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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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SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg, shown here at the 2015 world premiere of "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water," has died at 57. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Paramount International hide caption

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