SpongeBob SquarePants
SpongeBob SquarePants (often referred to simply as SpongeBob) is an American animated television series, created by marine biologist
Marine biology
Marine biology is the scientific study of organisms in the ocean or other marine or brackish bodies of water. Given that in biology many phyla, families and genera have some species that live in the sea and others that live on land, marine biology classifies species based on the environment rather...

 and animator
An animator is an artist who creates multiple images that give an illusion of movement called animation when displayed in rapid sequence; the images are called frames and key frames. Animators can work in a variety of fields including film, television, video games, and the internet. Usually, an...

 Stephen Hillenburg
Stephen Hillenburg
Stephen McDannell Hillenburg is an American animator, writer, producer, actor, voice actor, and director best known for creating the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants. He currently owns his own production company, United Plankton Pictures...

. Much of the series centers on the exploits and adventures of the title character
SpongeBob SquarePants (character)
SpongeBob SquarePants is a main fictional character in the animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants. He is voiced by Tom Kenny and first appeared on television in the series' pilot episode "Help Wanted" on May 1, 1999. SpongeBob was created and designed by cartoonist Stephen Hillenburg...

 and his various friends in the underwater city of "Bikini Bottom". The series' popularity has prompted the release of a media franchise
Media franchise
A media franchise is an intellectual property involving the characters, setting and trademarks of an original work of media , such as a film, a work of literature, a television program or a video game. Generally, a whole series is made in a particular medium, along with merchandising and endorsements...

, contributing to its position as Nickelodeon's
Nickelodeon (TV channel)
Nickelodeon, often simply called Nick and originally named Pinwheel, is an American children's channel owned by MTV Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom International. The channel is primarily aimed at children ages 7–17, with the exception of their weekday morning program block aimed at preschoolers...

 highest rated show, the most distributed property of MTV Networks
MTV Networks
MTV Networks is a division of media conglomerate Viacom that oversees the operations of many television channels and Internet brands, including the original MTV channel in the United States...

, and among Nicktoons' most watched shows.

SpongeBob: Why does it take more than one squirrel to change a lightbulb? 'Because they're so darn stupid!

SpongeBob: Have you seen [Sandy's] teeth? I mean, you could land an airplane on them!

SpongeBob: "I'm ready! I'm ready! I'm ready!"

Patrick: "Oh, barnacles!"

SpongeBob and Patrick: "Aw, tartar sauce!"

Mr. Krabs: "Ar Ar Ar Ar Ar!"

Mermaid Man: "EEEEVILLL!!!"

Patrick: "Aw, fish paste!"