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SpongeBob SquarePants (season 10)
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Country of origin United States
Release
Original network Nickelodeon
Original release October 15, 2016 (2016-10-15) – present (present)
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List of SpongeBob SquarePants episodes

The tenth season of the American animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants, created by former marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg, began airing on Nickelodeon in the United States on October 15, 2016. It opened with the episode "Whirly Brains", and is scheduled to conclude with "Feral Friends"/"Don't Wake Patrick". The series chronicles the exploits and adventures of the title character and his various friends in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom. The season was executive produced by series creator Hillenburg, and was the first season of the show not to involve long-time crew member and former showrunner Paul Tibbitt. The showrunners for this season were Marc Ceccarelli and Vincent Waller, who also acted as supervising producers. It is the shortest season, containing 11 episodes instead of the usual 26-episode length.

The show received several accolades during the run of its tenth season, including the 2017 Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Cartoon. The series was also nominated in various international Kids' Choice Awards ceremonies for the same category. The show received a pending nomination at the BAFTA Children's Awards for the International category as well.

Production[edit]

The season aired on Nickelodeon, which is owned by Viacom, and was produced by United Plankton Pictures and Nickelodeon. The season's only executive producer was series creator Stephen Hillenburg, who was announced to have returned to the series in January 2015.[1] This was the first season since the fifth that former showrunner and long-time crew member Paul Tibbitt did not work on as an executive producer, and the first in the show's history without Tibbitt's involvement; as confirmed by Vincent Waller, Tibbitt stopped working on the series in 2016 to focus on directing the third SpongeBob film.[2] The season is also the first to be run completely by Waller and Marc Ceccarelli, who had replaced Tibbitt as showrunners during the ninth season. Prior to this, Waller served as the creative director and an occasional writer and storyboard director of the series, while Ceccarelli served as a staff writer and storyboard director (and eventually, the series' animatic director). Ben Gruber, the co-creator of Adult Swim's Superjail!, joined the team of writers for this season.

In September 2013, it was reported that the tenth season was in production and expected to air in 2014; however, season nine was elongated into and past that year, due to production of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.[3] According to a tweet by Vincent Waller, production of season 10 began on October 12, 2015.[4] The 11-episode length of the season was announced on March 20, 2017.[5]

During production of the season, Hillenburg disclosed that he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a terminal illness that affects and causes the death of neurons that control the brain and the spinal cord.[6] He released a statement to the Variety magazine after his diagnosis, in which he affirmed that he would continue to work on SpongeBob SquarePants "for as long as [he is] able." He stated further, "My family and I are grateful for the outpouring of love and support. We ask that our sincere request for privacy be honored during this time."[7] Hillenburg is in the early stages of the disease, according to a source close to him.[8]

Cast[edit]

The tenth season features Tom Kenny as the voice of the title character SpongeBob SquarePants and his pet snail Gary. Kenny also played a number of incidental roles, including Prickles the worm, a guest character who has a major role in "House Worming". SpongeBob's greedy and money-obsessed employer at the Krusty Krab, Mr. Krabs, is voiced by Clancy Brown.[9] Rodger Bumpass plays the voice of Squidward Tentacles, an arrogant and ill-tempered octopus,[10] while SpongeBob's best friend Patrick Star is voiced by Bill Fagerbakke.[11] Other members of the cast are Mr. Lawrence as Plankton, Mr. Krabs' business rival;[12] Jill Talley as Karen, Plankton's sentient computer sidekick;[13] Carolyn Lawrence as Sandy Cheeks, a squirrel from Texas;[14] Mary Jo Catlett as Mrs. Puff, SpongeBob's boating school teacher;[15] and Lori Alan as Pearl, a teenage whale who is Mr. Krabs' daughter.[16][17]

In addition to the regular cast members, episodes feature guest voices from many ranges of professions, including actors, musicians, and artists. For instance, former Screen Actors Guild president Ed Asner voiced the grumpy old fish in "Whirly Brains". J. K. Simmons voiced Maestro Mackerel, a conductor with a short temper, in "Snooze You Lose".[18] Mackerel is a nod to the abusive music instructor Terence Fletcher in the 2014 film Whiplash, a role for which Simmons won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.[19] Seinfeld actor John O'Hurley, who had previously voiced King Neptune in 2000's "Neptune's Spatula" and 2010's "The Clash of Triton", reprised his role for "Trident Trouble". Steve Buscemi and Joe Pantoliano guest star in "The Getaway" as two crooks. This is the first season not to feature guest appearances from Ernest Borgnine and Tim Conway as the superheroes Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy; Borgnine died during production of the previous season,[20] so their characters were retired and limited to cameo appearances for later season 9 episodes and season 10 episodes.

