SpongeBob SquarePants

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SpongeBob SquarePants
Created byStephen Hillenburg
Developed by
Creative directors
Voices of
Narrated byTom Kenny (various episodes)
Theme music composer
  • Derek Drymon
  • Mark Harrison
  • Stephen Hillenburg
  • Blaise Smith
Opening theme"SpongeBob SquarePants Theme Song"
(performed by Patrick Pinney)
Ending theme"SpongeBob Closing Theme"
(composed by Steve Belfer)
  • Steve Belfer
  • Nicolas Carr
  • Sage Guyton
  • Jeremy Wakefield
  • Brad Carow (1999–2002)
  • The Blue Hawaiians (1999–2002)
  • Eban Schletter (2000)
  • Barry Anthony Trop (2005)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons13
No. of episodes292 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Donna Castricone (1999–2002)
  • Anne Michaud (2001)
  • Helen Kafatic (2002–2004)
  • Dina Buteyn (2005–2010)
  • Jennie Monica Hammond (2010)
Running time
  • 11 minutes (regular episodes only)
  • 22–44 minutes (special episodes only)
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseMay 1, 1999 (1999-05-01) –
Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years

SpongeBob SquarePants is an American children's television series created by Stephen Hillenburg on Nickelodeon. Its first episode was released on July 17th, 1999. There was a preview on May 1, 1999.

Characters[change | change source]

The show gets its name from its main character, SpongeBob SquarePants, a yellow sponge. He looks more like a kitchen sponge used for cleaning the dishes than a sea sponge. His best friend is a pink starfish named Patrick Star. His 4-legged grumpy tall neighbor is an aquamarine octopus named Squidward Tentacles.

SpongeBob and Squidward work as employees at a restaurant called the Krusty Krab in the underwater town of Bikini Bottom. The Krusty Krab, which is run by a red crab named Mr. Krabs, is famous for its Krabby Patty burgers. The recipe for Krabby Patties is top secret. The owners of a competing restaurant called the Chum Bucket, Plankton and Karen, often try to steal the recipe.

  • SpongeBob SquarePants is a yellow sea sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea. He is a fry cook in the Krusty Krab. He is very cheerful and sometimes annoys his selfish neighbor, Squidward. His favorite things to do are jellyfishing (catching jellyfish with a net) and blowing bubbles. He's voiced by Tom Kenny.
  • Patrick Star is a pink starfish who wears green shorts with purple coral spots on them. He is SpongeBob's best friend who lives under a rock. Patrick is goofy, but is a fun-loving character and eats a lot. He is unemployed but has worked at several places before. He's voiced by Bill Fagerbakke.
  • Squidward Tentacles is a light turquoise 4-legged octopus with a brown shirt. He plays the clarinet and he is not good at it, even though he always thinks so. He works at the Krusty Krab as the cashier. He says he does not like SpongeBob, but SpongeBob thinks they're friends. Squidward isn't friendly or he thinks that he is better than almost everyone. He's voiced by Rodger Bumpass.
  • Mr. Krabs is a crimson-red ghost crab who is the owner of the Krusty Krab restaurant and SpongeBob and Squidward's boss. He is a single father with one daughter, a whale named Pearl. He and Pearl live in a big anchor. He's greedy and he loves money. He never wants to spend a lot of his money, and he sometimes cheats to make more of it. He's voiced by Clancy Brown.
  • Sheldon J. Plankton is a tiny green copepod only with 1 yellow and red eye. He is an evil genius and he's Mr. Krabs' rival. His goal's to take the secret recipe for Krabby Patties. He runs a metal restaurant called the Chum Bucket with all the help of his computer wife named Karen. The Chum Bucket is unpopular. They never get customers. He is always trying to steal the secret Krabby Patty Formula. Despite his statue, he speaks with a low-pitched voice. He's voiced by Mr. Lawrence.
  • Karen Plankton is a light blue and metal talking computer who is Plankton's wife. She gives him his evil plans to steal the Krabby Patty recipe. She lives in the laboratory of the Chum Bucket which is labeled from the outside as the "kitchen." Karen does not have a face, but her screen shows a wavy green line that moves when she talks. She's voiced by Jill Talley.
  • Sandy Cheeks is a brown squirrel from the state of Texas. She lives in a glass house called a Treedome that lets her breathe underwater. When she is out of the dome, she wears a space suit and a glass helmet around her head filled with fresh air. She is very athletic and works as a scientist. She is voiced by Carolyn Lawrence.
  • Mrs. Puff is a prickly peach pufferfish who is SpongeBob's teacher at the underwater driving school, Mrs. Puff's Boating School. She is old and easily scared. She wears a blue sailor hat and a yellow wig. SpongeBob really wants to pass Mrs. Puff's class, but he always fails his driving test. She is voiced by Mary Jo Catlett.
  • Pearl Krabs is a big gray sperm whale with blonde hair who is the daughter of Mr. Krabs. She is sixteen years old and has a job at the Bikini Bottom Mall. When she grows up, her dad will give his restaurant and his money to her. She wears a pink shirt with a dark pink letter P on the front, a purple skirt, and white boots. She is voiced by Lori Alan.
  • Gary the Snail is SpongeBob's pet blue snail who meows like a cat and he is smart. He is also voiced by Tom Kenny.

