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}}'''''[[mh:besttvshows:SpongeBob SquarePants (Seasons 1-5, 8-present)|SpongeBob SquarePants]]''''' is an American animated television series created by the late marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. The series chronicles the adventures and endeavors of the title character and his various friends in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom. The series' popularity has made it a media franchise, as well as the highest-rated series to ever air on Nickelodeon, and the most distributed property of MTV Networks. As of 2015, the media franchise has generated $12 billion in merchandising revenue for Nickelodeon, and is currently one of the most well-known cartoons to date.
 
}}'''''[[mh:besttvshows:SpongeBob SquarePants (Seasons 1-5, 8-present)|SpongeBob SquarePants]]''''' is an American animated television series created by the late marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. The series chronicles the adventures and endeavors of the title character and his various friends in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom. The series' popularity has made it a media franchise, as well as the highest-rated series to ever air on Nickelodeon, and the most distributed property of MTV Networks. As of 2015, the media franchise has generated $12 billion in merchandising revenue for Nickelodeon, and is currently one of the most well-known cartoons to date.
 
[[mh:besttvshows:SpongeBob SquarePants (Seasons 1-5, 8-present)|While Seasons 1-5 (1999-2011) and 9 onwards (2012-present) were mostly well-received and Season 8 (2011-2012) received mixed reception]], the same can't be said for Seasons 6-7 (2008-2011), which were very divisive by fans and critics and caused the series to undergo a massive decline in quality.
 
[[mh:besttvshows:SpongeBob SquarePants (Seasons 1-5, 8-present)|While Seasons 1-5 (1999-2011) and 9 onwards (2012-present) were mostly well-received and Season 8 (2011-2012) received mixed reception]], the same can't be said for Seasons 6-7 (2008-2011), which were very divisive by fans and critics and caused the series to undergo a massive decline in quality.
==Why Nautical Nonsense for These Seasons Aren't What We Wish==
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==Why These Seasons Suck==
 
#The main problem with these seasons is that they often don't stay true to its original routes and lack the charm and cleverness of the first three seasons and to lesser extents, Seasons 4, 5, and 9-onwards, and to an even lesser extent, 8.
 
#The main problem with these seasons is that they often don't stay true to its original routes and lack the charm and cleverness of the first three seasons and to lesser extents, Seasons 4, 5, and 9-onwards, and to an even lesser extent, 8.
 
#'''Quantity Over Quality''': Like [[The Simpsons (Seasons 16-30)|The Simpsons]] and [[Family Guy (Seasons 8-present)|Family Guy]], the series ran for way too long (it started in 1999 and there are no signs of the show ending anytime soon), spanning a total of 13 seasons and 267 episodes and counting. The show itself isn't bad by all means, it is a great show overall. Also, starting in Season 6, Nickelodeon began asking for 26 episodes per season compared to Seasons 1-5, which had 20 episodes per season. As a result, it will sometimes jump the shark, especially with these seasons.
 
#'''Quantity Over Quality''': Like [[The Simpsons (Seasons 16-30)|The Simpsons]] and [[Family Guy (Seasons 8-present)|Family Guy]], the series ran for way too long (it started in 1999 and there are no signs of the show ending anytime soon), spanning a total of 13 seasons and 267 episodes and counting. The show itself isn't bad by all means, it is a great show overall. Also, starting in Season 6, Nickelodeon began asking for 26 episodes per season compared to Seasons 1-5, which had 20 episodes per season. As a result, it will sometimes jump the shark, especially with these seasons.
 
#*It should be a mention that however, Season 10 didn't have 26 episodes, but had 11 instead.
 
#*It should be a mention that however, Season 10 didn't have 26 episodes, but had 11 instead.
 
#Many characters were flanderized badly, to the point of becoming unlikable and lacking the charm they previously had:
 
#Many characters were flanderized badly, to the point of becoming unlikable and lacking the charm they previously had:
#*[[mh:loathsomecharacters:SpongeBob SquarePants (Seasons 6-8)|SpongeBob SquarePants]] himself went from being a naive, eccentric and somewhat immature, yet optimistic and well-meaning protagonist who has moments of maturity sometimes to being an even more immature, annoying, outright troublemaking, and obnoxious idiot who is either too happy or a crybaby, and annoys other characters for no discernible reason such as Squidward Tentacles, his restaurant co-worker and one of his two neighbors, and Mrs. Puff, his driving teacher.
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#*[[mh:loathsomecharacters:SpongeBob SquarePants (Seasons 6-8)|SpongeBob SquarePants]] himself went from being a naive, eccentric and somewhat immature, yet optimistic and well-meaning protagonist who has some moments of maturity every now and then to being an even more immature, annoying, outright troublemaking, and obnoxious idiot who is either too happy or a crybaby, and annoys other characters for no discernible reason such as Squidward Tentacles, his restaurant co-worker and one of his two neighbors, and Mrs. Puff, his driving teacher.
 
#**In "[[Cephalopod Lodge (SpongeBob SquarePants)|Cephalopod Lodge]]", him and Patrick snuck into Squidward's lodge and ended up getting him kicked out and he would never be allowed to join again.
 
