can be seen at the mid-right. A Nickelodeon Extra commercial stated that the pineapple was indeed SpongeBob's house.
  • In the crossover comic with The Fairly OddParents named "Dimension Intervention," Timmy Turner mentions SpongeBob.

Avatar: The Last Airbender[]

  • In part one of the first-season finale, Master Pakku coyly stated to one of his students, "Nice work... a couple more years and you might be ready to fight a sea sponge." The show's creators later said in the audio commentary of Siege of the North, Part 1 that his statement was a friendly poke at SpongeBob SquarePants.

Big Time Rush[]


Every Celebrity Guest Star on Big Time Rush! ⭐️ ft. Victoria Justice, Tom Kenny + More - NickRewind


  • SpongeBob is seen on the calendar in Season 2 Episode 4.

Bubble Guppies[]

Spongebob from the Bubble Guppies


Danger Force[]

Drake & Josh[]

The Fairly OddParents[]

  • In "Father Time!", the flower pattern inside Mr. Turner's tent has a very similar appearance the the flower clouds.
  • In "Wish Fixers," Timmy wishes to have running pants made of cheese, and then Cosmo calls Timmy "CheeseBoy SquarePants."
  • In the episode "Something's Fishy," the king of Atlantis, Greg, states that the diets of the merpeople consist of "crabs, starfish, and the occasional underwater squirrel," as a joke to their fellow Nick animators.
  • In the episode "Double Oh-Schnozmo!", while on vacation, Schnozmo plays his nose like a flute similar to how SpongeBob does in the intro sequence.
  • In the episode "App Trap", the first kid with the smart phone has SpongeBob's pants, buck teeth, eyes, hair, and freckles.

Fanboy & Chum Chum[]

  • The episode titled "Fanboy A'Hoy!," is a reference to the show's working title, SpongeBoy Ahoy!.

Harvey Beaks[]

  • In the episode "King of the Castle," Fee is shown holding a pizza box with the words "Pizza Castle" on it. Patrick mentions a restaurant of the same name in "The Bully," which was written by Harvey Beaks creator and SpongeBob veteran writer and storyboard artist C.H. Greenblatt.
  • In the episode "Secret Gordon," if one looks closely in the garden right before it closes up, there is a hedge shaped like SpongeBob.
  • When Fee is showing Foo the baby mobile she made for him in "Fee's Pyramid," there is a snail on the mobile that slightly resembles Gary.

Henry Danger[]

  • In the episode "Caved In," the word Fum is a reference to the SpongeBob episode "Chum Bucket Supreme".
  • In the episode "Back to the Danger," Ray commanded Jasper to go get some batteries, he replies with "Aye, Aye, Captain" a reference to the SpongeBob theme.
  • In the episode "Live and Dangerous," Frankini Bottoms is a reference to Bikini Bottom.

Hey Arnold![]

  • In the episode "Weighing Harold," SpongeBob's name can be seen on a record when Arnold overhears Sid and Stinky talking about Harold when passing by the comic store.

House of Anubis[]

  • In the episode "House of Cameras/House of Numbers," Victor tried installing video cameras in order to try and keep a close eye on the students living in the Anubis house. While trying to get rid of the cameras, Nina mentioned that they needed help from their house's comedic duo. Although she meant Alfie and Jerome, Amber thought she was talking about "SpongeBob and Patrick."
  • In the episode "House of Crushes/House of Vertigo," Poppy asked Mara about what her dad's like. One of the things that Mara mentions is that he "dances like SpongeBob."
  • Unknown episode of season 3, One of the girls from the Anubis sisterhood gang mentions his name.

Instant Mom[]

  • In a commercial for Instant Mom, the lady plays a game where the viewer tells if it's real or fake and asks, "Is SpongeBob real?"

The Loud House[]


Spongebob References in The Loud House

  • In the episode "Left in the Dark," as the kids are rapidly changing the channel, a yellow sponge (SpongeBob) and pink starfish (Patrick) can briefly be seen on the television.
  • In the episode "Sound of Silence," Luan's telling Lincoln about a garbage truck joke was heard previously in the episode "Funny Pants."
  • In the episodes "Making the Grade" and "Friend or Faux?" a poster in Lisa's kindergarten class shows characters from the show:
    • a red crab (Mr. Krabs)
    • a yellow sponge (SpongeBob)
    • a pink starfish (Patrick)
    • a blue octopus (Squidward)
  • In "Road Trip: Bizzaritorium," when Lincoln tries to change Luan's alarm clock to the previous hour, an alarm goes with several traps. One of them is a foghorn, similar to SpongeBob's alarm clock.

Marvin Marvin[]

  • Several references in one episode. Marvin's host father was bitten by an alien, and starts hallucinating. He then holds up an umbrella and says "Here's your clarinet, Squidward." He also points to a large dresser and says "I found SpongeBob SquarePants", and near the end of the episode says "We're meeting Abraham Lincoln at the Krusty Krab" and drives off in his car.

Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide[]

SpongeBob in Ned's Declassified

SpongeBob in Ned's Declassified

  • In the episode "Photo Day," one of the kids wears a SpongeBob costume for their school photo.

Nick Kicks[]

SpongeBob in Nick Kicks

SpongeBob in Nick Kicks

  • In the UK-produced association football show Nick Kicks, SpongeBob is the show's mascot. One segment on the show consisted of a mascot costume of SpongeBob in goal where he goes up against mascots from other football clubs.

Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn[]

  • In the episode "Go Hollywood," a SpongeBob statue made with LEGO bricks can be seen in a scene when Anne Harper poses with the statue, and impressions the SpongeBob laugh.
  • In the episode "She Blinded Him With Science (Bob)," when Science Bob has to get his spare pants, Dicky says "ScienceBob SparePants."
  • In "What's the Worst That Quad Happen?," when Grandma Harper watches TV, she says "That little fella lives in a pineapple!"

