Classic Cartoon Review: Spongebob Squarepants

On July 17, 1999 Spongebob Squarepants hit Nickelodeon. I was seven years old. I still remember the previews on Nickelodeon. I didn’t think of it much back then, mainly because I loved everything on Nickelodeon. I literally had the television set to the network and when I’d see a preview I thought “Yay another show to love.”

I remember watching the premiere and thinking it was good. I still would rather be watching CatDog or Hey Arnold at that time. The first Season took a couple episodes to really pick up. Before long it was one of the shows that I hoped would be on.

Now still to this day I watch the show willingly and am entertained by every second of it. The premise and characters are simple enough. Spongebob loves his job, he’s energetic, loud, often immature, but in good faith he has fun. This contrasts Squidward’s snobby maturity. Even within the series characters have their own goofy quirks you have Patrick who is a complete “barnacle-head” but works really with with Spongebob, Mr Krabs who has a complete over-exaggerated greed about him and Plankton who is the exaggerated failed criminal.

I love watching these characters, so much that despite the poor quality of the later seasons I still enjoy watching them. I could sit here and go into a psychoanalytical detail about why I love this show, or I could just tell you it’s funny. Like most comedies I like it takes a couple viewings before catching on to the humor behind the character quirks, but it is worth it.

Hours and Hours of my life were dedicated to this show, and hundreds of breaths of laughter. They are still making the show, and I’m not so up to date. I just know that recent episodes have been losing their entertainment quality. I couldn’t say why, I just think that the show might need to rest peacefully soon. The same effect happened to Rugrats around its eleventh birthday. Regardless of what happens and no matter how old I get. Spongebob Squarepants is amazing.

Final Score: 5/5