#**In "[[Cephalopod Lodge (SpongeBob SquarePants)|Cephalopod Lodge]]", him and Patrick snuck into Squidward's lodge and ended up getting him kicked out and he would never be allowed to join again.
 
#*[[mh:loathsomecharacters:Patrick Star (Seasons 6-8)|Patrick Star]] went from being a hilarious, charming and marginally intelligent starfish to being a very unfunny and loathsome moron who's as dumb as a bag of rocks. He has also become somewhat of a jerk who would care less about anyone and that includes SpongeBob, who is supposed to be his ''best'' friend.
 
#*[[mh:loathsomecharacters:Patrick Star (Seasons 6-8)|Patrick Star]] went from being a hilarious, charming and marginally intelligent starfish to being a very unfunny and loathsome moron who's as dumb as a bag of rocks. He has also become somewhat of a jerk who would care less about anyone and that includes SpongeBob, who is supposed to be his ''best'' friend.
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#*Squidward became a constant grouch to everyone and everything around him, showing little care towards SpongeBob or anyone else. In the earlier seasons, he was quite grumpy, but had a good heart inside and would defend SpongeBob if he was in the right. He is also used as a punching bag in a ludicrous amount of episodes that there are too many to list, see some of them below. In these seasons, as well as the modern seasons, he is often just hurt for no reason, when earlier in the show, he would try to do something bad to SpongeBob but it would backfire and hurt him instead. But like Chris Griffin, he didn't see too much decline in character.
 
#*Squidward became a constant grouch to everyone and everything around him, showing little care towards SpongeBob or anyone else. In the earlier seasons, he was quite grumpy, but had a good heart inside and would defend SpongeBob if he was in the right. He is also used as a punching bag in a ludicrous amount of episodes that there are too many to list, see some of them below. In these seasons, as well as the modern seasons, he is often just hurt for no reason, when earlier in the show, he would try to do something bad to SpongeBob but it would backfire and hurt him instead. But like Chris Griffin, he didn't see too much decline in character.
 
#*Mrs. Puff became a bigger punching bag than she was in the previous seasons (more so on that latter), even if she is unlikable at the correct times, such as "[[Demolition Doofus (SpongeBob SquarePants)|Demolition Doofus]]".
 
#*Mrs. Puff became a bigger punching bag than she was in the previous seasons (more so on that latter), even if she is unlikable at the correct times, such as "[[Demolition Doofus (SpongeBob SquarePants)|Demolition Doofus]]".
#*The background characters seem to have become bigger and bigger jerks as well. Although they were always jerks, they were never ''this'' mean, and they show their jerkish side more often in these seasons.
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#*The background characters seem to have become bigger and bigger jerks as well, yes, they were always jerks, but they were never ''this'' mean, and they show their jerkish side more often in these seasons.
 
#At one point, the episodes cluttered this wiki with their own individual pages before they were all sub-sequentially banned from being posted on that wiki and were later relocated to the Horrible TV Show Episodes Wiki (though the episodes have been restored on the wiki after they were both merged).
 
#At one point, the episodes cluttered this wiki with their own individual pages before they were all sub-sequentially banned from being posted on that wiki and were later relocated to the Horrible TV Show Episodes Wiki (though the episodes have been restored on the wiki after they were both merged).
 
#**To make matters worse, during these seasons, Nickelodeon often demanded more new episodes and rushed the production of these episodes, hence why they were often either poorly executed like "[[Truth or Square (SpongeBob SquarePants)|Truth or Square]]" or bad from the start like "One Coarse Meal", "Pet Sitter Pat", "The Splinter", and "Trenchbillies".
 
#**To make matters worse, during these seasons, Nickelodeon often demanded more new episodes and rushed the production of these episodes, hence why they were often either poorly executed like "[[Truth or Square (SpongeBob SquarePants)|Truth or Square]]" or bad from the start like "One Coarse Meal", "Pet Sitter Pat", "The Splinter", and "Trenchbillies".
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==Reception==
 
==Reception==
 
===In General===
 
===In General===
Seasons 6-7 received generally negative reviews by fans and critics for flanderization of the characters, weaker writing, storylines, animation, humor and unnecessary mean-spirited moments. These seasons have tons of bad, awful or mediocre episodes, like "A Pal for Gary", "One Coarse Meal", "The Splinter", "Boating Buddies", "Squid's Visit", "Rodeo Daze", "Truth or Square", "Rodeo Daze", "Cephalopod Lodge", "Hide and Then What Happens?", "Yours, Mine and Mine", "A Day Without Tears", "Big Sister Sam", "Slide Whistle Stooges" and the list goes on. Despite how terrible these seasons are, they still have some good episodes, like "Not Normal", "Sand Castles in the Sand", "Suction Cup Symphony", "The Bad Guy Club for Villains", "Perfect Chemistry", "Grandpappy the Pirate", "Spongicus" and "Nautical Novice".
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Seasons 6-7 weren't well received and panned by fans and critics for flanderization of the characters, weaker writing, storylines, animation, humor and unnecessary mean-spirited moments. These seasons have tons of bad, awful or mediocre episodes, like "A Pal for Gary", "One Coarse Meal", "The Splinter", "Boating Buddies", "Squid's Visit", "Rodeo Daze", "Truth or Square", "Rodeo Daze", "Cephalopod Lodge", "Hide and Then What Happens?", "Yours, Mine and Mine", "A Day Without Tears", "Big Sister Sam", "Slide Whistle Stooges" and the list goes on. Despite how terrible these seasons are, they still have some good episodes, like "Not Normal", "Sand Castles in the Sand", "Suction Cup Symphony", "The Bad Guy Club for Villains", "Perfect Chemistry", "Grandpappy the Pirate", "Spongicus" and "Nautical Novice".
 
