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Top 10 Jokes Only Adults Will Get in SpongeBob SquarePants

VO: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Francesca LaMantia
How did these jokes possibly make it onto a kids’ show? Welcome to, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Jokes Only Adults Would Get In SpongeBob SquarePants. For this list, we’ll be focusing on those jokes from the children’s cartoon that were probably written in more for the parents watching the show than the target audience. Written by Francesca Savoy

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How did these jokes possibly make it onto a kids’ show? Welcome to, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Jokes Only Adults Would Get In SpongeBob SquarePants.

For this list, we’ll be focusing on those jokes from the children’s cartoon that were probably written in more for the parents watching the show than the target audience.

#10: Blowing Balloons

“The Play’s the Thing”
What do you do to help out your co-worker who has fallen asleep on the job? Naturally, you blow up some balloons that you just happened to have on hand and create a balloon animal likeness of them to take their place. At least, that was SpongeBob’s bright idea when Squidward was neglecting the cash register. You might not have noticed as a kid just how much the long, transparent balloons in question resemble condoms. Worse still is the image through the kitchen window of the balloons expanding as he blows them up.

#9: The French Tickler

“Karate Island”
Speaking of condoms, SpongeBob and Sandy have a run in on Karate Island with a villain named The Tickler, who just happens to be French. His name in and of itself sounds pretty inappropriate without even knowing that “French Tickler” is a type of condom designed to enhance the experience of the person... let’s say “getting tickled.” That reference probably went over the heads of the kids watching, but not to worry, there was also the image of his giant hand tickling devices to scar them for life.

#8: Sorry About the Scabies

Okay, they weren’t even trying to be subtle with this one. Poor SpongeBob has spread himself too thin, promising to help Mr. Krabs fix his telescope, assist Sandy with a science presentation, as well as attend Patrick’s birthday party and buy the cake. SpongeBob finds himself in a Mrs. Doubtfire kind of situation running back and forth between the three. He forgets to pick up the cake for Patrick's birthday, and in his last minute search for one, he can only find one with icing that reads “Sorry about the scabies." There’s no good way to apologize to someone for transmitting an adult disease, so why not a cake… we guess?

#7: Here Lies Squidward’s Hopes & Dreams

“One Krabs Trash”
Adulting is hard. No one knows that more than Squidward Tentacles. Spending the rest of his life as a cashier at the Krusty Krab is definitely not what Squidward had planned when he was dreaming of being a famous clarinet player. In this episode, the very literal interpretation of Squidward experiencing the death of his hopes and dreams is definitely intended for adults watching this show. Mr. Krabs spots Squidward mourning a grave at the cemetery, and when he goes to take a look, the grave stone reads, "Here Lies Squidward’s Hopes and Dreams."

#6: SpongeBob’s Nose?

“As Seen on TV”
The astonishing amount of penis jokes that made it onto this kids’ show could warrant a list all their own. Representing them on this list is the time SpongeBob’s nose popped up from the ground outside the Krusty Krab. At least we hope it was his nose. Upon Squidward’s request, SpongeBob buries himself in the ground. And when Mr. Krabs comes looking for him, SpongeBob shows himself by shooting the tip of his long nose out from underground. The moment passes pretty quickly, so it might not have even registered on a first watch that SpongeBob’s protruding nose resembles another elongated part of the male anatomy.

#5: Exchanging Money

“Pranks a Lot”
Talk about a prank gone wrong. When SpongeBob and Patrick discover a prank shop, things get a little out of hand. They get their hands on a can of invisibility spray and decide to pull the ultimate prank. The only problem is, the invisibility paint stains clothes. So they strip down to their birthday suits, turn each other invisible, and terrorize the town. They get their comeuppance when Mr. Krabs catches them with their pants down. The paint wears off and they are left standing completely nude holding a dollar bill. What is actually a completely innocent moment ends up looking like these two friends exchanging the dollar for some “services.”

#4: SpongeBob, Patrick & Mr. Krabs’ Panty Raid

“Mid-Life Crustacean”
That’s right, a panty raid. Most of the dirty jokes on this show are hidden behind a thin veil. But sometimes, they forget the veil entirely. Mr. Krabs spends an underwhelming wild night out with SpongeBob and Patrick in an attempt to reclaim his youth. The night goes from harmless fun to actual criminal behavior when they go on a panty raid. Just in case you aren’t sure what this means, Mr. Krabs is sure to provide a detailed description. They actually break into someone’s house by climbing through her window with a ladder. Thankfully, Mr. Krabs gets what he deserves when it turns out it’s his mother’s house, and she gives him an earful.

#3: Don’t Drop the Doubloons

“Gary Takes a Bath”
Dropping the veil yet again, SpongeBob makes a very obvious prison sex joke in this classic moment. It’s bath time, but Gary the Snail doesn’t want to get in the tub. So SpongeBob tries to con him by pretending that the bathtub is a treasure chest and the bars of soap are doubloons. We all know what the subtext behind the phrase, “don’t drop the soap” means, so when SpongeBob advises Gary with a wink and a smile not to drop the doubloons, there is no masking this very adult reference.

#2: Sailor Talk

“Sailor Mouth”
SpongeBob and Patrick have really done it this time. In their innocent idiocy, the two besties learn some new words from some writing on the dumpster behind the Krusty Krab. Much like children, they don’t understand the true meaning of their new vocabulary words and just think saying them makes them sound cool. That iconic dolphin censorship sound isn’t fooling anyone though. We all know why the town is so antagonized by the boys’ sailor talk. At least the boys learn their lesson when Mrs. Krabs finds out and punishes them. That is, before she stubs her toe and unleashes her own expansive vocabulary. Tartar Sauce!

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

Patrick Telling SpongeBob, “Let’s Have Another”
“Rock-a-Bye Bivalve”

Patrick’s Genius

SpongeBob Doesn’t Have Hair... Or Does He?
“The Smoking Peanut”

#1: SpongeBob Watches Sea Anemone

“Your Shoe's Untied”
SpongeBob is a pretty excitable guy, but there is only one thing he could have been watching quite this excitedly. While flipping through the channels, SpongeBob stops when he comes across a dancing sea anemone. Something about the way SpongeBob lights up while watching this is the first indicator that the sea anemone might be doing something a little more racy than just dancing. The second indicator is when Gary walks into the room and SpongeBob changes the channel in a panic, claiming he was just looking for the sports channel. Sure, SpongeBob, the sports channel, we believe you. Clearly, SpongeBob was watching sea porn.

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