SpongeBob SquarePants (Post-sequel era, 2015-present)

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The post-sequel era of SpongeBob SquarePants refers to the second half of Season 9 after the second movie onwards. This is also know as the Renaissance Era of SpongeBob SquarePants by a number of fans.

Why This Era Rocks

  1. This era is a huge improvement over Seasons 6-8 (the show's dark age), as it has much better writing and storylines and brings back the charm of the classic era.
  2. While Stephen Hillenburg had remained executive producer throughout Seasons 4-9a, he was more actively involved in during this era and remained as such until his death in November 2018.
  3. Along with Hillenburg, other crew members from the classic era return, like Sherm Cohen and Kaz.
  4. The new animation is a considerable step up from previous seasons, with a noticeable improvement in the lighting, textures, background art and character designs.
  5. The voice acting is still great as always.
  6. This era has tons of creativity put into it, such as by using episode concepts that haven't been done before (some that you wouldn't even expect in SpongeBob).
  7. Hilarious, clever and self-aware humor, just like in the first five seasons.
  8. Characters that got flanderized during Seasons 6-8 have had their original personalities restored since the first half of Season 9.
  9. Has tons of enjoyable episodes like in the first five seasons, such as:
    • "Mimic Madness"
    • "My Leg!"
    • "Karen's Virus"
    • "Bulletin Board"
    • "Feral Friends"
    • "Doodle Dimension"
    • "Trident Trouble"
    • "Unreal Estate"
    • "What's Eating Patrick?"
    • "The Krusty Slammer"
    • "The Getaway"
    • "Lost in Bikini Bottom"
    • "Moving Bubble Bass"
    • "FarmerBob"
    • "SpongeBob LongPants"
    • "Larry's Gym"
    • "Patrick's Coupon"
    • "Pull Up a Barrell"
    • "Plankton Paranoia"
    • "Sold!"
    • "Spot Returns"
    • "ChefBob"
    • "Mustard O' Mine"
    • "Patrick! The Game"
    • "Krusty Koncessionaries"
    • "Goodbye, Krabby Patty?"
    • "Bottle Burglars"
    • "Krusty Kleaners"
    • "Sandy's Nutty Nieces"
    • "High Sea Diving"
    • "SpongeBob in Randomland"
    • "SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout"
    • "Goons on the Moon"
    • "The Ballad of Filthy Muck"
    • "Senior Discount"
    • "Old Man Patrick"
    • "Mermaid Pants"
    • "Squid Noir"
    • "Patnocchio"
    • "The Incredible Shrinking Sponge"
    • ''Man Ray Returns"
    • "Plankton Gets the Boot"
    • "CopyBob DittoPants"
    • "Mind the Gap"
    • "Tutor Sauce"
    • "Burst Your Bubble"
    • "The Goofy Newbie"
    • "The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom"
    • "Mall Girl Pearl"
    • "Gary's Got Legs"
    • "Scavenger Pants"
    • "Biddy Sitting"
    • "Gary & Spot"
    • "Sharks vs. Pods"
    • "Krusty Katering"
    • "SpongeBob's Place"
    • "Swamp Mates"
    • "Broken Alarm"
    • "Code Yellow"
    • "Dream Hoppers"
    • "Call the Cops"
    • "Dirty Bubble Returns"
    • "Pineapple RV"
    • "Life Insurance"
    • "Spin the Bottle"
    • "Fun-Sized Friends"
    • "The Krusty Bucket"
    • "Handemonium"
  10. The new HD opening (which debuted in a rerun of "Eek! An Urchin" and made its true debut in "Lame and Fortune") is great and manages to capture the style of the classic theme song, complete with the use of SpongeBob's classic design.
  11. The title and time cards are well done.
  12. Return of some classic characters, such as Patchy the Pirate, Potty the Parrot, and Bubble Bass.
  13. Some great songs, such as "Who Am I?", "Kung Fu Rock" and "My Leg is in Love".
  14. Gives minor character major roles in certain episodes.
    • Bubble Bass has a major role in "Moving Bubble Bass".
    • Fred has a major role in "My Leg!".
    • Mary's mother has a major role in "Biddy Sitting".
  15. Has lots of references and continuity to the classic era.
    • A picture of SpongeBob and Patrick on their badges in "FarmerBob" is the same as SpongeBob and Patrick's poses in "Mid-Life Crustacean".
    • Mr. Krabs' first dollar from "Wet Painters" appears in "Bottle Burglars".
    • The "Squidward Smells" graffiti from "Sailor Mouth" appears in "Mall Girl Pearl" and "The Nitwitting"
    • In "Scavenger Pants", when SpongeBob and Patrick see the Badlands, they make the same surprised faces that they make in the first movie.
    • Goofy Goober's Ice Cream Party Boat from the first movie returns in "Patnocchio" and "The Goofy Newbie".
    • The Tattletale Strangler from "SpongeBob Meets the Strangler" and Dennis from the first movie appeared on posters in "Call the Cops".
    • Rock Bottom and the angler fish from "Rock Bottom" return in "Out of the Picture".
    • Some flashbacks from classic episodes, such as "Plankton!", "Welcome to the Chum Bucket", "The Algae's Always Greener", "F.U.N." and "Plankton's Army" are shown in "Karen's Virus"
  16. Some songs from the first three seasons return, like Honolulu March and Old Hilo March.

