You might have heard that Spongebob Squarepants, one of the most enduringly successful and popular animated shows ever, was coming to an end in March. This is not true.
A fake tweet from a Twitter profile claiming to be the official SpongeBob account (complete with a blue checkmark!) said the show was coming to an end on March 1, 2018. The tweet looked and sounded real and genuine enough to pass for something Nickelodeon might say. But it turned out to be a bunch of baloney; a good Photoshop job and nothing more.
We know it’s fake because in May 2017, Nickelodeon renewed SpongeBob for a 12th season, comprising 26 episodes, that will air in 2019. The show’s 11th season is going on right now. As with all shows, SpongeBob will eventually end, but it won’t be for at least another year.
Even if SpongeBob does end after the 12th season in 2019 (and Nickelodeon has given no indication that it will pull the plug then), a third SponbeBob movie is scheduled to hit theatres in 2020 so the franchise is set to continue regardless.
SpongeBob the TV show premiered in 1999, so it’s 20th anniversary is right around the corner. According to Entertainment Weekly, it remains the No. 1 highest rated show on TV among children aged 2-11. One of the newest extensions of the hit show was a SpongeBob musical that premiered on Broadway in 2016.