SpongeBob SquarePants (season 10)

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SpongeBob SquarePants (season 10)
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes11
Original networkNickelodeon
Original releaseOctober 15, 2016 (2016-10-15) – December 2, 2017 (2017-12-02)
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List of SpongeBob SquarePants episodes

The tenth season of the American animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants, created by former marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg, aired on Nickelodeon in the United States from October 15, 2016 to December 2, 2017. It opened with "Whirly Brains", and finished airing with "The Incredible Shrinking Sponge". The season was first announced on May 21, 2012.[1] 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, and was the first season of the show not to involve long-time crew member and former showrunner Paul Tibbitt. The showrunners for this season were Marc Ceccarelli and Vincent Waller, who also acted as supervising producers. It is the shortest season, containing 11 episodes instead of the usual 26-episode length.

The show received several accolades during the run of its tenth season, including the 2017 Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Cartoon. The series was also nominated in various international Kids' Choice Awards ceremonies for the same category. The show received a pending nomination at the BAFTA Children's Awards for the International category as well.


The season aired on Nickelodeon, which is owned by Viacom, and was produced by United Plankton Pictures and Nickelodeon. The season's only executive producer was series creator Stephen Hillenburg, who was announced to have returned to the series in January 2015. This was the first season since the fifth that former showrunner and long-time crew member Paul Tibbitt did not work on as an executive producer, and the first in the show's history without Tibbitt's involvement; as confirmed by Vincent Waller, Tibbitt stopped working on the series in 2016 to focus on directing the third SpongeBob film.[2] The season is also the first to be run completely by Waller and Marc Ceccarelli, who had replaced Tibbitt as showrunners during the ninth season. Prior to this, Waller served as the creative director and an occasional writer and storyboard director of the series, while Ceccarelli served as a staff writer and storyboard director (and eventually, the series' animatic director). Ben Gruber, the co-creator of Adult Swim's Superjail!, joined the team of writers for this season.

In September 2013, it was reported that the tenth season was in production and expected to air in 2014; however, season nine was elongated into and past that year, due to production of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.[3] According to a tweet by Vincent Waller, production of season 10 began on October 12, 2015.[4] The 11-episode length of the season was announced on March 20, 2017.[5]

During production of the season, Hillenburg disclosed that he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a terminal illness that affects and causes the death of neurons that control the brain and the spinal cord.[6] He released a statement to the Variety magazine after his diagnosis, in which he affirmed that he would continue to work on SpongeBob SquarePants "for as long as [he is] able." He stated further, "My family and I are grateful for the outpouring of love and support. We ask that our sincere request for privacy be honored during this time."[7] At the time, Hillenburg was in the early stages of the disease, according to a source close to him.[8] He later died of the illness on November 26, 2018, during production of the series' twelfth season.


The tenth season features Tom Kenny as the voice of the title character SpongeBob SquarePants and his pet snail Gary. Kenny also played a number of incidental roles, including Prickles the worm, a guest character who has a major role in "House Worming". SpongeBob's greedy and money-obsessed employer at the Krusty Krab, Mr. Krabs, is voiced by Clancy Brown.[9] Rodger Bumpass played the voice of Squidward Tentacles, an arrogant and ill-tempered octopus,[10] while SpongeBob's best friend Patrick Star is voiced by Bill Fagerbakke.[11] Other members of the cast are Mr. Lawrence as Plankton, Mr. Krabs' business rival;[12] Jill Talley as Karen, Plankton's sentient computer sidekick;[13] Carolyn Lawrence as Sandy Cheeks, a squirrel from Texas;[14] Mary Jo Catlett as Mrs. Puff, SpongeBob's boating school teacher;[15] and Lori Alan as Pearl, a teenage whale who is Mr. Krabs' daughter.[16][17]

