Dilbert (TV series)

Dilbert (TV series)
Genre Comedy
Animated Spin-off
Format Animation
Created by Scott Adams (characters)
Developed by Scott Adams
Larry Charles
Directed by Rick Del Carmen
James Hull
Voices of Daniel Stern
Chris Elliott
Larry Miller
Gordon Hunt
Jackie Hoffman
Tom Kenny
Kathy Griffin
Jim Wise
Theme music composer Danny Elfman
Composer(s) Adam Cohen
Ian Dye
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 30 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Larry Charles
Producer(s) Jeffrey L. Goldstein
Ron Nelson
Kara Vallow
Running time 22 minutes
Distributor Columbia TriStar Television
Original channel UPN (1999–2004)
Crackle (2007–present)
Original run January 25, 1999 – July 25, 2000

Dilbert is an animated television series spin-off of the comic strip of the same name, produced by Adelaide Productions, Idbox, and United Media and distributed by Columbia TriStar Television. The first episode was broadcast on January 25, 1999, and was UPN's highest-rated comedy series premiere to that point of the network's history; it lasted two seasons on UPN and won a Primetime Emmy before its cancellation.[1]



The first season centers on the creation of a new product, the "Gruntmaster 6000". The first three episodes involve the idea process ("The Name", "The Competition", and "The Prototype" respectively); the fifth ("Testing") involves having it survive a malevolent company tester named "Bob Bastard" (who is somewhat like Dilbert before being humiliated and disfigured), and the sixth ("Elbonian Trip") is about production in the famine-stricken fourth-world country of Elbonia. The product is field tested (with disastrous results) by an incredibly stupid family in Squiddler's Patch, Texas, during the thirteenth and final episode of the season, "Infomercial", even though it was not tested in a lab beforehand. However, Dilbert falls into the resulting black hole and wakes up in the meeting that had begun the episode (implying it was merely a daydream or vision of his, though it appears to have actually happened), and promptly locks his design lab.

The second season features seventeen episodes, bringing the total number of episodes to thirty. Unlike the first season, the episodes are not part of a larger story arc and have a different storyline for each of the episodes (with the exception of episodes 26 and 27, "Pregnancy" and "The Delivery"). Elbonia is revisited once more in "Hunger"; Dogbert still manages to scam people in "Art"; Dilbert is accused of mass murder in "The Trial"; and Wally gets his own disciples (the result of a complicated misunderstanding, the company launching a rocket for NASA, and a brainwashing seminar) in episode 16, "The Shroud of Wally".

The entire run of the Dilbert animated series was made available on Region 1 DVD on January 27, 2004 in Canada and the United States, under the title, "Dilbert: The Complete Series." The set included some special features including trailers and clip compilations with commentary by Scott Adams, executive producer Larry Charles, and voice actors Chris Elliott, Larry Miller, Kathy Griffin, and Gordon Hunt. The DVDs can be played on some PCs and DVD players with Region 2.

The theme music, "The Dilbert Zone", was written by Danny Elfman, and is a slight rewrite from the theme of the film Forbidden Zone.

Several episodes of Dilbert can now be watched on TidalTV [1] and on YouTube.com. All episodes of the show are available on Hulu, Crackle, and Netflix Streaming. Several Minisodes are also available.


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