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SpongeBob SquarePants is an American cartoon that was premiered on Nickelodeon on May 1, 1999, and it is still ongoing. The show has been censored around the world, including their original runs in the United States.

Censorship[]

Post-production censorship[]

Season 1[]

  • Episode 3b
    1. The scene that shows Squidward naked was cut. (due to concerns over nudity.) however, SpongeBob was naked in both Ripped/Nature Pants, both in Season 1.

Season 2[]

  • Episode 18a
    1. All swear words were replaced with sound effects, most notably the dolphin noises that censor "bad word #11".

Season 3[]

  • Episode 3a
    1. The scene involving Squidward trying to break into the Krusty Krab, and he later ends up getting set on fire due to tripping a bucket full of gas. He later makes his way to the Patty Vault but not before another bucket of gas drops on him, reigniting the flames. However, this scene was removed from being aired worldwide (except for the Canadian and the South Korean airings, although it wasn't actually censored in recent U.S. airings for some reason). Initially, explanations for the removal were thought to be either for sensitivity reasons after the September 11 attacks, which occurred less than a month before the episode first aired in October 2001, or to prevent children from attempting to use and/or ignite gas.[1] Current showrunner Vincent Waller has confirmed in a statement on Twitter on June 4, 2018 that the removal of the scene was ultimately due to Nickelodeon being against the idea of a gag involving a match and gasoline.[2]
  • Episode 10a
    1. The scene where SpongeBob says "I dedicate this crush to my best friend Squidward!" was cut.
  • Episode 15a
    1. The scene that shows Sandy kicking SpongeBob's bottom and as a result, gets arrested was cut.
  • Episode 15b
    1. The episode was pulled from airing and digital release since sometime between 2018 and 2021 due to what the censors considered "age-inappropriate content". Many fans and reviewers pointed out the scene in question to be the panty raid at the end. Panty raiding is an old college prank where men steal women's undergarments, sometimes even actual clothing, from dorms and homes, and that has lead to fines and/or expulsions. This scene has caused concern due to fear of leading kids to think that activity is OK and imitate it, and female underwear/lingerie is considered sexual and inappropriate for children's television. Some European countries and Arabia still run the episode, but with the panty raid scene cut out.

Season 4[]

  • Episode 3
    1. Originally granny was going to be holding an axe, the axe was changed to a cookie tray due to the fact that Granny trying to eat Gary was changed to her mistaking Gary for Ms. Tuffsy.

Season 9[]

  • Episode 17b
    1. The scene where Larry says "The only thing worse than donuts is ground glass." was cut.
    2. The scene that shows Larry forcing a glass cup into a fishes' mouth before hitting the guy's head which causes the glass cup to break in the fish's mouth was cut.

USA censorship[]

Season 2[]

  • Episode 24a: Procrastination had a deleted scene. The most known part of it is Spongebob looking put a window. The other parts are usually thought not to be cut.

Season 3[]

  • Episode 55b: Mid-Life Crustacean was removed from reruns in 2018 and from Paramount+ and Amazon Prime Video in 2021 due to the aforementioned panty raid scene.

Season 12[]

  • Episode 15a:The original airing of "Spongebob in Randomland" is known for a recreation of the "Red Mist Squidward" image, which shows Squidward with bloodshot eyes and bloodlike dark mascara. It originates from the Creepypasta fanfic often referred to as "Red Mist", where after Squidward's clarinet concert ends up in disastrous failure, his depression and isolation eventually causes him to graphically shoot himself to death. The redrawn image of "Red Mist Squidward" appears when Squidward opens a door in the wall of doors. However, the scene was cut in US reruns two months after its initial airing, being replaced by a brief scene of Baby Squidward in a diaper. Explanations for the removal were thought to be either the creepy nature of the image or because of the fanfic where the image originated from. According to Vincent Waller on Twitter, it was due to a Broadcast Standards and Practices issue.[3]

UK censorship[]

Nickelodeon UK[]

