SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series and media franchise. It is currently one of Nickelodeon's and Nicktoons most watched shows. In 2007, it was named by TIME as one of the greatest television shows of all time. Although its original network is Nickelodeon, SpongeBob is now broadcast across the world. It was created by artist, animator, and former marine biologist, Stephen Hillenburg, and is produced through his production company, United Plankton Pictures, Inc.
The series is set in the Pacific Ocean, in the fictional city of Bikini Bottom and on the surrounding lagoon floor. The pilot episode first aired in the United States on Nickelodeon after the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards on May 1, 1999. The "official" series premiere followed on July 17, 1999 with the second episode, "Bubblestand/Ripped Pants."
SpongeBob's house-pet is a snail named Gary, whose "meow" is that of a cat. Although Gary only speaks in a few episodes, the characters have shown an ability to understand him. In addition to this, underwater worms bark exactly like dogs, and are kept on chains. Jellyfish are the equivalent of bees; buzzing, stinging with poison (although it appears as an electric shock), and producing delicious "jelly", mocking the name "jellyfish", while still referring to a bee's honey. Clams act as birds, and fish act as the citizens of the community but, as a rule, are not important characters.
Although the denizens of Bikini Bottom live under water, they mostly do not float, and gravity usually applies. A flurry of bubbles accompanies actions in many of the episodes to remind the viewer that the setting is underwater. However, the laws of physics in Bikini Bottom change somewhat from time to time, but mostly the water acts like air. For instance, characters can pour a glass of liquid, just as we do above the sea. Bikini Bottom has functional baths, pools, and toilets, and there are lakes and streams. In Battle for Bikini Bottom and a regular beach setting, Goo Lagoon, underwater liquid is referred to as goo. Once, during an episode set in a wilderness area, Patrick questions how a camp fire is possible on the lagoon bottom. As soon as the question is asked, the fire is immediately extinguished with a sizzle.
SpongeBob, who is absorbent, yellow, and porous (according to the title song), works as a fry cook at the Krusty Krab, a fast-food restaurant, with Squidward as the cashier. The Krusty Krab is owned by Eugene H. Krabs (Mr. Krabs). Sheldon J. Plankton (commonly referred to as "Plankton") is Mr. Krabs's arch enemy who owns a low-rank fast-food restaurant called the Chum Bucket across the street from the Krusty Krab. The Chum Bucket has almost never had a customer, and Plankton spends most of his time plotting to steal the recipe for Mr. Krabs's popular Krabby Patty burgers. Only in the movie does he succeed; the formula is never actually revealed to the audience. This fact is mocked in the Krusty Krab Training Video episode, where the episode cuts off before the video reveals the recipe. Plankton's computer wife, Karen, alternately helps him in his schemes or bickers with him.
Sandy Cheeks is another friend of SpongeBob. She is a squirrel that lives in an underwater dome in Bikini Bottom. She was sent there by her bosses, chimpanzees, according to the episode, "Chimps Ahoy". Sandy is from Texas, and speaks with a Texan accent. Sandy is an expert at karate. Sometimes she gets a little home-sick and sings a little song. When not inside her tree-dome, she wears an astronaut-like suit because she cannot breathe in water. Sandy, just like a normal squirrel, hibernates once a year, as seen in a few episodes such as "Pre-Hibernation Week" and "Survival of the Idiots".
Instead of cars, the residents of Bikini Bottom drive boats. SpongeBob is still in boating school after failing the driving test over seventy-two times. Ironically, when there is a separate body of water underwater, such as a swimming pool or lagoon, a non-car boat must be used to cross it because both SpongeBob and Patrick cannot swim, they must be taught by Larry the Lobster. In the episode "Snowball Effect" (Episode 46 Season 3) it snows in Bikini Bottom.
SpongeBob and his friends live in the underwater city of Bikini Bottom. Bikini Bottom is like a regular city with a downtown, suburbs, coastal areas, its own airport, bus system, and fair park. Stephen Hillenburg said once that Bikini Bottom was loosely based on Seattle, Washington. An example of this statement is in the episode "Pre-Hibernation Week". Sandy and SpongeBob were fighting on a tall structure called the Sea Needle, referring to the Space Needle, a tall structure in Seattle. Hillenburg has said that he wants to leave the location of Bikini Bottom to the imagination, claiming that the Baywatch scene from the movie was just a reference to his favorite show of all time.
