The Patrick Star Show
is the second spin-off of SpongeBob SquarePants
, succeeding Kamp Koral
, focusing on SpongeBob's best friend Patrick Star as he hosts a variety sketch show. It first aired on July 9, 2021 on Nickelodeon
along with Middlemost Post
. It has been renewed for a second season
This series contains examples of:
- 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: "Mid-Season Finale" contains an aerial battle using the houses of Patrick and Grandma Tentacles. The houses are done in noticeable CG.
- Accidental Astronaut: In "To Dad and Back", Patrick goes inside the body of his dad, Cecil. Cecil ends up at an astronaut testing site, but after spinning in the centrifuge, needs to vomit. Trying to find the bathroom, he ends up running onto a space shuttle, which launches while he's using the toilet in it. After vomiting, Cecil accidentally flushes himself down, ejecting both his waste and himself. He crash lands next to his house on Earth.
- A Day in the Limelight: This entire spin-off is dedicated to Patrick and his family. As for individual characters, every member of the Star family gets their own spotlight episodes: "Squidina's Little Helper" for Squidina, "Bunny the Barbarian" for Bunny, "To Dad and Back" and "Survivoring" for Cecil, and "The Yard Sale" for GrandPat.
- Adaptation Name Change: Patrick's parents Margie and Herb are called Bunny and Cecil here.
- Alternate Continuity: The show can be viewed as this to its main counterpart (if not a loose prequel), as the showrunners have stated they don't treat the SpongeBob canon too seriously when devising the show, and the show itself is pretty loose in regards to keeping its characters consistent to how they're depicted in SpongeBob SquarePants.
- Animated Sitcom: The series primarily takes place in the Star house, dealing with the situations Patrick and his family get into.
- Art Shift:
- The show has a more painterly look to it than the main series. You'll see Medium Blending used very often with live-action objects showing up. The Dr. Plankenstein cutaways are also done in stop-motion, similarly to "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!" and "The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom".
- "Super Sitters" contains a scene where we get a full look at a Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy comic. It takes up the entire screen and is stylized like a classic comic book.
- Artifact Title: Despite multiple promos stating that Patrick will be hosting a talk show, what he's hosting is anything but a talk show.
- Ascended Extra:
- The character of Squidina first made supporting roles in the main series' episodes "Goons on the Moon" and "The Goofy Newbie". Notably, Squidina was so minor on the main series that Jill Talley outright forgot who the character was when she first went in to voice her on the Patrick Star Show.
- Slappy, the Peter Lorre lookalike fish who only made one appearance on the original show (in "SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout"), becomes a regular here.
- Squidward's grandma, who appeared once in "Chum Fricassee", is a recurring character here.
- Babysitting Episode: "Patrick's Alley". To make some extra money, Patrick and Squidina agree to babysit some kids. Patrick puts on shows to entertain them, but they repeatedly escape. By the end, the babies are trying to kill Patrick and Squidina, trapping them in the ground and grabbing weapons. They only stop once their parents arrive to pick them up.
- Back for the Finale: "Mid-Season Finale" features cameos by one-off characters like Crabina and Finkle (from "Squidina's Little Helper") and the Flim Flam Brothers (from "The Haunting of Star House").
- Bizarre Taste in Food: In "Late for Breakfast", Patrick is excited to eat Bunny's "trasherole": a casserole made with garbage.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: In "Squidina's Little Helper", Squidina wakes up and says "I'm ready! ...to get this show on the road!", referencing SpongeBob's "I'm ready!" catchphrase.
- The Bus Came Back: Grandma Tentacles, who made her original appearance in the episode of the original show, "Chum Fricassee", returns after 9 years of absence.
- Camping Episode: "Survivoring" sees Patrick, Squidina, and Cecil all taking a trip into the forest to "tough it out". Squidina pits Patrick and Cecil in various survival competitions, but when they lose track of her, Patrick and Cecil have to fend for themselves.