In addition to the regular cast members, episodes feature guest voices from many ranges of professions, including actors, musicians, and artists. For instance, former Screen Actors Guild president Ed Asner voiced the grumpy old fish in "Whirly Brains". J. K. Simmons voiced Maestro Mackerel, a conductor with a short temper, in "Snooze You Lose".[18] Mackerel is a nod to the abusive music instructor Terence Fletcher in the 2014 film Whiplash, a role for which Simmons won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.[19] Seinfeld actor John O'Hurley, who had previously voiced King Neptune in season 1's "Neptune's Spatula" and season 6's "The Clash of Triton", reprised his role for "Trident Trouble". Steve Buscemi and Joe Pantoliano guest star in "The Getaway" as two crooks. This is the first season not to feature guest appearances from Ernest Borgnine and Tim Conway as the superheroes Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy; Borgnine died during production of the previous season,[20] so their characters were retired and limited to non-speaking cameo appearances for later season 9 episodes and onwards.


During the run of the tenth season, SpongeBob SquarePants received several awards and nominations. At the 2017 Kids' Choice Awards, the program won its fourteenth award for Favorite Cartoon.[21] The program also received a pending nomination at the British Academy Children's Awards for the International category.[22]


The tenth season of SpongeBob SquarePants consists of 11 episodes[23] (22 segments, 1 short), which are ordered below by production number and not their original broadcast order. It is the shortest season, lacking the usual 26-episode length. Showrunner Vincent Waller stated that this was due to accounting and contractual issues.[24]

No. in
TitleAnimation directorsWritten byStoryboarded by [a]Supervising director [b]Original air date [25]US viewers
205a1a"Whirly Brains"Bob JaquesMr. LawrenceFred OsmondSherm CohenOctober 15, 2016 (2016-10-15)1.77[26]

SpongeBob and Patrick fly their brains into a grumpy old man's yard.

Guest appearance: Ed Asner as the Angry Old Timer.
205b1b"Mermaid Pants"Alan SmartKazJohn TrabbicDave CunninghamOctober 29, 2016 (2016-10-29)2.17[27]
Mr. Krabs and Squidward decide to play along when SpongeBob and Patrick have fun pretending to be Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy.
206a2a"Unreal Estate"Tom YasumiBen GruberBrian MoranteAdam PaloianJune 3, 2017 (2017-06-03)[nb 1]1.69[28]
SpongeBob fears that he has become allergic to his pineapple, so Squidward offers to help him find a new home.
206b2b"Code Yellow"Tom YasumiAndrew GoodmanJohn TrabbicDave CunninghamJune 3, 2017 (2017-06-03)[nb 1]1.69[28]
SpongeBob pretends to be a doctor, but causes trouble when he tries to help all of the patients.
207a3a"Mimic Madness"Bob JaquesMr. LawrenceBrian MoranteAdam PaloianFebruary 25, 2017 (2017-02-25)2.12[29]
SpongeBob loses his identity after imitating everyone he sees.
207b3b"House Worming"Alan SmartRichard PurselFred OsmondSherm CohenFebruary 25, 2017 (2017-02-25)2.12[29]
When Spongebob becomes infested with worms, he has to hide his disgusting new friends from everyone else.
Short: Prickles the Worm in: Clam Up!
208a4a"Snooze You Lose"Alan SmartKazFred OsmondSherm CohenMarch 4, 2017 (2017-03-04)2.12[30]

Squidward is so tired that SpongeBob and Patrick cannot wake him up, but they will not let him miss his big audition.

