I admit it: I’m a SpongeBob SquarePants fan

I appear to be enjoying "SpongeBob SquarePants" considerably more than my one-year-old daughter.

I actually don’t mind watching it at all, as it is full of in-jokes for grown-ups. Take its theme song, which says of SpongeBob, "Absorbent and yellow and porous is he".  You have to appreciate such playful touches.

So I’m a SpongeBob SquarePants fan.  Is that so wrong?


At this point, Raihana seems to enjoy Jerry Falwell’s favorite, "The Teletubbies", above all other shows.  A show that I’m supposed to find dull, of course, but its tendency to replay long educational clips (e.g., today, an extended scene involving young boys picking oranges in an orchard with grandpa) can make it positively numbing.

God knows how much mayhem she witnesses due to her parents’ longstanding and unabated "Law & Order" addiction.

  • assad khan

    I am 21 nearly 22 I still love watchign cartoons, spongebob one of my favourites amongst samurai jack, foster home of imaginary friends, the new batman, turtles , wow and some more

  • http://akramsrazor.typepad.com svend

    Thanks, but you can still invoke the “grace period”. I’m 35…
    Also, in my book most of those cartoons aren’t quite so scandalous for a grown-up (though the Ninja Turtles are pushing it), as like so much of Cartoon Network’s fare they’re designed primarily for adults and animation fans.
    The interesting thing is how a lot of kids stuff is now made for two audiences. The Bugs Bunny exception is now the rule.

  • Abu Sinan

    I think that is part of being a father. Not only have I given up my reading time, but also the TV shows I liked.
    I now am a regular expert on Little Einsteins, Elmo, Dora the Explorer, Tele Tubbies, you name it.

  • http://otherlives.blogspot.com Nancy

    One of my best memories of Anthony’s infancy – the first three months – was watching about four reruns a day of The West Wing on Bravo. I fell in love with that show. Haven’t really seen it since, though. Anthony says: “My favorite show? Is Little Einstein! Annie is Little Einstein. The pink one make it new, the blue one make it not new.”

  • antonia

    Was your comment about Fallwell facetious? For I thought he was disturbed by Teletubbies. Or am I thinking of someone else?
    Anyway, years ago (already!), my son loved that show. A sitter he had temporarily told me she found it so “weird” (shivering as she informed me — that was something *bad* or *creepy* about the show. I could see it was differrent, but honestly, other things on television concerned me more than inky-this or dinky-that bouncing along in the slow time warp world.
    For whatever the controversy (to me, it seemed mostly like sci fi for unisex toddlers – that perhaps the unisex was what frightened some viewers), he talked about the characters with interest (I discovered they were much more diverse than meets the adult viewer’s eye, and, apparently their genders were quite clear to my son), but then, one day they were gone as an interest too, and he had moved on to more important matters for his next developmental frame….
    Thanks for the opportunity to share. Enjoy.

  • http://propagandamachine.blogspot.com invadesoda

    Spongebob is great, and in my opinion, tons more educational than Dora the Explorer (who teaches kids that a star lives next to the moon).

  • http://asylum60.blogspot.com walski69

    Spongebob RULES!!
    And would you believe it, there was recently (a few months ago) a case where a SbSp book was refused entry into Malaysia, categorized as restricted! Go figure…
    Anyhow, I felt this would be the appropriate post to let you know that you are one of my nominees for the Thinking Blogger Award (see http://asylum60.blogspot.com/2007/05/just-what-were-you-thinking-people.html).
    Yes, I’m well aware that it’s a meme, and so you are under no obligations whatsoever to continue with it. However, I sincerely thought that you deserved the mention…