There are some shows that have evolved from just being television programs to being an integral part of some of our daily lives. In this case, when I say “some of ours”, I talk about the younger audiences who constitute a large part of what is produced on television. And it is because of these enthusiastic bunch of viewers that certain animated television shows have become cultural icons. The two channels, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon, are responsible for bringing many such shows to children. One such show is ‘SpongeBob SquarePants‘, which first debuted on Nickelodeon in 1999 and since then has turned into a global franchise.
The story of the show is set in an underwater city called Bikini Bottom. Most of the inhabiting fish of Bikini Bottom are not just ordinary fish. They drive around in automobiles and have even built houses using pieces from shipwrecks. There is even a brine pool at the bottom of the sea where these fish hang out. The entire setting is somewhat surreal, with weird but innovative juxtapositions which we usually see in the paintings of Salvador Dali or Man Ray. In this city lives our central character, the underwater sponge called SpongeBob Squarepants. He works at a restaurant and enjoys his enthusiastic life with the several other underwater creatures who are his friends. The series follows the various adventures which SpongeBob and his friends get into.
The most impressive aspect of the show is how the creators have managed to create an entire underwater town from their imagination while keeping interesting details in place. The fascinating aspects of Bikini Bottom prove that a lot of things are possible with animation, which is sometimes not that easy with real-life situations and locations. The series has received widespread critical acclaim and a number of awards throughout its run. If you’re looking for more shows that are stylistically and thematically similar to this series, then you have come to the right place. Here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these series like ‘SpongeBob SqaurePants’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
5. The Angry Beavers (1997-2001)
Another Nickelodeon series, ‘The Angry Beavers’ centers around the characters of Daggett and Norbert Beaver. They are brothers who have decided to live on their own and thus move out of their parents’ house and shift to a forest near a cleverly-named place called Wayouttatown. What makes this series unique and an important part of this list is its depiction of the forest as a small town where only animals and plants dwell happily with each other. They are not stock characters but are well-rounded ones with genuine feelings, character traits, aspirations, and history. Our two central characters also have a number of nuances in their personalities and the relationship they share with each other. While Daggett is short-tempered and sensitive, Norbert is well-read, calm, and rational. They even share a love-hate relationship which is portrayed subtly in the series. The writing is what makes ‘The Angry Beavers’ an interesting watch. The series did receive love from both critics and audiences, but was not continued beyond the fourth season.
4. Camp Lazlo (2005-2008)