Tuesday, November 27, 2018

R.I.P. Stephen Hillenburg, creator of ‘SpongeBob SquarePants.’



In a sea of sad and cynical television programming allegedly created for children, ‘SpongeBob Squarepants’ has been a hopeful island of good cheer. Its creator, Stephen Hillenburg, died on Monday at the age of 57 and left behind millions of grateful viewers....

As a creator of children’s television, Hillenburg seems to have been unafflicted by the common industry urge to make edgy programming designed to make children confront adult themes. Hillenburg’s signature show was unapologetically silly and wasn’t urging anyone to be in too much of a hurry to grow up....