Tuesday, May 01, 2018

On This Day | We Met SpongeBob SquarePants | Nickelodeon

On this day 19 YEARS AGO, we met SpongeBob! 🍍


Since its launch in July 1999, SpongeBob SquarePants has emerged as a pop culture phenomenon. The series has been the most-watched animated program with kids 2-11 for more than 15 consecutive years, and over the past several years, it has averaged more than 100,000,000 total viewers every quarter across all Nickelodeon networks.

The character-driven cartoon chronicles the nautical and sometimes nonsensical adventures of SpongeBob, an incurably optimistic and earnest sea sponge, and his undersea friends in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom. Among those friends are SpongeBob's best friend, a pink starfish named Patrick Star, his neighbor and co-worker octopus Squidward Tentacles, and Sandy Cheeks, a squirrel from Texas.

SpongeBob SquarePants is the most widely distributed property in Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) history, seen in more than 208 countries and territories and translated in 55+ languages. The Paramount Pictures feature film The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie debuted Nov. 19, 2004, and a second film, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water hit theaters Feb. 6, 2015, landing at #1 opening weekend.

SpongeBob SquarePants has been renewed through to at least the show's twelfth season, will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2019, and even has its own critically acclaimed Broadway show. A third SpongeBob SquarePants feature film, titled The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge is set to open in theaters on Wednesday, July 22, 2020.

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