"Aye aye, captain!"
A Nickelodeon animated series about a highly energetic sea sponge named SpongeBob who lives in a pineapple under the sea. Absorbent and yellow and porous is he. And if nautical nonsense be something you- okay, you probably get it.
SpongeBob SquarePants is the tenth entry in the Nicktoons series of cartoons, and is easily the most popular, iconic, and long-running of them all. It is about the eponymous sea sponge, who is shaped like a kitchen sponge and is extremely optimistic as well as childish, naïve, yet kind-hearted. He works at the local Krusty Krab fast food restaurant with his greedy boss Eugene Krabs and grumpy coworker Squidward Tentacles. He and his dimwitted best bud Patrick Star mistake their neighbor Squidward for a close friend, much to his chagrin.
SpongeBob dreams of obtaining his boating license but fails every driving test he takes, usually causing mass destruction and endangering his teacher Mrs. Puff in the process. While he may be a reckless driver, SpongeBob is a fantastic fry cook who serves delicious Krabby Patty burgers to the townspeople of Bikini Bottom. He also has a knack for saving the day from the tiny villain Sheldon J. Plankton and his talking computer wife Karen. They own a rival restaurant across the street called the Chum Bucket and go to desperate lengths to steal the successful the Krabby Patty formula. As proven time and time again, failure is the only option for them.
Other friends include Gary, SpongeBob's smart pet snail who communicates by meowing like a cat; Pearl, Mr. Krabs' teenage daughter who is a gigantic sperm whale; and Sandy Cheeks, SpongeBob's Texas-accented squirrel friend who lives in an underwater dome and ventures forth wearing a bubble-helmet diving suit. 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, series 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.
The show, first broadcast in 1999, proved to be a HUGE success with both kids and adults. Kids enjoyed the bright colors and silly characters while adults appreciated its writing, wit, and a 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. After the release of the first movie, Stephen Hillenburg stepped down from his position as showrunner and intended to end the franchise with a movie finale. Some Executive Meddling occurred, causing Nickelodeon to quickly renew the show for a fourth season, leading to a noticeable and controversial shift in tone and characterization; nevertheless, the show remained popular and continues to be so to this day. Paul Tibbitt then supervised the show from season 4-9. Once production on Sponge Out of Water ended, it was announced that Hillenburg would return to the show in 2015. Tibbitt has since resigned to focus on the upcoming third film—The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge, which is set for release in 2020—leaving Hillenburg as the sole executive producer as of the tenth season. Sadly, Hillenburg passed away on November 26, 2018 from ALS.
In June of 2019, a spin-off, Kamp Koral, was greenlit. It will detail SpongeBob's experience at summer camp as a 10-year-old.