===Season 6===
 
===Season 6===
 
Season 6 received mixed to positive reviews from media critics, but was received negatively from fans. In a DVD review, Paul Mavis of DVD Talk "highly recommended" the set, saying "[The season has a shaky start], but the laughs definitely pick up on the second disc." In particular, Mavis praised the episode "The Splinter" as "one of the very best ''SpongeBob'' [episodes]," while "Slide Whistle Stooges", "Boating Buddies", and "The Slumber Party" were described by Mavis as "''SpongeBob'' season's best offerings." In a separate review for the "Volume 2" DVD, Mavis only "recommended" it. He said that the episodes, including "Choir Boys", "Pet or Pests", "Overbooked", "Shell Shocked", "Komputer Overload", "Chum Bucket Supreme", and "Single Cell Anniversary" are "solid entries" and "all deliver steady laughs," but has doubts that "they're on a par with series' best entries like 'The Splinter', 'Slide Whistle Stooges', 'Boating Buddies', and 'The Slumber Party'." In a DVD review for the individual episode DVD release ''Spongicus'', Roy Hrab of DVD Verdict gave this season a negative review and said that "In my previous ''SpongeBob'' reviews I have commented that series has lost its edge. This offering does nothing to change my opinion. But what the heck do I know? Clearly, the show continues to maintain a large following and the franchise is a license to print money for Nickelodeon." The DVD consists of eight episodes and praised the episodes "Not Normal" and "Gone" by describing them "the best episode on the disc" and "a decent episode", respectively. Also from DVD Verdict, Gordon Sullivan, on the DVD release ''To SquarePants or Not to SquarePants'', said that "[it is] a solid collection of ''SpongeBob SquarePants'' episodes." He added that "My only serious problem with this set is that it's only eight episodes long; a more complete season-style release would be more efficient. On the technical front everything is fine, with the bright, solid colors of Bikini Bottom shining through clearly and all the dialogue and effects clear and detailed." Sullivan gave the episodes "The Splinter", "Slide Whistle Stooges", and "The Krabby Kronicle" an 8/10 rating, while "Boating Buddies" received the lowest rating with 3/10.
 
Season 6 received mixed to positive reviews from media critics, but was received negatively from fans. In a DVD review, Paul Mavis of DVD Talk "highly recommended" the set, saying "[The season has a shaky start], but the laughs definitely pick up on the second disc." In particular, Mavis praised the episode "The Splinter" as "one of the very best ''SpongeBob'' [episodes]," while "Slide Whistle Stooges", "Boating Buddies", and "The Slumber Party" were described by Mavis as "''SpongeBob'' season's best offerings." In a separate review for the "Volume 2" DVD, Mavis only "recommended" it. He said that the episodes, including "Choir Boys", "Pet or Pests", "Overbooked", "Shell Shocked", "Komputer Overload", "Chum Bucket Supreme", and "Single Cell Anniversary" are "solid entries" and "all deliver steady laughs," but has doubts that "they're on a par with series' best entries like 'The Splinter', 'Slide Whistle Stooges', 'Boating Buddies', and 'The Slumber Party'." In a DVD review for the individual episode DVD release ''Spongicus'', Roy Hrab of DVD Verdict gave this season a negative review and said that "In my previous ''SpongeBob'' reviews I have commented that series has lost its edge. This offering does nothing to change my opinion. But what the heck do I know? Clearly, the show continues to maintain a large following and the franchise is a license to print money for Nickelodeon." The DVD consists of eight episodes and praised the episodes "Not Normal" and "Gone" by describing them "the best episode on the disc" and "a decent episode", respectively. Also from DVD Verdict, Gordon Sullivan, on the DVD release ''To SquarePants or Not to SquarePants'', said that "[it is] a solid collection of ''SpongeBob SquarePants'' episodes." He added that "My only serious problem with this set is that it's only eight episodes long; a more complete season-style release would be more efficient. On the technical front everything is fine, with the bright, solid colors of Bikini Bottom shining through clearly and all the dialogue and effects clear and detailed." Sullivan gave the episodes "The Splinter", "Slide Whistle Stooges", and "The Krabby Kronicle" an 8/10 rating, while "Boating Buddies" received the lowest rating with 3/10.