Bikini Bottom is a city that is the main setting of the series, located at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, It is where the series' main characters live and where most of the episodes take place. Bikini Bottom is similar to an average U.S. city. The city consists of various businesses, including restaurants, stores, and manufacturers. The city has a stable economy, balanced education and health systems, a structured government, and a firm law enforcement system. There are even stadiums, amusement parks, and other recreational facilities.
Bikini Bottom's geography is shown as consisting of mountains, dense forests, lakes, lagoons, caves, grasslands, reefs, rivers, and barren desert wastelands.
The city is divided into various areas, including Downtown Bikini Bottom, Goo Lagoon, Sand Mountain, Jellyfish Fields, Kelp Forest, the Flying Dutchman's Graveyard, Residents' Row (SpongeBob's/Patrick's/Squidward's homes), Ancient Mariner Valley (the location of Neptune's Paradise.) and Palm Bay.
The city is divided by its main road, Conch Street, which runs from downtown and past the homes of SpongeBob, Squidward, and Patrick, through the Krusty Krab restaurant, the Chum Bucket and the Reef Theatre cinema. The road intersects with Barnacle Road and Coral Avenue. Anchor Way is not far off from Conch Street. Conch Street runs north-south as revealed in the SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom video game. Downtown Bikini Bottom is located in the northernmost point of the city, while SpongeBob, Squidward, and Patrick's House are on the southern part of the road. Goo Lagoon is located west of the road, while Jellyfish Fields is to the east. Other establishments are located more southerly, including Sandy's house, Shady Shoals retirement home, the Krusty Krab, the Chum Bucket, and the Movie Theater. The Kelp Forest is located more southerly.
In the center of Bikini Bottom, the citizens work and live in large, gray buildings made of metal. There are some other forms of buildings, mostly aquatic-themed as seen above. Further out from the town citizens need to use whatever is available and easy to live in, such as Patrick's rock, SpongeBob hollowed-out pineapple, and the Easter Island Head Squidward lives in.
Bikini Bottom's populace, like that of the rest of the series, consists of various anthropomorphic fish, whales, crabs, sponges, squid, starfish, anchovies, lobsters, sharks, and most other forms of sea life, including sea monsters. Some forms of sea life, like jellyfish, seahorses, snails, and worms aren't anthropomorphic, and are treated like pets or wild animals. For example, snails resemble cats, and worms resemble dogs (an example of this is SpongeBob's pet snail Gary, who meows, and one-time pet worm Rex, who barks). The first known land creature to live in Bikini Bottom was the Dark Knight, an ancestor of Sandy Cheeks, before the 12th century (Bikini Bottom was then known as Bikini Bottomshire). Sandy, a squirrel from Texas, is (along with Wormy the caterpillar other pets, and a small cricket that was featured in a recent episode) the only land creature seen living in modern Bikini Bottom. Land creatures (other than Sandy) like humans, bugs and birds are like Godzilla to the inhabitants of Bikini Bottom. Inhabitants of Bikini Bottom are called "Bikini Bottomites".
In the Medieval Era, Bikini Bottomshire was under the rule of King Krabs (ancestor of Eugene H. Krabs) and was under attack by the evil wizard, Planktonomor (ancestor of Sheldon J. Plankton). SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star were transported to this time after a jousting accident. They were expected to arrive in this era because of a prophecy. According to Princess Pearl, the prophecy was that they (SpongeBob and Patrick) were the ones to save the kingdom. Princess Pearl (daughter of King Krabs) was kidnapped by Planktonomor's fire-breathing jellyfish, and taken hostage at Planktonomore's tower. Fulfilling the prophecy, SpongeBob and Patrick saved Princess Pearl and defeated Planktonomor. Later, during a parade celebrating SpongeBob and Patrick's heroic deeds, King Krabs invented the Krabby Patty, which would be passed down through the Krabs family, the formula being kept secret.
Even later, somewhere around the 18th century in Old West, one of Plankton's ancestor, Dead-Eye Plankton, takes over Bikini Gulch and renames it Dead-Eye Gulch. A big western-style show down happens between Dead-Eye Plankton, and SpongeBob's Ancestor, SpongeBuck SquarePants.