The Really Loud House[]

  • In the episode "Last Friend Standing," upon spotting Lynn in the backyard over the security cameras, Lincoln exclaims, "Sweet mother of Pearl!", the exact same phrase that Mr. Krabs uses whenever something bad happens in this 1999 Nickelodeon animated series.

Sam & Cat[]

  • In the episode #TextingCompetition, when Cat was mentioning what she could do with the speed boat, she said "Number 3, look for SpongeBob's pineapple!"

See Dad Run[]

  • Janie mentions being famous like SpongeBob SquarePants, and David says you can't be famous just by popping out of a pineapple.
  • David enters a shop, mentioning something SpongeBob-related he found.

School of Rock[]

  • In the episode "Changes", the students fake being happy when their old teacher returns. Summer says to Tomika, "Tone it down. You look like SpongeBob's evil twin."

That Girl Lay Lay[]

The Thundermans[]

  • In the episode "Evil Never Sleeps," Nora says "What in Bikini Bottom is happening right now?" to Billy and Chloe.

The Troop[]

  • SpongeBob has been shown and mentioned several times:
    • In the episode "Tentacle Face," when Mr. Stockley is leaving Troop HQ, he's wearing a SpongeBob backpack.
    • In the episode "The Substitute," the SpongeBob theme song can be heard on Mr. Stockley's TV when he's talking to Jake on the phone, and Mr. Stockley mentions SpongeBob and Patrick to his dentist.

True Jackson, VP[]

  • In the episode "True Parade," a SpongeBob parade balloon can be seen on a TV screen.


  • In the episode "The Song," Zack voted for SpongeBob SquarePants in the "You're the Best Friend Ever" contest.



"Karen, I must have the secret formula for the Krabby Patty!"

  • In "Tori Gets Stuck," Tori asks Robbie why he was wearing SpongeBob underwear, which he covers with his pillow.
  • In "Tori Goes Platinum," the paparazzi thinks Sikowitz is the voice of Plankton. Sikowitz goes along with it and says "Karen, I must have the secret formula for the Krabby Patty!"

Welcome to the Wayne[]

  • In "Like No Other Market on Earth," Equimorph morphs into a copyright friendly version of SpongeBob SquarePants known as "SpongeRobert RectangleShorts" who was voiced by Tom Kenny, SpongeBob's voice actor.

Winx Club[]


SpongeBob's house in the background.

Zoey 101[]

  • In the episode "The Curse of PCA," after Laif got the others lost, he told Lola it was because he liked her and asked if he was silly, she responded "No Laif, SpongeBob's friend Patrick is silly."

Non-Nickelodeon shows[]

22 Kids & Counting[]

  • In season 4, episode 2, a brief clip of the episode "New Leaf" appears on the Radfords' TV.

All of Us[]

  • In Episode 10 "Out of the Picture", Bobby Jr. uses SpongeBob, Gary, Patrick, and Squidward as a way to explain why he's upset. This episode is also named after the season 10 episode of the same name.
  • In Episode 17 ""O Brother, Where Art Thou?", Bobby Jr. gets tickets to see SpongeBob Live and he wants to meet Sandy Cheeks and names SpongeBob, Gary, and Squidward.

The Amazing World of Gumball[]

  • In the season two episode "The Dream," Gumball finds a pineapple in his locker, and water comes out of it (a possible reference to SpongeBob's house).

America's Funniest Home Videos[]

  • In one episode, a guy in a SpongeBob costume was shown running around in circles and then he falls. The show's host at the time, Tom Bergeron calls him "SpongeBob ClumsyPants."
  • In another episode, a SpongeBob birthday cake is seen.
  • One episode shows a boy picking his nose who was wearing a SpongeBob T-shirt.
  • SpongeBob is also seen on other people's T-shirts at times in some videos.
  • Another episode showed a guy stuck in a SpongeBob costume, trying to get out. Tom Bergeron calls him "SpongeBob StuckPants."

American Dad![]

  • In the episode "Father's Daze," Stan brought a SpongeBob cake for his family to cheer them up.
  • In "Scents and Sensei-bility," one of the piñatas that Stan and Francine brought home looked similar to SpongeBob SquarePants.



A SpongeBob time card in Amphibia.


SpongeBob Time Card Reference in Amphibia

  • In the Amphibia season 2 episode "The First Temple," a time card has the same style to the time cards from SpongeBob SquarePants can be seen during the middle part of the episode.

Animaniacs (2020 TV series)[]

  • In the short "Suspended Animation," a photograph of the SpongeBob balloon at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is displayed among other photographs of things that happened post-1998 in the scene where Yakko ingests a tablet.

Aqua Teen Hunger Force[]

  • In one episode named "The Last Last One Forever and Ever," a live-action episode, Meatwad (who is portrayed as a yoga ball) is helping Master Shake (who is portrayed as a human named "Don Shake") write a story, and suggests writing a story about "A sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea." Shake says "Hasn't that already been done?" and Meatwad replies "No. I don't think so."
  • In the episode "Shake Like Me," Meatwad says he wants a SpongeBob bounce house.


  • In the episode "Baxter & the Letter from the Sea" all fantasy scenes use a bubble transition that is similar to the ones in the show.
  • In "To Eat Or Not to Eat" On the commercial for the Rabid Dog Big Boss Bars, when the kid on the advertisement is doing a cartwheel after being energized after eating the Big Boss Bar, the background looks like the sea in the show.

Ben 10: Omniverse[]

  • There is a reoccurring background character named "Sponge Gorb" who was both designed and named after SpongeBob.

