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As a compliment to one of Patrick's ideas, Spongebob tells Patrick that "your genius is showing", and Patrick covers his crotch.

Rear ends are seen in quite a few episodes.

In one episode, Patrick and Spongebob are naked and they cover each other's (not visible) genitals.

A character's bare buttocks are exposed when he rips off his clothes.

In the episode "Your Shoe's Untied", Spongebob is seen watching a TV show where we see a live-action sea creature moving around; Spongebob stares with interest and when Gary enters the room, Spongebob quickly turns to the sports channel, which is, according to some viewers, a reference to porn.

Occasional moments involving flirting.

The episode "Krusty Dogs" supposedly has several innuendos.

"That's No Lady" has Patrick disguised as a girl and Squidward and Mr. Krabs flirt with him without realizing he is a guy.

In "Ripped Pants", Spongebob continually rips his pants, assuming people think it's funny.

In "Neptune's Spatula", King Neptune pulls a cloud apart and a bespectacled Tom Kenny (the voice of Spongebob) in a bathing cap is seen screaming (only his top half is shown). King Neptune laughs nervously and says "whoopsie", then closes the cloud up again.

In Mr. Krabs, Patrick and Spongebob go on a panty raid, unaware that the house they're going to is the home of Krabs' elderly mother.

In "Gary Takes a Bath", Spongebob hands Gary two bars of soap, says "don't drop them" and winks as a reference to prison rape.

The episode "Sanctuary!" needs to be rated TV-PG-S. In this episode SpongeBob adopts a snail that turns out to be female (though not discovered until it's said later), so once she meets Gary and began stroking up and put on the other. At the end of the episode Bob Barnacle advertises Spongebob to sterilize their snails.


Some instances of random slapstick humor, such as a character being thrown off a cliff and exploding in a mushroom cloud (twice).

Punching, kicking and wrestling in a cloud of dust.

The interior of the characters is often fantastically seen.

In "House Fancy", Spongebob has ripped out Squidward's toenail before. With blood and the roots of the nail seen.

In "Dying for Pie", Spongebob touches Squidward heart and it started to spray blood.

In "The Splinter", Spongebob has a horrible splinter in his thumb. Do not watch this episode if you are disturbed by gross material in the slightest.

Characters insides have been shown in a Magic School Bus style.

Characters are seen getting stung by jellyfish, resulting in swollen red bumps on their skin.

Mrs. Puff enters Spongebob in a demolition derby to be rid of him, hoping that he is destroyed in the ensuing wreckage.

A running gag involving Plankton being injured or stepped on due to his size.

In the original airings of "Just One Bite" Squidward is seen trying to break into the Krusty Krab, and is doused in gas he is set on fire twice. Subsequent airings edit it to Squidward already approaching the Patty vault. The main reason this was edited out is due to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the aftermath.


Stupid, idiot, barnacle-head, barnacles, kill, fish paste, tartar sauce, shrimp, and moron are frequently used. Darn, heck, butt are infrequently used.

In later seasons, the word chum becomes a euphemism for the "s" word.

In "Sailor Mouth," it is implied that SpongeBob and Patrick learnt "bad word #11" and started using it everywhere, even though it was all censored but it is never confirmed what the word is as it is covered up with dolphin noises. On the trashcan it says "Krabs is a...," and SpongeBob mentions the hidden bad word, though it was censored and we don't know which one it was. The moral of the episode advises against swearing.

In "Krusty Love" SpongeBob's patience is tested and he ends up saying alot of unintelligible gibberish, this is meant to be an equivalent of swearing. Even Mrs. Puff is seen thumbing through a dictionary and blushing.


Spongebob occasionally smokes a bubble pipe to appear sophisticated.


Occasional mild suicide jokes.

Squidward often seems depressed and seems suicidal.

A couple of very detailed and scary hand-painted faces, some creatures, peril.

Mildly intense scenes in a few episodes.

The Flying Dutchman uses lots of scary tricks. In one scene a ghost turns into a clown then a monster and is quite scary.

Squidward tells a story about The Hash Slinging Slasher. The story could be frightening to kids.

Some scenes of mild bullying could be found upsetting.

In one episode, there's a scene where the face and tentacles of a butterfly can be seen in a close up. This might scare kids, since it comes out of nowhere.

The "Nasty Patty" is a pretty dark episode, but it's mostly because of dark humor.

The controversial episode One Coarse Meal involves Mr. Krabs driving Plankton to suicide. Although this should be handled seriously, it is instead handled in a comedic manner, and Mr. Krabs is rewarded for his actions, which will upset many viewers.

The episode "Demolition Doofus" may upset some because of Mrs. Puff's unusual sociopath behavior.

"Bossy Boots" has a scene where Pearl and SpongeBob try to come up with a new name for The Krusty Krab. SpongeBob comes up with "The Kreepy Krab" which depicts him as a mad scientist holding a mutated crab. He then comes up with "The Killer Krab" which shows him with a rather barbaric appearance.

The episode "Gary Takes a Bath" has a scene were a face of a girl with pigtails smiling pops up almost like a jumpscare, this may be frightening to some.

The episode "Graveyard Shift" at the end Squidward says "Then who was flickering the lights?' then it cuts to a scene of Count Orolok from "Nosferatu" flicking a light switch, this may be frightening to younger kids.

The original version of "Shanghaied" that was shown in theaters before a movie, has Squidward thrown into a demonic atmosphere known as "the fly of despair", originally skulls and skeleton remains were seen when Squidward was falling through. When the time came for the episode to air Nickelodeon replaced the skeletal images with a stock photo of spaghetti.


Suggested rating: TV-PG-D generally.

Suggested age: 10+ for some crude humor and behaviour, some references and slapstick violence.

Argentina:Atp / Australia:G / Australia:PG (one volume) / Brazil:Livre / Canada:G (video rating) / Canada:PG (video rating) / France:Tous publics / Germany:6 / Ireland:G / Italy:T / Mexico:A / New Zealand:G (seasons 1-6) / New Zealand:PG (some episodes) / Russia:12+ / Russia:6+ (Nickelodeon) / Singapore:G / South Korea:All / Spain:T / Spain:7 (VOD rating) / Spain:7 (cable rating) (self applied) / Spain:12 (new rating) / Thailand:G (DVD releases) / UK:U / UK:PG (some episodes) / USA:TV-Y7 (new rating)

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