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DVD Review: SpongeBob SquarePants: The First & Second Seasons and SpongeBob SquarePants: The Third & Fourth Seasons 2-Season Gift Sets

February 5, 2019

By John Corrado

It’s hard to believe that SpongeBob SquarePants – the adventures of a bright yellow sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea – has been on the air for twenty years now, but it’s true. Created by Stephen Hillenburg, who sadly passed away late last year, the show premiered on Nickelodeon in May of 1999, and has become a ubiquitous pop cultural staple over the past two decades.

Now Paramount is releasing SpongeBob SquarePants: The First & Second Seasons and SpongeBob SquarePants: The Third & Fourth Seasons on DVD, a pair of 2-season gift sets that offer consumers an economical way to collect the first several seasons of this beloved animated show.

The first three seasons of the show in particular, which aired between 1999 and 2004 – wrapping up just before the release of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie fifteen years ago – contain the many of the show’s most beloved episodes, which have sparked a plethora of memes along the way. This includes the classic season 2 episode Band Geeks, which got an all too brief tribute during the underwhelming Super Bowl Halftime Show the other night.

These are the episodes that I grew up watching pretty much on repeat when they aired on TV, so looking through what’s included on these discs brings back a lot of good memories, and it’s also fun to revisit them now considering that I haven’t seen most of them in years. This is vintage SpongeBob right here, and these sets come recommend for fans of the show who are looking to fill out their collections.

These gift sets also take up quite a bit less shelf space than the original box sets. Both sets are packaged the same way, with the discs for each of the seasons all neatly assembled in their own plastic snapcases, which are held together by a cardboard slipcover. Because these are essentially just repackages of the old releases, the original bonus features are also included on each of the sets.

SpongeBob SquarePants: The First & Second Seasons and SpongeBob SquarePants: The Third & Fourth Seasons 2-Season Gift Sets are both Paramount Home Media Distribution releases. The first set is rated PG, and the second set is rated G.

Street Date: February 5th, 2019

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