Stephen Hillenburg is the creator of the hit TV show SpongeBob SquarePants, and the former show-runner for the show's first three seasons and tenth season.



SpongeBob SquarePantsEdit

Conceptual Years (1986-1998)Edit

Hillenburg studied at the Marine Institute (now known as the Ocean Institite) in Orange County. Hillenburg was approacged by an educational director to write a comic based off marine life. The comic bool starred a character named Bob the Sponge, who would later evolve into SpongeBob SquarePants. After this Hillenburg decided to pursue animation. After making some short films, Hillenburg landed a job as director for Rocko's Modern Life. After being suggested by a crew member during the final season of Rocko's Modern Life, Hillenburg began to come up with ideas for a new show. He eventually decided to make it with characters living underwater. Hillenburg had turned to Tom Kenny to be the voice for the main character.

Airing and Peak Years (1999-2003)Edit

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie production (2003-2004)Edit

Departure from SpongeBob SquarePants (2004-2014)Edit

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Production and Return (2014-2015)Edit