SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series about the adventures of an optimistic and energetic Fry Cook Sea Sponge created by Stephen Hillenburg. Other characters on the show include Squidward Tentacles, Sandy Cheeks, Eugene Krabs, and his best friend Patrick Star. It has been Nickelodeon's most popular series and it is also their longest running NickToon. Its first episode premiered on May 1st, 1999 in the US and it has been airing consistently ever since. As of 2018, it has become Viacom Media Networks' most distributed property and the franchise has generated $13 billion in merchandising revenue.
It ran on CITV in the UK for nearly ten years from 2002 to around 2011.