Bob's Burgers[]

  • In the episode "Crab-solutely Fabulous", Lina calls herself "Sponge-Boob Square Bra".

The Big Bang Theory[]

  • In the episode, "The Earworm Reverberation," Sheldon is trying to think of a song that he can't remember, so he's trying to guess songs off the top of his head, and one of the songs he thinks about is the SpongeBob SquarePants Theme Song, and even sings the first line.
  • In the episode, "The Justice League Recombination," Zack says "Turns out that if you kill a starfish it'll just come back to life," to which Sheldon replies, "Was the starfish wearing boxer shorts? Because you might have been watching Nickelodeon." It's a reference to Patrick Star and the shorts he wears.
  • In the episode "The Separation Oscillation," Howard says "I'd like to SpongeBob her SquarePants."
  • In the episode, "The Locomotion Reverberation," Raj and Stuart are left to watch Halley, who is Howard and Bernadette's baby daughter. After talking on the phone with them and hearing how incompetent they seem, Bernadette moans, "I may have just left my infant daughter with Patrick and SpongeBob."
  • In the episode, "The Platonic Permutation," when playing a game of "Food Friend Fight," (a parody of Kiss Marry Kill involving sea creatures) Amy gives Sheldon the choices of Seal, Hagfish, and SpongeBob SquarePants. Sheldon chooses to fight SpongeBob because "He's so friendly [they'll] just end up tickling each other." Later on at the end of the episode, over the phone, Sheldon states that he changed his mind and would choose to eat SpongeBob.
  • In the episode "The Long Distance Dissonance," Sheldon Cooper is seen watching the episode "Plankton!" on his phone, specifically during the scene where SpongeBob breaks through a wall in Squidward's house while being controlled by Plankton.

Big City Greens[]

  • In the episode "Dream Weaver," SpongeBob's voice can be heard saying, "King Dingles!" during Gramma Alice's nightmare.

Black Hole High[]

  • In the episode "Thursday", a poster of SpongeBob's face can be seen hanging on the wall in Josie Trent's and Corrine Baxter's dorm on Josie's side of the room. It is most noticeable during the scene where Josie is dancing to her radio.


  • In the episode, "The Word," Jack says a curse word, which gets him expelled. When Diane asks, "How was home?" Jack replies "SpongeBob was great."


  • In a clip of Chibiverse, when the Disney villains take over, a stone appears to be similar to Squidward's house.

The Cleveland Show[]

Cleveland and Bananabob

Cleveland riding the Ferris wheel with a BananaBob toy in the episode "Gone with the Wind."

  • A recurring object in the show is a plush doll that resembles a banana-shaped version of SpongeBob.
  • In "Gone With the Wind," Cleveland rode the Ferris wheel with a life-sized banana SpongeBob doll.
  • In "Buried Pleasure," Cleveland wins a banana-shaped SpongeBob toy at the fair.
  • In "Beer Walk!," Holt mentioned a time he mistook a SpongeBob piñata for a woman.
  • In "A Short Story and a Tall Tale," Rallo had a stuffed toy of the banana-shaped version of SpongeBob.
  • In "Hot Cocoa Bang Bang," a few people can be seen in the background dressed as SpongeBob.

Cloudy with Chance of Meatballs[]

  • In the episode "The Ballad of Johnny Sardine," the Realistic Fish Head can be seen on a magazine.

Crank Yankers[]

  • In a Season 2 Kevin Kimmel crank call, when Kevin is doing his homework, he said "SpongeBob's coming up in 6 minutes" and later he said "Three minutes until SpongeBob! Hurry!"
  • In another Kevin Kimmel call, Kevin has a poster that says Contraceptive SpongeBart and it has a picture of SpongeBob with angry eyebrows, three teeth and no pants on.

The Creative Pet Grooming Show 2013[]

  • When a woman walks into a room, the SpongeBob theme can be heard.

The Daily Show[]

  • In the May 2, 2011 episode, Jon Stewart jokes that Osama bin Laden now "lives in a pineapple under the sea," showing a picture of him sitting on Conch Street.
  • In the April 23, 2015 episode, Jon Stewart says "Dear God, SpongeBob, what have they done to you?" upon seeing the NSA's recycling mascot.
  • In the May 28, 2015 episode, the "lives in a pineapple under a sea" quote is used again, this time to refer to Bernie Sanders.

Doc McStuffins[]

SB house reference in Doc McStuffins

The board game has SpongeBob's pineapple house in Doc McStuffins.

In "Home Is Where the Fruit Is," a pineapple house (with an identical arrangement of windows, a door, and a chimney) appears on a board game. This is a reference to SpongeBob's house.

Doctor Who[]

Drawn Together[]

  • The main character of Wooldoor Sockbat is essentially an amalgamation of SpongeBob and Stimpy from Ren & Stimpy.

Duck Dodgers[]

  • In "Finns of War," a sea sponge who looks like SpongeBob is seen.

Eat Bulaga![]

  • SpongeBob SquarePants is mentioned multiple times in their sPOGIfy feat. Singing Baes segment.
    • In one episode, Alden Richards mentions "Mga baes, tandaan, 'wag kayong magkanta parang si SpongeBob." (Baes, remember, don't sing like SpongeBob.)
    • In another, it is mentioned "Huy! Ba't mukhang Squidward? Ngiti! Hahaha!" (Hey! Why do you look like Squidward? Smile! Hahaha!)
  • In their Juan For All, All For Juan: Bayanihan of da Pipol segment, in their October 16, 2014 episode, they visited a house with a SpongeBob backpack.

