These Spongebob Episodes Were Taken Down for Being Kid-Inappropriate

These Spongebob Episodes Were Taken Down for Being Kid-Inappropriate

While Spongebob Squarepants, a children’s cartoon, prides itself on its ability to entertain even the adult viewers thanks to its brilliant humor, it is still generally regarded as appropriate for anyone from any age bracket. Sure, it is packed with jokes that would go over a young audience’s head, but the show’s occasional subtle edginess doesn’t reach the point of being too much to become a cause for concern.

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Not until recently, when a couple of episodes were confirmed to have been pulled down due to their storylines that proved to be problematic. The Spongebob Squarepants season 3 episode entitled “Mid-Life Crustacean” has been removed from circulation after the creators realized that some of its elements were not appropriate for kids. While Nickelodeon opted to not specify the story elements in question, there’s a big chance that they have something to do with that scene in which Spongebob, Patrick, and Mr. Krabs went on a “panty raid.”


Another episode that is now banned from airing is season 12’s “Kwarantined Krab,” which follows The Krusty Krab going into quarantine in the middle of the “Crab Flu” outbreak.  Now, the said episode has never really appeared on TV or on any platform, yet, but given the entire COVID pandemic situation, Nickelodeon figured it would be best not to show it in the future. About this, a representative said, “The ‘Kwarantined Crab’  centers on a virus storyline, so we have decided to not air it due to sensitivities surrounding the global, real-world pandemic.”

As someone who basically grew up with the show, I am quite surprised by a few things, such as their choice of episodes to cancel, and the fact that only two were considered “kid-inappropriate” when there are a lot of installments that reflect the writers’ edgy sense of humor. (Did we just forget about Squidward’s suicide reference in that episode where he was dealing with an existential crisis?)

But then, I guess two episodes don’t hurt that much when there are 260 more to watch. At least, we’re seeing these big companies like Nickelodeon taking conscious steps in choosing the content to expose their young viewers to.

How about you, though? Do you think Nickelodeon did the right thing removing these episodes? Tell us in the comments below!

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