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Basket Sponge
Basket Sp 16x9 S4 Logo HD
Series title by SBCA & TheJasbre202
Genre Sports
Drama
Comedy
Created by SBCA
Doctor Bugs
The Toon Tomahawk
Starring LeBron James (2015–16)
Kobe Bryant (2017–20)
Opening theme "Slam"
by Onyx
Ending theme "Fly Like An Eagle"
by Seal (musician)
Country of origin United States
Philippines
United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 80 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) SBCA (2015, 2017–20)
Doctor Bugs (2015)
The Toon Tomahawk (2015–19)
TheJasbre202 (2017–20)
Producer(s) Television:
MrScience12 (2015–16)
BagelBoxd (2015–16)
TheJasbre202 (2017–20)
Production company(s) LTV Productions (2015–20)
Jasbre Productions (2017–20)
Riverbed Productions (2019–20)
Release
Original network LTV (2015–20)
TIG (2015–18)
Jasbre TV (2017–20)
Picture format 1080p (HDTV) (2015–19)
4K (Ultra HD) (2019–20)
Audio format Dolby Surround 5.1
Original release January 1, 2015 –
May 24, 2020

Basket Sponge is a SpongeBob SquarePants spin-off created by Doctor Bugs, SBCA, and The Toon Tomahawk. The show was created on December 25, 2014 and first aired on January 1, 2015. It ran for four seasons and eighty episodes before it finished on May 24, 2020.

Synopsis

Season One-Three

The Bikini Bottom Bulldogs are training for their basketball season with a little help from Coach LeBron James while battling their rival team, The Toon Tomahawks, both on the court and off. With enough training, enough skill, and enough heart, the Bulldogs might just land a perfect season!

Season Four

It's the same team under new management. As LeBron James hands the reigns to Kobe Bryant, the Bikini Bottom Bulldogs have a chance at repeating basketball supremacy and claim their spot as the Pacific Ocean Basketball Association champions.

Series Staff

Characters

Bikini Bottom Bulldogs

The Toon Tomahawks

Announcers and Commentators

Other Characters

Networks

TV Channels

Streaming

Episodes

Main article: List of Basket Sponge episodes
Season Episodes Originally Aired Production
Code
Viewers
(millions)
Executive Producer(s)
Premiere Date Finale Date
1 21 January 1, 2015 April 16, 2015 1xx 11.8 Doctor Bugs, SBCA and The Toon Tomahawk
2 26 May 18, 2015 October 21, 2015 2xx 10.7
3 13 October 28, 2015 January 13, 2016 3xx 7.4 The Toon Tomahawk
4 20 January 6, 2017 May 24, 2020 4xx N/A SBCA, The Toon Tomahawk and TheJasbre202

Bulldogs' League Games and Results

First Season Games

Final Standing: 13 Wins - 6 Losses
Tournament Won

No. 1 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs The Toon Tomahawks - Lost
No. 2 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs The Sperm Whales - Lost
No. 3 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs The Toon Tomahawks - Won
No. 4 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs The Sting Rays - Won
No. 5 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs The Coral Clammers - Won
No. 6 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs The Daisy Town Dandelions - Lost
No. 7 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs New Community Patriots - Lost
No. 8 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs The Sperm Whales - Lost
No. 9 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs Rock Bottom Racketeers - Won
No. 10 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs The Toon Tomahawks - Won
No. 11 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs Seatown Strikers - Won
No. 12 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs Bosstown Bone-Crushers - Won
No. 13 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs The Mayan Mermen - Won
No. 14 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs Funktown Fungus - Won
No. 15 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs Darktown Killers - Won
No. 16 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs Barrier Reef Barnacles - Won
No. 17 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs The Daisy Town Dandelions - Lost
No. 18 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs Seatown Strikers - Won
No. 19 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs The Toon Tomahawks - Draw (at first), later revealed as Won

Second Season Games

Final Standing: 4 Wins - 9 Losses
Tournament Lost

No. 1 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs The Toon Tomahawks vs The Ghastly Operators - Won
No. 2 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs The New York Knicks - Lost
No. 3 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs Seatown Strikers - Lost
No. 4 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs Corral Clammers - Lost
No. 5 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs Bosstown Bone-Crushers - Lost
No. 6 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs The Daisy Town Dandelions - Won
No. 7 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs The Sting Rays - Draw
No. 8 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs The Sperm Whales - Lost
No. 9 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs Barrier Reef Barnacles - Lost
No. 10 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs The Mayan Mermen - Won
No. 11 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs Funktown Fungus - Lost
No. 12 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs Barrier Reef Barnacles - Lost
No. 13 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs New Community Patriots - Won
No. 14 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs The Royals - Lost