Escape from Scorpion Island[]

  • In Season 3, Episode 11 (Episode 22 in Australia), before Team Venom opens up the barrel to reveal the luxury they won in the Captain's Challenge (being ice-cream) Asad Karim (who was captain and was the one chosen for the task) recites the opening lyrics from the theme song.

Family Guy[]


Spongebob References in Family Guy


Spongebob reference in family guy part 2- for Tv References-

  • SpongeBob SquarePants has been referenced numerous times:
    • In "Prick Up Your Ears," a green SpongeBob toy is one of three toys Stewie uses as his "bodyguards" to protect him from the Tooth Fairy.
    • In "Road to Rupert," Meg becomes Peter's temporary personal chauffeur when Peter's license is suspended, and Meg plays "The Camping Episode" on the DVD player to amuse him. SpongeBob and Patrick are seen singing "The Campfire Song Song." The song was written by Dan Povenmire, who was also a director on that Family Guy episode. Because of this, he was able to gain the rights to the song.
    • In "Road to the North Pole," when questioned by Brian if Santa Claus isn't real, Stewie asks Brian if SpongeBob and Elmo are real and asks if SpongeBob really gives Squidward the business.
    • In "Turkey Guys," a balloon of a SpongeBob parody called "SpongeCow" is seen during the JCPenney Thanksgiving Day Parade (a parody of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which doesn't have licensed character balloons and instead uses knockoff characters).
    • In "Inside Family Guy," when Peter is doing a job as a Hollywood Boulevard mascot before deciding to return to the show, a person in a poorly made SpongeBob costume can be seen taking photos with tourists. In real life, there is a SpongeBob mascot on Hollywood Boulevard.

Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman[]

  • In "Ruff's Big Break," there's a hospital full of SpongeBob SquarePants stuff.

The Foolish Angel Dances with the Devil[]

  • In episode 2, Lily's face becomes similar to SpongeBob's (notably her eyes and nose) after seeing Masatora's muscles in their battle of wits. In the English dub, Lily laughs like SpongeBob in the same scene.



  • In the pilot episode of FOX's drama series Fringe, the beginning of "Survival of the Idiots" can be seen briefly.

Fuller House[]


  • In "Yo Leela Leela," Abner Doubledeal (voiced by Tom Kenny) says that Leela's show would be bigger than "SpongeBot SquareBolts," who is a robot that looks like SpongeBob and is one of the mascots of Tickelodeon.
    IMG 1967
  • In "31st Century Fox," Bender calls the store owner Squidward Scissorhands.

Genie in the House[]

  • In "World of Emma," Emma ended up wishing for Adil to make Sophie more like her. After he did, Sophie asked Emma if she had any pink nail varnish. Emma then replied with "Does SpongeBob have SquarePants?"


  • In "Comeback," Sue calls Will "SpongeHair SquareChin."

The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy[]

  • In "Be A-Fred, Be Very A-Fred," a creature resembling SpongeBob makes a couple of cameos.
    • Coincidentally, Fred Fredburger, a character from this episode, is voiced by SpongeBob crew member C.H. Greenblatt. Greenblatt also wrote and storyboarded the episode.
  • The flower clouds appeared during the Sea Critters commercial in "Scythe for Sale." The clouds later appeared in the underwater scenes of "Hog Wild."

The Great North[]

  • In the pilot episode, when Judy asks to list types of Crustaceans, Honeybee lists Squidward as one, despite him not being a crab.
  • In "Feast of Not People Adventure," Judy tells her imaginary friend that she still keeps her SpongeBob retainer SpongeMouth Straighteeth.

Gurren Lagann[]

  • In episode 13 of the anime Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Squidward makes a brief appearance behind Viral, who is piloting an underwater mech in the scene.


  • In the episode, "Champion", when the passed auditionees are gathered around in the studio and when The Stupid is revealed to be performing for the 100th year anniversary concert of the school, there is a cube display that has SpongeBob faces on two sides, one shows a happy face while the other shows a sad face.

How To Be Indie[]

  • In the episode, "How To Fix A Friendship Fail," Marlon mentions a character named SnailBob StinkPants.

Hydro and Fluid[]

  • In the episode "Shiny Water" Fluid turns into SpongeBob for a a split second while dancing.

It's Showtime[]

  • One 2013 sketch from the discontinued Sine Mo 'To segment was called Spongevhong SquarePants, featuring the cast members and contestants in a parody of the series.[1] Vhong Navarro, Jugs Jugueta, and Teddy Corpuz played parody versions of SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward respectively (as "Spongevhong," "Fatrick Star," and "Squidwart Nostrils.")

Jashin-chan Dropkick (Dropkick on my Devil)[]

  • In the third season of the anime, the fifth episode, "To Love and Be Loved by Thirty Million" references the SpongeBob SquarePants 2011 McDonald's Japanese Commercial with a Hatsune Miku parody of the video.

(Jimmy Two-Shoes)[]

  • In the episode "Dance, Jimmy, Dance", Jimmy impersonates the French Narrator when announcing a two hour time skip.

Junior Express[]

  • In the episode "La gran pirámide," Topa locks himself in the pyramid costume that Doris made him and begins to scream inside the costume in a similar way to SpongeBob in "Rock Bottom."
  • in the episode "el plato irresistible," Arnoldo uses a secret formula/ingredient for his caponata similar to Mr. Krabs' Krabby Patty secret formula.

King of the Hill[]

  • In the episode "Tears of an Inflatable Clown," Kahn mentions SpongeBob when he wants to create a diversion. Hank and Peggy look at him oddly while Kahn replies "I don't know what kids like."


  • In the episode "Winter Days," a SpongeBob-like figure is seen in Ritsu’s room. The figure has no mouth, nose or pants though, has bunny hands, and looks like it was made with cardboard box.
  • In the episode "Plan!," Yui whistles half of the theme song.

