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SpongeBob SquarePants (often referred to simply as SpongeBob) is an American animated television series, created by marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg. Much of the series centers on the exploits and adventures of the title character and his various friends in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom. The series' popularity has prompted the release of a media franchise, contributing to its position as Nickelodeon's highest rated show, the most distributed property of MTV Networks, and among Nicktoons' most watched shows. The media franchise generated an $8 billion merchandising revenue for Nickelodeon.

Hillenburg initially conceived the show in 1984 and began to work on it shortly after the cancellation of Rocko's Modern Life in 1996. He teamed up with several Nickelodeon and Rocko crew members, including creative director Derek Drymon, writers and directors Sherm Cohen, and Dan Povenmire, writer Tim Hill, actor and writer Martin Olson, animation director Alan Smart, and story editor Merriwether Williams. To voice the character of SpongeBob, Hillenburg approached Tom Kenny, who had worked with him onRocko's Modern Life. SpongeBob was originally to be named SpongeBoy, but the name was already in use for a mop product. Upon finding it out, Hillenburg decided to use the name "SpongeBob". He chose "SquarePants" as a family name as it referred to the character's square shape and it had a "nice ring to it".

Upon premiere in 1999, the series received worldwide critical acclaim, though has been involved in public controversies. SpongeBob SquarePants has been nominated for 11 Emmy Awards and 20 Annie Awards, and has won six from the Annie. It is listed 15th in IGN's top 100 animated series list, and is among the "All-TIME 100 TV Shows" as chosen by Time television critic James Poniewozik.

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"Help Wanted" is the pilot episode of the Nickelodeon animated series SpongeBob SquarePants. It originally aired on Nickelodeon in the United States on May 1, 1999, following the television airing of the 1999 Kids' Choice Awards. The episode follows the series' main protagonist, an anthropomorphicsponge named SpongeBob, as he attempts to get a job at the Krusty Krab. It was written by Stephen Hillenburg, Derek Drymon, and Tim Hill, and was directed by Alan Smart. In general the episode received good reviews. Michael Cavna of The Washington Post ranked "Help Wanted" 3rd at his list The Top Five SpongeBob Episodes. The other episodes in the list are "Bank Geeks", "Ripped Pants", Just One Bite", and "Idiot Box".

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A SpongeBob SquarePants hot balloon in León, Guanajuato, Mexico
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Hot air balloon (with SpongeBob SquarePants) festival in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico. November 2010.

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Two halves of an orangish sponge-like fungus, with a ruler shown at the bottom for scale.
...that Spongiforma squarepantsii is a sponge-like bolete that lives in Malaysia?
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