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SpongeBob SquarePants

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Of nautical nonsense we all want unwished.
Genre: Comedy
Slapstick
Running Time: 11 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: March 3, 2008 - June 11, 2011
Network(s): Nickelodeon
Created by: Stephen Hillenburg
Distributed by: ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks
Starring: Tom Kenny
Bill Fagerbakke
Rodger Bumpass
Clancy Brown
Mr. Lawrence
Jill Talley
Carolyn Lawrence
Mary Jo Catlett
Lori Alan
Seasons: 2
Episodes: 47 (Season 6)
50 (Season 7)

SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series created by the late marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. The series chronicles the adventures and endeavors of the title character and his various friends in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom. The series' popularity has made it a media franchise, as well as the highest-rated series to ever air on Nickelodeon, and the most distributed property of MTV Networks. As of 2015, the media franchise has generated $12 billion in merchandising revenue for Nickelodeon, and is currently one of the most well-known cartoons to date. While Seasons 1-5 (1999-2011) and 9 onwards (2012-present) were mostly well-received and Season 8 (2011-2012) received mixed reception, the same can't be said for Seasons 6-7 (2008-2011), which were very divisive by fans and critics and caused the series to undergo a massive decline in quality.

Why These Seasons Suck

  1. The main problem with these seasons is that they often don't stay true to its original routes and lack the charm and cleverness of the first three seasons and to lesser extents, Seasons 4, 5, and 9-onwards, and to an even lesser extent, 8.
  2. Quantity Over Quality: Like The Simpsons and Family Guy, the series ran for way too long (it started in 1999 and there are no signs of the show ending anytime soon), spanning a total of 13 seasons and 267 episodes and counting. The show itself isn't bad by all means, it is a great show overall. Also, starting in Season 6, Nickelodeon began asking for 26 episodes per season compared to Seasons 1-5, which had 20 episodes per season. As a result, it will sometimes jump the shark, especially with these seasons.
    • It should be a mention that however, Season 10 didn't have 26 episodes, but had 11 instead.
  3. Many characters were flanderized badly, to the point of becoming unlikable and lacking the charm they previously had:
    • SpongeBob SquarePants himself went from being a naive, eccentric and somewhat immature, yet optimistic and well-meaning protagonist who has some moments of maturity every now and then to being an even more immature, annoying, outright troublemaking, and obnoxious idiot who is either too happy or a crybaby, and annoys other characters for no discernible reason such as Squidward Tentacles, his restaurant co-worker and one of his two neighbors, and Mrs. Puff, his driving teacher.
      • In "Cephalopod Lodge", him and Patrick snuck into Squidward's lodge and ended up getting him kicked out and he would never be allowed to join again.
    • Patrick Star went from being a hilarious, charming and marginally intelligent starfish to being a very unfunny and loathsome moron who's as dumb as a bag of rocks. He has also become somewhat of a jerk who would care less about anyone and that includes SpongeBob, who is supposed to be his best friend.
      • In "Stuck in the Wringer", SpongeBob gets stuck in the wringer, and Patrick made things worse by sticking forever glue, so now he's stuck to the wringer until his tears wore it off. Patrick never even gets his comeuppance for his actions at all.
    • Mr. Krabs went from being a greedy yet goodhearted restaurant owner to being a malicious and villainous restaurant owner with little regard or care for anyone, including his two employees SpongeBob and Squidward, up to the point where he is more evil than Plankton and has his parsimony completely exaggerated. To make matters worse, unlike the other characters, he still hasn't recovered from flanderization.
      • In "One Coarse Meal", he disguised as Pearl and terrorized Plankton, to the point where he tried to attempt suicide. Heck, even his actor, Clancy Brown, disliked how his character was portrayed in said episode.
    • Likewise, his daughter, Pearl Krabs, had also been flanderized from being an emotional yet likable teenage girl to being an extremely whiny spoiled brat who always wants very expensive things as well as being an annoying crybaby similar to SpongeBob. Speaking of SpongeBob, Pearl does not get along with him very well in these seasons compared to the first five seasons.
    • Regarding Plankton, he also became a punching bag just like Squidward, where bad things happen to him, even when he doesn't do anything wrong. He's also a less effective villain, particularly in Season 6.
      • His wife Karen had also undergone flanderization. In the first five seasons, she was loyal and devoted to Plankton, if a bit snarky at times. In these seasons, she is defined by her snarky demeanor, to the point that she rarely has anything supportive to say to Plankton, even when he's on the brink of suicide. She often gets frustratingly aggressive with Plankton's attempt to outstage Mr. Krabs.
    • Sandy became a lot more obsessed with science than her other traits (eg. karate and Texas), even more so than in Seasons 4 and 5, up to the point where she's become a bland, one-dimensional and neurotic science geek with no interesting personality whatsoever. While she did have an interest in science in the first four seasons, it wasn't her defining trait back then.