Learning With Pibby[]

SpongeBob's Bathroom reference in Learning with Pibby

Mad (TV series)[]

  • SpongeBob was parodied in some segments of this Warner Bros. series during its three-year run:
    • Opening: A clay-animated character resembling SpongeBob is shown.
    • "Celebrity Birthdays" - Mort Jenkins, a jellyfish who landed the role of Jellyfish #56 on SpongeBob SquarePants, is one of the celebrities whom's birthday is being celebrated.
    • "WALL·E·NATOR" - The WALL·E·NATOR (a parody of WALL·E and The Terminator) uses his compactor to squeeze a round SpongeBob (who has eaten one too many Krabby Patties) back into a square.
    • "Batman Family Fued" - In the TV guide Afred and Batman was going through, you can see a show titled Freakish Yellow Speaking Absorbent Towel Larry, which is a obvious parody of SpongeBob.
    • "Cliffordfield" - The Sesame Street character Big Bird gets squashed into SpongeBob by a rampaging Clifford the Big Red Dog, disproving his statement that he's "a one-of-a-kind children's character."
    • "Who Wore it Better?" - In this sketch, SpongeBob is one of the candidates among various others, who are being debated on who wore a white sundress best.
    • "MAD vs. Wild" - Bear Grylls, attempting to survive in the wild, plucks Gary from a tree stump and eats him, although regretting that he ate him while he still had his shell.
    • "Celebrities Without Their Makeup"- SpongeBob, dressed like an elf, is depicted as a fruitcake when seen without his makeup.
    • "¡AY Carly!" - A Mexican version of SpongeBob, named "SpongeRoberto SquarePants," is shown at the end of this sketch, which serves as a commercial spot for a Mexican-themed parody of the Nickelodeon show iCarly. SpongeRoberto SquarePants is advertised as the show airing after the ¡AY Carly! time slot.
    • "Law & Ogre" - A framed picture of SpongeBob is seen at the Big Bad Wolfgangbucks restaurant.
    • "Pirates of the Pair of Tweens" - Plankton goes "planking" with Captain Jack Sparrow on the roof of the "Crabby Crust."
    • "SpongeWOW" - SpongeBob is seen as SpongeWOW, a parody of the ShamWOW towel, in this infomercial spoof. He is used by a spoof of Vince Offer to wipe up various spills against his will, including twelve bottles of non-FDA-approved hot sauce, which leaves his face burning.
    • "Abs-Duction" - Actor Taylor Lautner goes to Mr. Krabs' house, thinking he is his real father. Mr. Krabs responds by slamming the door at him, angrily. Unlike in the show, Mr. Krabs is not wearing a shirt, which ties into the plot of Taylor Lautner searching for his real parents, who he assumes are overexposed (just like him in the sense that he is often seen shirtless in his movies)
    • "New Gill" - Ariel from The Little Mermaid tries to find a new boyfriend after being dumped by Prince Eric for Ursula, and ends up dating SpongeBob, who she finds to be way too chipper and upbeat - even for someone as positive as her.
    • "iChronicle" - SpongeBob and Patrick can be seen on a Nickelodeon blimp.
    • "Fart or Chair" - In this game show spoof, SpongeBob is seen sitting in a massage chair.
    • "The Blunder Games" - A SpongeBob balloon is seen at a parade (in a parody of the 2012 film The Hunger Games).
    • "Taking Nemo" - SpongeBob is interrogated by an angry Liam Neeson (in the role of Bryan Mills from Taken) on the whereabouts of Nemo (from Disney/Pixar's film Finding Nemo).
    • "Dark Knight at the Museum" - SpongeBob is seen shouting "I'M READY!"
    • "SpongeBorg SquarePants" - In this sketch combining SpongeBob with Star Trek: The Next Generation (both Paramount Global properties), SpongeBob is a Borg that turns the inhabitants of Bikini Bottom into a hive mind of Borgs.
    • "Doraline" - Plush toys of SpongeBob can be seen at the Cheap Knock-Off Stand.

Master of None[]

  • Dev Shah, one of the main characters in the series, is shown to be a SpongeBob fan, as there are numerous times when SpongeBob is referenced:
    • In the episode, "Door #3," the doctor explains that a man swallowed a SpongeBob toy whole, and he removed it from him.
    • In the episode, "Fist Date," Dev mentions SpongeBob while on one of his dates.
    • In the episode, "The Dinner Party," during a dinner party scene, Dev playfully imitates SpongeBob’s iconic laugh, much to the amusement of the other guests.

Millie Inbetween[]

  • SpongeBob is mentioned two times in Millie Inbetween, once mentioned and SpongeBob, Patrick and Mr. Krabs are shown on different pictures in a scene.

Milo Murphy's Law[]

SpongeBob Time Card Reference in Milo Murphy's Law

A SpongeBob time card in Milo Murphy's Law.


SpongeBob SquarePants Time Card Reference in Milo Murphy's Law

The Middle[]

  • In the episode "Birds of a Feather, Axl took out posters from when he was a child while complaining that Frankie got his hopes up for nothing. In one of the posters, he stated his heroes were "Mommy (Frankie), Daddy (Mike) and SpongeBob".


  • In the series finale, "Nixel, Nixel, Go Away," protagonist Booger of the Glorp Corp tribe of Mixels (voiced by Tom Kenny) reverses the effects of the zombification of his town's citizens by King Nixel, all through the power of song similar to SpongeBob (also voiced by Tom Kenny) in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.

More Than Friends[]

  • In episode 6, when Soo and Woo-yeon are playing an arcade game together, there is a claw machine next to them. It has a plush version of SpongeBob.

