Dexter's Laboratory

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Dexter's Laboratory (commonly abbreviated as Dexter's Lab) is an American comic science fiction animated television series created by Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network. The series follows Dexter, a boy-genius with a secret laboratory, which he fills with his marvelous inventions. Dexter constantly battles against his sister Dee Dee, who always manages to gain access to his lab, despite his best efforts to keep her out. He also engages in a bitter rivalry with his neighbor and fellow-genius

The series' first two seasons contain additional segments: 
Dial M for Monkey, which focuses on Dexter's pet lab-monkey-turned-superhero, and The Justice Friends, about a trio of superheroes who share an apartment. Tartakovsky based the series on student films he produced while attending the California Institute of the Arts and pitched the series to Hanna-Barbera's animated shorts showcase World Premiere Toons. A pilot aired on Cartoon Network in February 1995, and in August viewer approval ratings convinced the network to order a half-hour series, which premiered on April 28, 1996. By 1999, 52 episodes and a television movie had been produced, and Tartakovsky then left the series to begin work on his other projects, Samurai Jack and Star Wars: Clone Wars. In 2001, the network revived the series under a different production team at Cartoon Network Studios, and after 26 more episodes, the series ended on November 20, 2003. Dexter's Laboratory received high ratings and became one of Cartoon
Network's most popular and successful original series. During its run, the series was nominated for 4 Primetime Emmy Awards, 4 Golden Reel Awards, and 9 Annie Awards, winning 3 additional Annie Awards. The series is notable for helping launch the careers of several cartoonists, such as Craig McCracken (The Powerpuff Girls, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, and Wander Over Yonder), Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, American Dad!, and The Cleveland Show), Butch Hartman (The Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom, and T.U.F.F. Puppy), and Rob Renzetti (My Life as a Teenage Robot). Spin-off media include comic books, DVD and VHS releases, music albums, collectible toys, and video games.

Main Characters:
  • Dexter:
Is a boy genius with a secret laboratory in his bedroom where he spends most of his time conducting science experiments and making inventions. He keeps his lab a secret from his parents and everyone else, but usually has trouble doing so. The only person who knows about his secret lab is his sister Dee Dee.

  • Dee Dee: 
Is a ditzy ballerina girl and the older sister of Dexter. She spends most of her time playing games in her room and doing all things frilly and girly. Sometimes, she gets into Dexter's lab and messes with all of his inventions and experiments.

  • Mandark Astronomanov: 
Is a nerdy boy genius with an evil secret lair in his bedroom. He is Dexter's worst enemy and they constantly get into fights over who is smarter. These fights always spiral more and more wildly out of control and sometimes, neither of them even win. He has a crush on Dee Dee that Dee Dee is oblivious to. His real name is Susan which is the name his hippie parents gave to him. Mandark is ashamed of this name and so he goes by the name of Mandark to express the "Darkness" that swells in him and the "Man" he knows he can be.