    • Squidward became a constant grouch to everyone and everything around him, showing little care towards SpongeBob or anyone else. In the earlier seasons, he was quite grumpy, but had a good heart inside and would defend SpongeBob if he was in the right. He is also used as a punching bag in a ludicrous amount of episodes that there are too many to list, see some of them below. In these seasons, as well as the modern seasons, he is often just hurt for no reason, when earlier in the show, he would try to do something bad to SpongeBob but it would backfire and hurt him instead. But like Chris Griffin, he didn't see too much decline in character.
    • Mrs. Puff became a bigger punching bag than she was in the previous seasons (more so on that latter), even if she is unlikable at the correct times, such as "Demolition Doofus".
    • The background characters seem to have become bigger and bigger jerks as well, yes, they were always jerks, but they were never this mean, and they show their jerkish side more often in these seasons.
  4. At one point, the episodes cluttered this wiki with their own individual pages before they were all sub-sequentially banned from being posted on that wiki and were later relocated to the Horrible TV Show Episodes Wiki (though the episodes have been restored on the wiki after they were both merged).
      • To make matters worse, during these seasons, Nickelodeon often demanded more new episodes and rushed the production of these episodes, hence why they were often either poorly executed like "Truth or Square" or bad from the start like "One Coarse Meal", "Pet Sitter Pat", "The Splinter", and "Trenchbillies".
      • Speaking of "Truth or Square", it wasn't an good way to celebrate the show's tenth anniversary (which was six months before this episode aired, being Nov 6, 2009). The main problem was the Patchy segments because they were lame, filler and just made the episode a 60-minute piece of garbage that only serves to waste everybody's time.
      • Some episodes have gross-out entirely, like "The Splinter", which shows grotesque moments of SpongeBob's splinter. Even Tom Kenny (the voice of SpongeBob) himself hated the episode. While House Fancy is still a good episode, it has the infamous toenail ripping scene where Spongebob Squarepants accidentally got the couch on Squidward’s foot and causing the toenail to be ripped.
      • Back to "Cephalopod Lodge", it is a torture episode involving Squidward getting kicked out of the lodge because SpongeBob and Patrick disrupted their lodge, SpongeBob and Patrick only making things worse, and then Squidward never being welcomed again at the end of the episode because the same thing with SpongeBob and Patrick cheering happened again.
  5. The animation in these seasons, while still a decent effort as animated by Rough Draft Studios, is a pretty big downgrade from that of the first five seasons and Season 9 onwards.
    • The color palette looks very dull, washed-out and unappealing (notably in Seasons 6-7, Season 8 is a little looser).
    • The animation is very restricted and lacks the energy of the other seasons. Though Season 7's animation is a little looser, but still duller and bland.
    • Season 6 arguably has the worst animation as it relies way too much on closeup gross-out images. Thankfully, this got toned down a bit during season 7.
    • The facial expressions can look overly detailed in some areas, particularly in Seasons 6.
    • While most of the character designs are good, SpongeBob's design is a pretty big step down.
    • "Rodeo Daze" poorly implements live action elements into the animation, showing out some of the worst animation in SpongeBob history imaginable.
  6. The writing and humor have been downgraded from being amazingly clever, unique, and hilarious to being obsessively mean-spirited, unfunny, stupid, and horrendous, which is a real shame because it's what the other seasons (particularly the first three) are beloved and well-known for. But to follow lesser extents, Seasons 4, 5, and 8-onward presented the same humor and charm from the first three seasons as well.
  7. Some of the recurring characters such as Bubble Bass, Kevin The Sea Cucumber, Grandma SquarePants, & Incidental 70 (you know the "hey! SpongeBob's back" fish) are all nowhere to be seen in these seasons.
  8. Almost all of the episodes that center around innocent characters like Squidward and Mrs. Puff are just simply them getting tortured with either over-the-top punishments (by the Bikini Bottom Police Force) or being unfairly treated (by SpongeBob, Patrick, and/or Mr. Krabs, who almost always get away scot-free) for little-to-no reasons.
    • The worst offender has to be Squidward since some of the episodes involve him being treated like crap for dumb reasons, things that were entirely out of his control, or for no reason whatsoever. Unlike the first three seasons where there are reasons why Squidward gets his comeuppance, he receives his own comeuppances mainly due to karmic reasons such as Squidward's own overconfidence, ego, stubbornness, and arrogance, Squidward's selfish and poor decision making, or even Squidward just putting the misery onto himself like in "Pizza Delivery". But here, most of the episodes showcase him going through nothing but hell for pretty bad reasons. "Smoothe Jazz at Bikini Bottom" is a major example of this. Seasons 4-5 did this as well, but to a lesser extent than said seasons.
    • Similarly, even Plankton himself gets tortured horribly, notably in "One Coarse Meal" and "Plankton's Regular", where these two episodes depict Mr. Krabs at his worst and Plankton being utterly harmless.
  9. Sometimes in these seasons, almost all characters aside from just SpongeBob or Patrick are often depicted as acting like idiots than they were in the first five seasons.
