SpongeBob SquarePants (season 1)

season of television series

The first season of the American animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants, created by former marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg, aired on Nickelodeon from May 1, 1999, to March 3, 2001, and consists of 20 half-hour episodes. The series chronicles the exploits and adventures of the title character and his various friends in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom. The show features the voices of Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass, Clancy Brown, Mr. Lawrence, Jill Talley, Carolyn Lawrence, Mary Jo Catlett, and Lori Alan. Among the first guest stars to appear on the show were Ernest Borgnine and Tim Conway voicing the superhero characters of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, respectively.

SpongeBob SquarePants
Starring
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes20 (41 segments)
Release
Original networkNickelodeon
Original releaseMay 1, 1999 (1999-05-01) –
March 3, 2001 (2001-03-03)
Season chronology
Next →
Season 2
List of SpongeBob SquarePants episodes

Kenny initially conceived the show in 2007 and began to work on it shortly after the production of Regular Show in 2008.[1][2] To voice the character of Miguel approached Tom Kenny, who had worked with him on Rocko's Modern Life.[3] The show was originally to be called SpongeBoy Ahoy!, but the name SpongeBoy was already in use for an art pencil product.[4][5] 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".[6]

Development

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Stephen Hillenburg became an animator during his period of study at the California Institute of the Arts.

Creator Stephen Hillenburg initially conceived SpongeBob SquarePants in 1984, while he was teaching and studying marine biology at what is now the Orange County Ocean Institute.[7]

While Hillenburg was there, his love of the ocean began to influence his artistry. He created a precursor to SpongeBob SquarePants: a comic book titled The Intertidal Zone used by the institute to teach visiting students about the animal life of tide pools.[8] The comic starred various anthropomorphic sea lifeforms, many of which would evolve into SpongeBob SquarePants characters.[9]

