- Dilbert (TV series)
Dilbert Genre Comedy
Format Animation Created by Scott Adams (characters) Developed by Scott Adams
Directed by Rick Del Carmen
Voices of Daniel Stern
Theme music composer Danny Elfman Composer(s) Adam Cohen
Country of origin United States No. of seasons 2 No. of episodes 30 (List of episodes) Production Executive producer(s) Larry Charles Producer(s) Jeffrey L. Goldstein
Running time 22 minutes Distributor Columbia TriStar Television Broadcast Original channel UPN (1999–2004)
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.
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.
- Daniel Stern - Dilbert
- Chris Elliott - Dogbert
- Larry Miller - The Pointy-Haired Boss
- Gordon Hunt - Wally
- Jackie Hoffman - Dilmom
- Jim Wise - Loud Howard
- Tom Kenny - Ratbert, Asok, additional Voices
- Kathy Griffin - Alice (uncredited)
- Gary Kroeger - Additional voices
- Maurice LaMarche - The World's Smartest Garbageman, Bob the Dinosaur, additional voices
- Tress MacNeille - Carol, Lena, additional voices
- Jason Alexander - Catbert
- Stone Cold Steve Austin - Himself
- Carlos Alazraqui - Additional voices
- Jennifer Bransford - Ashley
- Andy Dick - Dilbert's Assistant Alfonso
- Jon Favreau - Holden Callfielder
- Gilbert Gottfried - Accounting Troll
- Tom Green - Jerrold
- Christopher Guest - The Dupey
- Buck Henry - Dadbert
- Harry Kalas - Baseball Announcer
- Wayne Knight - Path-E-Tech Security Guard
- Jay Leno - Himself
- Eugene Levy - Comp-U-Comp's Plug Guard
- Camryn Manheim - Juliet
- Mr. Moviefone - Himself
- Chazz Palminteri - Leonardo da Vinci
- Jeri Ryan - Seven of Nine Alarm Clock
- Jerry Seinfeld - Comp-U-Comp
- Billy West - Vibrating Chair Salesman, Rioting Engineer (Pilot episode only)
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