- Christmas Creep: Parodied in "Terror at 20,000 Leagues". The instant Halloween day is over, Dr. Plankenstein and his minions find that Christmas is already in full force: a commercial for Christmas trees shows up on TV, it's snowing, carolers have arrived at their door, and they have to prepare eggnog.
- Christmas Episode: "Just in Time for Christmas". The Star family are celebrating Christmas, when Patrick realizes he's forgotten to get any gifts Squidina tells him that they have to be better than what he got them last year (garbage and used candles). Patrick uses his time-traveling closet to get gifts: a laser from the future as a shaver for Cecil, a prehistoric meal for GrandPat, a new tattoo for Bunny, and a cute pet monkey for Squidina.
- Comically Missing the Point: In "Patrick's Alley", Patrick's pet urchin is hungry and directs him to cans of pet food. Patrick interprets this as that he's supposed to... dance the can-can.
- Cue Card: In "Bummer Jobs", when Patrick wants to know how to get their paper delivery money from Cecil.
SpongeBob: What do we do?
[Squidina clears her throat and shows them a cue card]
Patrick: Oh, we gotta be like those tough guys on TV!
- Cutaway Gag: To fit the whimsical Variety Show theme, the series has cutaways to other TV parodies inserted into the episodes. Whether or not they're actually relevant to the plot varies. For example, at one point in "Bummer Jobs", Squidina wheels in a TV that displays "Noir-Sense": a Film Noir-style interrogation with Fred. "Lost in Couch" interrupts itself with a furniture commercial. Notably, the double-length Halloween Episode contains a cutaway in a cutaway. It turns out that the episode is actually being watched by Frankenstein-style Mad Scientists Patrick and Plankton, and there's a skit with them. Then they watch a story about Squidward's grandma mind controlling people with her "Pantry of Doom". The Frankenstein cutaway persists throughout the episode as a sort of sub-plot, with other cutaways in it, until Patrick and Squidina find their way into it during the main plot.
- Demoted to Extra: Outside of SpongeBob and Squidward, most main characters on the parent show have only shown up for one or two episodes so far. Plankton and Gary fare the worst, each being in one episode out of the first 13 episode pairs (not counting Dr. Plankenstein's appearances, who is technically a different character).
- Denser and Wackier: To put things into perspective, on top of the wacky looking intro, the showrunners have stated that there are no set rules to the show.
- The Ditz: Yes, Patrick is still the idiot we all know and love, but it also seems to run in his family (apart from Squidina and GrandPat).
- Double-Meaning Title: "Just in Time for Christmas". It's a Christmas Episode revolving around Patrick rushing to get presents for his family at the last moment... doing so by using a time machine to visit various time periods.
- Dr. Fakenstein: Dr. Plankenstein is a Mad Scientist version of Plankton. He's always seen in a Deliberately Monochrome gothic castle, watching TV or scheming with his creation SpongeMonster (who looks like SpongeBob) and bumbling assistant Patgor (who looks like Patrick).
- Eldritch Location: Patrick's house is a family friendly version, with an absurd layout, and a door (the door from Patrick's room, specifically) that can lead to an aggressive, murderous knight charging at you, outer space, or the rest of the house.
- The Eponymous Show: The Patrick Star Show.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Patrick and Squidina. Episodes like "Squidina's Little Helper" and "Patrick's Alley" emphasize this difference: Patrick does all the silly stuff on live TV like magic acts and slapstick, while Squidina calculates the show's budget and organizes stuff behind the scenes.
- Free Prize at the Bottom: In "Terror at 20,000 Leagues", Pat-Tron eats a bowl of "Logic Loops" that has a murderous robot invader at the bottom as a prize. The rest of the sketch revolves around them fighting it off.
- Group Picture Ending:
- "Just in Time for Christmas" ends with all the people Patrick's stolen from across time — including a space captain, a man covered in tattoos, and a pterodactyl — taking a Christmas photo together.