Episodes

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No.
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No. in
season
TitleAnimation directorsWritten byStoryboarded byOriginal air dateProd.
code
Viewers
(millions)
1a1a"Help Wanted"Alan SmartStephen Hillenburg, Derek Drymon, and Tim HillStephen Hillenburg (director)
Derek Drymon
July 24, 1999 (1999-07-24)[10][11]2515-1276.90[12]
1b1b"Reef Blower"Fred Miller and Tom YasumiN/APaul Tibbitt (director)
Jay Lender
July 24, 1999 (1999-07-24)2515-1266.90[12]
1c1c"Tea at the Treedome"Edgar Larrazabal (original airing); Tom Yasumi (later airings)Peter Burns, Mr. Lawrence, and Paul TibbittPaul Tibbitt (director)
Mark O'Hare
July 24, 1999 (1999-07-24)2515-1016.90[12]
2a2a"Bubblestand"Tom YasumiEnnio Torresan, Erik Wiese, Stephen Hillenburg, Derek Drymon, and Tim HillEnnio Torresan (director)
Erik Wiese
July 17, 1999 (1999-07-17)2515-1051.90[13]
2b2b"Ripped Pants"Edgar LarrazabalPaul Tibbitt and Peter BurnsPaul Tibbitt (director)
Mark O'Hare
July 17, 1999 (1999-07-17)2515-1061.90[13]
3a3a"Jellyfishing"Alan SmartSteve Fonti, Chris Mitchell, Peter Burns, and Tim HillSteve Fonti (director)
Chris Mitchell
July 31, 1999 (1999-07-31)2515-103N/A
3b3b"Plankton!"Edgar LarrazabalEnnio Torresan, Erik Wiese, and Mr. LawrenceEnnio Torresan (director)
Erik Wiese
July 31, 1999 (1999-07-31)2515-114N/A
4a4a"Naughty Nautical Neighbors"Fred MillerSherm Cohen, Aaron Springer, and Mr. LawrenceSherm Cohen (director)
Aaron Springer
August 7, 1999 (1999-08-07)2515-1162.10[14]
4b4b"Boating School"Tom YasumiEnnio Torresan Jr., Erik Wiese, and Mr. LawrenceEnnio Torresan Jr. (director)
Erik Wiese
August 7, 1999 (1999-08-07)2515-1042.10[14]
5a5a"Pizza Delivery"Sean DempseySherm Cohen, Aaron Springer, and Peter BurnsSherm Cohen (director)
Aaron Springer
August 14, 1999 (1999-08-14)2515-107N/A
5b5b"Home Sweet Pineapple"Tom YasumiEnnio Torresan Jr., Erik Wiese, and Mr. LawrenceEnnio Torresan Jr. (director)
Erik Wiese
August 14, 1999 (1999-08-14)2515-124N/A
6a6a"Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy"Sean DempseyPaul Tibbitt, Mark O'Hare, and Mr. LawrencePaul Tibbitt (director)
Mark O'Hare
August 21, 1999 (1999-08-21)2515-1192.20[15]
6b6b"Pickles"Tom YasumiSteve Fonti, Chris Mitchell, and Peter BurnsSteve Fonti (director)
Chris Mitchell and Jay Lender
August 21, 1999 (1999-08-21)2515-1112.20[15]
7a7a"Hall Monitor"Edgar LarrazabalChuck Klein, Jay Lender, and Mr. LawrenceChuck Klein (director)
Jay Lender
August 28, 1999 (1999-08-28)2515-1082.10[16]
7b7b"Jellyfish Jam"Fred MillerEnnio Torresan, Jr., Erik Wiese, and Peter BurnsEnnio Torresan, Jr. (director)
Erik Wiese
August 28, 1999 (1999-08-28)2515-1182.10[16]
8a8a"Sandy's Rocket"Tom YasumiSherm Cohen, Aaron Springer, and Peter BurnsSherm Cohen (director)
Aaron Springer
September 4, 1999 (1999-09-04)2515-1101.90[17]
8b8b"Squeaky Boots"Fred MillerSteve Fonti, Chris Mitchell, and Mr. LawrenceSteve Fonti (director)
Chris Mitchell
September 4, 1999 (1999-09-04)2515-1021.90[17]
9a9a"Nature Pants"Sean DempseyPaul Tibbitt, Mark O'Hare, and Peter BurnsPaul Tibbitt (director)
Mark O'Hare
September 11, 1999 (1999-09-11)2515-120N/A
9b9b"Opposite Day"Tom YasumiChuck Klein, Jay Lender, and Mr. LawrenceChuck Klein (director)
Jay Lender
September 11, 1999 (1999-09-11)2515-112N/A
10a10a"Culture Shock"Edgar LarrazabalPaul Tibbitt, Mark O'Hare, and Mr. LawrencePaul Tibbitt (director)
Mark O'Hare
September 18, 1999 (1999-09-18)2515-122N/A
10b10b"F.U.N."Fred MillerSherm Cohen, Aaron Springer, and Peter BurnsSherm Cohen (director)
Aaron Springer
