Dexter's Laboratory

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  • TV-G
  • 1996
  • 6 Seasons
  • 7.9  (53,026)

Dexter's Laboratory is an iconic animated television show that aired on Cartoon Network from 1996 to 2003. The show follows the life of a precocious young boy genius named Dexter who possesses an incredible intellect and a passion for science. Dexter lives with his family, including his oblivious parents and his sister Dee Dee, who is the very opposite of Dexter, being a lively and outgoing girl who enjoys dancing and singing.

The show is filled with absurd science fiction plots and humor as Dexter hides his laboratory from his parents in his room, where he conducts experiments and invents various gadgets, weapons, and devices. The show is known for its clever writing and witty dialogue, as well as its unique animation style. The characters are drawn in a stylized, exaggerated manner, with large heads and expressive facial features.

One of the most appealing elements of Dexter's Laboratory is the way it blends various genres to create its own unique voice. The show features elements of science fiction, fantasy, and comedy, as well as action and adventure. The humor is often derived from the situations Dexter finds himself in, as well as from the eccentric characters he interacts with, such as Mandark, a rival boy genius who constantly challenges Dexter's intellect.

Another factor that makes the show so successful is its voice cast. Kath Soucie provides the voice of Dexter, imbuing the character with a sense of intelligence and curiosity that is infectious. Jeff Bennett voices Dexter's arch-nemesis Mandark, bringing a sense of villainy and egotism to the role. Christine Cavanaugh voices Dexter's sister Dee Dee, providing a perfect counterbalance to Dexter's seriousness with her bubbly and carefree attitude.

The show has attracted a devoted fan base over the years, and its impact on popular culture cannot be overstated. Many viewers identify with Dexter's intelligent and introverted nature, while others admire the show's willingness to take risks and blend different genres. The humor is accessible to both children and adults, and the show's messages about the importance of imagination, curiosity, and individuality resonate with audiences of all ages.

Overall, Dexter's Laboratory is a groundbreaking animated series that continues to entertain and inspire viewers to this day. It's a show that is both absurd and endearing, combining elements of science fiction, fantasy, and humor into a unique blend that has captured the hearts and minds of fans around the world. Whether you're young or old, there's something about Dexter's Laboratory that will make you smile, and that's a testament to the show's enduring appeal.

Dexter's Laboratory is a series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (164 episodes). The series first aired on January 8, 1996.

