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Dexter’s Laboratory:   The Complete Series          review by Bobby Blakey

Director and animation icon Genndy Tartakovsky has been entertaining audiences for years with the hit film series Hotel Transylvania as well as TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Samurai Jack and Primal. Before racking up this impressive resume he unleashed one of my favorite modern cartoon series Dexter’s Laboratory. Now the entire series is coming home for the first time in one complete collection.

Dexter’s Laboratory follows half-Einstein, half-third grader, Dexter. This boy genius creates the most amazing inventions in the top secret and highly advanced laboratory attached to his room. But his genius can’t stop his space-brained sister Dee Dee from messing up his work and pushing his buttons. Or his annoying rival Mandark from constantly trying to one-up him. Can Dexter use his intelligence to solve his problems? Time to fight fire with…SCIENCE!

From 1996-2003 the series ran for four seasons of 78 episodes and a TV movie. The simplistic nature and chaotic over the top run made it a hit with kids of all ages. I was already an adult when this series premiered but thanks to my kids digging the show I was introduce and instantly became a

fan. The ridiculous nature of his laboratory and his accent that doesn’t coincide with the rest of the family makes for a world all its own.

The ongoing adventures that usually stem from how much his sister Dee Dee annoys him and the unbelievable size of the lab offers up a great location for all their shenanigans. The animation is simple and perfect with great character designs and a unique feel that harkens back to the classic animated shows will still feeling fresh and new for its time.


Every episode of this show cracks me up on some level whether it be the insane storyline, the over-the-top antics of Dee Dee or the sheer annoyance Dexter feels dealing with anyone and anything. I still love this show and being able to revisit it brought the joy of watching it with my kids and my own love of the show back once again and will no doubt not be the last viewing.


This new collection brings all 78 episodes and the TV films Dexter’s Laboratory: Ego Trip together for the first time ever on DVD and will no doubt be a must have for animation fans.

Grab your copy available now from Warner Bros Discovery Home Entertainment.  

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