Dexter's Laboratory

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Dexter's Laboratory
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Season 2-4's title card.
Created by: Genndy Tartakovsky
Network: Cartoon Network
Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Cartoon Network Studios
Distributor: Turner Entertainment Company
Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original release: April 27, 1996November 20, 2003
Run time: 22 minutes
Starring: Christine Cavanaugh
Candi Milo
Allison Moore
Kat Cressida
Kath Soucie
Jeff Bennett
Eddie Deezen
Frank Welker
Rob Paulsen
Tom Kenny
Executive producer(s): Larry Huber
Sherry Gunther
Producer(s): Debby Hindman
Selma Edelman
Music composed by: Thomas Chase
Steve Rucker
Gary Lionelli
Writer(s): Genndy Tartakovsky
Jason Butler Rote
Zeke Kamm
Michael Ryan
Seth MacFarlane
Director(s): Genndy Tartakovsky (also voices)
Craig McCracken
Paul Rudish
Rob Renzetti
Robert Alvarez
John McIntyre
Rumen Petkov
Chris Savino
Don Judge
Second title card
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Season 1's title card.

Dexter's Laboratory, also known as Dexter's Lab, is an American animated sci-fi/fantasy comedy television series created by Genndy Tartakovsky. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera (seasons 1-2) and Cartoon Network Studios (seasons 3-4) for Cartoon Network. It ran from 1996 to 2003, airing 78 episodes that spanned four seasons. A TV movie titled Dexter's Laboratory: Ego Trip aired in 1999.

Underneath his ordinary suburban house, boy genius Dexter lives a secret life in his laboratory, creating new inventions the world has never seen before. However, they all fall prey to his intrusive older sister, Dee Dee, who despite meaning well, acts rather foolish and clumsy.

There are two other segments set within the world of Dexter's Laboratory: Dial M for Monkey, which starred Dexter's superhero pet, Monkey; and The Justice Friends, a trio of superheroes, who after saving the world together, go home under the same apartment roof.



After being transferred from Columbia College Chicago to the California Institute of Arts in 1990, Genndy Tartakovsky wrote, directed, animated, and produced two student short films; one of them of which was the basis for the television pilot of Dexter's Laboratory.[1][2] The concept of the short originated with one of Tartakovsky's designs at CalArts, where he drew a tall, skinny girl dancing and decided to pair her with a short, blocky scientist who's the opposite. The drawing of these two would become the characters of Dee Dee and Dexter, respectively.[3] It was included in a university screening for the producers of Batman: The Animated Series, who were impressed and hired Tartakovsky.

Later, Tartakovsky joined Hanna-Barbera in the production team of 2 Stupid Dogs. The co-workers on that series—Craig McCracken, Rob Renzetti, Paul Ruddish, and Lou Romano—were classmates of his and went on to collaborate with him on Dexter's Laboratory. While working as a sheet timer on The Critic, Tartakovsky received a phone call from Larry Huber, a producer on 2 Stupid Dogs. Huber had shown Tartakovsky's unfinished student film to the recently-emerging Cartoon Network and wanted Tartakovsky to develop its concept into a seven-minute storyboard. Unhappy with his position on The Critic, Tartakovsky accepted the proposal, and the resulting project was produced as part of Cartoon Network's showcase series, What a Cartoon![4] The pilot, "Dexter's Laboratory," made its debut on February 26, 1995.



  • Dexter's Laboratory
  • Dial M for Monkey (1996-97)
  • The Justice Friends (1996-98)


The music and main/end title themes were composed by Thomas Chase and Steve Rucker. Additional music was provided by Gary Lionelli. The end credits featured lyrics written by Pamela Phillips Oland. Bodie Chandler was the director of music production.