Season 1[]
  • Episode 5a
    1. The scene where Squidward says  "Oh, my aching tentacles!" was cut. 
  • Episode 6b
    1. From 2021 and onwards, scene where SpongeBob hammers toast into his kitchen countertop is zoomed in so that you’d cannot see the toast.
  • Episode 7a
    1. The scene at the end where the jail doors close is cut.
  • Episode 7b
    1. Some of the dance scenes are slowed down to prevent seizures for viewers.
  • Episode 8b
    1. From 2021 and onwards, the scene where SpongeBob has his face on the grill is cut.
  • Episode 9a
    1. The ending of the episode is modified so that the screen does not cut to black while the music is still playing.
  • Episode 13a
    1. The scene that shows Patrick shaving off parts of SpongeBob's head was cut. The uncensored version reappeared as of 2022.
  • Episode 16a
    1. The very last few seconds of the episode, which had a black screen with music in the background, is chopped off.
  • Episode 16b
    1. Before 2016, the scene where SpongeBob shows Squidward his flipbook of what he said was cut. Eventually, the scene was restored, but the flipbook effects were modified to prevent seizures for viewers.
  • Episode 20a
    1. The scene where Patrick has a bunch of fish hooks in his mouth was cut. It instead jumps to Patrick saying "Lighten up, will ya?"
Season 2[]
  • Episode 2a
    1. From 2020 and onwards, the scene where SpongeBob chops onions is cut.
  • Episode 13b
    1. From 2022 and onwards, SpongeBob’s line, “Don’t drop ‘em…” has been cut.
  • Episode 19a
    1. The scene that shows No Name cut the power to SpongeBob's house was modified for the Nickelodeon UK broadcast. In the Nickelodeon UK broadcast, it was replaced with a shot of the door outside of SpongeBob's house. The uncensored version reappeared as of 2022.
Season 3[]
  • Episode 5b
    1. The scene where SpongeBob and Patrick were smashed while disguised as rocks is cut.
  • Episode 18b
    1. From 2021 and onwards, Plankton’s line “Acting alone, we’re powerless, but united, the Plankton family could be a real pain in the fanny!” was edited.
Season 4[]
  • Episode 6
    1. From 2021 and onwards, the scene where the henchman was about to kill himself, but then didn’t and said “Someday, but not today…” was cut.
    2. In the scene where King Krabs charged into SpongeBob and Patrick, the animation was slowed down to prevent seizures for viewers.
  • Episode 8b
    1. Before 2014, the incident involving SpongeBob, Squidward and Sandy’s transformer was short of the flashing lights.
  • Episode 18b
    1. From 2021 and onwards, Mr. Krabs’ line, “Hey, get back here, you little booger!” was removed.
Season 6[]
  • Episode 15b
    1. The ending is modified so that the screen does not fade to black early.
Season 7[]
  • Episode 11a
    1. The thunderstorm and lightning during Plankton’s dream is cut.
  • Episode 11b
    1. The scene where Gary jumps into action is shortened.
  • Episode 12a
    1. The scene where several items (including Plankton) are thrown at SpongeBob and Squidward it cut.
    2. Patrick throwing the anchor is cut.
  • Episode 18b
    1. The scene where Patrick karate chops the Krusty Krab door is cut.
  • Episode 22b
    1. The shot of SpongeBob and Patrick with no pupils is cut.
  • Episode 23a
    1. The scene that shows Patrick turning the blender SpongeBob is in on was cut.
Season 8[]
  • Episode 1b
    1. Mr. Krabs’ line “Does widdle Pwanksy-wanksy need his nappy-wappy?” is cut.
  • Episode 7
    1. The scene where the Giant Fruit Fly first appears is cut.
    2. SpongeBob’s line, “Oh, no, not again!” is shortened to simply, “Oh, no!”
  • Episode 8b
    1. The scene that shows the fat fish scooping up Plankton was cut.
  • Episode 14a
    1. The scene where SpongeBob and Patrick blow hot sauce bubbles into each other’s eyes is cut.
  • Episode 15b
    1. The scene where SpongeBob opens the last cupboard and gets glass in his hand is cut.
    2. The scene where Squidward’s light zaps SpongeBob is modified so that the screen doesn’t flash as much.
  • Episode 17a
    1. The scene where Squidward sticks his head in the oven is cut.
    2. The scene where Squidward grabs a rope is cut.
  • Episode 19a
    1. Squidward’s final line is cut.
  • Episode 20b
    1. The scene where SpongeBob and Patrick come out of the Glove Drop and discuss where they go to next is cut.
  • Episode 21a
    1. The scene where SpongeBob sticks his feet in the fryer and tries fixing his crispy feet is cut. However, he can still be seen screaming in the next scene with crispy feet.
  • Episode 22a
    1. The scene where Gary performs a trick where he jumps into a cage filled with water and is locked in there is cut.
Season 9[]
  • Episode 1a
    1. The very last few seconds of the episode, which had a black screen with music in the background, is chopped off.