Bad Qualities

  1. Despite being a huge improvement over Seasons 6-8, the first half of Season 9 (while decent) isn't the best nor is it perfect.
  2. There are some occasional bad episodes, such as:
    • "Ink Lemonade" (the worst episode of this era so far)
    • "The Fish Bowl"
    • "House Worming"
    • "Cuddle E. Hugs"
    • "Out of the Picture" (depending on your view)
    • "Sanctuary!" (depending on your view)
    • "Sportz?" (depending on your view)
    • "The Nitwitting"
    • "Squirrel Jelly"
    • "Don’t Wake Patrick"
    • "SpongeBob's Bad Habit"
    • "Jolly Lodgers"
    • "Whirly Brains" (depending on your view)
  3. While the characters have been improved from Seasons 6-8 and are more in line with their personalities from the classic era, their flanderization can still be common at times.
    • SpongeBob can still be annoying from time to time even to the times when he can just be a complete idiot. However, it doesn't overtake his personality unlike in Seasons 6-8.
    • Patrick can get too stupid in certain episodes. But like SpongeBob, it doesn't overtake his personality.
    • Mr. Krabs still hasn't fully recovered from his flanderization that started around Season 6. Even so, he is still more likable than in Seasons 6-8.
  4. The animation from Season 11 onwards, while great for the most part, has some hiccups:
    • the animation can get overly wacky and a bit too fast paced at times.
    • the brighter colors can be over-stimulating to some viewers.
    • the exaggerated facial expressions on the characters can come off as annoying, jarring and distracting to viewers.
  5. While great, the voice acting can get loud and obnoxious at times.
  6. Like in the classic era, there are some adult jokes implemented at times, though not as much as the classic era.
  7. There is still some gross-out humor in some episodes.
  8. Some moments can be disturbing or frightening to younger audience like the hallucinating scenes from "Plankton Paranoia" and the Squidward red mist reference jumpscare from "Spongebob in Randomland", which was actually removed as of 2020.


  • Season 9 took a very long time to air, most likely due to the release of the second movie. Season 9 premiered in 2012 and finally ended in 2017. Even "Kenny the Cat" and "Yeti Krabs" aired in Germany 2 years before those episodes premiered in the US, presumably because the producers were allowed to air it in different countries first. This problem still persists to this day, as "The Krusty Slammer"'s sister episode, "Pineapple RV" finished production in 2018 and aired in the United States in 2020, but almost every other country premiered the episode already. It even got leaked in English briefly on Amazon Prime. This resulted in said episode becoming the least-watched episode of the entire series. This also happened with the second half of Season 12, starting at Knock Knock, Who's There? and Pat Hearts Squid, 'the entire rest of Season 12 got leaked in Israel and other European countries.'
  • Unfortunately, Stephen Hillenburg tragically passed away in November 2018.




10 months ago
Score 1
While I agree with Chris about The Nitwitting, I personally didn't like the whole episode because it is gross (even the infamous spit drink scene.)


9 months ago
Score 2
This era in fact I like more than the classic era, the classic I feel that it has simple plots and they did not make me so entertaining but they have many jokes, seasons 4 and 5 made me better for their plots and stories although they no longer had so many jokes but the post-sequel era has great jokes and great adventures and plot in fact krusty katering is my favorite episode of the series


3 months ago
Score 0
Even though I liked the episode "Life Insurance", I didn't like the part where Squidward tests The Sushi Maker, beacuse I watched it was pretty painful to watch imo. Though i'm not saying the WHOLE episode was bad.


one month ago
Score -1
This era kind of sucks. The animation gives me a headache and does NOT feel reminiscent of seasons 1-3 (even seasons 6-8 had better animation). I hate it so much!!! Also, since Stephen Hillenburg died, the one chance the show had to be good again is gone.


one month ago
Score 0
Any other points besides the animation and its creator's death?

The Dunkman

one month ago
Score 0


one month ago
Score 1
This era is amazing! All these season 1-3 fanboys can go suck it


one month ago
Score 0
Whoa, hey, come one, now. Let's not start a flame war here.


13 days ago
Score 0
Unlike Family Guy at least Spongebob improved a lot

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