Episodes list[change | change source]

Episodes[change | change source]

SeasonEpisodesSegmentsOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
12041May 1, 2010 (2010-05-01)March 3, 2011 (2011-03-03)
22039October 26, 2011 (2011-10-26)July 26, 2012 (2012-07-26)
32037October 5, 2013 (2013-10-05)October 11, 2014 (2014-10-11)
42038May 6, 2014 (2014-05-06)July 24, 2015 (2015-07-24)
52041February 19, 2015 (2015-02-19)July 19, 2017 (2017-07-19)
62647March 3, 2018 (2018-03-03)July 5, 2019 (2019-07-05)
72650July 19, 2019 (2019-07-19)June 11, 2020 (2020-06-11)
82647March 26, 2020 (2020-03-26)December 6, 2021 (2021-12-06)
92611.5July 21, 2012 (2012-07-21)March 29, 2014 (2014-03-29)
14.5March 29, 2015 (2015-03-29)February 20, 2017 (2017-02-20)
101122October 15, 2022 (2022-10-15)December 2, 2022 (2022-12-02)
112650June 24, 2023 (2023-06-24)November 25, 2023 (2023-11-25)
122652November 11, 2023 (2023-11-11)April 29, 2024 (2024-04-29)
1326[3]TBAOctober 22, 2020 (2020-10-22)TBA

Season 1[change | change source]

  1. Help Wanted/Reef Blower/Tea at the Treedome
  2. Bubblestand/Ripped Pants
  3. Jellyfishing/Plankton!
  4. Naughty Nautical Neighbors/Boating School
  5. Pizza Delivery/Home Sweet Pineapple
  6. Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy/Pickles
  7. Hall Monitor/Jellyfish Jam
  8. Nature Pants/Opposite Day
  9. Sandy's Rocket/Squeaky Boots
  10. Culture Shock/F.U.N.
  11. MuscleBob BuffPants/Squidward, the Unfriendly Ghost
  12. Scaredy Pants/I Was a Teenage Gary
  13. SB-129/Karate Choppers
  14. Sleepy Time/Suds
  15. Valentine's Day/The Paper
  16. The Chaperone/Employee of the Month
  17. Arrgh!/Rock Bottom
  18. Texas/Walking Small
  19. Fools in April/Neptune's Spatula
  20. Hooky/Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II

Season 2[change | change source]

  1. Your Shoe's Untied/Squid's Day Off
  2. Something Smells/Bossy Boots
  3. Big Pink Loser/Bubble Buddy
  4. Dying for Pie/Imitation Krabs
  5. Wormy/Patty Hype
  6. Grandma's Kisses/Squidville
  7. Prehibernation Week/Life of Crime
  8. Christmas Who?
  9. Survival of the Idiots/Dumped
  10. No Free Rides/I'm Your Biggest Fanatic
  11. Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III/Squirrel Jokes
  12. Pressure/The Smoking Peanut
  13. Shanghaied/Gary Takes A Bath
  14. Welcome to the Chum Bucket/Frankendoodle
  15. The Secret Box/Band Geeks
  16. Graveyard Shift/Krusty Love
  17. Procrastination/I'm With Stupid
  18. Sailor Mouth/Artist Unknown
  19. Jellyfish Hunter/The Fry Cook Games
  20. Squid on Strike/Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm

Season 3[change | change source]

  1. The Algae's Always Greener/SpongeGuard on Duty
  2. Club SpongeBob/My Pretty Seahorse
  3. Just One Bite/The Bully
  4. Nasty Patty/Idiot Box
  5. Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV/Doing Time
  6. Snowball Effect/One Krabs Trash
  7. As Seen on TV/Can You Spare a Dime?
  8. No Weenies Allowed/Squilliam Returns
  9. Krab-Borg/Rock-a-Bye Bivalve
  10. Wet Painters/Krusty Krab Training Video
  11. Party Pooper Pants
  12. Chocolate with Nuts/Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V
  13. New Student Starfish/Clams
  14. Ugh
  15. The Great Snail Race/Mid-Life Crustacean
  16. Born Again Krabs/I Had an Accident
  17. Krabby-Land/The Camping Episode
  18. Missing Identity/Plankton's Army
  19. The Sponge Who Could Fly
  20. SpongeBob meets the Strangler/Pranks a Lot

Main places[change | change source]

