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
1x01 April 27, 1996
1x02 May 4, 1996
1x03 May 11, 1996
1x04 May 18, 1996
1x05 May 25, 1996
1x06 June 1, 1996
1x07 November 20, 1996
1x08 November 27, 1996
1x09 December 4, 1996
1x10 December 11, 1996
1x11 December 18, 1996
1x12 December 25, 1996
1x13 January 1, 1997
2x01 July 16, 1997
2x02 July 23, 1997
2x03 July 30, 1997
2x04 August 6, 1997
2x05 August 13, 1997
2x06 August 20, 1997
2x07 August 27, 1997
2x08 September 3, 1997
2x09 September 10, 1997
2x10 September 17, 1997
2x11 September 24, 1997
"The Bus Boy" / "Ol' McDexter" The Justice Friends: "Things That Go Bonk in the Night" 2x12 October 1, 1997
2x13 October 8, 1997
2x14 October 15, 1997
2x15 October 22, 1997
2x16 October 29, 1997
2x17 November 5, 1997
2x18 November 12, 1997
2x19 November 19, 1997
2x20 November 26, 1997
2x21 December 3, 1997
2x22 December 10, 1997
2x23 December 17, 1997
2x24 January 28, 1998
2x25 February 4, 1998
2x26 February 11, 1998
2x27 February 18, 1998
3x28 February 25, 1998
2x29 March 4, 1998
2x30 March 11, 1998
2x31 March 18, 1998
2x32 March 25, 1998
2x33 April 1, 1998
2x34 April 8, 1998
2x35 April 15, 1998
2x36 April 22, 1998
2x37 April 29, 1998
2x38 May 13, 1998
"Last But Not Beast" 2x39 June 15, 1998
3x01 November 18, 2001
3x02 November 18, 2001
3x03 November 30, 2001
3x04 January 18, 2002
3x05 February 22, 2002
3x06 March 29, 2002
3x07 June 7, 2002
3x08 June 14, 2002
3x09 June 21, 2002
3x10 June 28, 2002
3x11 July 5, 2002
3x12 July 12, 2002
3x13 September 20, 2002
4x01 November 22, 2002
4x02 April 25, 2003
4x03 May 2, 2003
4x04 May 9, 2003
4x05 May 16, 2003
4x06 May 23, 2003
4x07 May 30, 2003
4x08 September 5, 2003
4x09 September 12, 2003
4x10 September 19, 2003
"Tee Party" / "Dexter's Wacky Races" 4x11 September 26, 2003
4x12 November 4, 2003
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


  1. ^ People Staff (March 3, 1997). "In Toon with Tots". People. Archived from the original on November 28, 2018. Retrieved October 6, 2022.
  2. ^ "Animator Profile: Genndy Tartakovsky". Archived from the original on June 19, 2009. Retrieved October 6, 2022.
  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.