On May 1st, 1999, Nickelodeon introduced us to a cartoon starring a friendly, funny yellow sponge. Little did we know, this yellow sponge would go on to become an iconic figure in the history of the television network. For the next 20 years, this television show would create some great memories for children across the nation. Every single person in this world has watched this show at some point in their lives. Almost every single person in this current generation has grown up with the show. For 20 years, Spongebob Squarepants made us happy. Made us cry. Made us even hate him sometimes hahaha. For 20 years, we loved Spongebob Squarepants.
I first watched this show in 2000 immediately after the 1 year anniversary of the debut pilot. At that time I was 3 years old and didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I just saw this yellow sponge who could talk and was instantly hooked. A sponge who talks?! How cool is that?! Well at that time 3 year-old me thought it was the coolest thing in the world. Spongebob along with his friends Patrick Star, Sandy Cheeks, Squidward Tentacles, and Mr.Krabs would make my childhood very enjoyable. Nickelodeon was already an established network but once this show came along, the network reached new heights. Who knew this show would do just that?
This show was created by the late, great Stephen Hillenburg and along with Derek Drymon, Tim Hill, and Nick Jennings, these guys would create a cartoon phenomenon. We also gotta show love for Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodgers Bumpass, Clancy Brown, Mr.Lawrence, Jim Talley, Carolyn Lawrence, Mary Jo Catlett, Lori Allen, and others for voicing the iconic characters on this show. Even the actors who voiced minor characters, they deserve praise as well.
Over the course of 20 years, this show has produced 12 seasons with a total of 244 episodes! So many great episodes, so many not so great episodes. That comes with the territory though and it’s fine because this show is still iconic. The picture above shows my absolute favorite episode and that was when Spongebob and his crew performed at a football game called the Bubble Bowl. Squidward was the bandleader as he was competing with his rival Squilliam Fancyson. Squilliam allowed Squidward to be the bandleader for this epic event. Squidward had his doubts as he’s leading Spongebob and his friends, in which anything could go wrong. Once the Bubble Bowl performance began, the band started out fine, then suddenly magic happens as they transferred to a legit song and blew everyone’s minds away. They start to perform a song called Sweet Victory, originally performed by David Glen Eisley, and this marked the episode as the best one ever! Squidward was in shock, Squilliam was in shock, and the crowd went nuts! Spongebob nailing the vocals as Patrick was going nuts on drums, Mrs.Puff was shredding the electric guitar, and even Plankton was playing the heck out of the keyboard! The ending of this episode was the best as Squidward, who realized he put Squilliam in his place, jumps with joy and we got this great shot of Squidward in mid air celebrating his victoryover Squilliam! Now THAT’S a sweet victory!
20 years of cartoon comedy. 20 years of historic episodes. 20 years of childhood memories. 20 years of making children all over the world happy and giving them something to remember for a long time. Spongebob Squarepants made us love Nickelodeon more than we already have. 12 seasons with 244 unforgettable episodes that will make any children love the show immediately!
To everyone involved with this show, I want to simply thank you! Thank you for making our childhood great. Thank you for making newer fans fall in love with your show. Thank you for making us laugh AND cry for the past 20 years. Thank you. Thank you. THANK YOU!
Long Live Spongebob Squarepants and hopefully many more seasons to come!