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SpongeBob SquarePants season 3
General information
No. of episodes: 20
Premiere: October 5, 2001
Finale: October 11, 2004
DVD releases
Region 1: September 27, 2005
Region 2: November 8, 2007
Region 4: December 3, 2007
Previous: Season 2
Next: Season 4
List of episodes

The third season of the American animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants, created by Stephen Hillenburg, aired on Nickelodeon from October 5, 2001 to October 11, 2004, and consists of 20 episodes. The series chronicles the exploits and adventures of the title character and his various friends in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom. The season was executive produced by series creator Hillenburg, who also acted as the showrunner. Hillenburg halted production on the show to work on the 2004 film adaptation of the series, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. After production on the film, Hillenburg resigned from the show as its showrunner, and appointed staff writer Paul Tibbitt to overtake the position. Season 3 was originally set to end the series after the release of the film, but the success prevented the series from ending, leading to a fourth season.

The season was well received by media critics and fans. During its run, SpongeBob SquarePants became the highest rated children's show on cable, with over 50 million viewers a month. The show received several recognition, including its nomination at the Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Children's Program. The episodes "New Student Starfish" and "Clams" were nominated for Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour) category, while the entry "SpongeBob B.C. (Ugh)" won the same category. The season was also the first time the show received a nomination at the Kids' Choice Awards and won. It won the 2003 Kids' Choice Awards for Favorite Cartoon, and also won the following year's Kids' Choice Award for the same category. Celebrities—including Justin Timberlake, Kelly Osbourne, Britney Spears, Bruce Willis, Noel Gallagher, rapper Dr. Dre, and Mike Myers—have been reported to be fans of the show.[citation needed]

Several compilation DVDs that contained episodes from the season were released. The SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete 3rd Season DVD was released in Region 1 on September 27, 2005, Region 2 on December 3, 2007, and Region 4 on November 8, 2007.


Title card # Title Airdate U.S. viewers (millions)
The Algae's Always Greener
41a "The Algae's Always Greener" March 22, 2002
Mr. Krabs and Plankton switch lives.
SpongeGuard on Duty
41b "SpongeGuard on Duty" March 22, 2002
SpongeBob becomes a lifeguard.
Club SpongeBob
42a "Club SpongeBob" July 12, 2002
SpongeBob, Patrick and Squidward are flung into the Kelp Forest.
My Pretty Seahorse
42b "My Pretty Seahorse" July 12, 2002
SpongeBob adopts a stray seahorse.
Just One Bite
43a "Just One Bite" October 5, 2001
SpongeBob tries to get Squidward to try a Krabby Patty.
The Bully
43b "The Bully" October 5, 2001
Flatts the Flounder joins SpongeBob's boating class.
Nasty Patty
44a "Nasty Patty" March 1, 2002
SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs create a tainted Krabby Patty.
Idiot Box
44b "Idiot Box" March 1, 2002
SpongeBob and Patrick play with a box.
Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV
45a "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV" January 21, 2002
SpongeBob plays with Mermaid Man's secret utility belt.
Doing Time
45b "Doing Time" January 21, 2002
SpongeBob and Patrick try to break Mrs. Puff out of jail.
Snowball Effect
46a "Snowball Effect" February 22, 2002
SpongeBob and Patrick have a snowball fight.
One Krabs Trash
46b "One Krabs Trash" February 22, 2002
Mr. Krabs sells SpongeBob a soda drink hat.
As Seen on TV
47a "As Seen on TV" March 8, 2002
The Krusty Krab airs its first commercial.
Can You Spare a Dime
47b "Can You Spare a Dime?" March 8, 2002
Squidward quits his job.
No Weenies Allowed
48a "No Weenies Allowed" March 15, 2002
SpongeBob tries to get into the Salty Spitoon.
Squilliam Returns
48b "Squilliam Returns" March 15, 2002
Squidward tries to convince Squilliam that he owns a five star restaurant.
Krab Borg
49a "Krab Borg" March 29, 2002
SpongeBob and Squidward think Mr. Krabs is a robot.
Rock-A-Bye Bivalve
49b "Rock-a-Bye Bivalve" March 29, 2002
SpongeBob and Patrick care for a baby scallop.
Wet Painters
50a "Wet Painters" May 10, 2002
SpongeBob and Patrick paint the inside of Mr. Krabs' house.
Krusty Krab Training Video
50b "Krusty Krab Training Video" May 10, 2002
A training video for future employees of the Krusty Krab.
Party Pooper Pants
51 "Party Pooper Pants" May 17, 2002
SpongeBob throws a house party.
Chocolate with Nuts
52a "Chocolate with Nuts" June 1, 2002
SpongeBob and Patrick sell chocolate bars.
Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V
52b "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V" June 1, 2002
Barnacle Boy joins the dark side
New Student Starfish
53a "New Student Starfish" September 20, 2002
Patrick joins SpongeBob's Boating School.
53b "Clams" September 20, 2002
A clam eats Mr. Krabs' millionth dollar.
54 "Ugh" March 5, 2004
SpongeGar, Patar and Squog discover fire.
The Great Snail Race
55a "The Great Snail Race" January 24, 2003
Bikini Bottom holds a snail race.
Mid-Life Crustacean
55b "Mid-Life Crustacean" January 24, 2003
Mr. Krabs has a mid-life crisis when he realizes that he is old.
Born Again Krabs
56a "Born Again Krabs" October 4, 2003
Mr. Krabs encounters the Flying Dutchman.
I Had an Accident
56b "I Had an Accident" October 4, 2003
SpongeBob breaks his butt while sand-sledding.
Krabby Land
57a "Krabby Land" April 3, 2004
Mr. Krabs builds a junky playground.
The Camping Episode
57b "The Camping Episode" April 3, 2004
SpongeBob and Patrick go camping on SpongeBob's front lawn, to Squidward's dismay.
Missing Identity
58a "Missing Identity" January 19, 2004
SpongeBob loses his name tag.
Plankton's Army
58b "Plankton's Army" January 19, 2004
Plankton enlists the help of his relatives to steal the Krabby Patty formula.
The Sponge Who Could Fly
59 "The Sponge Who Could Fly" March 21, 2003
SpongeBob wishes he could fly with the jellyfish.
SpongeBob Meets the Strangler
60a "SpongeBob Meets the Strangler" October 11, 2004
A criminal attempts to get revenge on SpongeBob.
Pranks A Lot
60b "Pranks a Lot" October 11, 2004
SpongeBob and Patrick use invisibility spray to play pranks on the citizens of Bikini Bottom.

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