Dexter's Laboratory (commonly abbreviated as Dexter's Lab) is an American animated series created by Genndy Tartakovsky and produced by Cartoon Network Studios (also co-produced with Hanna-Barbera in 1996-2001). The show is about a boy named Dexter who has an enormous secret laboratory filled with an endless collection of his inventions. The series premiered in the United States on Cartoon Network on April 28, 1996 and ended on November 20, 2003. As of 2010, Cartoon Network's sister channel Boomerang reruns the show.
The series initially debuted on The Cartoon Cartoon Show as a cartoon short. Each thirty-minute episode consists of two to three segments (with the exception of the series finale). Dexter's Laboratory originally ended in 1998, but it was later revived for a movie as well as two more seasons.
Dexter's Laboratory is notable for helping launch the careers of several cartoon creators such as Craig McCracken, Seth MacFarlane, Butch Hartman and Rob Renzetti.
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 Cartoon Cartoon Show—an episode now known as "Changes". The show was picked up by Cartoon Network, and its first season began airing on April 28, 1996. 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.
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