Average User Score: 6.5Jul 18, 2012I'm not quite sure how to describe how bad this show is. Forget the fact that it's completely unoriginal and that "it's been done," because most 90's sitcoms were like that but were still enjoyable. Let's even forget the fact that it uses a laugh track, because as much as I regret saying it, the masses like laugh tracks even if it detracts from the comedy. Except it doesn't really. Why? Because there is no comedy. You'll have a conversation between a couple characters, and there won't be anything remotely funny but the laugh track will be thrown in there. And then you're just sitting there awkwardly wondering what the hell you missed until you realize the producers don't even know when it's supposed to be funny. The characters are just really irritating. They're all douches to the point where they're unlikeable. I'm talking beyond the point where you want bad things to happen to them, I mean to the point where you don't care what happens. I'm 18, and I understand they're trying to depict my generation but it's being done so poorly. Same way that the Big Bang Theory completely misrepresents nerds in every way. But the worst part about this show is that TBS plays reruns of this show(even though it has like 10 episodes???) every now and then in the 12am timeslot, which is when they normally show the Office, a much much better and funnier show that I look forward to watching every night before going to bed. This awful show is cutting into my very way of life!… Expand
Average User Score: 8.7May 15, 2012I've always maintained that the first three seasons of Spongebob are some of the best comedy ever done, and some of the best animation ever done. The situations are silly and the characters are all highly lovable. There's a perfect amount of logical fallacies that just add to the nonsensical atmosphere(like lighting a fire underwater). The mix between plot and jokes is wonderful in every episode. IMO, that's the change that made the biggest difference in the switch from Hillenberg to Tibbit. Now episodes are focused on creating a good plot, and then the jokes are lackluster or simply not present. Every single joke in Spongebob hits and hits hard. There's a lot of hidden humor for all ages(such as Spongebob telling Gary not to drop the soap). The animation is superb and the technical quality was pumped up for the second season. The voice acting is also incredible. The biggest strong point is the randomness. "She's so mysterious and majestic. Perhaps I should name her Mystery, or Majesty...or Debbie." And then when he attempts to befriend the seahorse, in one shot he has a mustache for absolutely no reason. There's also a lot of good cultural references and allegories. The most obvious one is the snowball fight episode, which is a reference to the Cold War.
Great jokes, great characters, great situations, great voice acting, great animation. Seasons 1-3 of Spongebob is simply the best cartoon to ever grace television, even above the Simpsons, Looney Tunes, and Adventure Time… Expand