SpongeBob SquarePants

1999, TV Show

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Bowie Does Bikini Bottom

David Bowie will lend his voice to a character named Lord Royal Highness in an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants to air next year, the Associated Press reports. Noting that his 6-year-old daughter, Alexandria, is a huge SpongeBob fan, Bowie wrote in his online blog that he has "hit the Holy Grail of animation gigs," adding, "We, the family, are thrilled. Nothing else need happen this year. Well, this week, anyway." read more

Parents' Guide: What's New for Schoolkids?

Arthur and SpongeBob SquarePants

Robert Edelstein, father of kids 11, 7 and 2 and frequent contributor to TV Guide on the subject of kids' TV, recently exchanged some observations about the new fall season with Tv Guide's family editor, Michael Davis. They screened previews of some new and returning shows for schoolkids, including one from André Benjamin of OutKast. Michael Davis: I love the idea that André Benjamin from OutKast has created a series for Cartoon Network, entitled Class of 3000 (November, Cartoon Network). You liked it, right? Robert Edelstein: Absolutely — though, to be fair, I've only seen one two-minute preview reel. But you can tell by the style, the look, the sound of the voices and the pedigree (Benjamin and cocreator T read more

I nearly wept with relief when...

I nearly wept with relief when House returned Tuesday night (March 28) after a several-week absence. I hadn't yet recovered from sitting through one of the most miserable hours of American Idol — sorry, it was the worst hour I can remember. Is this century going to be the death of music as we know it? Horrid songs, rotten arrangements, and even the few singers I've liked were dull-to-dreadful.

Ugh.

Then House roared into gear with a gripping mystery leavened by some Odd Couple humor as House and Wilson (temporarily homeless thanks to his wrecked marriage) became roommates. Very Oscar and Felix, as House lay sleepless while Wilson clipped his toenails (off camera, thankfully) and blow-dried his hair. But read more

BIKINI BOTTOM IS TOPS

Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants absorbed its biggest audience ever — 8.6 million total viewers — with a special prime-time episode that aired Monday, says the Hollywood Reporter. What's more, the eppy drew 5.2 mil kids ages 2 to 11, making it the second-most-watched TV program of the year (behind the Super Bowl) among children. Mick and Keith rocking the preschool set? Who knew? read more

The Office "I'm an early bird...

The Office"I'm an early bird and a night owl. So I'm wise and I have worms." How can Steve Carell get these lines out without cracking up on each take? Must be a fun set to work on, which is such a sharp contrast to the dull office environment that is depicted on the show. Is there any cubical dweller out there who couldn't at least relate a little when Pam said, "Every so often Jim dies of boredom," and then they flash to Jim looking comatose at his desk? I have to say, I was intrigued by some of the games they played. I used to play paper triangles way back in middle school, but dubbed Hate Ball, it just sounds like so much more fun. Because no matter how nice a person you are, everyone has one coworker whom they secretly want to annoy, just for fun. Maybe I shouldn't have said that — read more

SpongeBob's Unseen Hero

If you haven't heard of SpongeBob SquarePants, you've likely been living under a rock. However, most folks don't know Tom Kenny, the voice behind the cartoon pop-culture phenom. While Kenny's completely absorbed in his character — a walking, talking yellow sea sponge — he's grateful that his normal voice helps keep him anonymous, even as he hits the big screen today in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. "It would be a drag to really be Captain Kirk or Mr. Spock," Kenny says. "I think that would probably make your life fairly irritating. The fact that I don't look like [my] character, hopefully, is a nice level of separation. Because I'm not famous, the character is. It is a comfortable level of fame. I can be Clark Kent when I want to be or I can play the Superman card when I want to be the big man at the kids' birthday party. "Being SpongeBob seems to be a little more pleasant than being Pauly Shore or Carrot Top read more

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Premiered: July 17, 1999, on Nickelodeon
Rating: TV-Y
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Premise: A chipper sea sponge and his nautical neighbors make waves in the deep-sea city of Bikini Bottom in this clever and playful kiddie cartoon aimed at preschoolers. SpongeBob's acquaintances include goofy starfish Patrick, cheerful squirrel Sandy Cheeks (who lives in an air bubble) and grouchy Squidward.

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