Year 1997 (MCMXCIX) was a common year of the Gregorian calendar that started on a Wednesday. It is the year the original version of "Help Wanted" was made.
|January 17||The pitch bible for the show was written by Stephen Hillenburg.|
|July 1||"Help Wanted" began production.|
|Unknown date (possibly November 16)||The original pilot version of "Help Wanted" was made.
SpongeBoy was renamed as SpongeBob.