Lab Rats (U.S. TV series)
|Theme music composer||
|Opening theme||"Lab Rats Theme" by DJ Lunar and BIA|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||90 (list of episodes)|
Hollywood Center Studios|
Los Angeles Center Studios
|Running time||21–24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||It's a Laugh Productions|
|Original network||Disney XD|
|Original release||February 27, 2012– February 3, 2016|
|Followed by||Lab Rats: Elite Force|
Lab Rats, also known as Lab Rats: Bionic Island for the fourth season, is an American television sitcom that premiered on February 27, 2012, on Disney XD, and aired through February 3, 2016. The series was created by Chris Peterson and Bryan Moore and produced by It's a Laugh Productions for Disney XD. It focuses on the life of Leo Dooley, whose mother, Tasha, marries billionaire genius Donald Davenport. Leo then finds Adam, Bree, and Chase, three bionic superhumans with whom he develops a close friendship.
A young teenager named Leo Dooley lived a normal life until the day his mother Tasha gets remarried to billionaire inventor Donald Davenport, whom they move in with. While trying to find his bedroom, Leo accidentally discovers teenage siblings with bionic powers living in his new basement. The show follows the bionic teens as they unravel in adventurous situations in an attempt to live life like a normal family in the fictional town of Mission Creek, California.
As the show progresses in the second, third, and fourth seasons, it gets darker with the introduction of Donald's younger brother Douglas Davenport who later joins the Lab Rats' side, Douglas' android son, Marcus Davenport, Victor Krane, Taylor (formerly known as S-1), who joins the Lab Rats during the fourth season, Sebastian (formerly known as S-3), Krane's bionic soldiers, Giselle, who's planning on rebuilding Marcus, and Troy West, Giselle's android creation. At the end of the third season, Donald opens up a bionic academy on a bionic island to train Krane's bionic soldiers to be the world's new bionic heroes.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||20||February 27, 2012||November 5, 2012|
|2||25||February 25, 2013||January 13, 2014|
|3||23||February 17, 2014||February 5, 2015|
|4||22||March 18, 2015||February 3, 2016|
- Billy Unger as Chase Davenport
- Spencer Boldman as Adam Davenport
- Kelli Berglund as Bree Davenport
- Tyrel Jackson Williams as Leo Dooley
- Hal Sparks as Donald Davenport
The series was created by Chris Peterson and Bryan Moore. On January 15, 2011, Billy Unger, who plays Chase, stated that the series was originally called Billion Dollar Freshman. However, the pilot was re-shot, with the changing of the name to Lab Rats and the addition of Bree, who is the only girl of the group, and Adam, who is the oldest of the three. Disney XD ordered Lab Rats to series in July 2011, with a scheduled 2012 premiere.
On May 18, 2012, Lab Rats was renewed for a second season. On July 26, 2013, Disney XD renewed Lab Rats for a third season. In May 2014, Disney XD renewed Lab Rats for a fourth season, which makes it the second original series of Disney XD to go past three seasons, after Kickin' It. The fourth season premiered on March 18, 2015. On July 1, 2015, Kelli Berglund stated in an interview that the fourth season would be the final season. The final episode of Lab Rats: Bionic Island aired on Disney XD on February 3, 2016.
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The series originally premiered on February 27, 2012 on Disney XD, and on March 2, 2012 on Disney Channel. It first aired on February 24, 2012, on Disney XD Canada. It stopped airing on Disney XD in Canada and moved to Disney Channel due to DHX Media losing Disney rights. It aired as a preview on March 29, 2012, and premiered on April 19, 2012, on Disney XD UK and Ireland. It premiered on June 10, 2012, on Disney XD South Africa. It first aired on Disney Channel Australia and New Zealand on December 31, 2012, and officially premiered on January 10, 2013. It premiered on March 11, 2013, on Disney XD Malaysia and on August 5, 2012, in the rest of Southeast Asia on Disney Channel Asia and on March 16, 2013, on Disney XD and on September 4, 2015, on CITV.
The series launch of Lab Rats in February 2012 was the most-watched series premiere in Disney XD history, drawing 1.3 million viewers and performing well in key demographics. The followup encore of the premiere that aired on Disney Channel on March 2, 2012 ranked as the #1 telecast in Kids 2–11 for the week of February 27–Match 4, 2012, drawing 2.3 million viewers in the demographic.
Awards and nominations
|2016||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite TV Show – Kids Show||Lab Rats: Bionic Island||Nominated|
Spinoff series: Lab Rats: Elite Force
On September 3, 2015, it was announced that Lab Rats would have a joint spinoff series with Mighty Med called Lab Rats: Elite Force. Only Billy Unger and Kelli Berglund from Lab Rats were reported to be returning for the new series, alongside Bradley Steven Perry, Jake Short, and Paris Berelc from Mighty Med. It was subsequently announced that Lab Rats: Elite Force would premiere on Disney XD on March 2, 2016.
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- "Disney XD Orders Third Season of Lab Rats". Deadline Hollywood. July 26, 2013. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
- "Kelli Berglund Confirms Disney XD's Lab Rats: Bionic Island Is Ending". M Magazine. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
- Bryan Moore [@MooreBryan] (February 3, 2016). "East Coast!! You are 15 minutes away from the series finale of #LabRatsBionicIsland!" (Tweet). Retrieved February 5, 2016 – via Twitter.
- "Disney XD Set to Premiere "Lab Rats," A Comedy About a Teenager and His Three Super-Human Siblings, on Monday, February 27" (Press release). Disney XD. January 9, 2012. Retrieved May 8, 2018 – via The Futon Critic.
- "Disney Channel is TV's #1 Network in Total Day for Record-Setting 38 Consecutive Weeks in Kids 6-11 and Tweens 9-14" (Press release). Disney Channel. March 6, 2012. Retrieved May 8, 2018 – via The Futon Critic.
- Brian Lowry (February 23, 2012). "Lab Rats". Variety. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
- Rick Kissell (April 6, 2015). "Disney XD Sets Animated Ratings High with Premiere of 'Star vs. the Forces of Evil'". Variety. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
Among all series on the network, it ranks second to date behind only the live-action original series "Lab Rats" in February 2012.
- "Disney XD Original Series "Lab Rats" is Network's #1 Launch Ever" (Press release). Disney XD. February 29, 2012. Retrieved May 8, 2018 – via The Futon Critic.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister (September 3, 2015). "Disney XD Greenlights 'Lab Rats' and 'Mighty Med' Spinoff Series". Variety. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
- "Disney XD's New Spinoff Series "Lab Rats: Elite Force" Premieres Wednesday, March 2" (Press release). Disney XD. February 2, 2016. Retrieved February 2, 2016 – via The Futon Critic.