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SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series created by marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. The series chronicles the adventures and endeavors of the title character and his various friends in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom. The series' popularity has made it a media franchise, as well as the highest rated series to ever air on Nickelodeon, and the most distributed property of MTV Networks. As of late 2017, the media franchise has generated $13 billion in merchandising revenue for Nickelodeon.

Many of the ideas for the series originated in an unpublished educational comic book titled The Intertidal Zone, which Hillenburg created in 1989. He began developing SpongeBob SquarePants into a television series in 1996 upon the cancellation of Rocko's Modern Life, and turned to Tom Kenny, who had worked with him on that series, to voice the title character. SpongeBob was originally going to be named SpongeBoy, and the series was to be called SpongeBoy Ahoy!, but both of these were changed, as the name was already trademarked.

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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.
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