  • The show takes place in a fictional city called Bikini Bottom, which is in the floor of the Pacific Ocean. The citizens are mostly fish who live in ship funnels and boatmobiles. It is based on the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
  • SpongeBob's pineapple house is SpongeBob's home. It has many big rooms even though on the outside it looks just like a small pineapple. It has a large library with many books.
  • The Krusty Krab is a restaurant in the city of Bikini Bottom. It is run by a crab, Eugene H. Krabs. SpongeBob SquarePants works there as a fry cook, and Squidward Q. Tentacles works as the cashier. The fast food items that are sold include the popular Krabby Patty (which is similar to a burger), fries, and drinks.
  • The Chum Bucket is a restaurant across the street from the Krusty Krab. It is owned by Sheldon J. Plankton and Karen Plankton, but it is very unpopular because the food is very bad. Plankton and Karen are always trying to steal the secret recipe for the Krabby Patty, which only Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob know how it is made.
  • Mrs. Puff's Boating School is the driving school where SpongeBob often goes to try to get his driver's license. SpongeBob is normally not good at driving and can never get his license without help from a friend. Whenever he gets his license, he soon loses it for different reasons.
  • Patrick's boulder is Patrick's home where Patrick lives and sleeps in. In some episodes, Patrick falls out of his boulder.
  • Squidward's house, an Easter Island head owned by Squidward. In his house, Squidward practices his clarinet and paints pictures.
  • Mr. Krabs and Pearl's anchor house, a hollow anchor with lots of paintings on the walls. Mr. Krabs and Pearl live inside of it.
  • Sandy's Treedome is where Sandy Cheeks lives, she needs a helmet to breathe underwater. However, in her treedome she does not. All sea creatures need a helmet in her treedome to breathe.
  • Goo Lagoon is a popular beach. Even though the beach is underwater, the water on the beach is called "goo." In some episodes, it is just a lake but in some, it is an entire ocean.
  • Patchy's House is the residence of Patchy the Pirate and Potty the Parrot. It is located at 6248 Agnes Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 91606. It first appears in the episode "Christmas Who?". It is in Encino, California.

Reception[change | change source]

The movie was announced On march 17, 2021

Ratings and run-length achievements[change | change source]

Within its first month on air, SpongeBob SquarePants passed Pokémon as the highest-rated Saturday-morning children's series on television. It held an average national Nielsen rating of 4.9 among children aged two through eleven, denoting 1.9 million viewers.[4][5] Two years later, the series had firmly established itself as Nickelodeon's second highest-rated children's program, after Rugrats. SpongeBob SquarePants was credited with helping Nickelodeon take the "Saturday-morning ratings crown" for the fourth straight season in 2001.[6] The series had gained a significant adult audience by that point—nearly 40 percent of its 2.2 million viewers were aged 18 to 34.[7] In response to its weekend success, Nickelodeon gave SpongeBob SquarePants time slots at 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM, Monday through Thursday, to increase the series' exposure.[7][8] By the end of 2001, SpongeBob SquarePants boasted the highest ratings for any children's series, on all of television.[9][10][11] Weekly viewership of the series had reached around fifteen million, at least five million of whom were adults.[9]

Controversies[change | change source]

In 2009, several groups, including the American Family Foundation, attacked SpongeBob for being homosexual. The character had recently appeared on a music video with other kids' show characters to promote diversity and tolerance. However, the creator said in 2002 that SpongeBob is asexual, meaning that he does not seek sexual partners at all.

References[change | change source]

  1. "SpongeBob SquarePants and the Indestructible Faith of Imagination". Vulture. November 27, 2018. Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Why, one of the stars of the most brilliantly imagined and sustained display of surreal humor in pop culture, that's who.
  2. Emily Yahr (October 18, 2012). "CBS sets Spongebob Christmas for November". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 30, 2021.
  3. Nellie Andreeva (August 11, 2021). "SpongeBob Franchise Gets 52-Episode Order Across Mothership Series, Kamp Koral & Patrick Star Show". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 11, 2021.
  4. "Nicklodeon.(rating of Nickelodeon's cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants)(Brief Article)(Statistical Data Included)". Multichannel News. August 23, 1999. Archived from the original on June 10, 2014 – via HighBeam.
  5. "Number 101". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on March 29, 2015.
  6. "Nick Retains SaturdayY Crown". Broadcasting & Cable. June 18, 2001. Archived from the original on November 6, 2013 – via HighBeam.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "The Stretch". Rocky Mountain News. Denver, CO. September 15, 2001. Archived from the original on November 6, 2013 – via HighBeam.
  8. Moore, Frazier (July 9, 2001). "Sponge Soaks Up Laughs On TV.(Living)". The Cincinnati Post. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015 – via HighBeam.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Wilson, Amy (February 12, 2002). "Stephen Hillenburg created the undersea world of SpongeBob.(The Orange County Register)". Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service. Archived from the original on June 10, 2014 – via HighBeam.
  10. Stauffer, Cindy (May 17, 2002). "Grown-ups embrace a wacky, square sponge; There's just something about this sweet kids' cartoon that's attracting an adult audience. Local fans can't get enough of SpongeBob". Lancaster New Era. Archived from the original on November 8, 2013 – via HighBeam.
  11. Moore, Frazier (October 21, 2002). "'SpongeBob' rises from sea to peak of ratings: Nickelodeon show top-rated among kids aged 2 to 11". Charleston Daily Mail. Archived from the original on June 10, 2014 – via HighBeam.
  1. As being creator of the series, he is still credited as this role.
  2. Episode 175, "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!", was first broadcast on CBS.[2]