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Nickelodeon television show Blue's Clues host Steve Burns rides a float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in New York City in November 2021. Ted Shaffrey/AP hide caption

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Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants made its TV debut 25 years ago on May 1, 1999 before the official series launch in July 1999. Nickelodeon hide caption

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The iconic SpongeBob SquarePants made his TV debut 25 years ago

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Producer Marty Krofft arrives at the premiere of "Land of the Lost," at Gramuan's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles on May 30, 2009. Krofft, one of the producing pair that put "H.R. Pufnstuf" and the Osmonds on TV, has died at 86. Reed Saxon/AP hide caption

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The cast of Zoom, 1972. Courtesy of WGBH Archives hide caption

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50 years ago, 'Zoom' spoke to children about their real lives

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