TV Tropes Org
site search
spongebob back to reviews
Family-friendly Mind Screw
I grew up with Spongebob Squarepants, Esq. & Sons. Show me a random episode of Spongebob, and sooner or later I'll be able to recognize it. I was/am a fanatic of the yellow subterranean kitchen sponge.

Unfortunately, the quality of the episodes began declining after the release of the Spongebob Squarepants Movie. I think a case of Jumping the Shark occurred. When David Hasselhoff stepped out in those swimming trunks, the downward spiral began at a microscopic rate, therefore meaning it could recover. However, all hope was lost when Hasselhoff used his man boobs to launch Spongebob and Patrick back into the main room of the Krusty Krab, down in Planktopolis (formerly Constantinople... we mean Bikini Bottom. That was as retarded as hell, I apologize.) Three-way Ho Yay, complete with implied bestiality!

However, that is not to say that the episodes have become any less Mind Screw-y, which, in my opinion, is a good thing. Mind Screw makes any family series a hell of a lot better. Take, for example, the more recent episode Ghost Host, where the Flying Dutchman moves in with Spongebob as he rehabilitates his means of scaring people. That has so much Mind Screw (bordering on Nightmare Fuel), the pulped remains of the brains of all viewers could power about 4 households of 4 people for 19 years. And that's a good thing.

In short, a great series that's declined with age. Still, it's better than just about any children's television series I've seen.
While I admit it's cool to see some crazy and weird stuff in a kid/familly show, if your just gonna load up a series with nightmare fuel and mind screw you should probably just make an adult show.

comment #5660 DrStarky 6th Jan 11
^ Tell that to Couragethe Cowardlydog
comment #7079 Mrin 27th Mar 11 (edited by: Mrin)
An adult show about a sponge that lives in a pineapple under the sea. Sweetness.
comment #7080 27th Mar 11
In order to post comments, you need to Get Known
TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from
Privacy Policy