chicken sandwich wrote:
as long as children find the show funny then the shows considered a success, not matter what we think of it. I think Spongebob is stupid but the people the show is intended for think that it's hilarious so who am I to say otherwise.
Perhaps it is funny to 12 year olds and younger children. That still leaves me puzzled as to why people in their 20s would find it funny. Nor why anyone would cite it on a personal funniest list. To say it is a children's show is a copout. Children's shows can be funny to all audiences without being patronizing.
Yeah but Spongebob has a loyal adult following which isn't surprising considering the hefty amount of inneundo and just plain weirdness. It has cult show written all over it.
Personally I think Spongebob started out really damn good, the first three seasons were EXCELLENT. It was whimsical, silly but also clever. But after that it became more lowbrow and IMO the new episodes are nowhere near as entertaining as the old ones. It has jumped the shark for me. The show has taken a surprise turn into cruder and darker territory, and while that kinda humor has worked great for other kids shows it just doesn't quite gel with Spongebob.
I definitely don't think children's shows are beyond criticism. Just because your audience is children is no excuse to slack off. To say otherwise is insulting to children. There is some outstanding children's programing out there and the more shows like Avatar: The Last Airbender and the fewer shows like Loonatics Unleashed the better.
I criticize children's shows I find to be of poor quality all the time. Spongebob didn't become popular for nothing, for a time it was the only worthwhile thing left on Nickelodeon.
Me, I'd take Ren & Stimpy or Rocko any day of the week. Those shows have aged pretty damn well. IMO Spongebob started out great, but it has overstayed it's welcome. But even in it's current state I argue that it's still a pretty decent cartoon. Not even close
to being the worst thing out there.
If you want to discuss shitty waste of children's imaginations, we need to talk Johnny Test. That is without question the worst thing to ever get the green light for Cartoon Network.