The Mr. Men Show[]

SpongeBob's pineapple in The Mr

Not Going Out[]

  • In an episode of Not Going Out, Tim mentions SpongeBob SquarePants.

The Office[]

  • In "Livin' the Dream," Kevin tells Andy about a famous play about a salesman. Obviously, Andy's first thought is that he's referencing to Death of a Salesman but then Kevin states that this play was actually "written by SpongeBob SquarePants."

The Official BBC Children in Need Medley[]


SpongeBob on Big Chris' phone.


SpongeBob on the album's cover


Peter Kay's Animated All Star Band (Feat Paddington, Spongebob, Bob The Builder) - Peter Kay

Oggy and the Cockroaches[]

  • In "Run, Olivia, Run," one of the spectators is wearing a SpongeBob costume.
  • In "Oggy and the Magic Smile," a plush toy of SpongeBob grinning can be seen in the upper-left corner of one scene in the joke shop, among other popular culture merchandise.

One Day at a Time[]

  • In the episode "One Halloween at a Time," Penelope mentions SpongeBob.

Osmar: The Heel of the Loaf[]

  • In the pilot episode, there is a cameo of an identical character to SpongeBob appearing at a nightclub between the characters. The character even makes it clear that is not SpongeBob, but a cheese while chatting with a female bread.


  • In the episode "The Old-Fashioned Sunday," Karen was annoyed at Pete for turning the TV off because she wanted to watch SpongeBob SquarePants and claimed that it shows how to make Krabby Patties and states about what happens under the sea, which Pete didn't listen to as he said about there being lots of programs about what goes on under the sea.


  • In the Peanuts TV series episode "School Chums", Peppermint Patty's class watches a movie and Peppermint Patty sleeps through it. When Peppermint Patty is asked about the movie, she answers, "I don't suppose it was about SpongeBob, was it?"

Phineas and Ferb[]

  • In "Phineas and Ferb-Busters!," Doofenshmirtz runs away from a robot similarly to the guy in the scary robot movie from "Krab Borg."
  • In "Summer Belongs to You," Phineas finds a sponge and a starfish while digging a hole on a deserted island, a reference to SpongeBob and Patrick.

Postcards from Buster[]

  • In "Buster's Baseball Merengue," a plushie of Patrick Star from ""SpongeBob SquarePants"" can be seen and in the schoolyard, and a student is seen wearing a SpongeBob t-shirt.

The Powerpuff Girls[]

  • In "Substitute Creature," at the start of the song "K-E-A-N-E," the boy that shouts, "A!" has SpongeBob's voice. This is ironic since Tom Kenny was the voice of SpongeBob.

Pretty Little Liars[]

  • In one episode, when Hanna is talking to Mona, she mentions SpongeBob and Patrick.

Pucca: Love Recipe[]

The Replacements[]

  • In one episode, at the end it can be seen a boy that looks like very similar to SpongeBob with yellow hair, a square-shaped head, blue eyes, two teeth, and also wearing a shirt with a red tie and brown short pants, with the exception that the shirt that used the boy is blue.

Resident Evil[]

  • A character reminisces his love for SpongeBob in the episode, "The Turn".

Robot Chicken[]

  • In the season 1 episode That Hurts Me, the sketch "Where Do They Get the Energy?" spoofs SpongeBob SquarePants. Here, a sponge and a starfish gleefully dance with each other, then run out of energy. They crawl off-screen, exhausted, and then they can be heard snorting cocaine, and then the two run back on screen with high energy and dance with each other again. The characters in this sketch are meant to resemble SpongeBob and Patrick.
  • In the episode Tell My Mom, the sketch "Oh, You Meant Me" features Sandy getting pregnant and SpongeBob realizes she used himself (a sponge) to protect her.
  • In the sketch "Krabby Patties" seen in the episode Major League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, SpongeBob discovers Mr. Krabs' secret formula for Krabby Patties and reveals it to the patrons of the Krusty Krab: they are made from crab meat. He also points out to Squidward that the calamari rings he is eating are actually made from squid (while oddly, Squidward is an octopus), and informs a customer that her "Chicken of the Sea" salad is made with tuna. An angry mob of customers approach Mr. Krabs and attack him. SpongeBob then says that he's glad nothing disgusting ever happens to a sponge, and the scene cuts to a nurse informing a morbidly obese patient that she will be scrubbing deep within his rolls of fat with a sponge, and his examination will then be over. SpongeBob then pushes the scene aside, reiterating, "Nothing disgusting ever happens to a sponge!" A squish is then heard from the other scene, and the nurse says, "I hope that's pudding in there."
  • In Boogie Bardstown in: No Need, I Have Coupons, SpongeBob is one of four contestants on MasterChef Celebrity Showdown, where celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay serves as host. Ironically, SpongeBob has to cook with the thing he fears most: water. SpongeBob fears water as he claims he cannot swim. He ends up catching fire while cooking during the competition. The other contestants are Bob Belcher from the animated comedy Bob's Burgers, Alfredo Linguini from the animated film Ratatouille, and Jerome "Chef" McElroy from the animated satire series South Park (although the character had been killed off from the series over a decade prior). A trio of Thetans from the religion of Scientology compete as well, ultimately winning the competition with their risotto dish.
  • In the sketch "Squidward's New Role" seen in the episode Gracie Purgatory in: That's How You Get Hemorrhoids, Squidward stars in an adult film.