Title Number Original air date
"Changes" 0x01 February 26, 1995
"The Big Sister" 0x02 March 10, 1996
"Old Man Dexter" 0x03 March 24, 1996
"Dimwit Dexter 0x04 April 14, 1996
"DeeDimensional" / Dial M for Monkey: "Magmanamus" / "Maternal Combat" 1x01 April 27, 1996
"Dexter Dodgeball" / Dial M for Monkey: "Rasslor" / "Dexter's Assistant" 1x02 May 4, 1996
"Dexter's Rival" / Dial M for Monkey: "Simion" / "Old Man Dexter" 1x03 May 11, 1996
"Double Trouble" / Dial M for Monkey: "Barbequor" / "Changes" 1x04 May 18, 1996
"Jurassic Pooch" / Dial M for Monkey: "Orgon Grindor" / "Dimwit Dexter" 1x05 May 25, 1996
"Dee Dee's Room" / Dial M for Monkey: "Huntor" / "The Big Sister" 1x06 June 1, 1996
"Star Spangled Sidekicks" / The Justice Friends: "TV Super Pals" / "Game Over" 1x07 November 20, 1996
"Baby Sitter Blues" / The Justice Friends: "Vallhallen's Room" / "Dream Machine" 1x08 November 27, 1996
"Dollhouse Drama" / The Justice Friends: "Krunk's Date" / "The Big Cheese" 1x09 December 4, 1996
"Way of the Dee Dee" / The Justice Friends: "Say Uncle Sam" / "Tribe Called Girl" 1x10 December 11, 1996
"Space Cases" / The Justice Friends: "Ratman" / "Dexter's Debt" 1x11 December 18, 1996
"Dexter's Rival" / The Justice Friends: "Bee Where?" / "Mandarker" 1x12 December 25, 1996
"Inflata Dee Dee" / The Justice Friends: "Can't Nap" / "Monstory" 1x13 January 1, 1997
"Beard to Be Feared" / "Quacker the Fowl" / "Ant Pants" 2x01 July 16, 1997
"Mom and Jerry" / "Chubby Cheese" / "That Crazy Robot" 2x02 July 23, 1997
"D & DD" / "Hamhocks and Armlocks" 2x03 July 30, 1997
"Hunger Strikes" / "The Koose Is Loose" / "Morning Stretch" 2x04 August 6, 1997
"Dee Dee Locks and the Ness Monster" / "Backfire" / "Book Em'" 2x05 August 13, 1997
"Sister's Got a Brand New Bag" / "Shoo, Shoe Gnomes" / "Lab of the Lost" 2x06 August 20, 1997
"Labels" / "Game Show" / "Fantastic Boyage" 2x07 August 27, 1997
"Filet of Soul" / "Golden Diskette" 2x08 September 3, 1997
"Snowdown" / "*Figure Not Included" / "Mock 5" 2x09 September 10, 1997
"Ewww That's Growth" / "Nuclear Confusion" / "Germ Warfare" 2x10 September 17, 1997
"A Hard Day's Day" / "Road Rash" / "Ocean Commotion" 2x11 September 24, 1997
"The Bus Boy" / The Justice Friends: "Things That Go Bonk in the Night" / "Ol' McDexter" 2x12 October 1, 1997
"Sassy Come Home" / "Photo Finish" 2x13 October 8, 1997
"Star Check Unconventional" / "Dexter Is Dirty" / "Ice Cream Scream" 2x14 October 15, 1997
"Decode of Honour" / "World's Greatest Mom" / "Ultrajerk 2000" 2x15 October 22, 1997
"Techno Turtle" / "Surprise!" / "Got Your Goat" 2x16 October 29, 1997
"Dee Dee Be Deep" / "911" / "Down in the Dumps" 2x17 November 5, 1997
"Unfortunate Cookie" / "The Muffin King" 2x18 November 12, 1997
"Picture Day" / "Dexter Detention" / "Now That's a Stretch" 2x19 November 19, 1997
"Don't Be a Baby" / Dial M for Monkey: "Peltra" / "G.I.R.L. Squad" 2x20 November 26, 1997
"Sports a Poppin'" / "Koos a la Goop a Goop" / "Project Dee Dee" 2x21 December 3, 1997
"Topped Off" / "Dee Dee's Tail" / "No Power Trip" 2x22 December 10, 1997
"Sister Mom" / "The Laughing" 2x23 December 17, 1997
"Dexter's Lab: A Story" / "Coupon for Craziness" / "Better Off Wet" 2x24 January 28, 1998
"Critical Gas" / "Let's Save the World You Jerk!" / "Average Joe" 2x25 February 4, 1998
"Rushmore Rumble" / "A Boy and His Bug" / "You Vegetabeleive It!" 2x26 February 11, 1998
"Aye Aye Eyes" / "Dee Dee and the Man" 2x27 February 18, 1998
"Old Flame" / "Don't Be a Hero" / "My Favorite Martian" 3x28 February 25, 1998
