SpongeBob SquarePants: Season 1 (1999 - 2000)


Season 1
SpongeBob SquarePants

Critics Consensus

Spongebob Squarepants is an irresistible celebration of positivity that pops off the screen with its absurd sensibility and vivid characterizations.



Critic Ratings: 14


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User Ratings: 95

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Air date: May 1, 1999
Air date: May 1, 1999
Air date: May 1, 1999
Air date: Jul 17, 1999
Air date: Jul 17, 1999
Air date: Jul 31, 1999
Air date: Jul 31, 1999
Air date: Aug 7, 1999
Air date: Aug 7, 1999
Air date: Aug 14, 1999
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A chipper sea sponge and his nautical neighbours make waves in the deep-sea city of Bikini Bottom in this clever and playful kiddie cartoon aimed at preschoolers.


Tom Kenny
as SpongeBob SquarePants
Rodger Bumpass
as Squidward Tentacles
Clancy Brown
as Mr. Krabs
Carolyn Lawrence
as Sandy Cheeks
Bill Fagerbakke
as Patrick Star

Critic Reviews for SpongeBob SquarePants Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (8)

The best SpongeBob episodes live in that space between what adults enjoy and what kids enjoy. "F.U.N. Song" is a perfect example.

Nov 29, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

And still each show contains moral questions, after a fashion. They are not the kind that find answers in ordinary children's fare (be kind and tolerant), but rather the pressing, if tawdry, dilemmas that adults face every day.

Sep 24, 2018 | Full Review…

While the series is clearly geared more towards juvenile tastes, its daffy plots and imaginative environs are just strange and joyful enough to appeal to adults as well.

Jul 5, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

SpongeBob was able to keep the attention of children and adults alike with little shame.

Nov 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Well worth diving for.

Sep 24, 2018 | Full Review…

And like it or not, if Ren & Stimpy helped pave the way for SpongeBob SquarePants then SpongeBob's success in turn helped, in some way, shape the quirky animation styles and narrative tones of several hit shows on both Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network.

Sep 24, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

This show is sweet, well-intentioned, and full of zany humor and silly scenes that will appeal to many viewers.

Sep 24, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Twenty years later, that pineapple under the sea is still pretty fresh.

May 1, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

SpongeBob SquarePants was, and still is, perfect entertainment.

Nov 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Like those sky flowers, it doesn't make perfect sense. But it's perfect nonetheless.

Sep 24, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for SpongeBob SquarePants: Season 1

  • Jun 24, 2019
    Spongebob Squarepants as a whole is a masterpiece. Whether it be it's original characters, unique storylines, or having the best jokes of any animated show, Spongebob is the closest to perfect that a cartoon will ever get.
  • Mar 12, 2019
    sin duda una de mis series favoritas que me acompaño en la infancia una serie quee siempre quere
  • Mar 02, 2019
    One of the best television series of all time.
  • Jan 12, 2019
    Sweet, optimistic, and cleverly written, SpongeBob SquarePants' animation may come off as outdated due to not using digital ink and paint but it still has something to offer for children, teenagers and adults.
  • Nov 23, 2018
    Spongebob is the defining cartoon of a generation. This first season, while not quite as enjoyable as its follow ups, it as funny as a kids cartoon can be.
  • Nov 18, 2018
    SpongeBob is my favorite TV show and probably my favorite cartoon. It is hilariously funny and un-forgetful. The first 4 seasons or so are gold, but as the series continues, they aren't as good as season 1. Pretty much all of season 1 has at least 1 rememberable line. Lots of these lines are hilarious memes! "Im Dirty Dan!" " Who you calling Pinhead?" and don't forget "Is mayonnaise an instrument?". Watching SpongeBob doesn't require much of anything. You can start on season 11 episode 10 or on Season 1 Episode 1! Nuff said
  • Oct 24, 2018
    Charming kids show. The first season isn't nearly as polished as it would get later on, but that has its own charm to it.
  • Aug 24, 2018
    Seasons 1 to 3 are some of the most quotable cartoons of recent years, and still just as funny as an adult (maybe even funnier).. Unfortantely it's all down hill after season 3.. Though season 4 isn't bad at times..
  • Mar 22, 2018
    A diamond in children ANIMATION
  • Mar 16, 2018
    While not as funny as the show would become after this, this season is still a great start to a classic cartoon.

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