is an American animated television series. Created by marine biologist and animator SpongeBob SquarePants Stephen Hillenburg, it is broadcast on Nickelodeon, an American cable network. Since its debut on May 1, 1999, the series has aired a over 188 episodes and is currently in its ninth season, which premiered on July 21, 2012. The series follows the adventures of the title character and his various friends in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom.
Hillenburg initially conceived the show in 1984 and began to work on it shortly after the cancellation of
in 1996. To voice the character of SpongeBob, Hillenburg approached Rocko's Modern Life Tom Kenny, who had worked with him on Rocko's Modern Life as a voice actor. SpongeBob was originally to be named SpongeBoy, but the name was already in use for a mop product. Upon finding it out, Hillenburg decided to use the name "SpongeBob." He chose "SquarePants" as a family name, as it referred to the character's square shape and it had a "nice ring to it."
A feature film,
complements the series, and received its premiere in theaters in the The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie United States on November 19, 2004. In season five, the series' first television film, , was broadcast for the first time on Atlantis SquarePantis November 12, 2007 after a television marathon, and on November 6, 2009, the second television film, premiered. A second feature film, Truth or Square also complements the series, and received its premiere in theaters in the The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water United States on February 6, 2015. The first eight seasons are available on DVD for Regions 1, 2 and 4 as of March 12, 2013.
Kids' Choice Awards shorts
Merry Nickmas shorts
The Big Green Help shorts
Best Day Ever shorts
Friend or Foe shorts
Atlantis SquarePantis shorts
Pest of the West shorts
What Ever Happened to SpongeBob? shorts
SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One shorts
Truth or Square shorts
The Clash of Triton shorts
SpongeBob's Last Stand shorts
Back to the Past shorts
Legends of Bikini Bottom shorts
The Great Patty Caper shorts
A SquarePants Family Vacation shorts