SpaceBob MerryPants

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Absurdity overwhelms holiday spirit in so-so Christmas tale.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

Intends to entertain rather than to educate, but does touch on some truths about outer space (e.g., lack of gravity, fact that moon's orbit dictates ocean tides).


Positive Messages

Potty humor includes burping and a resulting noxious green cloud. SpongeBob causes mayhem even when he doesn't try to; others suffer consequences of moon's changing effect on tides and of Santa's schedule being interrupted because of SpongeBob's actions. Even so, friendship conquers all.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Sandy's enthusiasm for a new experience isn't reciprocated by all of her friends, but they enjoy the ride. Pearl pokes fun at Squidina's "nerdiness" before coming to appreciate her intelligence. SpongeBob's carefree nature causes unintended trouble for other people.

Violence & Scariness

Accidents are played for humor, as when Sandy burns her hands and Pearl gets electrocuted. A launch into outer space causes the travelers' bodies to deform from the pressure. Some perilous moments when their spacecraft encounters space junk that tosses them around a bit. A few surprises that cause the characters to jump. Fish struggle to breathe when water levels drop.


Sexy Stuff

Rare name-calling like "dorka" and "nerdy."



This holiday special is part of the long-running SpongeBob SquarePants series.


Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that SpaceBob MerryPants is a Christmas special that's every bit as silly and absurd as the SpongeBob SquarePants series. Expect some body-related humor (a character burps and a large green cloud hovers, for instance), accidents that are meant to be laughable (scorched hands and a character's electrocution), some surprises and mild scares, and brief peril in which it seems like sea creatures may die as the oceans dry up. There's also some name-calling and teasing between two friends with different interests (cheerleading and science). Santa's presence helps the characters (especially SpongeBob) fix the trouble he causes, but overall this isn't a very spirited Christmas-themed story.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 13, 13, 14, and 15-year-old Written byDio fry January 31, 2019
Kid, 12 years old December 18, 2018

Worst Spongebob episode ever

Now I am a huge fan. I think Spongebob is a great role model, but this episode was a bit much. I was extra excited for a new holiday episode, especially since t... Continue reading

What's the story?

In SPACEBOB MERRYPANTS, Sandy (voiced by Carolyn Lawrence) plans to take her science scouts -- SpongeBob (Tom Kenny), Pearl (Lori Alan), and Squidina (Jill Talley) -- for a campout on the moon, but things go awry when Squidward (Rodger Bumpass) accidentally tags along and SpongeBob inadvertently messes with the moon's orbit. Back on Earth, sea creatures face an uncertain future as the moon's pull on the ocean's tides changes, and the science scouts are powerless to fix it. But a Christmas miracle is in the works when the group happens upon Santa Claus (Lewis Black)! Can Jolly Old St. Nick help them set things right?

Is it any good?

This holiday special's absurd story is par for the course from the manic sea sponge and his ocean-dwelling friends, and its success depends heavily on viewers' tolerance for SpongeBob's unique brand of humor. If you love him, then this quirky Christmas tale will make you merry. If you don't, well, it's an easy one to skip.

Just like SpongeBob himself, SpaceBob MerryPants goes in lots of different directions at once, and it's fairly unpredictable as a result. It doesn't even out itself as a Christmas-themed special until late in its telling, so much so that Santa's appearance feels like an afterthought. That said, SpongeBob fans are sure to delight in astronomical amounts of silliness from these galactic travelers and their jolly newfound friend.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about friendship and how it is portrayed in SpaceBob MerryPants. Are SpongeBob's friends patient with him even when he causes trouble for them? Do you find it difficult to forgive a friend whose actions have affected you? How do you show your friends that you care about them?

  • Can you name a character strength you see in SpongeBob? How does Sandy show she's determined and unflappable when things go wrong? How does SpongeBob's carefree personality clash with Squidward's serious and no-nonsense nature? Are they friends? Why or why not?

  • Kids: What, if anything, did you learn about outer space in this story? What role does the moon have in affecting life on Earth? How would changes in the ocean's tides affect the human population?

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