On November 30, 1942, Eugene H. Krabs was born, along with the birth-friend, Sheldon J. Plankton. In his childhood, he immediately became a financial genius as he is known today. In 1947, his father gave him a dollar, which he loved dearly. However, he spent it on a soda, which was upsetting to him. Soon, he went to Poseidon Elementary. The two opened up a restaurant and, after accidentally knocking Old Man Jenkins out with their tainted patty, they had an argument and became bitter rivals. Not long after, a war occurred, in which the events are unknown. After the war, Mr. Krabs fell into a deep depression, which seemed endless; however, a bankrupt retirement home, gave him hope. Mr. Krabs decided to buy the building and rename it, marking the establishment of the Krusty Krab. The financial success of the Krusty Krab took off and became a premier eating facility in Bikini Bottom.
In the present time, Bikini Bottom has had various occurrences of destruction. In "Dying for Pie", a bomb pie fell on Squidward's face, causing a nuclear explosion (with Squidward dead center). In "Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm", an Alaskan Bull Worm struck Bikini Bottom, which made Sandy hunt it down. Bikini Bottom was moved away, but the worm crushed it. In "Wormy", while Sandy was out of town, SpongeBob and Patrick were given the duty of taking care of her pets, one of which was a caterpillar named Wormy. Wormy grew into a butterfly overnight, which caused SpongeBob and Patrick to freak out, thinking Wormy is dead. They then proceeded to cause a mass hysteria that lead to the city's destruction. Global warming also took effect in the short, "The Endless Summer." Then another atomic explosion happened when SpongeBob set his nuclear cleaning gun to maximum power in "The Krusty Plate".
Years later, Mr. Krabs opened a second restaurant, named the "Krusty Krab 2." Plankton initiated his evil Plan Z, and stole King Neptune's crown, thereby framing Mr. Krabs. He was frozen because of this; however, SpongeBob and Patrick set out toward Shell City to retrieve Neptune's crown, and then saved the day. These events are depicted in the SpongeBob SquarePants film.
In the future, the jellyfish will migrate every year to a spot in Jellyfish Fields, as seen in "SpongeHenge," SpongeBob built five porus stone decoys that make the same sound he does when it is windy, but apparently the people of Bikini Bottom would soon forget who made them, and claim that they "do not know who built these or for what reason". This is potentially a rather intriguing reference, as these statues have a similar background to the infamous Easter Island statues (which appear in the show themselves, in the form of Squidward's house). Even further in the future, around the year 4017, everything will be made of chrome, and whatever isn't gets sprayed with chrome paint. Also, time travel will have been invented, and SpongeTron, distant relative of SpongeBob, will have 486 clones. Three of the clones have names SpongeTrons X, Y, and Z.
Many more years later, it is revealed that SpongeBob and Squidward are still alive as skeletons. They are still working at the Krusty Krab to make up for the damage SpongeBob caused in "Squid on Strike". It appears as though they have switched jobs, as SpongeBob is behind the cash register. The Krusty Krabs appears to be worn down, and the use of chrome.
Part of the show's appeal has to do with the childlike nature of SpongeBob and his best friend, Patrick Star, both of whom are adults but display an innocence typical of human children. However, the characters are not immune from more adult avocations, including rock musicianship in a stadium performance, reminiscent of a hard rock concert, or Patrick turning to SpongeBob after they had nurtured a baby scallop, holding his arms out saying "Let's have another".
Unlike the Nickelodeon network, SpongeBob features well-known independent musicians who contribute to its soundtrack. Alternative rock bands such as Wilco, The Shins, The Flaming Lips and Ween (who have contributed two original songs to the show and their 1997 song "Ocean Man" to the movie soundtrack), as well as metal bands Pantera, Motörhead and Twisted Sister have made appearances on the show and movies soundtracks, and heavy metal group Metallica even released a T-shirt featuring cartoon versions of themselves playing live with the characters SpongeBob and Patrick. British rock singer David Bowie was a special guest on the SpongeBob SquarePants episode Atlantis SquarePantis, which aired on November 12, 2007. The episode drew total 8.8 million viewers, the biggest audience in the show's eight-year history.
The TV movie Atlantis SquarePantis referenced numerous other movies or stories. David Bowie's character Lord Royal Highness (with his upper class accent) and the locals looked remarkably like the Blue Meanies (Yellow Submarine) - quite fitting for an underwater adventure. When the characters arrived at his habitat, he fell down as he proceeded down the red carpet (as Willy Wonka did in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), before leading them on a tour. A case can also be made for the yellow road used in the tour and a reference to The Wizard of Oz - along with the movie being a musical.
