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.