  • Episode 10a
    1. The scene where SpongeBob says that he might get depressed was cut.
  • Episode 23a
    1. Sandy’s line “What in the Sam Hill is going on around here?” is shortened to simply “What is going on around here?”
Season 10[]
  • Episode 4a
    1. The scene where SpongeBob and Patrick put coffee in Squidward’s mouth as he is sleeping is cut. However, a video on Nickelodeon UK’s YouTube channel has this scene uncensored.
  • Episode 6a
    1. In the scene where Squidward is zapped by the huge jellyfish, the flashing background is slowed down.
  • Episode 10b
    1. The scene that shows the art appraiser mimes hanging himself to demonstrate to Mr. Krabs what "out of the picture" means was cut.
Season 11[]
  • Episode 8a
    1. The scene where SpongeBob gets crushed by the masher is cut.
  • Episode 11a
    1. The scene where SpongeBob eats the packing foam is cut.
  • Episode 16a
    1. The scene where the love train appears, only for it to get thrown away by Tom the Robot, was cut.
  • Episode 16b
    1. The scene where Patrick ate the glass was cut.
  • Episode 20a
    1. In the scene where Mr. Krabs is zapped by jellyfish, the colours are darkened.
  • Episode 21b
    1. Any scene containing Mr. Krabs breaking glass bottles was removed.
    2. Sandy’s line, “I’m going to bed,” was cut.
    3. In the scene where Sandy fires nuts at Mr. Krabs and there is a blue and white moving background when the nuts are being fired, the motion is very faintly slowed down and the picture is darkened.
  • Episode 23a
    1. The scene where SpongeBob burns his hands on the grill is modified so that they do not disintegrate.
  • Episode 23b
    1. Plankton’s line, “It’s probably a suicide mission,” was cut.
  • Episode 24a
    1. Mr. Krabs’ line “And so, after some quick thinkin’ and fancy racerin’, I won me grill back,” is shortened to simply, “And so, I won me grill back,”
    2. The scene where SpongeBob jumps on top of the grill, hugs it and kisses it is cut.
  • Episode 25a
    1. The close up shots of SpongeBob stepping in bubbles were removed.
  • Episode 26a
    1. The scene where Sandy blows her air horn in SpongeBob’s face was cut.
    2. In the Jellyfish Fight Scene, many of the fast background motions had darkened colourswere slowed down.
    3. The scene where the giant jellyfish zaps on Sandy’s Treedome has the flashing effects slowed down.
  • Episode 26b
    1. The scene where SpongeBob’s eyes catch on fire, and he uses hot mustard to put it out, was cut.
Season 12[]
  • Episode 2a
    1. The scene where the Ice Cream King pins SpongeBob’s badge to his pants was cut.
    2. Any instance of Patrick hitting a parking meter with a bat was removed.
    3. The scene where SpongeBob eats his badges after Sandy points them out was cut.
    4. Sandy’s line, “Say, SpongeBob, how would you like to join FEMA?” is short of the word “Say” at the beginning.
  • Episode 3a
    1. The scene at the end where the chum lands in Mr. Krabs’ mouth is replaced with a blank screen.
  • Episode 3b
    1. Squidward’s line, “Idiots!” is removed.
  • Episode 4b
    1. The scene where Plankton tells the Sea Chimp King to wrap the shrinker belt around all of the other falling sea chimps was removed.
    2. The scene where everybody falls into Patrick’s stomach was shortened.
  • Episode 6b
    1. The scene where Squidward eats and swallows the key to his house was removed.
  • Episode 7a
    1. The scene where Plankton charges at Mr. Krabs and throws him inside the toilet was cut.
  • Episode 8b
    1. The policewoman’s line, “Okay, that’s enough, weirdo.” is shortened to simply, “Okay, that’s enough.”
  • Episode 10a
    1. The scene where Tony hits his head with the can is removed.
  • Episode 11a
    1. Squidward failing to close SpongeBob's teeth gap with his strength, and using a drill was modified. Instead, Squidward does successfully close it without the drill.
    2. SpongeBob drinking soap was cut.
    3. The part where the nail in SpongeBob teeth falls out was modified. Instead, there is no nail.
  • Episode 12a
    1. In the scene where Squidward japs everyone while he is in the jellyfish costume, the flashing in the background was slowed down.
  • Episode 12b
    1. The scene where SpongeBob staples Mary’s mother into her pram was cut. However, you can still see the staples in her pram.
  • Episode 15a
    1. The scene cuts out the Red Mist Squidward. He only opens 2 doors instead of 3.
  • Episode 16b
    1. The scene where SpongeBob checks to see if he has wired everything right is modified so that the forks and sparks are removed from the wires and plugs.
  • Episode 20a
    1. SpongeBob chewing balloons briefly, then blowing them was cut. Instead, only blows them.

