SpongeBob SquarePants is an American cartoon series developed in 1998 by Stephen Hillenburg. It is especially popular in the USA.
SpongeBob was produced by the American children’s channel Nickelodeon, on which the series has been running since July 1999. Meanwhile 236 episodes have been produced in seven seasons.
In Germany the series is shown by Nickelodeon and since March 2009 also on MTV. In Austria it is occasionally shown on ORF 1. In Switzerland it was shown for a long time in the Nickelodeon window on SF two. After a longer break SpongeBob will be broadcasted there again. Since 1 July 2009, Super RTL is no longer broadcast.
The feature film The SpongeBob SquarePants Film was shown in US cinemas on 19 November 2004 and in Germany on 23 December 2004.
Nickelodeon also often features an offshoot of SpongeBob Schwammkopf during commercial breaks: Dein Horoskop mit Thaddäus (Astrology with Squidward). There the different characters depict signs of the zodiac and read the horoscope in a humorous way.