Sesame Street[]

  • An episode spoofed SpongeBob as "TriangleBob TrianglePants" which was Telly Monster's favorite show that aired on Tranglelodeon. The show starred human cast member Bob, as a triangle man version of SpongeBob.
  • As an effort to help spread diversity in society amongst elementary school age children, the "We are Family Foundation" made a music video of the popular disco song of the same name, with multiple characters from shows on Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, and PBS Kids. Characters like Barney and the Sesame Street cast were used heavily in the video, while clips from "Bubblestand" and "Jellyfish Jam" were shown throughout. However, since the company sponsoring the video got confused for a similarly named company that promoted same sex marriage, the media interpreted a rumor that SpongeBob and Patrick are a gay couple.


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    In the Halloween special "Halloweenie," Wardrobeman shows Eric all of the available costumes at his shop. One of them is "Big Yellow Sea Sponge", which depicts a very on-the-nose stand-in for SpongeBob, just wearing a a cowboy hat.

Six Feet Under[]

  • In the episode, "You Never Know," Julio and Federico are seen watching SpongeBob.


  • In an episode of the short-lived adult cartoon by Stan Lee, a human version of SpongeBob makes two brief cameos.

The Simpsons[]


Spongebob References in The Simpsons


Spongebob References in The Simpsons UPDATED

  • SpongeBob has been referred several times:
    • In the opening credits of the episode "Pray Anything" of The Simpsons, SpongeBob is mentioned in Bart's blackboard gag, which says "SpongeBob is not a contraceptive."
    • In "A Star is Born-Again," Ned Flanders says, "This movie is turning into SpongeBob NoPants."
    • In "She Used to Be My Girl," Lisa, needing a god to pray to, tells a newscaster she is praying to Jesus, Buddha, and SpongeBob. Then the camera shows heaven, where Jesus, Buddha, and crudely drawn SpongeBob are. Buddha asks Jesus, "Perhaps we should help?" and SpongeBob interrupts, saying "Screw her!", then laughs insanely, while Jesus shakes his head.
    • In "Fat Man and Little Boy," Krusty the Clown mentions a character called ScratchBob ItchPants while announcing character shirts.
    • In "The Wife Aquatic," Marge and Lisa go to an aquatic museum where there is an exhibit that reads "The Science of SpongeBob" and it shows a SpongeBob statue next to it. Patrick Star also appears as one of the mollusk photos.
    • In "Treehouse of Horror XX," a Frankenstein's monster was dressed in a SpongeBob costume.
    • In "Treehouse of Horror XXI," the episode director Bob Anderson was credited as "Sponge Bob Anderson Pants."
    • In "Angry Dad: The Movie," Bart mentions SpongeBob when he claims he likes cartoons. He says, "I've always loved cartoons, going way back to the real early SpongeBobs."
    • In "Yellow Subterfuge," When Krusty the Clown's show is dipping in ratings, he asks Lisa for help; she suggests that he sell foreign rights to his show, saying that even SpongeBob did it. She shows him an Italian parodied version of SpongeBob SquarePants on her tablet called Spugna Roberto Quadrati Pantaloni ("Sponge Roberto Square Pants"). In the show, Spugna Roberto (a parody of SpongeBob SquarePants) gives a gift to Squiduardo Calamari (a parody of Squidward Tentacles) for his birthday; the gift is a landmine from World War II. Squiduardo declines the gift, and while he is talking, a non-anthropomorphic seahorse lands on the landmine's button, detonating it and blowing Spugna Roberto & Squiduardo to pieces. A female fish in funeral attire arrives at the scene and exclaims "Calamari? No!" and sobs. In the parody, Roberto lived in a watermelon under the sea, spoofing SpongeBob's pineapple house.
    • In "Brick Like Me," Comic Book Guy says that Bart's giant robot is made out of Batmobile, Hobbit-hole and SpongeBob LEGO play-sets. SpongeBob's pineapple from the Bikini Bottom Undersea Party set is clearly visible in some parts.
    • In "Treehouse of Horror XXIX," in the opening sequence, the sea captain asks Homer if he knows the most evil creature in the sea, and Homer replies "SpongeBob?"
    • In "The Way of the Dog," at the Dognitive Behavioral Therapy Institute, one of the dogs holds a plush that resembles SpongeBob SquarePants with orange skin.
    • In "Treehouse of Horror XXXI," in the segment "Into the Homer-verse," when Homer was going to strangle Bart, he transforms himself into a SpongeBob Homer ("SpongeHomer") and other versions of himself.
    • In "The Wayz We Were," a Patrick Star's picture was on a captcha screen for hyper-intelligent cartoon characters on the Wayz website, which is a parody of Google's Waze. It was one of the pictures that Lisa didn't click.
    • In "Treehouse of Horror XXXIII," in the segment "Simpsonsworld", at the end appears various theme parks based in some adult cartoons (including The Simpsons itself) are seen, and one of them is called "SpongeBob Sea", being the only theme park based on a kids' cartoon. It was based on SpongeBob's house.
    • In "Step Brother from the Same Planet", Lisa gets a walk-around SpongeBob for the party and a costume of him with orange skin can be seen later at the event.

South Park[]

The Story of God with Morgan Freeman[]

  • In the episode "The Chosen One," a girl can be seen holding a SpongeBob Plush.

The Super Hero Squad Show[]

  • In "Mental Organism Designed Only for Kisses", SpongeBob SquarePants' laugh can be heard when Hulk is channel surfing.

Summer Camp Island[]

  • Oscar breaks into Susie's cabin in "Ice Cream Headache" in a similar way to SpongeBob and Patrick when they break into Squidward's house.


  • In the episode "Crisis on Earth-X, Part 1," Cisco refers to Harry as "Squidward," as the two have grumpy personalities.


  • In the episode "Houses of the Holy," Sam uses a SpongeBob placemat in place of an altar cloth for the séance of an "angel."


