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Help Wanted

Help Wanted” is the first episode from SpongeBob SquarePants in Season 1 and in the show.

"Help Wanted" first released on May 1st, 1999, in The United States of America[1] (USA) and March 4th, 2000, in Canada[2], as well as August 23rd, 2002, in Germany[3]. In this episode, SpongeBob gets a job at the Krusty Krab.

Synopsis Edit

1999 Version (Pilot) Edit

The episode starts with a French Narrator introducing Bikini Bottom and SpongeBob. SpongeBob wakes up from his alarm and talks to Gary saying "Today's the big day Gary!". Gary then responds with a "Meow!". SpongeBob climbs up a diving board and lands in his pants. SpongeBob then weight lifts two teddy bears which then he exclaims he's ready. He says "I'm Ready!" several times before passing by an Easter Island Head with windows and a door, and a brown rock. The rock rolls up showing a pink starfish, Patrick, which he says "Go SpongeBob!" which then he falls. It then skips to SpongeBob looking at The Krusty Krab, home of the Krabby Patty.

1997 Version (Original Pilot) Edit

After Patrick falls from his rock, the SpongeBob Action Theme plays, which you can see cutscenes of SpongeBob walking across rocks, some credits, SpongeBob running; with some bubbles being shown on the background, and it finishing off by SpongeBob looking at The Krusty Krab. The rest of the episode is the same in the 1997 version, with only minor tweaks.

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Gallery of Images and Videos Edit

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"SpongeBoy" (Character)


SpongeBoy/SpongeBob with glasses jellyfishing. (Artwork)


Early Artwork Of The Krusty Krab

Size chart

Size Comparison Chart Of Some SpongeBob Characters

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SpongeBoy/SpongeBob and Patrick


SpongeBob Main Characters In Boats (Early Artwork)

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Original Cast

The Original SpongeBob Cast

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SpongeBoy/SpongeBob Looking At The Krusty Krab


Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy (Barnacle Bill) Early Art

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Patrick's Model Sheet

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Early Patrick Art

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SpongeBob SquarePants 1997 Deleted Scene (Image)

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SpongeBoy/SpongeBob walking into The Krusty Krab.

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SpongeBob Weightlifting

Spongebob Intro Pilot (1997)

Spongebob Intro Pilot (1997)

SpongeBob SquarePants 1997 Intro Deleted Scene (Video)

Trivia Edit

  • Did you know Help Wanted had Tiny Tim's "Living In The Moonlight" song in this episode? This is the only episode to contain that song.
  • This episode didn't make it to The Complete First Season DVD due to copyright issues with "Living In The Moonlight".
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  • This is the first episode ever created in SpongeBob SquarePants.
  • This is the first episode to feature SpongeBob, Gary, Patrick, Squidward, and Mr. Krabs.
  • This episode is the first episode to feature The Krusty Krab as well as Barg-N-Mart.
  • The French Narrator first appears in this episode.
  • Why the episode name is called Help Wanted is because in The Krusty Krab, there is a "Help Wanted" sign and SpongeBob wants to join The Krusty Krew.
  • SpongeBob first creates Krabby Patties in this episode.
  • Sometime in 1997, there was an earlier version of “Help Wanted” containing a deleted scene and a "Created By Stephen Hillenburg" scene at the end of the credits.
  • SpongeBob was originally going to be called SpongeBoy in this episode, however, this was copyrighted by a mop company.
  • This episode along with “Reef Blower” and “Tea at the Treedome” was originally going to air on July 17, 1999.
  • Along with “Help Wanted” originally going to air on July 17, 1999, "July 17, 1999", is the release date of “Bubblestand” and “Ripped Pants” in The USA.

Quotes Edit

"I'm Ready!" - SpongeBob SquarePants

"Go SpongeBob! Woah, WOAH! (falls down)" - Patrick Star

"Oh SpongeBob. What can he possibly want. AHHHHHHH! Oh, Mr. Krabs! Oh, Mr. Krabs!" - Squidward Tentacles

"Do ya smell it? That smell. The kind of smelly smell. The smelly smell that smells... smelly!" - Mr. Krabs

"Anchovies! ANCHOVIES!" - Mr. Krabs

Release Dates Edit

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Help Wanted first premiered on May 1, 1999, in the USA.

Some Release Dates Are Unknown Or Unconfirmed!
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The United States Of America: May 1, 1999

Canada: March 4, 2000

Malaysia: 1999

China: 1999

Hong Kong: 1999

Sweden: 1999

Turkey: 1999

South Korea: 1999

France: November 17, 1999

Latin America: December 14, 1999

Spain: 2000

Macedonia: 2000

Cyprus: 2000

Brazil: February 1, 2000

Portugal: February 1, 2000

Norway: March 6, 2000

Southeast Asia: April 2000

Taiwan: April 2000

Russia (possibly Nickelodeon): September 1, 2003

Russia (TNT) (possibly Nickelodeon): September 6, 2003

Russia (voice-over): 2001

Russia (dub): 2001

Ukraine: 2001

Latvia: 2002

Serbia: 2002

Romania: March 20, 2002

Japan: April 3, 2002

Germany: August 23, 2002

Hebrew: 2003

Netherlands: 2003

Greece: 2003

Hungary: 2003

Philippines: April 2003

Finland: August 21, 2003

Slovenia (Nickelodeon): 2004

Slovenia (POP TV): 2004

Italy: August 30, 2004

Poland (Lektor Polski Version): October 1, 2004

Afghanistan: 2005

Iran: 2005

Bulgaria: 2007

Egypt: 2008

Poland (dub): July 10, 2008

Philippines: August 11, 2008

Czech Republic: 2009

Slovakia: 2010

Ukraine (QTV): 2010

Ukraine (PlusPlus): February 1, 2018

China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Spain's Release Date Are Unknown Or Unconfirmed.
Sweden, Hebrew, Netherlands, and South Korea’s release date is unknown.
Bulgaria, Egypt, and Macedonia’s Release Date Is Unknown.
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