Guest appearance: J. K. Simmons as Maestro Mackerel.
208b4b"Krusty Katering"Tom YasumiBen GruberJohn TrabbicDave CunninghamMarch 4, 2017 (2017-03-04)2.12[30]
Mr. Krabs and his crew cater a fancy party, but they might be out of their depth with their new wealthy customers.
209a5a"SpongeBob's Place"Tom YasumiKazKelly ArmstrongAdam PaloianMarch 11, 2017 (2017-03-11)2.27[31]
Mr. Krabs is jealous when SpongeBob opens his own restaurant.
209b5b"Plankton Gets the Boot"Tom YasumiBen GruberFred OsmondSherm CohenMarch 11, 2017 (2017-03-11)2.27[31]
Karen kicks Plankton out, leaving it up to SpongeBob to teach him how to be a nicer person.
210a6a"Life Insurance"Bob JaquesKazBrian MoranteAdam PaloianMarch 18, 2017 (2017-03-18)2.13[32]
A misunderstanding leads SpongeBob and Patrick to try and prove to Squidward that their life insurance protects them from any danger.
210b6b"Burst Your Bubble"Alan SmartAndrew GoodmanJohn TrabbicDave CunninghamMarch 18, 2017 (2017-03-18)2.13[32]
SpongeBob blows a bubble boat for everyone in town
211a7a"Plankton Retires"Bob Jaques[c]Mr. LawrenceFred OsmondSherm CohenMarch 25, 2017 (2017-03-25)2.07[33]
Plankton decides to close the Chum Bucket and move to a new town, but Mr. Krabs still suspects he is up to something.
211b7b"Trident Trouble"Tom YasumiBen GruberJohn TrabbicDave CunninghamMarch 25, 2017 (2017-03-25)2.07[33]

SpongeBob accidentally picks up King Neptune's magic trident, mistaking it for his spatula.

Guest appearance: John O'Hurley as King Neptune.
212a8a"The Incredible Shrinking Sponge"Alan SmartMr. LawrenceBrian MoranteAdam PaloianDecember 2, 2017 (2017-12-02)[nb 2]1.83[34]
SpongeBob must figure out how to do his job after accidentally shrinking himself.
212b8b"Sportz?"Bob JaquesAndrew GoodmanJohn TrabbicDave CunninghamJuly 16, 2017 (2017-07-16)[nb 2]1.99[35]
Squidward invents a new sport to get back at SpongeBob and Patrick for annoying him.
213a9a"The Getaway"Alan SmartKazBrian MoranteAdam PaloianJune 10, 2017 (2017-06-10)1.66[36]

SpongeBob mistakes an escaped convict for his new driving instructor.

Guest appearances: Steve Buscemi as Dorsal Dan and Joe Pantoliano as Sticky Fins.
213b9b"Lost and Found"Tom YasumiDani MichaeliFred OsmondSherm CohenJune 10, 2017 (2017-06-10)1.66[36]
SpongeBob finds himself lost in the Krusty Krab's underground lost-and-found when he tries to locate a child's missing toy.
214a10a"Patrick's Coupon"Tom YasumiKazKelly ArmstrongDave CunninghamJune 17, 2017 (2017-06-17)1.77[37]

Patrick has a coupon for free ice cream, but when he learns it's expired, he must confront the Ice Cream King to renew it.

Guest appearance: Peter Browngardt as The Ice Cream King.
214b10b"Out of the Picture"Alan SmartBen GruberFred OsmondSherm CohenJune 17, 2017 (2017-06-17)1.77[37]
Mr. Krabs buys Squidward's art, but to make a profit on his purchase, he will have to get the artist out of the picture.
215a11a"Feral Friends"Alan SmartMr. LawrenceBrian MoranteDave CunninghamOctober 7, 2017 (2017-10-07)[nb 3]1.81[38]
Neptune's Moon turns everybody into wild animals, and Sandy is the only one who can save them.
215b11b"Don't Wake Patrick"Tom YasumiBrian Morante and Mr. LawrenceBrian MoranteAdam PaloianOctober 7, 2017 (2017-10-07)[nb 3]1.81[38]
SpongeBob must keep a sleepwalking Patrick out of danger.


  1. ^ a b This episode first aired on March 14, 2017 in Israel and Turkey.
  2. ^ a b This episode first aired on July 4, 2017 in Israel.
  3. ^ a b This episode first aired on August 27, 2017 in Israel.
  1. ^ Information is taken from the opening credits of each episode.
  2. ^ Adam Paloian did not use the supervising director title in his episodes at first. Instead, he used the title "storyboard supervisor" up until episode 213a, where he is credited as a supervising director from then on.
  3. ^ So far, this is the only episode that has not used the animation director credit. Instead, Jaques is credited as a timing director.


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