Animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants should be canceled
By Chris Skarnulis, Arts and Entertainment Editor
Every successful television show has seen its prime. Animated television series “SpongeBob SquarePants” is a perfect example. “SpongeBob’s” prime was when it first became popular in the late 90s and early 2000s. Once arguably the funniest child’s animated shows, is now one that relies heavily on mindless humor and pointless dialogue. Although it is not widely accepted, the time has come for “SpongeBob SquarePants” to be canceled.
Since its debut in 1999, it has been the defining cartoon watched most by young audiences. The acclaimed children’s television series is easily cable cartoon channel Nickelodeon’s most successful television series to date due to it’s still surviving popularity . With 10 seasons, two feature films and billions of dollars worth of merchandising,“Spongebob” has and continues to dominate the children television denomination.
The premise is simple; the series follows the adventures of an animated sea sponge named SpongeBob, voiced by Tom Kenny, in the fictitious underwater town of Bikini Bottom. Joining him on his escapades is a number of acquaintances such as dimwitted starfish Patrick Star, voiced by Bill Fagerbakke, feisty Texan-native squirrel Sandy Cheeks, voiced by Carolyn Lawrence, cheapskate crustacean Mr. Krabs, voiced by Clancy Brown, diabolical plankton Sheldon Plankton, voiced by Mr. Lawrence and SpongeBob’s sarcastic yet charismatic pet snail Gary, also voiced by Kenny.
I personally believe that this show is long overdue for cancellation. It should have been done a long time ago. The legitimately good seasons were seasons 1-4 that aired from 1999 to 2004. From that point on, seasons were ridded with ridiculous, unsatisfying plot lines and stale humor that made for unsuccessful episodes. It has become evident that the show’s writers have given up and have run out of ideas to take “SpongeBob” on a whole new level of creative direction.
It is a common belief that following the release of the first feature film, “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie” in 2004, the series as a whole took a turn for the worse. In my opinion, this proves to be true. It was evident that episodes were being released with less creativity and effort, while the humor transitioned from “genuinely funny” to “mindless humor” that did not fit the theme.
Strangely enough, the internet has recently been flooded with news regarding the purported cancellation of “SpongeBob.” This hoax has been trending heavily, most notably on social media. On Twitter, it was falsely trending that “SpongeBob” would air its final season in 2017. Shortly after, Nickelodeon issued a response saying that there was no intention of canceling, claiming the show’s run is nowhere close to being over, despite opposing reports and the online petitions to fire the writers or cancel the show.
Although it may be difficult to accept, the time has come for “SpongeBob SquarePants” to end. Once a hilarious show beloved by people of all ages has now become repetitive garbage. Nickelodeon should take the current reception of “SpongeBob” to heart and make the bold move of canceling one of the most iconic animated shows ever.