SpongeBob SquarePants is an Emmy-nominated American animated television series and media franchise. It is one of Nickelodeon's "Nicktoons" and is one of the most watched shows on Nickelodeon.
Although its original network is Nickelodeon, SpongeBob is now broadcast across the world. It was created by marine biologist and animator, Stephen Hillenburg, and is produced through his production company, United Plankton Pictures Inc.
The series is set in the Pacific Ocean, in the city of Bikini Bottom and 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."
About "Bikini Bottom"
SpongeBob SquarePants is a sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea, while his squid neighbor Squidward Tentacles lives in an Easter Island head. SpongeBob's other neighbor and best friend is a pink starfish named Patrick Star, who lives under a rock. SpongeBob and Patrick live on either side of Squidward.