Fourth Season Games

Final Pre-Season Standing: 2 Wins - 0 Losses
Pre-Season Tournament Won

No. 1 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs Cebu Elites (135-69) - Won
No. 2 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs Krusty Krushers (52-51) - Won

Final Regular Season Standing: 5 Wins - 3 Losses

No. 1 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs New Kelp Warriors (70–71)  - Lost
No. 2 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs Cebu Elites (N/A)
No. 3 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs Last Generation Legends (66–2) - Won
No. 4 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs The Unknowns (22–20) - Won
No. 5 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs Daisy Town Dandelions - Lost
No. 6 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs Toon Tomahawks (39–41) - Lost

Playoffs Standing: 4 Wins - 0 Losses
No. 1 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs Manchester Mermen (80–79)  - Won
No. 2 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs Harlem Globetrotters (75–49) - Won
No. 3 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs Denver Dolphins (125–25) - Won
No. 4 Bikini Bottom Bulldogs vs Chicago Giants/Toon Tomahawks (121-120) - Won

Shipping

Squidward x Sandy

The "Squandy" relationship is the biggest ship in the series. The ship is quite prevalent in Doctor Bugs' other work, such as Reckless and Retired. When Sandy first joined the team in "The New Member", Squidward showed immediate attraction to her, and she appeared to return it. In "Betrayal", it is revealed they have deep, intimate feelings for eachother, despite Sandy's evil side with The Toon Tomahawks. They are hince forbidden to date, but are caught making out in "When Commitments Conflict", at SpongeBob's party. They're revealed to be secretly dating in "The Parting Of The Ways", but are caught, and forced to run away together. Shortly after checking into the Fancyson Hotel, Squidward finds Sandy is cheating on him with Squilliam Fancyson. Squidward is heartbroken, and he breaks up with Sandy instantly. Despite being with Squilliam, Sandy appears to want Squidward more. They are quite awkward around eachother. Also, she doesn't seem to enjoy being with Squilliam. In "Fundraiser Scrimmage", when the Bulldogs scrimmage against the Tomahawks, Squidward tries to show off to get Sandy back, but she rejects him and continues with Squilliam. However, in "Tournament Terror", Sandy breaks up with Squilliam, and expresses she wants to get back together with Squidward.

In Season 2, her and Squidward get back together in "Two Squids and a Squirrel".

Squilliam x Sandy

"Squindy" is considered the foil for "Squandy". Squilliam stole Squidward's girl in "The Parting Of The Ways", as he joined the Tomahawks and began dating her. She appeared to really like him, especially in "Fundraiser Scrimmage". However, in "Tournament Terror", she dumps him, realizing she really wants Squidward. She and Squidward did not yet get back together, though.

Adam x Venice

"Vadam" is a secondary ship in Basket Sponge. It is unknown if Adam and Venice are actually together. But is speculated they are dating. In the first season, Adam has a sexy, cocky manner that portrays to Venice's fantasies especially in episodes like "Reborn Nights" and "Tournament Terror". She seems wildly attracted to him, while he normally rejects her.

Venice forcefully kisses Adam in "It's Saturday Night and We in the Spot", and he is absolutely blown away and pleased. They enter a dating relationship in "The Power of Love".

Patrick x Lexi

"Pexi" is a newer ship in the series. After Lexi joined the team in "Army Of Ghosts", she reappeared in "New Jerseys", showing a massive crush on Patrick, even trying to seduce him. They begin dating at the end of the episode. They are shown to still be dating in "Team Plankton". They appear to have the same dim-witted, happy-go-lucky personality, making them a perfect match. They are still shown dating in episodes such as "Two Squids and a Squirrel","Underwater Goodbye", and "Suicide King", often flirting and making out.

Mr. Krabs x Mrs. Puff

"Kruff" is a minor ship in the series, first appearing in "When Commitments Conflict" when Mr. Krabs and Mrs. Puff are spotted making out at SpongeBob's party. Krabs mentions Mrs. Puff in "Teamwork", calling her his girlfriend.

Larry x Pearl

"Parry" is the name for the minor ship between Larry the Lobster and Pearl Krabs. Pearl is shown to have a MAJOR crush on Larry, in multiple episodes, such as "Fundraiser Scrimmage". Larry seems a bit amused by this, and often tries to show off and flex his muscles. As of now, Larry does not return any feelings for Pearl.

