Nickelodeon Shelves 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Episode With Quarantine Plot

Nickelodeon Shelves 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Episode With Quarantine Plot

The network has “decided to not air it due to sensitivities surrounding the global, real-world pandemic”

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A “SpongeBob SquarePants” episode has been shelved by Nickelodeon due to concerns about the episode’s similarities to the real-world pandemic.

The episode, titled “Kwarantined Krab,” sees the Krusty Krab shut down and put under quarantine due to a potential outbreak of “Clam Flu.” The episode was written and produced as part of the show’s currently airing 12th season.

In a statement, Nickelodeon said it “decided to not air it due to sensitivities surrounding the global, real-world pandemic.”

The installment joins “Mid-Life Crustacean,” which was taken out of rotation in 2018 and is currently not available to stream with the rest of the series on Paramount+. The episode was removed “following a standards review in which we determined some story elements were not kid-appropriate,” Nickelodeon said without specifying which scenes were deemed inappropriate.

According to IGN, which first reported the news of the episodes’ removal, the episode features a scene in which three of the show’s male characters break into a woman’s house to steal her underwear.

“SpongeBob SquarePants” has run for more than two decades on Nickelodeon, and it remains one of the network’s longest-running and most popular series. In an attempt to build out the franchise, Paramount+ recently launched with the spinoff series “Kamp Koral,” while Nickelodeon is developing a second spinoff starring Bill Fagerbakke’s Patrick Star character for its own channel.

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