  10. Many of the episodes in these seasons have many questionable and unfitting, disturbing, disgusting, infuriating, mean-spirited, nightmarish and/or violent scenes that were rarely present in the earlier seasons, with "The Splinter", "Someone's in the Kitchen with Sandy", "Stuck in the Wringer", "Keep Bikini Bottom Beautiful", "A Pal For Gary", "One Coarse Meal" and "Big Sister Sam" being the worst offenders out there.
  11. Many of the episodes in these seasons are very lazily written (like #3 in one of the points, Nick demanded them more) (such as "Penny Foolish", "The Card", "Shell Shocked", "Gone", and "You Don't Know Sponge"), as the humor itself can get way too repetitive for the sake of killing time, up to the point where it gets old pretty quickly and with no actual creative effort put into the writing. It's almost as if the writers didn't really care enough to try or had anymore ideas left at the time. One example is "Earworm", where it's basically nothing, but SpongeBob not only getting an ear-worm, but it causes him to sing a song called "Musical Doodle" over and over again for almost the entire episode.
    • Besides that, some have no consistency or a little bit of intelligence or morals that were tagged on to the point of practically nothing happening in the episodes. For example, "Stuck In the Wringer" teaches kids that "crying solves all your problems". It doesn't come off as a joke moral, instead, it comes off as an actual moral rather than something to laugh at.
    • The TV movie "Truth or Square" was not well received, mainly due to the blatant bait-and-switches and false advertising. It ended up being the last SpongeBob TV movie until 2019. Aside from that, there are many other episodes that contained false advertising to the point where the staff at Nickelodeon or the series itself have clearly wasted everyone's time when giving what was given to the fans, let alone disappointing every fan:
    • In "The Clash of Triton", Triton appears mainly in the second half due to the large amount of filler in this episode and he hardly gets focused on. Not to mention, the original title of the episode, "Neptune's Party" (which is still used in some countries), isn't any better because this title will instead make viewers think it's all about King Neptune's party and there is no focus to it, making the episode feel completely unfocused. We're also expected to sympathize with King Neptune in spite of the fact that he locked up Triton simply for using his powers for the greater good of Bikini Bottom.
    • "Shuffleboarding" has a misleading title as this episode felt the writers changed the plot at the last minute from having SpongeBob and Patrick covering for Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy to do some shuffle-boarding, to arresting people for dumb reasons or for no reason whatsoever. In which, this episode should have not been called "Shuffleboarding" to begin with, instead it should have been called "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy VII".
    • Last but not least, some episodes rehash episodes from previous seasons or even episodes from other shows. The series reusing episode plots occasionally isn't necessarily a bad thing in itself considering its long run, as long as it's done right. But these seasons constantly reuse episode plots with insignificant changes made.
      • "Someone's in the Kitchen with Sandy", "Gramma's Secret Recipe" and "Shellback Shenanigans" from Season 7 all rehash "Imitation Krabs" from Season 2, where Plankton disguises himself as someone else to try and steal the Krabby Patty formula.
      • "Pet Sitter Pat" reuses elements off of "A Pal for Gary" from Season 7 and "I Was a Teenage Gary" from Season 1, whilst worsen the problems that "A Pal for Gary" already had. Not even the forced and undeserved happy ending where Patrick basically gets away with his actions (yet again) bothered to help.
      • "Krusty Dogs" feels too similar to "Bossy Boots" from season 2, except with a least decent plot and good bits here and there.
      • "Squid's Visit" feels too similar to "Can You Spare a Dime" from Season 3, but it contains SpongeBob stalking Squidward.
      • "The Play's the Thing" is a rip-off of "Culture Shock" from Season 1.
      • "Model Sponge" feels too similar to "As Seen on TV" from Season 3, except without that episode's charm; instead, it's really boring and mean-spirited.
      • "Grooming Gary", while not inherently a bad episode by any means, is nevertheless a version of "The Great Snail Race" from season 3, but at least here, SpongeBob is in character and therefore doesn’t force or demand Gary, whilst the humor is decent and the episode itself offers a good moral lesson at the end.
      • "The Krabby Kronicle" bears many similarities to "Truth or Ed", an episode from the Cartoon Network series Ed, Edd n Eddy, that aired two years prior to season six of SpongeBob.
      • "A Day Without Tears" from Season 7 rehashes "Funny Pants" from Season 4, but it replaces laughing with crying.
      • "Rodeo Daze" from Season 7 rehashes "Texas" from Season 1, except this episode takes out the charm from said season 1 episode, portrays SpongeBob as a moron throughout the episode (and a jerk who is perfectly willing to kidnap people), and it has a nonsensical story.
      • "Toy Store of Doom" feels a bit similar to the Rugrats episode "Toy Palace".
      • "Buried in Time", while more average/mediocre than actually bad, is overall very similar to "Wishing You Well" from Season 4, since it uses the same concept of SpongeBob, Patrick and Squidward being trapped in an enclosed space. The difference is that "Buried in Time" doesn't have very many memorable jokes made from the situation, unlike in "Wishing You Well".