- "X Marks the Pot" ends on a shot of a group picture with the Star family, a displeased Man Ray, and Man Ray's dead sidekick.
- Happily Adopted: Patrick's sister is a smart squid, as opposed to the rest (except maybe GrandPat, for the intelligence part) being dumb starfish. She fits in with the rest of the family regardless.
- Halloween Episode: "Terror at 20,000 Leagues" has Patrick and Squidina going trick-or-treating to various odd houses. A sizable portion of the episode is spent on Halloween-themed Cutaway Gags.
- Informed Flaw: Squidina has stage fright, as listed in the theme song and seen in "Stair Wars". This rarely comes up afterwards, and in episodes like "Mid-Season Finale", Squidina is fully capable of participating in the Patrick Show, doing skits with Patrick and Pearl and not being anxious or intimidated. In "Klopnodian Heritage Festival", she has the confidence to stand up against the Klopnodian flag tradition, which she thinks is nonsense, in front of a vast crowd of people.
- Instant Wristwatch: Parodied in "X Marks the Pot". When Patrick is bored while waiting for Man Ray to dig a hole, he pulls out a giant antique watch with three hands.
- Ladies and Germs: In "Squidina's Little Helper", Patrick addresses his viewers with "babies and gentlemen..." We then see that his audience consists of babies and fancy-looking fish, one of whom marvels, "That's us!"
- Lame Pun Reaction: In "Enemies a la Mode", Patrick runs after the ice cream truck, and the ice cream vendor closes its shutters before he can reach it. Patrick slams into the shutters and leaves an Impact Silhouette. Squidina jokes that he made "quite the impression": cue Ouchie playing a Rimshot, and then a live-action audience looking unenthused as we hear Chirping Crickets.
- Later-Installment Weirdness: Episodes in the second half of the first season tend to involve the Patrick Show less. There's episodes like "Just in Time for Christmas", "Klopnodian Heritage Festival", "X Marks the Pot", and "Super Sitters" where it's completely absent. The Sketch Comedy format of the show, where it regularly features cutaway interstitials with recurring characters, was dropped after "Terror at 20,000 Leagues" (barring a return for "Mid-Season Finale").
- Milestone Celebration: "Mid-Season Finale" is both an in-universe and meta one. It's the final episode of the first half of the season, and the episode celebrates this milestone.
- Mr. Imagination: The titular show was once referred to as "Patrick's imaginary show," which, along with a segment of the first episode, suggests the titular show is just a hobby Patrick does within his imagination.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Slappy has a strong resemblance to Peter Lorre.
- Out of Focus: "Super Sitters" doesn't have any main characters besides Patrick and SpongeBob.
- Perspective Magic: Parodied in "To Dad and Back". Patrick gets a request to show how the body works, so he decides to go inside his dad. However, he's too big for it. Squidina tells him to run down the hallway, and as he does, he gets smaller... then Squidina picks him up, and he stays small.
- Prequel: To the original show.
- Random Events Plot: Episodes of the show lean more heavily in this territory than to having a more consistent plot like in SpongeBob.
- The premiere episode is about Patrick ending up in different wacky escapades while simply trying to find something to eat.
- Exaggerated with "Mid-Season Finale", which barely has a plot. Rather, it takes the form of a rapid-fire Sketch Comedy along the lines of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. This includes Squidina morphing into a killer ventriloquist dummy, a prehistoric Game Show, a search for the episode's ending, Cecil and Bunny acting out a Victorian romance story (which gets derailed by Squidward and a mime), and GrandPat and Grandma Tentacles having a sky battle using their houses.
- Really 700 Years Old: GrandPat's "back in my day" flashback suggests his day was the Stone Age. Various episodes also show him to live in different time periods, including the future.
- Patrick's parents look completely different than in the main series, and even their names are different.
- This show, as well as Kamp Koral, retcons the meetings of other characters, with SpongeBob being friends with Squidward as a teenager, despite meeting him as an adult. SpongeBob is also shown to know Patrick as a teenager, somewhat continuing the fact they've known since they were babies in "The Secret Box".