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They Got Chops / Poetic Injustice / Comedy of Feathers
13. They Got Chops / Poetic Injustice / Comedy of Feathers
November 19, 2003
"They Got Chops" (7 minutes) When Dee Dee starts layin' the judo on Dexter, he learns to fight back. "Poetic Injustice" (7 minutes) Dexter falls for a girl at school and tries to win her heart with the most unscientific thing of all-poetry. "Comedy of Feathers" (7 minutes) Dee Dee decides she wants the ostrich at the zoo for her very own.
The Lab of Tomorrow / Chicken Scratch / Garage Sale
12. The Lab of Tomorrow / Chicken Scratch / Garage Sale
November 3, 2003
"The Lab of Tomorrow" (7 minutes) Dexter narrates as he shows new scientists the great inventions he has planned for a super, future, modern lab. "Chicken Scratch" (5:40) When Dexter comes down with a case of Chicken Pox, DeeDee warns him that if he scratches at all, he'll turn into a chicken. Dexter does not believe such nonsense... but can his mighty genius keep him from scratching? [Originally a theatrical cartoon]"Garage Sale" (7 minutes) When the family has a garage sale, one of Dexter's inventions ends up in Mandark's hands.
Tee Party / Dexter's Wacky Races
11. Tee Party / Dexter's Wacky Races
September 25, 2003
"Tee Party" (11 minutes) When Dad makes Dexter be his caddy, Dexter destroys the normally peaceful game of golf. "Dexter's Wacky Races" (11 minutes) The Dexter cast is outfitted in their various mobiles cr"ating havoc as they race towards the finish line.
Voice Over / Blonde Leading the Blonde / Comic Stripper
10. Voice Over / Blonde Leading the Blonde / Comic Stripper
September 18, 2003
"Voice Over" (7 minutes) When Computer gets laryngitis, Dexter must find a replacement voice for her. "Blonde Leading the Blonde" (7 minutes) When Dexter refuses to see that blondes have more fun, Dee Dee secretly dyes his hair to prove her point. "Comic Stripper (7 minutes) When Dexter realizes that all of Mandark's diabolical plans come from a comic book, he swipes the latest issue and prepares to finally beat his arch nemesis.
Height Unseen / Bygone Errors / Folly Calls
9. Height Unseen / Bygone Errors / Folly Calls
September 11, 2003
"Height Unseen" (7 minutes) When everyone but him has had a growth spurt, Dexter decides to try and make himself tall. When that fails, he switches things around, making everyone else short. "Bygone Errors" (7 minutes) As Old Man Dexter reminisces about his glory days, Old Lady Dee Dee keeps adding her own, fantastical bits. "Folly Calls" (7 minutes) Dee Dee chops off a pigtail, and to fix it, Dexter gives her a hair growing potion. But when she uses more than one drop, her hair grows wild.
Babe Setter / Mountain Mandark / 2 geniuses 2 gether 4 ever
8. Babe Setter / Mountain Mandark / 2 geniuses 2 gether 4 ever
September 4, 2003
"Babe Sitter" (7 minutes) Mandark thinks he's going to have a nice romantic evening with his lady love when Dee Dee shows up to babysit him. "Mountain Mandark" (7 minutes) Getting in touch with nature, Mandark becomes Mountain Mandark, throwing of the shackles of technology."2Geniuses 2Gether 4Ever" (7 minutes) Mandark and Dexter become scientific buddies while Mandark plots to destroy Dexter.
Dexter the Barbarian / Tuber Time / Sore Eyes
7. Dexter the Barbarian / Tuber Time / Sore Eyes
May 29, 2003
"Dexter the Barbarian" (7 minutes) Dexter is a barbarian just trying to make his way to the bathroom. "Tuber Time" (7 minutes) When Dexter discovers the power of the potato, he rewires the lab to run off the spud."Sore Eyes" (7 minutes) Dexter is sick of his glasses and performs laser surgery on his eyes, giving himself 1/20 vision. But it turns out that no human should see the world this well.
School Girl Crushed / Chess Mom / Father Knows Least
6. School Girl Crushed / Chess Mom / Father Knows Least
May 22, 2003
"School Girl Crushed" (7 minutes) Dexter and Mandark attempt to defend their scientific turfs when a new scientific genius come to town. The only thing different is that this genius is a girl!"Chess Mom" (7 minutes) Dexter is in a Junior Chess Championship, but he has one problem with his game-Mom. She has gone gung-ho, treating chess like any other sport, yelling from the bleachers, calling time-outs, and harassing parents and junior players alike. "Father Knows Least" (7 minutes) When Dad gets fired, he has to do Mom's job and realizes how hard it is.
Head Band / Stuffed Animal House / Used Ink
5. Head Band / Stuffed Animal House / Used Ink
May 15, 2003
"Head Band" (7 minutes) Dee Dee has a song stuck in her head-literally. Dexter discovers that Dee Dee has a viral boy band infecting her brain and must come up with a cure before it spreads throughout the world. "Stuffed Animal House" (7 minutes) When Dee Dee brings her stuffed animals to life, Dexter and Dee Dee must catch them before before Mom and Dad notice. "Used Ink" (7 minutes) Dexter invents a hypnosis ink so that everyone else will do his chores. But when Mandark gets a hold of it, it's Dexter who's doing the work.
Dexter's Little Dilemma / Faux Chapeau / D2
4. Dexter's Little Dilemma / Faux Chapeau / D2
May 8, 2003
"Dexter's Little Dilemma" (7 minutes) Dexter has shrunk his parents and put them in a model of the house. But the house isn't complete, so Dexter must scramble about before they discover the truth. "Faux Chapeau" (7 minutes) Dexter's invention gets mistaken for a hat and becomes all the rage, bringing Dexter the fame he always wanted. "D2" (7 minutes) Dexter and Dee Dee discover they make a great superhero team when they work together.
The Scrying Game / Monstrosi-Dee-Dee / Dad Man Walking
3. The Scrying Game / Monstrosi-Dee-Dee / Dad Man Walking
May 4, 2003
"The Scrying Game" (7 minutes) Dee Dee reads Dexter's fortune and, much to his shock, the things she predicted actually start happening. "Monstrosi-Dee Dee" (7 minutes) When a monster keeps appearing and chasing Dexter through his lab, little does he know that the monster is really Dee Dee who's eaten an apple from his failed experiment."Dad Man Walking" (7 minutes) When a sleepwalking Dad comes wandering into Dexter's lab, Dexter must find a way to get him out before he wakes up-and before he destroys the lab.
Sis-Tem Error / Bad Cable Manners / Dexter's Library
2. Sis-Tem Error / Bad Cable Manners / Dexter's Library
April 24, 2003
"Sis-tem Error" (7 minutes) Dee Dee accidentally shuts down the lab and must embody all of Dexter's lab so he doesn't find out. "Bad Cable Manners" (7 minutes) Dad wants good reception so badly that Dexter secretly pirates cable to make his Dad happy."Dexter's Library" (7 minutes) When Dexter is given rule over the library, he enforces his rules a little too strictly.
Beau Tie/Remember Me/Overlabbing
1. Beau Tie/Remember Me/Overlabbing
November 21, 2002
"Beau tie" (7 minutes) Dee Dee brings home a boy who's not only cute-he's smart. Soon Dexter and Dee Dee are fighting for his attention. "Remember Me" (7 minutes) When Dexter gets amnesia, Dee Dee shows him all the fun they usually have together. "Over Labbing" (7 minutes) Dexter and Mandark both decide to expand their labs, running into each other. Now these two scientists must learn to co-exist as they plot to destroy each other.
Where to Watch Dexter's Laboratory
Dexter's Laboratory is available for streaming on the Cartoon Network website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Dexter's Laboratory on demand at Max, Amazon, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    January 8, 1996
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (53,026)