Home Video

DVD boxsets were released around a fortnight after each halfway episode in the season of Basket Sponge in Region 1, with Region 2 about 2 months after Region 1, and Region 3 has now been confirmed by LTV Southeast Asia and will be released 1 month after Region 1.

Title Release Date
Region 1/A Region 2/B Region 3/C
The Complete First Season: Part 1 January 28, 2015 (1) March 14, 2015 (2) February 21, 2015 (3)
The Complete First Season: Part 2 March 26, 2015 (1) May 20, 2015 (2) April 21, 2015 (3)
Tournament Terror May 2, 2015 (1) June 16, 2015 (2) June 27, 2015 (3)
The Complete Second Season October 23, 2015 (1) November 7, 2015 (2) November 10, 2015 (3)
The Complete Third Season January 19, 2016 (1)
June 4, 2017 (A)
February 13, 2016 (2)
June 29, 2017 (B)
February 19, 2016 (3)
The Complete Fourth Season N/A N/A N/A

Video Games

POBA2K20

POBA 2K20's cover art featuring Kobe Bryant.

Main article: POBA 2K (video game franchise)

A video game franchise was created by SBCA based on the Basket Sponge series entitled POBA 2K, a basketball simulation video game franchise developed by and published by LTV iLaro! and 2K Sports. It currently has three installments in the series, namely 2K15 through 2K20, developed and published from 2015 onwards.

History and Development

Conceptualization and Creation (2014)

On December 25, 2014, Christmas Day, Doctor Bugs was talking about sports in the wiki chat, and found that all 3 users on the chat all played basketball: SBCA, The Toon Tomahawk, and himself. After that, they joked about a SpongeBob spin-off involving basketball. Ghastly even jokingly named it "Basket Sponge". Doctor Bugs had previously thought of the exact same name. Soon they realized the three had a good idea on their hands. Doctor Bugs created a page for Basket Sponge, and production began instantly.

First Season and Rise in Popularity (2015)

BasketSpongeLogo

4:3 Series Title Card used from 2014-16.

The first episode aired on the first of January, New Year's Day 2015. Since then, the spin-off gained huge popularity. Praised by critics and readers alike. A second season was already announced and was said to have 18 or more episodes. On the 16th of April, the first season drew to a close with the special Tournament Terror, that was written by Doctor Bugs wrote most of the special, gave SBCA to originally finish "as soon as possible" but was told unlucky as SBCA would not be able to finish it. Thus The Toon Tomahawk, the only remaining writer, asked if he could finish it, which SBCA accepted and gave The Toon Tomahawk the episode to finish which took him around a couple of hours to finish plus a few minutes from April 15th he used. The episode was then given good reception from fans saying that the special brought the series to a close in the same exact way as when the series started.

Second Season and Departure of Doctor Bugs and SBCA (2015)

Production had begun on Season 2 way back in March when v wrote his first episode of the season between the wait of Failure is Not An Option and Climatic Conditioning which boasted a month hiatus between episodes which was longer than any production of any episode before that which was between a couple of days to ten. The series went on and maintained a stable amount of popularity between the next two seasons. However, with Doctor Bugs' unannounced departure in late 2015 and SBCA's leave of absence in late 2015 as well, The Imperial Ghost was the lone writer for the last half of the second season and third season. This started worries amongst the community in what would happen now that only one of the creators was working on it.

Third Season, Departure of The Toon Tomahawk and First Cancellation (2015–2016)

With the departure of both of the original creators, The Toon Tomahawk now had the duty of making a third season to counter the reception of the second series. To also not endure some pain with the long second season (that had the potential of 30 episodes but was cut down to 26), The Toon Tomahawk decided to cut in half the usual American 20-30 to a traditional British 13. This would help on how the series was done. To also help on the series, The Toon Tomahawk got JamesAdventures who co-wrote The Bulldogs Training Video, which was disliked by Doctor Bugs, with him at the time. He gave him another chance as JamesAdventures put out Person-ality and "All of Time and Space", which were definite improvements on his previous work.

But as the season progressed, it was becoming less likely that the fourth season would become a reality to the fans as quietly, behind the scenes for The Toon Tomahawk running the show himself; it was looking like the show would 'jump the shark' and become less of a basketball-show and more of a any genre with basketball-show. So, on December 19, 2015, The Toon Tomahawk decided to end off the show with the ending being that LeBron killing himself and ending the show with it. This was still being kept during the making of the rest of the episodes with the death being changed from a shotgun to a pill because of the overuse of shotgun deaths during the season.