  12. Some faces SpongeBob makes are disturbing, such as this face SpongeBob makes in "Boating Buddies" where he looks at the camera when he breathes to Squidward in a horrifying way imaginable. On top of that, in "The Clash of Triton", there was another face that SpongeBob makes while talking to Triton through a cage. Not to mention, he also talks with a bad breath as well, which Titan points out, which is both disgusting and disturbing at the same time.
  13. The voice acting, while just as great as in the previous seasons, can get annoying and obnoxious in these seasons due to some of the voice actors often yelling the majority of their lines.
    • SpongeBob's higher-pitched voice from the first movie to Season 7 is kind of annoying compared to the first three seasons and the eighth season on.
  14. Though contradiction of continuity is present in the series in general, a number of episodes in these seasons contradict continuity from the previous seasons way too much all for the sake of plot contrivance.
    • In "Squid's Visit", Squidward says that he has never been to SpongeBob's house before, even though he has several times in previous seasons. In fact, he even temporarily moved in with SpongeBob in "Can You Spare a Dime?" from Season 3.
    • The whole plot of "Big Sister Sam" is Patrick's sister coming for a visit. However, in "Something Smells" from Season 2, Patrick says that he doesn't have a sister.
    • In "Pet or Pests", Larry the Lobster says that he doesn't know SpongeBob, which is just ridiculous since he is seen interacting with him on multiple ocassions in previous seasons.
  15. Out of all two of these seasons, Season 7 is often considered to be the worst of the bunch as it not only recycled the plot of "Imitation Krabs" three times, but is also notorious for having some of the worst episodes in the series such as "One Coarse Meal" and "A Pal for Gary".
  16. These seasons inadvertently encourage bad things, such as:
    • Bullying
    • Lying
    • Stealing
    • Framing people
    • Victimizing yourself and putting the blame on others (playing the blame game/innocent)
    • Being irresponsible
    • Being immature
    • Being a jerk
    • Being an idiot
    • Being ignorant and oblivious to others
    • Taking advantage of others
    • Attempting suicide
    • Breaking rules
    • Kidnapping
    • Not learning from your mistakes
    • Lacking empathy
    • Not using common sense
  17. These seasons did not even have any impact on the SpongeBob franchise as a whole as most of its events are ignored in later seasons. You can watch Seasons 1-5 and 8 onwards and anything too important would not be missed.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. There are still a handful of good/decent episodes, such as:
    • "House Fancy" (which started this era on a high note)
    • "Krabby Road"
    • "Nautical Novice"
    • "Spongicus"
    • "Suction Cup Symphony"
    • "Not Normal"
    • "A Life in a Day"
    • "The Slumber Party"
    • "SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One"
    • "Grandpappy The Pirate"
    • "Professer Squidward" (depending on your view)
    • "Overbooked"
    • "Toy Store of Doom"
    • "Sand Castles in the Sand"
    • "Chum Bucket Supreme"
    • "Single Cell Anniversary"
    • "I ❤ Dancing"
    • "The Inside Job"
    • "Kracked Krabs"
    • "Squidward in Clarinetland" (depending on your view)
    • "SpongeBob's Last Stand"
    • "Back to the Past"
    • "The Bad Guy Club for Villains"
    • "Gary in Love"
    • "The Great Patty Caper"
    • "Greasy Buffoons" (depending on your view)
    • "Enchanted Tiki Dreams"
    • "Krusty Dogs"
    • "The Abrasive Side" (depending on your view)
    • "Love That Squid"
    • "Perfect Chemistry" (which ended this era on a high note)
  2. Some of the humor is still hilarious, such as when music lines remind Patrick of railroad tracks in "Professor Squidward" or in "Tunnel of Glove" where Patrick takes a compartment from the machine that operates the Tunnel of Glove ride that looks like SpongeBob; these were the times Patrick was back to being his funny and somewhat intelligent personality during Seasons 1-5, 8-present compared to his malicious and insufferable idiot personality during these seasons.
  3. There are still some good morals here and there, such as the infamous episode, "The Splinter", which at least teaches viewers a good and important life lesson: be careful with or on wooden materials, or else you'll get a splinter.
  4. The voice acting is still good, at least whenever there is no yelling or screaming.
  5. Some episodes are nicely animated, like "Sand Castles in the Sand", "A Life in a Day", and "Truth or Square".
  6. The title and time cards are still nicely-designed much like the ones from the first five seasons.
  7. The songs and musical numbers are still fun to enjoy, such as "We've Got Scurvy!".
  8. Some of the characters are still likable and retain their original personalities, as Gary the Snail, Mermaid Man, Barnacle Boy, The Dirty Bubble, Man Ray, Larry the Lobster and the Flying Dutchman.
    • Fred is also still likable here, although he is heavily underused in these seasons.
    • Even the flanderized characters can still have their original personalities in some episodes.
    • Despite being flanderized as well, Sandy Cheeks is still likable and helpful.
  9. While Mr. Krabs was heavily flanderized during these seasons, there are some instances where he gets his comeuppance for his actions (such as in "Patty Caper", "The Krabby Kronicle", "Krusty Krushers", "No Hat for Pat", "The Cent of Money", "The Wreck of the Moana Loa", and "Hello Bikini Bottom!").
  10. While Stephen Hillenburg resigned as showrunner of the series after the first film in 2004, he did remain as the executive producer, reviewed all the episodes and provided suggestions for the crew.