Reception[edit]

During the run of the tenth season, SpongeBob SquarePants received several awards and nominations. At the 2017 Kids' Choice Awards, the program won its fourteenth award for Favorite Cartoon.[21] The program also received a pending nomination at the British Academy Children's Awards for the International category.[22]

Episodes[edit]

The tenth season of SpongeBob SquarePants consists of 11 episodes[23] (9 aired, 19 segments, 1 short), which are ordered below by production number and not their original broadcast order. It is the shortest season, lacking the usual 26 episode length. Showrunner Vincent Waller stated that this was due to accounting and contractual issues. [24]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Animation directors Written by Storyboarded by [a] Supervising director [b] Original air date [25] U.S. viewers
(millions)
205a 1a "Whirly Brains" Bob Jaques Mr. Lawrence Fred Osmond Sherm Cohen October 15, 2016 (2016-10-15) 1.77[26]

After buying a new product called "Whirly Brains", SpongeBob and Patrick fly their brains around like drones until their, as well as everyone else's, brains are captured by a grumpy old fish.

Guest appearance: Ed Asner as the grumpy old fish.
205b 1b "Mermaid Pants" Alan Smart Kaz John Trabbic Dave Cunningham October 29, 2016 (2016-10-29) 2.17[27]
Mr. Krabs and Squidward decide to play along when SpongeBob and Patrick have fun pretending to be the superheroes Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy.
206a 2a "Unreal Estate" Tom Yasumi Ben Gruber Brian Morante Adam Paloian June 3, 2017 (2017-06-03)[nb 1] 1.69[28]
SpongeBob fears that he has become allergic to his pineapple, so Squidward offers to help him find a new home.
206b 2b "Code Yellow" Tom Yasumi Andrew Goodman John Trabbic Dave Cunningham June 3, 2017 (2017-06-03)[nb 1] 1.69[29]
SpongeBob causes trouble at the hospital when he tries to help all of the patients, including Squidward, who is getting a long-awaited nose job.
207a 3a "Mimic Madness" Bob Jaques Mr. Lawrence Brian Morante Adam Paloian February 25, 2017 (2017-02-25) 2.12[30]
SpongeBob learns that "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" and starts to imitate everyone he sees.
207b 3b "House Worming" Alan Smart Richard Pursel Fred Osmond Sherm Cohen February 25, 2017 (2017-02-25) 2.12[30]
When worms move into SpongeBob's holes, it is up to him to hide his disgusting new friends from everyone else.
Short: Prickles the Worm in: Clam Up!
208a 4a "Snooze You Lose" Alan Smart Kaz Fred Osmond Sherm Cohen March 4, 2017 (2017-03-04) 2.12[31]

Squidward is so tired that SpongeBob and Patrick cannot wake him up, but they will not let him miss his big audition.