Indian censorship[]

Nickelodeon India[]

Season 1[]
  • Episode 2b
    1. All the scenes showing SpongeBob ripping his pants with SpongeBob's underwear was blurred.
Season 3[]
  • Episode 1b
    1. The scene that shows Patrick checking his tan, but instead sees his butt was modified for the Nickelodeon India broadcast. In the Nickelodeon India broadcast, it was replaced with a shot of SpongeBob.

Polish censorship[]

Nickelodeon Poland[]

Season 1[]
  • Episode 3a
    1. The scene that shows Patrick jamming the net through Squidward's bandaged hand was cut. (As of 2018, this scene is no longer censored.)
  • Episode 4a
    1. The scene that shows Squidward choking on the fork was cut. (As of 2018, this scene is no longer censored.)
  • Episode 5a
    1. The scene where Squidward says  "Oh, my aching tentacles!" was cut. (As of 2018, this scene is no longer censored.)
  • Episode 7b
    1. The scene that shows the Jellyfish dance was cut. (As of 2018, this scene is no longer censored.)
  • Episode 20a
    1. The scene that shows Patrick eating the cheese off the hook was cut. (As of 2018 this scene is no longer censored.)

Greek censorship[]

Nickelodeon Greece[]

Season 1[]
  • Episode 5a
    1. The scene where Squidward says  "Oh, my aching tentacles!" was cut.

Indonesian Censorship[]

Global TV[]

  • All episodes
    1. Sandy's bikini is blurred. Basically all program that contain nudity or breast open is blurred.
    2. The scene is considered violence is cut.

Nickelodeon Indonesia[]

In every episode when sandy is not wearing her suit she is censored

Season 1[]
  • Episode 1a
    1. In the Nick Indonesia broadcast, the scene where Spongebob jumps out of his underwear was cut.
  • Episode 3a
    1. The scene where Patrick blows the hot soup onto Squidward's bandaged face several times was cut.
    2. Squidward's palm is zoomed after Patrick stabs the jellyfish net to it.
  • Episode 15b
    1. All live-action scenes were cut, and this considered violence or torture scene.
  • Episode 18a
    1. Sandy’s “Texas” song is cut,
Season 2[]
  • Episode 1a
    1. The scene where SpongeBob is watching a sea anemone "dancing" was sometimes removed.
  • Episode 1b
    1. The scene where SpongeBob tries to pull Mr. Krabs's hand which Mr. Krab's hand stuck at sink is cut.
  • Episode 17a
    1. The scene where SpongeBob looks out of the window to see his friends having a good time is cut.
    2. The scene where SpongeBob does exercises is cut.
  • Episode 20a
    1. The scene where SpongeBob’s skin is ripped off is cut,
Season 3[]
  • Episode 2b
    1. The scene where Patrick tries to enter a hat shop at the end of the episode is sometimes is cut.
  • Episode 11
    1. All of the Patchy segments are cut,
  • Episode 14
    1. The scene where SpongeGar woke up and then hit by a rock because of the noisy alarm is cut.
    2. The scene where SpongeGar and Patar hurt themselves is cut.
    3. The scene Squog hits Patar and SpongeGar with a club stick is cut.
    4. The scene where Patar eats a stick is cut.
    5. The scene where Squog fights with SpongeGar until they club-whack each other is cut.
    6. The scene where Squog is struck by a lightning are cut.
  • Episode 20a
    1. The scene where SpongeBob’s spiky shoes are stuck in the Strangler’s eyes is cut.
Season 4[]
  • Episode 14a
    1. The scene where SpongeBob wears Patrick's costume was cut.
Season 5[]
  • Episode 15a
    1. The scene with SpongeBob and Patrick inside of a hole in the ground was skipped to the prisoners mining the rocks.
  • Episode 20b
    1. The scene where SpongeBob and Stanley visited Sandy's House is cut.
    2. The scene where SpongeBob in Mr. Krabs' office to talk about Stanley is cut.
Season 6[]
  • Episode 1a
    1. The sofa-moving scene that makes Squidward's toenail ripped is cut.
  • Episode 6b
    1. The Soda commercial guy scene is cut.
Season 7[]
  • Episode 3a
    1. The scene of Sandy without her fur is cut.
    2. The scene where Plankton wears Sandy’s fur is cut.
    3. This episode no longer plays on Nick Indonesia.
  • Episode 3b
    1. This episode no longer plays on Nick Indonesia.
Season 10[]
  • Episode 6a
    1. The scene of pillow-fight is cut.
    2. The scene where SpongeBob and Patrick hit each other with rakes is cut.
    3. The scene involving the giant jellyfish is cut.
    4. The scene of Squidward on the sushi maker is cut.