Reception

In General

Seasons 6-7 weren't well received and panned by fans and critics for flanderization of the characters, weaker writing, storylines, animation, humor and unnecessary mean-spirited moments. These seasons have tons of bad, awful or mediocre episodes, like "A Pal for Gary", "One Coarse Meal", "The Splinter", "Boating Buddies", "Squid's Visit", "Rodeo Daze", "Truth or Square", "Rodeo Daze", "Cephalopod Lodge", "Hide and Then What Happens?", "Yours, Mine and Mine", "A Day Without Tears", "Big Sister Sam", "Slide Whistle Stooges" and the list goes on. Despite how terrible these seasons are, they still have some good episodes, like "Not Normal", "Sand Castles in the Sand", "Suction Cup Symphony", "The Bad Guy Club for Villains", "Perfect Chemistry", "Grandpappy the Pirate", "Spongicus" and "Nautical Novice".

Season 6

Season 6 received mixed to positive reviews from media critics, but was received negatively from fans. In a DVD review, Paul Mavis of DVD Talk "highly recommended" the set, saying "[The season has a shaky start], but the laughs definitely pick up on the second disc." In particular, Mavis praised the episode "The Splinter" as "one of the very best SpongeBob [episodes]," while "Slide Whistle Stooges", "Boating Buddies", and "The Slumber Party" were described by Mavis as "SpongeBob season's best offerings." In a separate review for the "Volume 2" DVD, Mavis only "recommended" it. He said that the episodes, including "Choir Boys", "Pet or Pests", "Overbooked", "Shell Shocked", "Komputer Overload", "Chum Bucket Supreme", and "Single Cell Anniversary" are "solid entries" and "all deliver steady laughs," but has doubts that "they're on a par with series' best entries like 'The Splinter', 'Slide Whistle Stooges', 'Boating Buddies', and 'The Slumber Party'." In a DVD review for the individual episode DVD release Spongicus, Roy Hrab of DVD Verdict gave this season a negative review and said that "In my previous SpongeBob reviews I have commented that series has lost its edge. This offering does nothing to change my opinion. But what the heck do I know? Clearly, the show continues to maintain a large following and the franchise is a license to print money for Nickelodeon." The DVD consists of eight episodes and praised the episodes "Not Normal" and "Gone" by describing them "the best episode on the disc" and "a decent episode", respectively. Also from DVD Verdict, Gordon Sullivan, on the DVD release To SquarePants or Not to SquarePants, said that "[it is] a solid collection of SpongeBob SquarePants episodes." He added that "My only serious problem with this set is that it's only eight episodes long; a more complete season-style release would be more efficient. On the technical front everything is fine, with the bright, solid colors of Bikini Bottom shining through clearly and all the dialogue and effects clear and detailed." Sullivan gave the episodes "The Splinter", "Slide Whistle Stooges", and "The Krabby Kronicle" an 8/10 rating, while "Boating Buddies" received the lowest rating with 3/10.

Season 7

Season 7 received mixed to negative reviews, with certain episodes being panned by critics and fans alike. In his review of the seventh season for DVD Talk, Ian Jane wrote that the series "is one of those rare animated shows that can be enjoyed equally as much by both adults and children." He described the concept of the show as "utterly ludicrous." He cited the episodes "SpongeBob's Last Stand" and "Tentacle-Vision" as "interesting stand outs," while the episodes "The Inside Job", "Back to the Past", "Gary in Love", and "The Abrasive Side" as "memorable episodes this time around." However, Jane said that the season is not as good as the previous seasons, writing "It's not that this more recent material isn't fun, because it is, but by this point in time storylines are beginning to get a little repetitive and as such, the series doesn't seem quite as fresh and original as it once did." Jane "recommended" the DVD set, writing "This latest collection of episodes is not a high point in the series but it's still decent enough family friendly entertainment, even if it does get too repetitive for its own good." Josh Rode of DVD Verdict said that the season "has its moments", but is "by far the least consistently funny season of the venerable cartoon." Rode also said that the characters of SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star "have become the least engaging parts of the show, which is a problem since they dominate screen time." He perceived that Patrick "has been dumbed down too far." As for the character of SpongeBob, he criticized his changing voice that has become "more nasal over the years." He described the character "like a happy, fun-loving, not-overly-intelligent sponge," but said that "[He] has entirely lost the naïveté which has long been the basis of his charm."

Trivia

  • Despite its decline in quality, these seasons have spawned various internet memes, such as "Who put you on the planet? Ugh!" from "I ♥ Dancing".
  • Between 2007 and 2013, SpongeBob SquarePants dominated Nickelodeon as episodes aired very frequently and took up a majority of the schedule, just because it was pulling in better ratings than other shows, albeit to a much lesser extent as with Cartoon Network's over-airing of Teen Titans Go! between 2014-2017. In 2012, however, the series' ratings began dipping significantly, mainly due to a variety of reasons such as the series' declining quality, the rise of internet streaming, or the network's over-saturation of SpongeBob SquarePants. As of 2015, the network now reduces the excessive number of airtime for SpongeBob SquarePants, in an effort to return diversity to the schedule. However SpongeBob marathons still air on Nickelodeon once in a while, but it's not as frequent as before.
  • Casey Alexander and Zeus Cervas, who previously worked as storyboard artists in the show's earlier seasons, serve as the main screenwriters of these seasons, as they wrote the majority of episodes of these seasons.
  • One of the writers of these seasons, Richard Pursel, who wrote some of the most infamous episodes of this season such as "A Pal for Gary" and "Pet Sitter Pat" for example, previously worked on Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon" prior to working on this show.
  • At one point, the episodes cluttered this wiki with their own individual pages before they were all sub-sequentially banned from being posted on that wiki and were later relocated to the Horrible TV Show Episodes Wiki (though the episodes have been restored on the wiki after they were both merged).

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