The evolution of “Spongebob”

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Brian Crump ’15

Entertainment Editor

“Spongebob Squarepants” is currently in its seventeenth season. Teens remember it fondly - and some still watch today.

“Spongebob Squarepants” is currently in its seventeenth season. Teens remember it fondly – and some still watch today.

When thinking of shows that everyone watched as a kid, many come to mind: “Rocket Power,” “Powerpuff Girls,” “Rugrats,” and “Courage the Cowardly Dog.” However, one show stands out from the rest. This show was, and still is, wildly popular with not only the youth, but also those in their teen years. This show was well-liked enough to currently be on its seventeenth season. That show is “Spongebob Squarepants.”
From the beginning, the show was very stable. It had a certain set of characters that each had their own personality. This was how the show was run for a while, with everything staying the same, and few new characters were introduced. Episodes were filled with laughable content, and many people enjoyed the show overall, no matter what episode. Lots of people can still pull quotes from the show, if asked to pick from a certain episode. That’s how memorable the show was before season four.
However, the original creator of the show, Stephen Hillenburg, left after the “Spongebob Squarepants Movie” was released in 2004. This meant that for a few new directors from the original staff to step up in his place, and the show changed at that point.
Much of the show has been altered. While not visible, besides production value, the characters and the way they act or respond to situations has changed. Take Patrick Star, for example. While Hillenburg was producing episodes, Patrick was not dumb, but misguided, or slightly offbeat. In the show now, Star is portrayed to lack intelligence, and acts accordingly all of the time.
Another example would be Spongebob himself. Like Patrick, he was often only misguided, and was fairly innocent in the original show. In today’s version, Squarepants, like Star, is made out to be an idiot, and acts like this throughout the entirety of the newer episodes.
Hitting home with those in their late teens, when the show was at its peak, some were asked their beliefs on how the show has changed since they watched it as a child.
“I can honestly say that the show has gone downhill since it was first made,” Randall Morgan ‘15 said. Morgan seems to agree with others, like Patrick Abbott ’15, who said, “I still like the show, even though I think it has changed for the worse recently.”
One person disagrees with the popular opinion; however, “I think the show got better. It was dumb before,” Tyler Fina ‘16 said.
Some don’t even have a great opinion on the show, but still enjoy it the way it is, “I really don’t think the show has changed that much,” Christian Felstow ‘15 said.
It’s clear to see that many people believe that the show has changed, not only in the way it looks, but also how it is portrayed to the viewers who watch it today. While it used to be comical and witty, the show has evolved into something different, something that is not as sharp as the old “Spongebob Squarepants.” Despite these changes, the show today is still greatly loved by many, and continues to carry on the legacy that the older episodes have brought to children.