According to TV.com the fourth most-watched kids TV show of all time is Spongebob Squarepants. Across the globe, people from all over are familiar with Spongebob, as many people watch the show and sing along as young kids. However, as most people grow older and become more mature, they stop watching the show as they feel the humor is targeted for a younger age. But, one eighth grader never grew out of his heartfelt love for shows like Spongebob and others. Eighth grader Kiko Wafa has watched Spongebob for over ten years and was introduced to the show by his parents at a very young age. Wafa has watched all of the seasons multiple times, describing himself as an avid fan.
Wafa feels that the show is packed with amusing characters and a well thought-out plot in each episode. “Each show’s story is unique and funny,” Wafa said.
Although other students feel Wafa’s passion for the show is juvenile, Wafa feels otherwise, and stated that he connects with Spongebob, and it makes him feel rejuvenated, especially when he’s sick. Along the years, Wafa’s interaction with friends about Spongebob has decreased, but Wafa remains a loyal fan despite the lack of interest from his peers. He watches it for the benefit of himself. Since Spongebob was released in 1999, it has inspired ideas for many different shows, but to Wafa none can match the seventeen year old cartoon. “Many of the episodes influence other shows, however, none of them are as good as Spongebob.”
Wafa was excited for other shows incorporating the same format as Spongebob. He is constantly on the lookout for live shows or movies offering spinoffs or sequels to the classic series. Wafa was incredibly thrilled for the release of the Spongebob movie in 2015, and it did not disappoint as he loved it and has seen it four times. To him, it gets better every time.
Wafa makes a conscious effort to spread the love for the show with his peers, and he feels he can connect with others when talking about the show. Wafa encourages fellow students and teachers alike to step out of their normal TV rotation, explore the pineapple under the sea, and keep connection with the shows that once amused them.