Guest appearance: J.K. Simmons as Maestro Mackerel.
208b 4b "Krusty Katering" Tom Yasumi Ben Gruber John Trabbic Dave Cunningham March 4, 2017 (2017-03-04) 2.12[31]
Mr. Krabs and his crew cater a fancy party, but they might be out of their depth with their new wealthy customers.
209a 5a "SpongeBob's Place" Tom Yasumi Kaz Kelly Armstrong Adam Paloian March 11, 2017 (2017-03-11) 2.27[32]
SpongeBob cooks at home, prompting Mr. Krabs' customers to leave his restaurant and head for SpongeBob's place.
209b 5b "Plankton Gets the Boot" Tom Yasumi Ben Gruber Fred Osmond Sherm Cohen March 11, 2017 (2017-03-11) 2.27[32]
Karen does not want Plankton to stay at the Chum Bucket anymore after he insults her new screensaver, leaving it up to SpongeBob to teach Plankton how to be a nicer person.
210a 6a "Life Insurance" Bob Jaques Kaz Brian Morante Adam Paloian March 18, 2017 (2017-03-18) 2.13[33]
A misunderstanding leads SpongeBob and Patrick to try and prove to Squidward that their life insurance protects them from any danger.
210b 6b "Burst Your Bubble" Alan Smart Andrew Goodman John Trabbic Dave Cunningham March 18, 2017 (2017-03-18) 2.13[33]
Mrs. Puff's school goes out of business after SpongeBob blows a bubble boat for everyone in town, leading her to take bubble driving lessons from SpongeBob.
211a 7a "Plankton Retires" Bob Jaques[c] Mr. Lawrence Fred Osmond Sherm Cohen March 25, 2017 (2017-03-25) 2.07[34]
Following a series of failed attempts to steal the formula, Plankton pretends to close the Chum Bucket by shutting down Karen and burying the restaurant. After he seemingly moves to a new town, Mr. Krabs suspects he is still up to something.
211b 7b "Trident Trouble" Tom Yasumi Ben Gruber John Trabbic Dave Cunningham March 25, 2017 (2017-03-25) 2.07[34]

SpongeBob accidentally picks up King Neptune's magic trident and mistakes it for his spatula. He tries to make patties with it, but its uncontrollable magic leads to chaos across town.

Guest appearance: John O'Hurley as King Neptune.
212a 8a "The Incredible Shrinking Sponge" Alan Smart Mr. Lawrence Brian Morante Adam Paloian TBA[nb 2] TBD
SpongeBob must figure out how to do his job after accidentally shrinking himself.
212b 8b "Sportz?" Bob Jaques Andrew Goodman John Trabbic Dave Cunningham July 16, 2017 (2017-07-16)[nb 2] 1.99[35]
Squidward invents a new sport to get back at SpongeBob and Patrick for annoying him.
213a 9a "The Getaway" Alan Smart Kaz Brian Morante Adam Paloian June 10, 2017 (2017-06-10) 1.66[36]

When SpongeBob mistakes a convict for his new driving instructor and unwittingly helps the criminal escape from prison, Mrs. Puff must team up with a getaway driver to track SpongeBob down.

Guest appearances: Steve Buscemi as Dorsal Dan and Joe Pantoliano as Sticky Fins.
213b 9b "Lost and Found" Tom Yasumi Dani Michaeli Fred Osmond Sherm Cohen June 10, 2017 (2017-06-10) 1.66[37]
SpongeBob finds himself lost in the Krusty Krab's underground lost-and-found when he tries to locate a child's missing toy.
214a 10a "Patrick's Coupon" Tom Yasumi Kaz Kelly Armstrong Dave Cunningham June 17, 2017 (2017-06-17) 1.77[38]

Patrick has a coupon for free ice cream, but he has to get to the store if he wants to use it.

Guest appearance: Peter Browngardt as The Ice Cream King.
214b 10b "Out of the Picture" Alan Smart Ben Gruber Fred Osmond Sherm Cohen June 17, 2017 (2017-06-17) 1.77[39]
Mr. Krabs buys Squidward's art, but to make a profit on his purchase, he will have to get the artist out of the picture.
215a 11a "Feral Friends" Alan Smart[40] Mr. Lawrence[40] Brian Morante[41] Dave Cunningham[42] TBA TBD
A weird moon turns everyone in the city into wild animals, and Sandy is the only one who can save them.
215b 11b "Don't Wake Patrick" Tom Yasumi[43] Mr. Lawrence and Brian Morante[44] Brian Morante[44] Adam Paloian[45] TBA TBD
Patrick sleepwalks and SpongeBob can't wake him up.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b This episode first aired on March 14, 2017 in Israel.
  2. ^ a b This episode first aired on July 4, 2017 in Israel.
  1. ^ Information is taken from the opening credits of each episode.
  2. ^ Adam Paloian does not use the supervising director title in his episodes. Instead, he uses the title "storyboard supervisor" up until episode 213a, where he is credited as a Supervising Director for then on.
  3. ^ So far, this is the only episode that has not used the animation director credit. Instead, Jaques is credited as a timing director.

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