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Comic science fiction
|Written by|| Genndy Tartakovsky|
|Starring|| Christine Cavanaugh|
(Season 1, 3)
(Season 2, 4)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||78 (221 segments) (List of Dexter's Laboratory episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Genndy Tartakovsky|
|Running time||22 minutes approx.|
|Production company(s)|| Cartoon Network Studios|
(Season 1, 3-4)
|Original channel||Cartoon Network|
|First shown||February 26, 1995|
|Original run||April 28, 1996 – November 21, 2003; January 22, 2013|
Dexter's Laboratory was inspired by one of Genndy Tartakovsky's drawings of a ballerina. After drawing her tall and thin shape, he decided to pair her with a short and blocky opposite, Dexter. In 1991, he made his first "Dexter" short. On February 20, 1995, Dexter's Laboratory made its first run on the The Cartoon Cartoon Show. In March 1996, the first season began airing. Directors and writers on the series included Genndy Tartakovsky, Rumen Petkov, Craig McCracken, Seth MacFarlane, Butch Hartman, Rob Renzetti, Paul Rudish, Mark O'Hare, John McIntyre and Chris Savino.
Dexter's Laboratory ended its initial run in 1999, with the series finale being the episode "Last But Not Beast", but re-entered production in 2001. The new episodes, which ran for two more seasons, had a different production team than the originals, since Genndy Tartakovsky was busy working on Samurai Jack and Star Wars: Clone Wars. The second series featured new character and background designs, alternative storyline and character backgrounds, and different sound effects (which were mostly all classic Hanna-Barbera sound effects). Also, Dexter's voice actress changed from Christine Cavanaugh to Candi Milo.
The show was rerun on Cartoon Network during weekday mornings from November 8, 2010 until March 4, 2011.
Show Premise Edit
The series revolves around a boy genius named Dexter who has a secret laboratory filled with highly advanced equipment that is hidden behind a bookshelf in his bedroom. Access to this seemingly endless laboratory is achieved by speaking various passwords or by activating hidden switches hidden on the bookcase (such as pulling out a specific book). Other means of lab access are retinal scanners. Dexter is normally in conflict with his ditzy older sister Dee Dee who has an uncanny talent gaining access to Dexter's lab despite his best efforts to keep her out. Dee Dee eludes all manner of lab security and once inside, delights in playing in the lab, often destroying many of Dexter's inventions and creations. For reasons left unexplained, Dexter still manages to keep his lab a secret from his clueless, cheerful parents. In the beginning of the series Dee Dee is the only other character who knows about his lab, in several episodes however, he is forced to reveal the lab to his parents, although all of these episodes end with all of his parents memories being wiped. Dexter has a Arch nemesis, another boy genius named Susan "Mandark" Astronominov. Often Mandark, through fraud or (rarely) coincidence, attempts to take credit for Dexters achievements. Mandark is also secretly in love with Dee Dee.
A segment of the show was the Justice Friends. Essentially a parody of the Avengers, the name derives from the Justice League and the SuperFriends.
- Major Glory- a parody of Captain America with some traits of Superman. Nephew of Uncle Sam.
- Infraggable Krunk- parody of the Incredible Hulk. Color is reversed of Hulk. Krunk is kinder than Hulk, but still speaks in poor English, "You want Krunk smash?" He calls Major Glory "Flagman", similar to Hulk referring to Iron Man as "Metal Man".
- Val Halen- a combination of Valhalla and Van Halen. A parody of Thor. Has hard rock/heavy metal powers. Has a "surfer dude" personality.
- White Tiger- parody of Black Panther
- Tiki Torch- parody of Human Torch
- Capital G- parody of Giant Man
- Living Bullet- parody of Iron Man
Dexter along with Dee Dee (Deceased) , Mandark (Deceased), Lalavava, Mee Mee & Lee Lee, mom & dad, Agent Honeydew, and Monkey all make an appearance in PowerPuff Girls Doujinshi.In Grim Tales Afterbirth, it is revealed that Dexter has an evil counterpart named Draxter (Drax for short)