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SpongeBob SquarePants (1999– )

TV Series  |  TV-Y7  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Family
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The misadventures of a fast-food restaurant working sponge who lives under the sea.

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Series cast summary:
 Gary / ... (213 episodes, 1999-2015)
 Squidward / ... (197 episodes, 1999-2015)
 Patrick Star / ... (192 episodes, 1999-2015)
 Mr. Krabs / ... (181 episodes, 1999-2015)
 Fish #1 / ... (148 episodes, 1999-2015)
 Plankton / ... (136 episodes, 1999-2015)
 Sandy Cheeks / ... (98 episodes, 1999-2015)
 Lady Fish / ... (97 episodes, 1999-2015)
 Karen / ... (86 episodes, 1999-2015)


The character-driven toon chronicles the nautical and sometimes nonsensical adventures of SpongeBob, an incurably optimistic and earnest sea sponge, and his undersea friends. Dwelling a few fathoms beneath the tropical isle of Bikini Atoll in the sub-surface city of Bikini Bottom, SpongeBob lives in a two-story pineapple. Instead of taking the logical approach to everyday challenges, SpongeBob approaches life in a wayward and unconventional way. Whether searching for the ultimate spatula to perfect his burger flipping technique at the Krusty Krab, or just hanging out with his best friend Patrick (an amiable starfish), SpongeBob's good intentions and overzealous approach to life usually create chaos in his underwater world. Written by Nickelodeon

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Join Spongebob and The Bikini Bottom Gang on their adventure.


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1 May 1999 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Stephen Hillenburg, the creator, stopped making new episodes in 2002 to work on the feature length film, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004). Because of this Nickelodeon had eight unaired episodes which they air at the rate of two or three a year. See more »


The geography in Spongebob's house and Bikini Bottom changes almost every episode. See more »


[opening sequence]
Painting: Are you ready kids?
Kids: Aye Aye Captain!
Painting: I can't hear you!
Kids: Aye Aye Captain!
PaintingKids: Ohhhh... Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
Kids: SpongeBob SquarePants!
Painting: Absorbent and yellow and porous is he!
Kids: SpongeBob SquarePants!
Painting: If nautical nonsense be somethin' you wish.
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Referenced in Have I Got News for You: Episode #48.1 (2014) See more »


SpongeBob SquarePants Theme Song
Lyrics by Stephen Hillenburg and Derek Drymon
Composed by Hank Smith Music
Performed by Patrick Pinney
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Like it or not, this show is hard to avoid
25 July 2005 | by (someplace) – See all my reviews

SpongeBob is a very popular show. Its quirky humor, colorful characters, and crazy plot lines make it irresistible. It's hard to avoid this show, even if you're an adult, or a teen. This show also cheers you up very easily. You may like it, or you may not believe that you're watching something like this, but either way, it will somehow get to you.

The story lines are focused around SpongeBob, an energetic sea sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea. Each episode focuses around him and his misadventures with other people in his town known as Bikini Bottom. His best friend is the dopey starfish Patrick, his other best friend is the land squirrel who lives in a submarine home, Sandy. Other characters in the show are SpongeBob's drowsy neighbor, Squidward, his boss at work, Mr. Krabs, the evil Plankton, and the driving school teacher Mrs. Puff. There are a bunch of other characters in the show, but most episodes are focused around them.

These days, Nickelodeon hasn't been doing so well. Most of their new shows are spin offs of old shows, and most of the new shows aren't good at all. SpongeBob is very reminiscent of older Nickelodeon shows. Elements like quirky humor, annoying neighbors, fun plot lines, slightly dark humor in a few episodes(not as much as the old Nickelodeon shows), mishaps at work, worst enemies, and mishaps due to SpongeBob's antics all make this show great. There are times when this show can become stupid, as a matter of fact, every episode uses stupidity in a certain way. Some episodes are smartly written, and in odd ways, certain episodes have a message in them.

There is nothing in this show that should make parents feel uncomfortable. In most episodes, there is some type of adult humor that adults and teens will find to be funny.

Everyone should see this show. Watch it with kids, or by yourself, either way, you'll probably have a great time with this show.

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