TV-Y was the original rating of SpongeBob SquarePants. The show was originally rated this until March 31, 2007, when it was changed to TV-Y7 for negative endings that could frighten children under the age of 7. The last episodes to premiere with the TV-Y rating were "Born to Be Wild" and "Best Frenemies" on March 31, 2007.
It is part of the television rating system launched in 1997. These shows may be suitable for people of all ages. Shows with this rating are not expected to frighten younger children.
- This rating is still used on rare occasions.