Every so often a quality children’s show will be released to the public. The world will make fun of it, and quickly realize how immensely cool it is. It’s a challenge to make a children’s show fun for adults and kids (and college students that are high) to enjoy, but SpongeBob SquarePants manages to tick all of those boxes. It’s weird enough to be memorable, funny enough that it keeps you interested, cringy enough for the audience to question why they’re watching the show in the first place, and lovable enough that you can sit your two year old in front of it and they’ll most likely enjoy it.
The show is pretty simple, but it has proven that it has lasting power. This year will start it’s 11th season which is pretty cray cray. I hope I lost a lot of readers by saying cray twice. It just needed to be said. I’m sorry.
SpongeBob is a bachelor living in an undersea town called Bikini Bottom. He lives simply in a Pineapple shaped house with his pet snail Gary who meows like a cat so I’m assuming that snails are the cats of the ocean? Does not compute. But I shouldn’t question it because this show is genius. Occasionally Gary talks and he has a proper British accent so who knows if he’s a companion or SpongeBob’s gay lover. I wouldn’t put it past the show if it was the latter. Or both.
SpongeBob lives next door to Squidward, the responsible, clarinet playing squid who doesn’t understand SpongeBob’s happy-go-lucky attitude. Squidward lives in a tikihead-shaped house and is often seen complaining to SpongeBob about how disruptive he’s being. Squidward’s dream is to be a successful clarinet player, but he’s stuck in Bikini Bottom working at The Krusty Krab burger joint along with SpongeBob. He always has a look on his face that screams “I’m too good for this” but he never goes anywhere in life. Squidward might be my favorite squid. There, I said it.
Next door to Squidward lives SpongBob’s best friend and the bane of Squidward’s existence, Patrick Star. Patrick is a pink starfish who basically lives under a rock. He isn’t too bright, but he makes an excellent companion for SpongeBob. They do all kinds of fun activities together, one of which is catching jellyfish in nets and then releasing them back into the wild.
SpongeBob is definitely more accomplished that Patrick, but not by much. He has a job, he goes to Mrs. Puff’s Boating School which is basically driver’s ed run by a puffer fish, and he owns a pet/lover.
SpongeBob also has an insane talent for cooking Krabby Patties down at The Krusty Krab. Here is a one of the first episodes of the show, and the play-by-play of how SpongeBob actually got hired for the job.
SpongeBob’s boss is Mr. Krabs, a relatively happy crab who loves money more than anything in the world. Except for maybe his daughter Pearl. Actually, no I think he loves money more. But his daughter is a whale so she might not even be legitimately his. Like, how does a crab have a whale for a daughter? Unclear. In one episode SpongeBob actually took Pearl to her prom and they had a great time. Pearl spends a lot of time crying though. A blubbering whale that girl is.
SpongeBob also has a friend from Texas, Sandy Cheeks the squirrel. She has a southern drawl and lives in a glass bubble under the water. The bubble allows her to live underwater and breathe, grow grass, barbecue, and do all sorts of Texan things. She’s kind of like an astronaut/scientist/explorer. She’ nice but she kind of bugs me because she’s so smart. It’s like, go away.
Lastly and perhaps least, is Plankton, The Krusty Krab’s arch nemesis. Plankton is a minuscule character that is constantly trying to steal the secret recipe for Krabby Patties from SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs for his own restaurant, The Scum Bucket. He never wins. I feel like he tries to take over the world/ocean a lot too, but he never succeeds with that either. I always love the bad guys and Plankton is no exception. Hopefully one day he’ll get that recipe or make an even better one…what is wrong with me?