- Patrick's sister was a large starfish that was Dumb Muscle in the main series, instead of being a small squid that looks to be Wise Beyond Their Years here. He also said he didn't have a sister in the main series episode "Something Smells"; but then again said series did later introduce Patrick's other supposed sister, Sam Star in the episode "Big Sister Sam".
- Retraux Flashback: In "Enemies a la Mode", GrandPat tells a story about prohibition (represented by ice cream). His flashback is shown in grayscale with rubberhose character designs.
- Rhyming Title: "Gas Station Vacation".
- Saw a Woman in Half: In "Patrick's Alley", while teaching a lesson on manners, Patrick learns that "please" is a "magic word". To test it out, he does a magic trick where he saws GrandPat in half, then tries saying "please" to put him back together. It doesn't work, and GrandPat's lower body runs off into the time closet.
- Sea Hurtchin: One of the new characters is Ouchie, Patrick's pet urchin. As the name implies, every time Patrick touches Ouchie is quite painful, not that Patrick minds.
- Scream Discretion Shot: At the end of "Patrick's Alley", Patrick and Squidina are Buried Alive up to their heads, when a lawn mower-operating robot runs towards them. They are heard screaming as the next scene cuts away to GrandPat.
- Seasonal Rot: Parodied. In "Mid-Season Finale", following a fart joke by Patrick, Grandma Tentacles comments that "The Patrick Show has really gone downhill since the first three episodes."
- Second Episode Introduction: SpongeBob first appears in the second segment in the first episode of the spin-off.
- Surreal Humor: The series' jokes are driven by insane, illogical happenings. For example, "Patrick's Alley" includes Patrick having a CG duplicate, dancing the can-can, exploding a giant mechanical ape, and getting his head cut off by a robot gardener.
- Surrounded by Idiots: GrandPat is the only member of the family (aside from Squidina) who is very smart, or at least of average intellect.
- Terrible Interviewees Montage: "Squidina's Little Helper" has Squidina talking to applicants who want to help her assist Patrick on the show. The first is her mother, the second is an ice cream cone whom Patrick attacks and eats, and the third is Slappy, whom she finds incredibly creepy and off-putting.
- The Talk: Parodied in "Bummer Jobs". Patrick isn't sure why his parents have to leave the house, and Bunny tells him it's time for "the talk". Cecil gives him a speech on how jobs work.
Cecil: You see, Patrick, when an employee and an employer love each other very much, a brand-new job is born!
- Time Machine: Patrick's family has a time closet that can take them back to any time. When it's activated, just the door is transported to the new location; it can be used again and leads back to the house, allowing the user to keep whatever they may have brought with them.
- Time Travel: Patrick and his family can travel through time with the use of their time closet. There usually aren't any negative consequences, although characters from other time periods can happen to show up in the Star house. Episodes such as "Bunny the Barbarian" and "Just in Time for Christmas" revolve around time travel.
- Vacation Episode: In "Gas Station Vacation", the Star family take a vacation to a gas station, which they see as a tropical resort.
- Variety Show:
- Patrick's show, in-universe. In "Enemies a la Mode", he has a "Wheel of Segments" that he spins to decide on what activities to do on the show. In "Pearl Wants to Be a Star", Patrick's show includes a comedy sketch, a song performance, a combo cooking/Pimp My Ride show, and him playing basketball.
- A regular feature of the show is switching to random comedy sketches. Recurring segments include a space adventure with Captain Doug Quasar and his incompetent robot Pat-tron and a stop-motion Frankenstein parody featuring Plankton as the Mad Scientist, Patrick as his assistant, and SpongeBob as the monster. There's also a few one-off skits, such as Noir-Sense with Fred and a bunch of fake commercials.
- World of Ham: Being a SpongeBob offspring, it's bound to be this, but due to the Denser and Wackier tone, it manages to be this up to eleven!