So, on January 13th of the new year, (marking a late one year anniversary to the show) the show ended with it's big finale; The End of Time, and killed off LeBron. But, The Toon Tomahawk went on to become an administrator, for a short while as he created different idiocies to everyone else on the wiki and left because of the "horror" of him as an administrator.

Thus, the show had concluded, for a short period of time.

Revival (2017–2018)

During the later half of 2016, SBCA and The Toon Tomahawk announced via blog that a fourth season would possibly be made in late 2016 and made a 'sort-of, in-case' revival document of the first episode of an upcoming fourth season to be made during the end of the year, in which that got delayed into the early part of 2017. But because he was getting bored, The Toon Tomahawk left after his 17th birthday and the show was left to SBCA. He then hired TheJasbre202 who helped in recruiting a few others (Rocky Lobster and ChocolateBrownieBoy) who helped with the show, though never amounted to much. In mid-March when The Toon Tomahawk decided to return. He ran the show back up during the Easter period.

On April 20th, 2017, an 'old user' returned in the form of a guy on Skype called Doctor Bugs. He 'helped' by contributing the story and title of Warriors and Legends to The Toon Tomahawk, but he revealed himself on April 28th, leading to his removal of being a fake user trying to be another one. Within his period of being in the Skype group, he enforced the removal of ChocolateBrownieBoy from the writing team due to his inactivity.

TheJasbre202 was let go by The Toon Tomahawk and SBCA on November 2nd, 2017 due to him overpowering the other two on the series as SBCA only hired him for making title cards and instead led a revival (as a plot guide) that both SBCA and Imperial were not too fond of doing and would have rather stuck to the old ways. However, Imperial has said that the series would continue using the guide up until the end of the fourth season.

In March 2018, Jasbre came back and regrouped with SBCA and The Toon Tomahawk to discuss the future of Season 4 and of the series. On May 10th, 2018, it was announced that The Toon Tomahawk left the show, with Jasbre taking his duties for the finale of Season 4, and all of Season 5. It was later announced that they have 2 spots open for new experienced writers. The 5th season was renewed on the same day. [1]

Hiatus After Hiatus, then Conclusion (2018–2020)

By the beginning of 2019, the series was left in a hiatus state, with the fact with many of the creators moving on. The hiatus from 2018 to 2019 was the second longest hiatus ever recorded for the series, after the first with the original cancellation. After a brief revival with a unfinished episode being completed. Jasbre revived the series with a new structure as The Toon Tomahawk, now named Amanda joined him on the writing team for the season and the next that was beyond at this point.

However, after a slump with other writing jobs taking place. The series became dormant again at the end of 2019, with a promise to have the last two episodes finished before the end of the decade. This didn't happen and the series was abandoned with the retirement of Jasbre and the retirement of Amanda.

The series had finally announced it's ending conclusion to be happening in 2020 on February 15th of the same year. The fifth season was now departed as the last two episodes of Season 4 would be converted into the last two episodes of the show as the series finally ended with A Legend Concludes.

Critical Reception

Overview

Basket Sponge has received generally positive reviews from fans and critics. The series gained large popularity in a short frame of time. The first season and a half is often praised for it's comedy, however the second half of the second season and the whole of the third has been criticized for being too dark and not comedic with outlandish stories, the fourth seems to be a back-to basics season but however after the leaving of TheJasbre202 and his team in the early part of the fourth season, the episodes did start going back to the third season quality.

Reviews

"As a creator and owner of this series, I couldn't be prouder of it. The collaboration of myself with SBCA and Ghastlyop has created a masterpiece in my eyes, the wiki will be sure to enjoy. Loaded with both mature and immature jokes, this series is both made to make you laugh and draw suspense! I hope everyone enjoys this series! We've put hard work into it!" - Doctor Bugs

"Being a writer is tiring, especially on Basket Sponge. Coming out of a time when I stopped writing for the wiki after the disappointment of my last written show and a feature film. The show really brought me back my pre disappointment stage. I have enjoyed writing for/with my good friend SBCA and friend/mentor Doctor Bugs. I hope you enjoy the series like I have enjoyed writing for it! - Ghastly

This spinoff is one of the best on the wiki. Not kidding. It's got some of the best jokes ever, so edgy and I love that about it. The story is really good too, it is something my intellect could never think of. Luis is one of my all time favorite characters of ANY show. "Part of the Team" made my day that he would be in more episodes. Overall a REALLY good spin off, of the best on the wiki. 10/10. The bagel to defeat all bagels