When SpongeBob feeds a worm to a scallop in Rock-a-Bye Bivalve, the worm references Nikita Krushchev by saying, "We will bury you!"
The show became so popular with adolescents and adults that the series was broadcast on MTV and featured on Spike TV. A quote by Patrick ("It's gonna rock!" from the episode Mid-Life Crustacean) has been used as a promotional tag-line for rock stations. Ren and Stimpy, among others, had followed a similar path. The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, released on November 19, 2004, features a cameo appearance by actor David Hasselhoff, in a parody of his role from the Baywatch TV series.
The show also spawned a large and popular merchandise line at Hot Topic, Claire's, Waldenbooks, Borders Books, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, RadioShack, Target, KB Toys, Big Lots, Wal-Mart, Shopko, Meijer, Kmart, Sears, JCPenney, Kohl's, Lowe's, T.J. Maxx, Toys "R" Us and Ames stores in the United States as well as the Zellers, Wal-Mart Canada and Toys "R" Us stores in Canada, and a limited selection of merchandise in Australia at Kmart Australia and Target Australia.
There have been kids meal tie-ins at Wendy's for "SpongeBob's House Party Special" in 2002 and at Burger King restaurants in 2001, 2003, and for the movie in 2004. In 2006, another kids meal tie-in for Burger King was introduced for the "Lost in Time" special, and in 2007 for the "Friend or Foe" special featuring BK Chicken Fries designed to look like SpongeBob. In November 2007, a Burger King Kids Meal was released to tie-in with the new episode "Atlantis SquarePantis". The most recent tie-in kids meal for Burger King features "Pest of the West" toys.
A McDonald's Happy Meal tie-in with SpongeBob-themed Happy Meal boxes and toys has not been released in North America yet, but was released in Europe in the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and also in Australia in early 2007 at about the same time a Catscratch Happy Meal was released in the United States and Canada. In Australia, the advertisement for the McDonald's SpongeBob Happy Meal won the Pester Power Award for the fact that the ads are enticing young children to want its food because of the free toy.
In Japan, they had a kids meal tie-in with KFC which featured different toys based on the TV series.
Events in the past with the SpongeBob SquarePants theme include an exhibit at Underwater Adventures Aquarium in the Mall of America called SeaCrits of Bikini Bottom during the summer of 2003. In October 2004, a NASCAR Busch Series race was named The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 300, presented by Lowe's and broadcast on TNT featuring Jimmie Johnson's #48 Lowe's stock car and Kyle Busch's #5 stock car painted for the race with the SpongeBob Movie paint schemes. There were contests tied in with the movie where fans could win SpongeBob-related items or a trip to the Cayman Islands.
The motion simulator/interactive movie ride "Escape from Dino-Island 3D" at Six Flags Over Texas was turned into "SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D", with water squirts, real bubbles, and other sensory enhancements. The SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D ride opened at the Noah's Ark Dive-In Theater located at Noah's Ark Waterpark in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin in the summer of 2007. LEGO received license to produce SpongeBob SquarePants building sets, which are available in stores now. SpongeBob appears at the Mall of America's new Nickelodeon theme park re-branded from the Mall of America's Park at MOA (formerly Camp Snoopy) to Nickelodeon Universe in the Minneapolis-St. Paul suburb of Bloomington, Minnesota. The new theme park features a SpongeBob-themed Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter custom roller coaster, the SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge, which has replaced the Mystery Mine Ride and Olde Time Photo store on the west end of the theme park next to the Dora the Explorer ferris wheel and across from the Pepsi Orange Streak. The theme park opened March 15, 2008. The SpongeBob Rock Bottom plunge features a statue of SpongeBob and Patrick riding a bus down a 90° angle holding a giant rubber glove.
In 2007, some new high-end SpongeBob-themed electronics have been introduced by Imation Electronics Products under the Npower brand, such as MP3 players, digital cameras, a DVD player, and a flatscreen television.
Other items featuring SpongeBob include a special edition Monopoly board game, Life and Operation board game as well as a SpongeBob SquarePants edition of Ants in the Pants and Yahtzee. SEGA Corporation introduced a ticket redemption game based on the show that has become popular with most video arcades.
Pictures of SpongeBob SquarePants also started to appear on the labels of 8 oz. cans of Green Giant cut green beans and frozen packages of Green Giant green beans and butter sauce which featured free stickers in 2007 as part of an initiative to get kids to eat their vegetables.
