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SpongeBob SquarePants celebrates 20 years on our screens

(image: Nickelodeon) SpongeBob SquarePants celebrates 20 years on our screens
(image: Nickelodeon) SpongeBob SquarePants celebrates 20 years on our screens

SpongeBob SquarePants launched July 17, 1999, and has been the #1 kids’ cartoon on TV for the last 17 years, generating a universe of beloved characters, popular catchphrases and memes, theatrical releases, a Tony award-winning Broadway musical, and global fanbase.

Nickelodeon's “Best Year Ever” celebration kicks off Friday, July 12, with the premiere of “SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout,” an original mixed live-action and animated special, and leads up to the Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies theatrical, The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge, coming summer 2020.