What Are the Best Episodes of SpongeBob?

We found out something sort of amazing yesterday. Since March 2006, a contest has been waged in the TV.com forums to decide the best episodes of each season of SpongeBob SquarePants.

It started with a list of every episode from the first season. Forum members posted their least favorite episode from the list. Elimination voting continued until there was only one episode left on the list, and in the end, "Neptune's Spatula" was declared the best episode of Season 1.

That was in April in 2006. Then the thread did the same thing with Season 2. And Season 3. And so on. The thread has remained active for three and a half years. It's is now 208 pages long and consists of 4,149 posts. And counting. The contest for Seasons 6 and 7 is taking place right now.

This is extraordinarily impressive by itself, and even more so because the thread has remained remarkably polite, on-topic, and egalitarian. There is usually one user who keeps track of the list of episodes and the votes. If he or she doesn't post for a while, someone else takes over. Everyone seems to get along, and there is little heated debate when people disagree. For the most part, participants calmly vote on their least favorite installment, the votes are tallied, and fans move on. It's one the most civilized, reasoned, and egalitarian communities we have ever found on the Internet.

If you're a participant in this thread, let us know your thoughts! Are you surprised that the discussion has continued this long? What's going to happen when and if you reach the end? And when you're done, will you pick the very best SpongeBob episode ever? Let us know in the comments.

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It's just a game.A lot of forums do that.
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I'm proud to say I'm a part of this thread. :P And yes, we keep it civilized... most of the time. :P
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I've been posting on the Best Episode Ever Contest for about three years ago, on a previous account. A very fun game.
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Cool! I was the host of the game for a while.
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Current Host of Best Episode Ever here! It is a great thread and a lot of fun. We always encourage more people to come and vote so that the opinions and results differ with every tournament. So if you like Spongebob, please stop by!
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I have to say that by far, it is a tie between "F.U.N." and "Pizza Delivery".
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Not on the forum but have to say i have two the one with mermaidmans belt were he shrinks everyone (the squidward switches are the best) and the one were plankton and mr crabs switch places and planktons says is there a gas leak in here those to make me laugh every time i see them.
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I'm part of the contest & even though I wasn't a member back in 06, I can't believe that thread has been active for 3 1/2 years:O My favorite SB episode would have to be the Camping Episode:D
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the one where he doesn't want to go outside. it's the only one that has ever made me laugh.
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