This article is about the series. For the protagonist of this series, see SpongeBob SquarePants (character).

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SpongeBob SquarePants
SpongeBob SquarePants (2009 logo)
The current logo, with the 2009 Nickelodeon logo.
Genre: Animated comedy
Created by: Stephen Hillenburg
Executive producer(s): Stephen Hillenburg
Country of origin: United States
# of seasons: 11
# of episodes: 222 (aired)
Running time: 22-23 minutes

(9-12 minutes per segment)

Original release: May 1, 1999 - present page
IMDb summary
Spongebob Logo (first)

The show's original logo used until 2009.


The main characters of the show, from left to right: Gary, Karen, Plankton, Mr. Krabs, Sandy, SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, Mrs. Puff, and Pearl.

SpongeBob SquarePants, often referred to as just SpongeBob, is an animated television series created by marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg. The series premiered after the Kids' Choice Awards on May 1, 1999. It officially began airing on July 17 of the same year with the second episode "Bubblestand/Ripped Pants".

The main character is an accident-prone sea sponge, SpongeBob SquarePants, who lives in an underwater pineapple with his pet snail Gary. His neighbors are his best friend, Patrick Star, and a sour octopus named Squidward. SpongeBob works for a cheapskate crab named Mr. Krabs, who lives in an anchor with his whale daughter Pearl. SpongeBob is enrolled in a boat-driving school run by Mrs. Puff, a pufferfish, and often spends time with a thrill-seeking squirrel from land named Sandy. The villains of the show are Plankton and Karen, the owners of a failing restaurant called the Chum Bucket. Most episodes take place in the town of Bikini Bottom or on the surrounding sea floor.

The cartoon is designed to appeal to older viewers as much as to children. Underwater life and situations are represented, absurdly, as though they are almost equivalent to normal terrestrial lifestyles. Instead of cars, the residents of Bikini Bottom drive boats with wheels. A flurry of bubbles accompany many actions, to remind the viewer everything is underwater. Squidward lives in an Easter Island head and Patrick lives under a rock. The suggestion is that the characters' dwellings have fallen from a tropical island to become underwater habitats. Snails behave like cats, while jellyfish act like bees, worms are the undersea equivalent of dogs, and scallops are often likened to birds.

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, the first theatrical film based on the series, was released on November 19, 2004. According to Square Roots, the movie was also the reason for the long hiatus between season three's "Pranks a Lot" and season four's "Fear of a Krabby Patty". A second movie, titled The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, was released on February 6, 2015.

History / Production

Main article: History of SpongeBob SquarePants

Theme Song

Main article: SpongeBob SquarePants Theme Song

The theme song, a sea shanty-style tune is sung by Pat Pinney and can also be found on the soundtrack, SpongeBob SquarePants: Original Theme Highlights. A cover of the song by superstar Avril Lavigne can be found on the soundtrack for The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. There was also a choral version done for the early episodes.

For several special episodes, the theme song was altered to fit the plot of the episode, such as in "Christmas Who?" and "What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?"


Main article: List of SpongeBob SquarePants characters
  • SpongeBob SquarePants- A square sea sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea. He works at the Krusty Krab along with his boring neighbor Squidward. He has a best friend named Patrick Star.
  • Patrick Star - A cheerful, naive and unintelligent starfish who is SpongeBob's best friend. He lives under a rock to the right of Squidward's house. He is unemployed but has held various temporary jobs throughout the series.
  • Squidward Tentacles - An arrogant octopus who lives in an Easter Island head between SpongeBob and Patrick's houses. Although loved by the other characters, Squidward is pessimistic and antisocial. He loathes his job as the cashier at the Krusty Krab.
  • Sandy Cheeks - Another friend of SpongeBob's, Sandy is an athletic squirrel from Texas. She wears an astronaut suit and lives in an air-filled "Treedome" so that she can survive Bikini Bottom's ocean environment. She works as a scientist and an inventor.
  • Eugene H. Krabs - The cheapskate, miserly owner of the Krusty Krab. Commonly known as Mr. Krabs, he is SpongeBob and Squidward's boss. He lives in an anchor with his daughter Pearl, who is a whale.
  • Sheldon J. Plankton - A small green copepod who runs the failing Chum Bucket restaurant along with his sentient computer Karen. His goal is to steal the secret Krabby Patty formula and run Mr. Krabs out of business. He is a skilled inventor and often creates machines to assist him in his plots.
  • Karen Plankton - A waterproof supercomputer who lives in the Chum Bucket laboratory. She acts as Plankton's sidekick and wife, providing him with evil plans to steal the recipe for Krabby Patties. Plankton always takes the credit for Karen's ideas and ends up messing them up.
  • Mrs. Puff - SpongeBob's teacher at boating school. She is a pufferfish who blows up like an airbag whenever she is scared or crashes. SpongeBob is her longest-standing student. She is Mr. Krabs' love interest and girlfriend.
  • Pearl Krabs - A whale who lives in a hollow anchor with her father, Mr. Krabs. When she grows up, her father wants her to continue the family business by inheriting the Krusty Krab and becoming its owner. She is currently a teenager who spends most of her time and money at the mall.
  • Gary - SpongeBob's pet snail who meows like a cat, as do the other snails on the show. He is very intelligent, as revealed in the episode "Your Shoe's Untied". Gary actually wears shoes, and taught SpongeBob how to tie his shoes. Gary also has many other items stored in his shell.



Main article: SpongeBob SquarePants episode list


Season Episodes First episode Last episode

Season 1

20 May 1, 1999 April 8, 2000
Season 2 20 October 26, 2000 July 26, 2003
Season 3 20 October 5, 2001 October 11, 2004
Season 4 20 May 6, 2005 July 24, 2007
Season 5 20 February 19, 2007 July 19, 2009
Season 6 26 March 3, 2008 July 5, 2010
Season 7 26 July 19, 2009 June 11, 2011
Season 8 26 March 26, 2011 December 6, 2012
Season 9 26 July 21, 2012 February 20, 2017
Season 10 11 October 15, 2016 December 2, 2017
Season 11 26 June 24, 2017 November 18, 2018
Season 12 26 November 11, 2018 TBA


Title Release Date Note Running Time
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie November 19, 2004 Theatrical film 87 minutes
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water February 6, 2015 Theatrical film 92 minutes
The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge July 17, 2020 Theatrical film TBA

Home video releases

Main article: SpongeBob SquarePants videography
Main article: SpongeBob SquarePants international videography


Movie cast


Broadcast history

Country Channel
Flag usa logoUnited States Nickelodeon (1999-present)
Nicktoons (2002-present)
Spike (2004)
Flag of CanadaCanada Nickelodeon Canada (2009–present)
YTV (2000-present)
Albania Çufo
Comedy Central (subtiles)
Arabic Speaking Countries MBC 3 (rarely)
Nickelodeon Arabia
Nicktoons Arabia
Bulgaria Diema Kids
Super 7
China ATV World (Hong Kong)
CCTV-14 (Mainland China)
Croatia RTL
Nova TV
Hayat TV (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Hayatovci (Bosnia and Herzegovina)


External links

This show has a wiki of its own: Encyclopedia SpongeBobia.