The SpongeBob SquarePants market saturation has become something of a joke. In the comic strip "Sherman's Lagoon", Hawthorne the crab is showing off a small Junior nuclear reactor, and Herman the shark says "Boy, that SpongeBob will endorse anything!"
When the complete first season of SpongeBob SquarePants was released in the United Kingdom, it included some heavy editing (though not to the cartoons themselves). The audio commentaries were cut out, and only two extras were left in, possibly to avoid a 12 rating. A similar approach was taken with the second season; it included no audio commentaries and only one extra, "Around the World with SpongeBob SquarePants".
During production of the show, Bobson provided a concept of short comics with the same style of the show, but the characters looked different. SpongeBob used to be named SpongeBoy, and used to wear a red hat with a green base and a white business shirt with a tie. The name "SpongeBoy" did not make it into the show since the name was already officially trademarked by Bob Burden, creator of Flaming Carrot. Hillenburg later chose the alternative name "SpongeBob". The original name was once referenced in the show by Mr. Krabs' line, "SpongeBoy, me Bob!." The Krusty Krab was originally spelled with the letter C rather than K, but Stephen Hillenburg thought Ks were funnier and it would fit his Ukrainian heritage.
The first part of 2002 saw SpongeBob at its peak. The beginning of the third season produced many of classic episodes and focused on the same style and animation concepts as the second season.
Unfortunately, things changed late in the year. Due to rumors of a movie, there was high speculation that the show would be canceled and that 2002 would feature the last season of new episodes. Fans were devastated and online petitions were widely distributed to convince Nickelodeon to produce more episodes by showing continuing fan support. "SpongeBob Meets The Strangler/Pranks A Lot" was the last episode of this season, and aired in October 2004. It was also released on DVD at the end of 2003. Following this, the movie was released in November 2004.
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie earned over $85,000,000 in revenue in the United States, considered to be under-expectations. It was announced late in 2004 that SpongeBob would be continuing with a new season due in 2005. Hillenburg, despite the rumors, did not actually leave the show but has resigned from his position as the show's executive producer (this job now belongs to Derek Drymon, with Paul Tibbitt taking over Drymon's job as creative director).
For the first time in the series' run, Nickelodeon began airing 11-minute segments of new episodes separately, spread over two weeks. This practice began with the airing of the episode "Selling Out" on September 23; its companion episode, "Funny Pants," premiered the following week.
The Star Online eCentral reported in December 2005 that Nickelodeon had ordered 20 more episodes, bringing the show’s total to 100.
In December 2006, SpongeBob SquarePants was approved for a sixth season, which consisted of thirteen episodes, unlike the usual twenty.
Nickelodeon aired the special "Have You Seen This Snail?" in November 2005. However, it was not until February 2006 that new episodes resumed, starting with "Dunces and Dragons" and continuing until June 2, 2006. Further new episodes appeared during September 2006 ("New Leaf" and "Once Bitten"), and November ("The Best Day Ever" and "Wigstruck") — drawing 6.7 million viewers — the Best Day Ever was a 25-hour 100-episode SpongeBob TV event ending with the SpongeBob SquarePants Movie although the Nickelodeon narrator made a goof about the marathon being 24 hours instead of the actual 25 hours. Fans voted for Karate Island as the most popular SpongeBob episode.
The new episodes in 2007 started airing on January 15, showing three new episodes back to back on February 19, 2007, officially beginning the airing of the fifth season which featured more potty humor than previously shown. On July 23, 2007 Nickelodeon aired a special event, called the "SpongeBob New-New-New-New-New Week" in which from Monday to Friday, a new episode of season five (except for Squid Wood, from season four) would air. This continued until the end of the second week.
On November 12, 2007 SpongeBob's first TV movie, "Atlantis SquarePantis" premiered, after a SpongeBob marathon. A behind the scenes feature aired after the movie. Also, on November 23, 2007, there was another SpongeBob marathon including a rerun of Atlantis SquarePantis and four new episodes as part of a Nickelodeon Thanksgiving event. The event also named the "Sweet Victory" scene in "Band Geeks" as the greatest moment in Nicktoons history. Season Six officially premiered with five new 11-minute episodes airing in a marathon from March 3 to March 7, 2008. There is still an episode from the fifth production season which has yet to air.