"Paper Route Bout" / "The Old Switcharooms" /" Trick or Treehouse" 2x29 March 4, 1998
"Quiet Riot" / "Accent You Hate" / "Catch of the Day" 2x30 March 11, 1998
"Dad Is Disturbed" / "Framed" / "That's Using Your Head" 2x31 March 18, 1998
"Just an Old Fashioned Lab Song..." / "Repairanoid" 2x32 March 25, 1998
"Sdrawkcab" / "The Continuum of Cartoon Fools" / "Sun, Surf and Science" 2x33 April 1, 1998
"Big Bots" / "Gooey Aliens That Control Your Mind" / "Misplaced in Space" 2x34 April 8, 1998
"Dee Dee's Rival" / "Pslightly Psycho" / "Game for a Game" 2x35 April 15, 1998
"Blackfoot and Slim" / "Trapped With a Vengeance" / "The Parrot Trap" 2x36 April 22, 1998
"Dexter and Computress Get Mandark!" / The Justice Friends: Pain in the Mouth" / "Dexter vs. Santa's Claws" 2x37 April 29, 1998
"Dyno-Might" / "LABretto" 2x38 May 13, 1998
"Last But Not Beast" 2x39 June 15, 1998
"Streaky Clean" / "A Dad Cartoon" / "Sole Brother" 3x01 November 18, 2001
"Mind Over Chatter" / "A Quackor Cartoon" / "Momdark" 3x02 November 18, 2001
"Copping an Attitude" / "A Failed Lab Experiment" / "The Grand Daddy of All Inventions" 3x03 November 30, 2001
"Poppa Wheelie" / "A Mom Cartoon" / "The Mock Side of the Moon" 3x04 January 18, 2002
"If Memory Serves" / "A Mandark Cartoon" / "Tele-Trauma" 3x05 February 22, 2002
"A Boy Named Sue" / "Lab on the Run" 3x06 March 29, 2002
"Dos Boot" / "A Dee Dee Cartoon" / "Would You Like That in the Can" 3x07 June 7, 2002
"That Magic Moment" / "A Silent Cartoon" / "Opposites Attract" 3x08 June 14, 2002
"Comic Relief" / "A Third Dad Cartoon" / "RoboDexo 3000" 3x09 June 21, 2002
"Glove at First Sight" / "A Mom & Dad Cartoon" / "Smells Like Victory" 3x10 June 28, 2002
"Oh, Brother" / "Another Dad Cartoon" / "Bar Exam" 3x11 July 5, 2002
"Jeepers, Creepers, Where Is Peepers?" / "Go, Dexter Family! Go!" 3x12 July 12, 2002
"Scare Tactics" / "A Mom Cartoon" / "My Dad vs. Your Dad" 3x13 September 20, 2002
"Beau Tie" / "Remember Me" / "Over-Labbing" 4x01 November 22, 2002
"Sis-Tem Error" / "Bad Cable Manners" / "Dexter's Library" 4x02 April 25, 2003
"The Scrying Game" / "Monstrosi-Dee Dee" / "Dad Man Walking" 4x03 May 2, 2003
"Dexter's Little Dilemma" / "Faux Chapeau" / "D2" 4x04 May 9, 2003
"Head Band" / "Stuffed Animal House" / "Used Ink" 4x05 May 16, 2003
"School Girl Crushed" / "Chess Mom" / "Father Knows Least" 4x06 May 23, 2003
"Dexter the Barbarian" / "Tuber Time" / "Sore Eyes" 4x07 May 30, 2003
"Babe Sitter" / "Mountain Mandark" / "2Geniuses 2Gether 4Ever" 4x08 September 5, 2003
"Height Unseen" / "Bygone Errors" / "Folly Calls" 4x09 September 12, 2003
"Voice Over" / "Blonde Leading the Blonde" / "Comic Stripper" 4x10 September 19, 2003
"Tee Party" / "Dexter's Wacky Races" 4x11 September 26, 2003
"The Lab of Tomorrow" / "Chicken Scratch" / "Garage Sale" 4x12 November 4, 2003
"They Got Chops" / "Poetic Justice" / "Comedy of Feathers" 4x13 November 20, 2003

There was also the never-aired episode, "Rude Removal," which was produced during season two. It eventually was uploaded to YouTube by Adult Swim on January 22, 2013.


Celebrity guests


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  3. ^ Davenport, Misha (November 24, 2002). "'Dexter' Creator Draws on His Youth". Chicago Sun-Times. Wrapports. Archived from the original on December 1, 2002. Retrieved October 6, 2022.
  4. ^ Neuwirth, Allan (2007). "From Russia, with Glove: Genndy Tartakovsky's Dexter's Lab Explodes". Makin' Toons: Inside the Most Popular Animated TV Shows and Movies. New York City: Skyhorse Publishing. ISBN 978-1-62153-197-5.