  • In the episode "Easter," in the Cloud 9 Superstore employee breakroom, Jonah Simms says, "Oh, you know what I realized? We never had a moment of silence for the guy who created SpongeBob. So do you want to do that now?" This is a reference to how the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, Stephen Hillenburg, who passed away on November 26, 2018, five months before the episode "Easter" premiered on April 18, 2019.
  • In the episode "Zephra Cares," Isabel is sent to do a profile on manager Amelia "Amy" Sosa for the website and they go on a tour of the Cloud 9 Superstore with Jeff Sutton tagging along. At one point during the tour, when Amy, Isabel, and Jeff are in the employee breakroom, Amy shows a cabinet full of healthy snacks. Amy claims that she just replenished the full cabinet. When looking at that cabinet, Jeff jokingly makes fun of the healthy seaweed snack by calling Amy "SpongeBob." Specifically Jeff says, "Yeah, and thank you for the healthy seaweed snack, SpongeBob. Just messing with you, SpongeBob." Amy then replies saying, "Sorry, I'm... I'm SpongeBob? Is..."

Teen Titans Go![]

Imagination Reference in TTG
Joe wearing Patrick's pants in TTG
Squidward's eyes in TTG
  • In the episode "BBRBDAY," Joe is seen wearing pants similar to Patrick's.
  • In the episode "Video Game References," Robin makes a rainbow when he says "Imagination," a reference to "Idiot Box."
  • In the episode "The Cast", Dr. Light's giant squid has eyes similar to that of Squidward Tentacles. Ironically Dr. Light's voice actor is in fact Rodger Bumpass, who also voices Squidward.

Thomas & Friends[]

  • There is a SpongeBob theme in the Minis collection.


  • In the episode "Force Field Master," when Daniel was showing a video breakdown of two New York people fighting, a guy in a wheelchair starts defending the guy who is getting beaten up, and Daniel says "Look at that starfish from SpongeBob" referencing the character Patrick. Also, the video when it goes to the breakdown is a picture of Patrick too.
  • In the episode "Memorabilia Auction 2," someone is seen dressed up as SpongeBob.
  • In the episode "Bubb Rubb" Daniel Tosh mentioned that was was making his own animate show named Brickleberry, which Tom Kenny guested star on that show, Daniel also mentions Squidward.
  • In the episode "Nut Shot Zach," a picture of Zach from 2006 shows him with numerous SpongeBob posters.

Two and a Half Men[]

Uncle Grandpa[]

  • In the episode "New Kid," Tommy imagines himself working at the Krusty Krab. Squidward appeared green with one eye.

Undead Unluck[]

  • In episode 6 "Spoil", after being informed about the UMA Spoil, Fuuko mishears their name "Spoil" for "Sponge". This is followed by a pixelated image of SpongeBob, who responds with "Yeah!"

VH1 ILL-ustrated[]

SpongeBob Parody

SpongeBong HempPants

  • In this TV show, there are three episodes that referenced SpongeBob SquarePants which is called SpongeBong HempPants which is the stoner parody of SpongeBob SquarePants. SpongeBong HempPants was part of VH1 ILL-ustrated which was a short-lived show. The characters have drug names with different personalities and a similar theme song. Only three episodes have been released. SpongeBong HempPants (parody of SpongeBob) is the main character who lives in a mushroom and he is befriended to Hashbrick (parody of Patrick Star). The parody has been very popular on Dailymotion. All three episodes are available on YouTube and other sites.

Video Mods[]


Sponge Bob Square Pants- "All the Small Things" Lights, Camera, Pants!

  • SpongeBob and his friends are seen dancing to "All the Small Things" in one segment from 2005. The music video was presumed to be lost until it resurfaced in 2021. The 3D models of the characters, as well as the Krusty Krab, where they are dancing (expect Mr. Krabs who is outside), are taken from Battle for Bikini Bottom and the Movie game.

What's in the Bible[]

  • In the 4th JellyTelly DVD, Michael mentions his brother was wearing some SpongeBob underpants and later calls him "Mr. SpongeBob UnderPants."

The X Presidents[]

  • An episode of The X Presidents (from "TV Funhouse" on Saturday Night Live) depicts SpongeBob refusing to star in a pro-Gulf War II propaganda commercial, and getting held prisoner for it. Tom Kenny provides SpongeBob's voice in his trademark style despite the clip's adult content.

Wiggle and Learn[]

  • In the episode Henry Goes to Gawa, a girl in Gawa is seen wearing a SpongeBob t-shirt.


Note: This section will only include television commercials where SpongeBob appears or is referenced but are not related to the show's merchandise or promotion and are from non-Viacom companies.

  • A 2003 commercial for the Mitsubishi Endeavor SUV showed the SpongeBob SquarePants Theme Song playing on the portable TV screen two girls were watching.[4]
  • A 2015 commercial for McDonald's titled "Arch Enemies" featuring various pop-culture rivals befriending each other, including SpongeBob and Plankton.[5]
  • Around 2017, General Mills launched an ad campaign with Honey Nut Cheerios called "Good Goes Around," which featured an original rap song of the same name being performed in the cereal's commercials. One of the ads featured a clip from "Bubblestand" where SpongeBob shapeshifts into an "O" during the bubble-blowing technique demonstration, which was shown to emphasize the shape of Cheerios.[6]
  • In 2020, Ritz Crackers aired a commercial titled "Make Room" that featured a clip from "Nature Pants", where SpongeBob and his friends hugs Squidward. [7]
  • In 2024, Lucozade UK aired a commercial titled "Bring The Energy" which features basketball people doing soul dancing, and SpongeBob is mentioned twice.[8]
  • In February 22, 2021, an ad for Oikos had SpongeBob SquarePants exercising with footage taken from "MuscleBob BuffPants". [9]

See also[]


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