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SpongeBob SquarePants season 1
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General information
No Episodes: 20
Premiere: May 1, 1999
Finale: April 8, 2000
DVD releases
Region 1: October 28, 2003
Region 2: November 7, 2005
Region 4: November 30, 2006
List of episodes

The first season of the American animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants, created by former marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg, aired from May 1, 1999 to April 8, 2000, and consisted of 20 episodes. The series chronicles the exploits and adventures of the title character and his various friends in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom. The shows features the voices of Tom Kenny as SpongeBob SquarePants, Bill Fagerbakke as Patrick Star, Rodger Bumpass as Squidward Tentacles, Clancy Brown as Eugene H. Krabs, Carolyn Lawrence as Sandy Cheeks, and Mr. Lawrence as Sheldon J. Plankton. Among the first guest stars in the show were Ernest Borgnine and Tim Conway voicing the superhero characters of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, respectively.

Hillenburg initially conceived the show in 1984 and began to work on it shortly after the cancellation of Rocko's Modern Life in 1996.[1][2] To voice the character of SpongeBob, Hillenburg approached Tom Kenny, who had worked with him on Rocko's Modern Life.[3] The show was originally to be called SpongeBoy Ahoy!, but the name SpongeBoy was already in use for a mop product.[4] 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".[5]

Several compilation DVDs that contained episodes from the season were released. The SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete 1st Season DVD was released in Region 1 on October 28, 2003, Region 2 on November 7, 2005, and Region 4 on November 30, 2006. The pilot episode, "Help Wanted," was not included on the DVD due to copyright issues, but was later released as a bonus feature on various series DVDs, including that of the third season. The season received positive reviews from media critics upon release.

List

Title card # Title Airdate U.S. viewers (millions)
Help Wanted
1a "Help Wanted" May 1, 1999
6.9
SpongeBob gets a job at the Krusty Krab
Reef Blower
1b "Reef Blower" May 1, 1999
6.9
SpongeBob attempts to move a shell off of his lawn
Tea at the Treedome
1c "Tea at the Treedome" May 1, 1999
6.9
SpongeBob meets Sandy Cheeks
Bubblestand
2a "Bubblestand" July 17, 1999
1.9
SpongeBob starts a bubblestand
Ripped Pants
2b "Ripped Pants" July 17, 1999
1.9
SpongeBob rips his pants, causing everyone to laugh
Jellyfishing
3a "Jellyfishing" July 31, 1999
N/A
SpongeBob and Patrick take Squidward jellyfishing
Plankton!
3b "Plankton!" July 31, 1999
N/A
Plankton uses mind control to obtain the Krabby Patty formula
Naughty Nautical Neighbors
4a "Naughty Nautical Neighbors" August 7, 1999
2.1
Squidward destroys SpongeBob and Patrick's friendship
Boating School title card
4b "Boating School" August 7, 1999
2.1
Patrick attempts to help SpongeBob pass his driving exam
Pizza Delivery
5a "Pizza Delivery" August 14, 1999
N/A
SpongeBob and Squidward deliver a pizza
Home Sweet Pineapple
5b "Home Sweet Pineapple" August 14, 1999
N/A
SpongeBob's house is destroyed by nematodes
Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy
6a "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy" August 21, 1999
2.2
SpongeBob and Patrick learn that their heroes are retired
Pickles
6b "Pickles" August 21, 1999
2.2
SpongeBob loses his confidence after he forgets the pickles on a Krabby Patty.
Hall Monitor
7a "Hall Monitor" August 28, 1999
2.1
SpongeBob becomes hall monitor, resulting in chaos
Jellyfish Jam
7b "Jellyfish Jam" August 28, 1999
2.1
SpongeBob brings home a jellyfish, creating chaos
Sandy's Rocket
8a "Sandy's Rocket" September 4, 1999
1.9
SpongeBob and Patrick sneak onto Sandy's rocket ship
Squeaky Boots
8b "Squeaky Boots" September 4, 1999
1.9
SpongeBob buys boots from Mr. Krabs, which causes an annoying squeaky sound
Nature Pants
9a "Nature Pants" September 11, 1999
N/A
SpongeBob gives up a modern life to live with the jellyfish
Opposite Day
9b "Opposite Day" September 11, 1999
N/A
Squidward tells SpongeBob and Patrick that it is Opposite Day
Culture Shock
10a "Culture Shock" September 18, 1999
N/A
Squidward hosts a talent show at the Krusty Krab
FUN
10b "F.U.N." September 18, 1999
N/A
SpongeBob befriends Plankton because he thinks he is lonely
MuscleBob BuffPants
11a "MuscleBob BuffPants" September 25, 1999
N/A
SpongeBob orders fake arms with inflatable muscles to impress Sandy
Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost
11b "Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost" September 25, 1999
N/A
Squidward pretends to be a ghost after SpongeBob and Patrick think he is dead
The Chaperone
12a "The Chaperone" October 2, 1999
N/A
SpongeBob takes Pearl to her prom
Employee of the Month
12b "Employee of the Month" October 2, 1999
N/A
SpongeBob and Squidward compete for the Employee of the Month award
Scaredy Pants
13a "Scaredy Pants" October 28, 1999
N/A
SpongeBob becomes a ghost for Halloween
I Was a Teenage Gary
13b "I Was a Teenage Gary" October 28, 1999
N/A
SpongeBob accidentally transforms into a snail after being injected with snail plasma
SB-129
14a "SB-129" December 31, 1999
N/A
Squidward accidentally freezes himself for 2,000 years and experiences complications while using a time machine
Karate Choppers
14b "Karate Choppers" December 31, 1999
N/A
SpongeBob and Sandy get obsessed with karate
Sleepy Time
15a "Sleepy Time" January 17, 2000
2.0
SpongeBob visits the dreams of others
Suds
15b "Suds" January 17, 2000
2.0
SpongeBob catches the suds after leaving the fridge open
Valentine's Day
16a "Valentine's Day" February 14, 2000
N/A
SpongeBob and Sandy try to give Patrick a Valentine's day gift
The Paper
16b "The Paper" February 14, 2000
N/A
SpongeBob plays with a bubble gum wrapper, and Squidward wants it
Arrgh!
17a "Arrgh!" March 15, 2000
2.1
SpongeBob, Patrick and Mr. Krabs go on a treasure hunt
Rock Bottom
17b "Rock Bottom" March 15, 2000
2.1
SpongeBob gets stuck in Rock Bottom
Texas
18a "Texas" March 22, 2000
N/A
Sandy feels homesick and decides to return to Texas
Walking Small
18b "Walking Small" March 22, 2000
N/A
Plankton tricks SpongeBob into becoming assertive so he can build his Mega Bucket
Fools in April
19a "Fools in April" April 1, 2000
N/A
Squidward plays a nasty prank on SpongeBob
Neptune's Spatula
19b "Neptune's Spatula" April 1, 2000
N/A
SpongeBob is challenged to a cooking competition with King Neptune
Hooky
20a "Hooky" April 8, 2000
N/A
SpongeBob plays "hooky" with Patrick
Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II
20b "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II" April 8, 2000
N/A
SpongeBob wins a conch shell in a contest to summon his heroes


References

  1. ^ Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Hillenburg
  2. ^ Banks 2004, p. 10
  3. ^ Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Excitable
  4. ^ Banks 2004, p. 31
  5. ^ Neuwirth 2003, p. 51

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