Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Banned 'SpongeBob' Episode 'Mid-Life Crustacean' Returned Due to Glitch, Promptly Banned Again

It looks like SpongeBob SquarePants is in the headlines for a rather surprising reason. The beloved animated series has been dominating television for more than a decade, and of course, our heroes in Bikini Bottom have built a reputation for fun in that time. When you think of SpongeBob SquarePants, nothing taboo is meant to come to mind, but the show has its dark corners - and I'm not talking about Rock Bottom. And now, one of those shadows is resurfacing by way of a banned episode - "Mid-Life Crustacean".

Update (7/18) - Unfortunately, it was a glitch in the Nickelozone, with the episode "banned" again. A Paramount spokesperson told IGN: "Due to a technical error, the episode was inadvertently posted for a brief period on the Paramount+ Channel on Amazon Prime Video. It has since been removed."

Mid-Life Crustacean

Yes, it seems SpongeBob SquarePants is doing the unexpected. The animated series just welcomed one of its banned episodes to streaming, so curious fans can finally watch the episode following its 2021 axe.

For those unfamiliar with the situation, SpongeBob SquarePants sparked big headlines in 2021 after two of its episodes were pulled from Nickelodeon and streaming services. One of the episodes taken down was "Kwarantined Crab" as its virus-centric storyline felt insensitive given the COVID-19 pandemic, although this episode has since aired. But as for the other episode, well – "Mid-Life Crustacean" was pulled for a different reason.

In 2018, the episode was taken out of TV rotation because it featured "some story elements [that] were not kid-appropriate" after review. You could still steam the SpongeBob SquarePants episode even with its rotation axed, but in 2021, the episode was pulled entirely. This ban has continued for years, but now "Mid-Life Crustacean" is available to stream on Paramount+ through Amazon Prime Video.

As for this banned episode itself, well – SpongeBob SquarePants did take some bold risks with "Mid-Life Crustacean". The episode follows an aging Mr. Krabs joining Patrick and SpongeBob on a night out. The trio ends up conducting a panty raid after breaking into a woman's house. While the whole thing was meant in jest, you can see why Nickelodeon felt the content was inappropriate when reviewed. But now, it seems SpongeBob SquarePants fans can now check out the old-school episode if they haven't yet.

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Originally published: July 18, 2023 at 04:51 BST.

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