Dutch censorship (Netherlands)[]

Nickelodeon[]

Season 1[]
  • Episode 16a
    1. The scene where Patrick says "Patrick needs love too!" was changed to "3:15"

Canadian censorship[]

Nick Canada[]

Season 3[]

Both segments of Episode 15 were banned in Nick Canada for separate reasons:

  • Episode 15a
    1. Nick Canada banned the episode due to its deception of animal abuse.
  • Episode 15b
    1. Nick Canada banned the episode due to the panty raid scene.

Southeast Asian censorship[]

Nick Southeast Asia[]

  • Any scene with the David statue in "Artist Unknown" was cut.
  • In "SpongeGuard on Duty", the scene when Patrick accidentally looks at his own butt was cut.
  • The rerun edit of "Spongebob in Randomland" is used for airing here (with the Baby Squidward image instead of the Red Mist one).

Egyptian/Arabic censorship[]

MBC3[]

  • Truth or Square
    1. The wedding scene was cut
  • Seasons 5-7
    1. The episodes "It's a SpongeBob Christmas", "Gary's in Love", and "Love that Squid" are banned.
  • Season 8
    1. Butt Jokes are cut or censored.
  • Frozen Face Off
    1. A line where Squidward is insulting the other snow racers was muted. The redub of this episode does not censor it.
    2. Mr. Krabs mentioning Santa Claus was replaced. The redub of this episode does not censor it.
    3. The Abominable Snow Mollusk hugging and purring Patrick was cut. The redub of this episode does not censor it.
  • All
    1. The Krusty Krab's front side is cut due to the Romeo flags looking like crosses. Some episodes have the flag all red.

Persian censorship[]

  1. All the bikinis are drawn over with dresses, especially Sandy's bikini.
Season 1[]
  • Tea At The Treedome
    1. At the part where Sandy has her bikini, the screen awkwardly stretches out to prevent showing it.
Season 5[]
  • Pat No Pay
    1. At the part where a lady has her bikini, the screen slightly stretches so she is offscreen.
Season 9[]
  • Squirrel Record
    1. This episode turned into a clip because Sandy was in her bikini the majority of the episode.

Italian censorship[]

Nick Italy[]

Season 1[]
  • Episode 1a
    1. Tiny Tim's song "Livin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight" was shortened, so only a few seconds play before it cuts to Mister Krabs hiring SpongeBob.
  • Episode 2b
    1. The ripped pants song was cut.
  • Episode 15b
    1. The live-action scenes for SpongeBob and Patrick were cut, it has happen in Indonesia, where this scene consider violence or torture scenes.
  • Episode 19b
    1. The scene when Tom Kenny was taking a shower was cut.
Season 2[]
  • Episode 5a
    1. The wormy song was cut.
  • Episode 15b
    1. The Sweet Victory song was cut.

Chinese censorship[]

CCTV[]

  • The show was banned from airing on primetime television in 2008.

Nick China[]

Season 1[]
  • Episode 5a
  1. The scene where Squidward says  "Oh, my aching tentacles!" was cut.

Ukrainian censorship[]

  • The show was banned due to a video that was considered "Gay Propaganda".

Where to find it uncensored[]

There is a completely uncensored version in Canada (YTV only) and South Korea, but the DVDs and the American/Australian/New Zealand airings are nearly completely uncensored.

References[]

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