Western Animation / SpongeBob SquarePants
aka: Spongebob

"I'm ready! I'm ready!"

"Are you ready, kids?"
"Aye aye, captain!"

A Nickelodeon Animated Series about a highly energetic sea sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea. Absorbent and yellow and porous is he. And if nautical nonsense be something you- ok, you probably get it.

SpongeBob SquarePants is the 10th entry in the Nicktoons series of cartoons, and is easily the most popular and iconic of them all. It is about the eponymous sea sponge, who is shaped like a kitchen sponge, is extremely optimistic, and has the tendency of annoying most who he comes in contact with. Most except his best bud Patrick Star, a starfish who lives under a rock in more ways than one. The two seem to spend as much time as possible inadvertently bothering their neighbour Squidward Tentacles, who is, unfortunately for him, mistaken by them as the third part of their Power Trio.

Spongebob works at the local Krusty Krab restaurant (which is actually a lobster trap), which serves Krabby Patties, and is owned by his greedy boss Mr. Eugene Krabs. He's a crab. Rivalling the restaurant is The Chum Bucket, owned by Plankton, who goes to desperate lengths in order to steal the success of the Krabby Patty formula. But for Plankton, Failure Is the Only Option.

There's also Spongebob's pet snail, Gary, who communicates with cat-like 'Meows', and his Texas-accented spunky squirrel friend, Sandy Cheeks, who lives in an underwater dome and ventures forth wearing a bubble-helmet diving suit. Oh, and Karen, Mrs. Puff, and Pearl... Remember them?

The show, first broadcast in 1999, proved to be a HUGE success with both kids and adults. Kids liking the bright colours and silly characters, and adults enjoying its writing, wit, and long list of Parental Bonuses and Getting Crap Past The Radar.

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie came out in 2004, and a second movie, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, was released in February 2015. It should be noted that after the release of the first movie, series creator Stephen Hillenburg stepped down from his position as the showrunner due to the intention of ending the series with a movie finale, but some Executive Meddling occurred, and Nickelodeon quickly uncancelled the show. Seasons 4-present are being run under the supervision of Paul Tibbitt, which many long term fans consider to be a step down. Once production on Sponge Out Of Water ended, it was announced that Hillenburg will be returning to the show in 2015.

There have also been multiple video game adaptations of the show; with many at the quality you would expect, and a few that are surprisingly good.

A upcoming Broadway musical based on the show is set to premiere on June 7 in Chicago, and will head to Broadway for the 2016-2017 season. The show features songs written by a wide variety of artists, including Jonathan Coulton, Lady Antebellum, They Might Be Giants, Panic! at the Disco, and even the late David Bowie.

The show is in a constant state of underwater bizarreness, frequently using the Rule of Funny (apparently a wood fire is possible underwater as long as you don't point it out). Funnily enough, creator Stephen Hillenburg has a degree in marine biology. Supposedly, he created a show about a sponge because he was really fed up with Small Taxonomy Pools.

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Alternative Title(s): Sponge Bob