On March 13, 2008, it was announced that SpongeBob SquarePants will have an additional thirty-nine episodes, which includes the remaining episodes of season six, and a season seven. In April 2008, another SpongeBob special, "Pest of the West," aired after a marathon of SpongeBob episodes, chosen by voters in the previous weeks. Burger King had a special line of Kids Meal toys for the event, and it was released to DVD shortly thereafter. From June 2 to June 6, 2008, Nickelodeon aired a SpongeBob SquarePants marathon entitled SpongeBob Premiere Factor 5 (SPF5), in which a new 11 minute segment would be shown each day. Another premiere week aired from August 4 to August 8, Nick aired a 5 new Spongebob marathon entitle Bikini Bottom Confidential, which a new 11 minute segment would be shown each day.
|Steven Banks||Head Writer||2004 – present|
|Mike Bell||Writer/Storyboard Director||2005 – present|
|Peter Burns||Writer||1999 – present|
|Sherm Cohen||Storyboard Supervisor/Artist, Writer, Director|
|Sean Dempsey||Animation Director|
|Derek Drymon||Writer||1999 – present|
|Storyboard Artist||1999 – present|
|Creative Director||1999 - 2005|
|Executive Producer||2005 - present|
|Steven Fonti||Writer/Storyboard Director||1999|
|C.H. Greenblatt||Writer, Storyboard Artist, Director||2000-2006 (left the show to work on Chowder on Cartoon Network)|
|Sam Henderson||Writer, Storyboard Director|
|Stephen Hillenburg||Creator||1999 – present|
|Executive Producer||1999 – 2005|
|Writer||1999 – present|
|Storyboard Director||1999 – present|
|Kaz||Writer, Storyboard Artist|
|Chuck Klein||Writer, Storyboard Artist & Director|
|Doug Lawrence (a.k.a. "Mr. Lawrence")||Writer, Story Editor|
|Jay Lender||Writer, Storyboard Artist, Director|
|John Magness||Storyboard Artist|
|Heather Martinez||Storyboard Artist|
|Chris Mitchell||Writer, Storyboard Artist||1999|
|Caleb Muerer||Storyboard Artist|
|Mark O'Hare||Writer, Storyboard Artist, Director|
|Andrew Overtoom||Animation Director|
|Andy Rheingold||Executive in Charge of Production|
|Ted Seko||Storyboard Artist|
|Alan Smart||Animation Director||1999 – present|
|Aaron Springer||Writer/Storyboard Artist & Director|
|Jimmy Stone||Animation Director|
|Paul Tibbitt||Writer/Storyboard Director/Supervising Producer/Creative Director|
|2004 – present|
2006 – present
|Brad Vandergrift||Storyboard Artist|
|Vincent Waller||Writer/Storyboard Artist & Director/Technical Director (2005 – present)|
|Frank Weiss||Animation Director|
|Erik Wiese||Writer/Storyboard Artist|
|David Wigforss||Special Effects (CG visual effects animator)|
|Merriwether Williams||Story Editor/Writer|
|Tom Yasumi||Animation Director|
|Oliver Truby||Storyboard Artist Supervisor|
|DVD Name||Ep #||Release dates||Additional Features|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|Season 1||41||October 28, 2003||November 7, 2005||November 30, 2006||This three disc boxset includes the 41 episodes from Season 1.|
|Season 2||39||October 19, 2004||October 23, 2006||November 30, 2006||This three disc boxset includes the 39 episodes from Season 2.|
|Season 3||37||September 27, 2005||December 3, 2007||November 8, 2007||This three disc boxset includes the 37 episodes from Season 3 as well as the pilot episode for the series.|
| Season 4 |
|20||September 12, 2006||November 3, 2008||TBA||This two disc boxset includes the first 18 episodes from Season 4.|
| Season 4 |
|20||January 9, 2007||November 3, 2008||TBA||This two disc boxset includes the last 20 episodes from Season 4.|
| Season 5 |
|20||September 4, 2007||TBA||TBA||This two disc boxset includes the first 20 episodes from Season 5.|
| Season 5 |
|21||November 18, 2008||TBA||TBA||On July 28, Nickelodeon and Paramount announced that SpongeBob SquarePants: Season 5, Vol. 2 will be released on 11/18/08. It will contain 21 episodes over two DVDs. The specific episodes included hasn't yet been announced. Extras will include original animatics, music videos, and a "Spongebob underwater talk show".|
|2000||Golden Reel Award||Best Sound Editing in Television Animation — Music||Episodes: "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy" and "Pickles"||Won|
|2000||Golden Reel Award||Best Sound Editing in Television Animation — Sound||Episode: "Karate Choppers"||Won|
