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Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year of the Gregorian calendar that started on a Thursday. The year aired only 7 episodes and had a theatrical film on November 19th. After this, no new episodes would air until May 6, 2005. This is the second leap year in a row to have a 6-month hiatus between April and October. This happened for the first time in 2000, which was also a leap year. It is the third shortest year for SpongeBob, aside from the previous year 2003, and 2014.

This was intended to be the last year of SpongeBob before the show ended, but due to popular request and extreme commercial success of the movie, it was renewed.

These episodes are copyrighted in 2002 and they were first aired in Canada during that year.

Date Event(s)
January 6 And the Winner Is..., The Seascape Capers and Nickelodeon Sing Along Karaoke Volume 2 were released. also "SpongeBob Meets the Strangler" and "Pranks a Lot" premiered on VHS and DVD.
January 19 "Plankton's Army" and "Missing Identity" premiered.
February 1 Nick Takes Over the Super Bowl premiered.
February 2 They Blow Up So Fast and Wonderful Wormy was released.
February 10 Tales From Bikini Bottom was released.
March 5 "Ugh" premiered.
March 9 SpongeBob Goes Prehistoric was released.
April 3 "Krabby Land," "The Camping Episode," and "Plankton's Plan" premiered.
April 13 Crime and Funishment/Bikini Bottom's Most Wanted was released.
May 1 The SpongeBob SquarePants series became 5 years old.
The Song That Never Ends was released.
May 12 SpongeBob SquarePants Volume 2 was released.
May 14 "Ugh" premiered in Canada.
May 28 "Chocolate with Nuts" and "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V" premiered in Norway.
June 1 SpongeBob and the Princess and the SpongeGuard DVD and VHS were released.
June 4 "New Student Starfish" and "Clams" premiered in Norway.
August 15 SpongeBob SquarePants Volume 1 & Nicktoons Collection Volume 1 were released.
September 7 Nicktoons Collection Volume 2 was released.
September 11 Nicktoons Basketball was released.
September 20 Nicktoons Freeze Frame Frenzy was released.
September 21 Bubble Blowers, Beware!, Ice Cream Dreams, Buried Treasure! Tales from Bikini Bottom, SpongeBob Exposed! The Insider's Guide to SpongeBob SquarePants, Trouble at the Krusty Krab!, and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie! were published.
September 22 The Nicktoons: Laugh-a-Minute DVD was released in UK and Australia.
September 27 Nicktoons The Show Must Go On! was released.
"The Great Snail Race" and "Mid-Life Crustacean" premiered in Norway.
October 1 I'm Ready! and Bring on the Rock! were published.
October 2 "The Algae's Always Greener" and "SpongeGuard on Duty" premiered in Russia.
October 3 "Club SpongeBob" and "My Pretty Seahorse" premiered in Russia.
October 9 "Just One Bite" and "The Bully" premiered in Russia.
October 10 "Nasty Patty" and "Idiot Box" premiered in Russia.
October 11 "SpongeBob Meets the Strangler" and "Pranks a Lot" premiered.
October 16 "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV" and "Doing Time" premiered in Russia.
October 17 "Snowball Effect" and "One Krabs Trash" premiered in Russia.
October 19 The Complete 2nd Season was released.
October 21 Nicktoons Movin' was released in North America.
October 23 "As Seen on TV" and "Can You Spare a Dime?" premiered in Russia.
October 24 "No Weenies Allowed" and "Squilliam Returns" premiered in Russia.
October 27 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie game was released.
October 28 "Born Again Krabs" and "I Had an Accident" premiered in Norway.}
October 30 "Krab Borg" and "Rock-a-Bye Bivalve" premiered in Russia.
October 31 "Wet Painters" and "Krusty Krab Training Video" premiered in Russia.
November 1 The Tales from the Deep VHS was released in Wales (UK).
November 2 Sponge for Hire was released.
November 9 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie soundtrack and SpongeBob SquarePants Cine-Manga Box Set were released.
November 15 SpongeBob SquarePants Volume 3 was released.
November 19 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie was released to theaters in the United States and Canada.
November 26 Nicktoons Movin' was released in Europe.
November 29 "Just One Bite" and "The Bully" premiered in the UK and Ireland.
December 3 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie was released in theaters in Mexico.
December 8 Dimebag Darrell passed away.
December 16 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie was released in theaters in Chile.
December 17 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie was released in theaters in Brazil.
December 23 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie was released in theaters in Germany and Switzerland.
SpongeBob's Secret Valentine was released.
December 25 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie was released in theaters in Venezuela.
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