SpongeBob SquarePants is an animated television series broadcast on Nickelodeon, an American cable network. The series premiered on May 1, 1999 and is currently in its eighth season.
As of November, 2012, a total of 345 individual episodes have aired, with a total of 180½ shows. The episodes air in half-hour time blocks in which each half-hour airing consists of either two eleven-minute shorts, a triad of seven-minute shorts, or a twenty-two minute special. In a rare case, a forty-five minute television movie will take up a one-hour time block.
A feature film, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie complements the series, and premiered in theaters in the United States on November 19, 2004. In season five, the series' first television film, Atlantis SquarePantis, premiered on November 12, 2007 after a television marathon and on November 6, 2009, the second television film, Truth or Square premiered. The first seven seasons are available on DVD for Regions 1, 2 and 4 as of December 6, 2011.