TV-Y was the original rating of SpongeBob SquarePants. The show was originally rated this until around either 2006 or 2007, when it was changed to TV-Y7 for negative endings that could frighten children under the age of 7.
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.
- On the Nickelodeon website, full episodes of SpongeBob are still given this rating.
- This rating is still used on Nicktoons airings.