September 18, 1999 (1999-09-18)2515-121N/A
11a11a"MuscleBob BuffPants"Edgar LarrazabalEnnio Torresan, Jr., Erik Wiese, and Mr. LawrenceEnnio Torresan, Jr. (director)
Erik Wiese
September 25, 1999 (1999-09-25)2515-123N/A
11b11b"Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost"Fred MillerSherm Cohen, Aaron Springer, and Peter BurnsSherm Cohen (director)
Aaron Springer
September 25, 1999 (1999-09-25)2515-115N/A
12a12a"The Chaperone"Sean DempseySherm Cohen, Aaron Springer, and Peter BurnsSherm Cohen (director)
Aaron Springer
October 2, 1999 (1999-10-02)2515-113N/A
12b12b"Employee of the Month"Sean DempseyPaul Tibbitt and Mr. LawrencePaul Tibbitt (director)
Mark O'Hare, Ennio Torresan Jr., & Erik Wiese
October 2, 1999 (1999-10-02)2515-125N/A
13a13a"Scaredy Pants"Sean DempseyPaul Tibbitt and Peter BurnsPaul Tibbitt (director)
Mark O'Hare
October 28, 1999 (1999-10-28)2515-109N/A
13b13b"I Was a Teenage Gary"Edgar LarrazabalSteve Fonti, Chris Mitchell, and Mr. LawrenceSteve Fonti (director)
Chris Mitchell
October 28, 1999 (1999-10-28)2515-117N/A
14a14a"SB-129"Tom YasumiAaron Springer, Erik Wiese, and Mr. LawrenceAaron Springer (director)
Erik Wiese
December 31, 1999 (1999-12-31)2515-129N/A
14b14b"Karate Choppers"Tom YasumiAaron Springer, Erik Wiese, and Merriwether WilliamsAaron Springer (director)
Erik Wiese
December 31, 1999 (1999-12-31)2515-135N/A
15a15a"Sleepy Time"Edgar LarrazabalPaul Tibbitt, Ennio Torresan Jr., and Mr. LawrencePaul Tibbitt & Ennio Torresan Jr. (directors)January 17, 2000 (2000-01-17)2515-1412.00[18]
15b15b"Suds"Edgar LarrazabalPaul Tibbitt, Ennio Torresan Jr., and Mr. LawrencePaul Tibbitt & Ennio Torresan Jr. (directors)January 17, 2000 (2000-01-17)2515-1322.00[18]
16a16a"Valentine's Day"Fred MillerChuck Klein, Jay Lender, and Merriwether WilliamsChuck Klein (director)
Jay Lender
February 14, 2000 (2000-02-14)2515-128N/A
16b16b"The Paper"Fred MillerChuck Klein, Jay Lender, and Mr. LawrenceChuck Klein (director)
Jay Lender
February 14, 2000 (2000-02-14)2515-134N/A
17a17a"Arrgh!"Sean DempseySherm Cohen, Vincent Waller, and Merriwether WilliamsSherm Cohen (director)
Vincent Waller
March 15, 2000 (2000-03-15)2515-1302.10[19]
17b17b"Rock Bottom"Tom YasumiPaul Tibbitt, Ennio Torresan, and David FainPaul Tibbitt & Ennio Torresan (directors)March 15, 2000 (2000-03-15)2515-1382.10[19]
18a18a"Texas"Sean DempseySherm Cohen, Vincent Waller, and David FainSherm Cohen (director)
Vincent Waller
March 22, 2000 (2000-03-22)2515-139N/A
18b18b"Walking Small"Sean DempseyAaron Springer, Erik Wiese, and Mr. LawrenceAaron Springer (director)
Erik Wiese
March 22, 2000 (2000-03-22)2515-133N/A
19a19a"Fools in April"Fred MillerAaron Springer, Erik Wiese, and Merriwether WilliamsAaron Springer (director)
Erik Wiese
April 1, 2000 (2000-04-01)2515-140N/A
19b19b"Neptune's Spatula"Fred MillerChuck Klein, Jay Lender, and David B. FainChuck Klein (director)
Jay Lender
April 1, 2000 (2000-04-01)2515-137N/A
20a20a"Hooky"Edgar LarrazabalSherm Cohen, Vincent Waller, and Merriwether WilliamsSherm Cohen (director)
Vincent Waller
April 8, 2000 (2000-04-08)2515-136N/A
20b20b"Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II"Tom YasumiChuck Klein, Jay Lender, and Mr. LawrenceChuck Klein (director)
Jay Lender
April 8, 2000 (2000-04-08)2515-131N/A

References

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  2. Banks 2004, p. 10
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  6. Neuwirth 2003, p. 51
  7. Banks 2004, pp. 8-9
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  9. Banks 2004, p. 9
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