Basket Sponge is a good spin off. However, it has some flaws. I mean some episodes are kinda eh (Blue Balls, Reborn Nights and Cheerleaders). Also, the series seems to have a constant focus around the main group of characters. I mean every spin off has to have some change of pace every now and then. But when this spin off does it good, it does it REAL good. Like, REALLY good. Episodes like The Shoes of Jordan, Betrayal and When Commitments Conflict are amazing. This show can do real good, and when it does it's great. But when it doesn't it can be ehh. Overall 7.5/10, a good spin off that can be flawed. --You probably don't know who I am

This spin-off will become one of the stars of the wiki. When I was first introduced to SpongeToons by Luis, it didn't seem like it would become the "Absorbent Days" of the wiki, obviously. But THIS spin-off is really funny. Not just it's edgy-but the edgy jokes are HILARIOUS. The starting episodes were GREAT, however, going into the series, it kinda went down. But after a few episodes, it went back on track! It's a great spin-off overall. Eh, I would give it 9/10! --SquidFan10

This is one of the funniest spin-offs on the wiki. Keep up the good work! <spanstyle="color:#00FF00;">~summer</span> 13:31, March 4, 2015 (UTC)

This is the funniest spin-off ever on this wikia. Tropicaljackson (talk) 14:06, June 4, 2015 (UTC)

Episodes ranged from amazing, hilarious and fun- sometimes stale, boring and cringy... 7.5/10 good spin-off but sometimes goes away from story. SwitchPlanters (talk) 13:49, April 13, 2017 (UTC)

I enjoy the series, Seasons 1-2 are the classics, Season 3 went a bit dark, but only one of the creators was there to supervise it so I understand, and Season 4 is getting back to the basics, not because i'm on it, because all the creators came back to the revival! XD 8.7/10 - TheJasbre202 (MCUE)2015-07-14-1436902565-6235018-SpongeBob 5

Ya'll fam say the comedy here's gold but I don't really see that, also some of the basketball rules here are whack, like in seasons 2-3. Also, put in some Trail Blazers references in there. 7/10 -JailBlazer

7.5/10 - Here we see a creative masterpiece in the world of SpongeBob Fanon Wikia, and this was the first out of many to come, sport-related SpongeBob spin-offs that tried to copy what Basket Sponge had in it's 2-year run. -Gene Scallop

it's cool i guess - Ciciciciciciciicciciciciciicicicicicicicici

8/10 - This series is pretty good. There's no wonder why it is fondly known by many as it was an instant classic. -DontAskWhoJoeIs

I've only read season 1 for now, and boy it is soooooooo great. I will catch up until the final ep of this legendary series comes out. -CartoonGuy277

I am jealous of the writing on show, it's that good! - OYStookyMan87

Awards

This is to showcase the awards that the series has been nominated for and has won.

Year Award Category Result
2015 2nd Annual New Year's Awards! Best PG Rated Series Won
Best PG Rated Episode - Blue Balls Nominated
2nd Square Logo Awards Best New/Upcoming Spin-Off Won
2016 4th Square Logo Awards Best Original/Classic Spin-Off Won
Best Short - A Chat With Nash Nominated
2017 1st TheJasbre202 TV Awards Best Spin-Off Won
Best Season (Season 4) Won
Best Episode (Scrimmage Night) Won
Best Director (SBCA) Nominated
Best Director (The Imperial Ghost) Nominated
Best Producer (TheJasbre202) Nominated
Best Title Cards (TheJasbre202) Won
5th Square Logo Awards Best Episode (Scrimmage Night) Won
Best Spin-Off Season (Season 4) Won
Best PG Rated Episode (Just Another Gold Medal) Nominated
2018 2nd TheJasbre202 TV Awards Best Season (Season 4) Nominated
Best Episode (Dare Force) Nominated
6th Square Logo Awards Best Original/Classic Spin-Off Won
2019 3rd TheJasbre202 TV Awards Best Spin-Off Nominated
7th Square Logo Awards Best B Spin-Off Nominated
Best Original/Classic Spin-Off Won
Best B Rated Episode (Enter the Playoffs) Won
2020 4th Jasbre Awards Best Spin-Off Won
Best Episode (A Legend Concludes) Won
Best Title Cards (TheJasbre202) Won

Featured Content

Year Month/s Category Recipient
2015 January - February Featured Spin-Off Basket Sponge
Featured Article "Practice Makes Perfect"
April - June Featured Article "Tournament Terror"

Trivia

For the series trivia, please go to the trivia page.

See Also

References

  1. ^ http://spongefan.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:TheJasbre202/Jasbre_TV_-_Network_Decisions_2018/19_Season
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