|2001||Annie Awards||Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Television Production||Mary Jo Catlett as Mrs. Puff in "No Free Rides"||Nominated|
|2001||Annie Awards||Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Television Production||Tom Kenny as SpongeBob in "Wormy"||Nominated|
|2001||Annie Awards||Outstanding Individual Achievement for a Song in an Animated Production||Peter Straus and Paul Tibbitt for the song "The Very First Christmas"||Nominated|
|2001||Golden Reel Award||Best Sound Editing in Television Animation — Sound||Episodes: "Rock Bottom" and "Arrgh"||Won|
|2001||Golden Reel Award||Best Sound Editing in Television Animation — Music||Episodes: "Fools In April" and "Neptune's Spatula"||Nominated|
|2002||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour)||Nominated|
|2002||Golden Reel Award||Best Sound Editing in Television - Animation||Episodes: "Secret Box" and "Band Geeks"||Won|
|2002||Golden Reel Award||Best Sound Editing in Television Animation — Music||Episodes: "Jellyfish Hunter" and "The Fry Cook Games"||Nominated|
|2002||Television Critics Association Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming||Won|
|2003||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour)||Episodes: "New Student Starfish" and "Clams"||Nominated|
|2003||Golden Reel Award||Best Sound Editing in Television Animation — Music||Episodes: "Wet Painters" and "Krusty Krab Training Video"||Won|
|2003||Golden Reel Award||Best Sound Editing in Television Animation||Episodes: "Nasty Patty" and "Idiot Box"||Won|
|2003||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Cartoon||Won|
|2004||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour)||Episode: "SpongeBob B.C. (Before Comedy)"||Nominated|
|2004||Golden Reel Award||Best Sound Editing in Television Animation — Music||Episodes: "The Great Snail Race" and "Mid-Life Crustacean".||Won|
|2004||Golden Reel Award||Best Sound Editing in Television Animation — Music||Episode: "Mid-Life Crustacean".||Nominated|
|2004||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Cartoon||Won|
|2005||Annie Awards||Best Animated Television Production||Won|
|2005||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour)||Episodes: "Fear of a Krabby Patty" and "Shell of a Man"||Nominated|
|2005||Golden Reel Award||Best Sound Editing in Television: Animated||Episodes: "Pranks A Lot" and "SpongeBob Meets the Strangler"||Nominated|
|2005||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Cartoon||Won|
|2005||Satellite Awards||Best Youth DVD||Complete Second Season DVD||Nominated|
|2005||Television Critics Association Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming||Nominated|
|2006||Annie Awards||Best Writing in an Animated Television Production||C.H. Greenblatt, Paul Tibbitt, Mike Bell, and Tim Hill in "Fear of a Krabby Patty"||Won|
|2006||Golden Reel Award||Best Sound Editing in Television: Animated||Episode: "Have You Seen This Snail?"||Nominated|
|2006||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Cartoon||Won|
|2007||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour)||Episodes: "Bummer Vacation" and "Wigstruck"||Nominated|
|2007||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Cartoon||Won|
|2007||Television Critics Association Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming||Nominated|
|2008||Annie Awards||Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production||Tom Kenny in "Spy Buddies"||Nominated|
|2008||Golden Reel Award||Best Sound Editing in Television: Animated||Episode: "SpongeHenge"||Nominated|
|2008||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Cartoon||Nominated|
|2008||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour)||Episodes: "The Inmates of Summer" and "The Two Faces of Squidward"||Nominated|
|Season||Episodes||First Airdate||Last Airdate|
|Season 1||20||May 1, 1999||April 8, 2000|
|Season 2||20||October 26, 2000||September 6, 2002|
|Season 3||20||October 5, 2001||October 11, 2004|
|Season 4||20||May 6, 2005||July 24, 2007|
|Season 5||20||February 19, 2007||TBA, 2008|
|Season 6||20||March 3, 2008||TBA|
|The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie||November 19, 2004||Theatrical Movie||3-Part|
|Atlantis SquarePantis||November 12, 2007||TV Movie||2-Part|
|Who Bob, What Pants?||October 13, 2008||TV Movie||3-Part|