Sealab 2021

Cartoon Network (ended 2005)
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  • Similar to what is done on Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, this show can be described as a "cartoon remix" of the 1972 Alex Toth animated show Sealab 2020 in that the producers take the old animated footage, and manipulate it into something hilarious.The show centers around the crew of a lab under the sea. Plot and continuity are sacrificed early and often for insanity and clever wit.The show ran for four seasons and 52 episodes until it was cancelled in April 2005. Despite rumors of Cartoon Network cancelling the series, the show was in fact ended by decision of 7030 Productions, who felt it was the right time to move on to new projects. DVD ReleasesSeason 1: 13 episodes - July 20, 2004 Season 2: 13 episodes - February 1, 2005 Season 3: 13 episodes - July 12, 2005 Season 4: 13 episodes - August 8, 2005moreless

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  • S 5 : Ep 8

    Legacy of Laughter

    Aired 4/25/05

  • S 5 : Ep 7

    No Waterworld

    Aired 4/18/05

  • S 5 : Ep 6

    Moby Sick

    Aired 4/11/05

  • S 5 : Ep 5


    Aired 4/4/05

  • S 5 : Ep 4


    Aired 3/28/05

  • Cast & Crew
  • Erik Estrada

    Marco Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Seasons 1-4)

  • Harry Goz

    Captain Hazel "Hank" Murphy (Seasons 1-3)

  • Kate Miller

    Debbie DuPree

  • Bill Lobley

    Jodene Sparks

  • Brett Butler (II)

    Dr. Quentin Q. Quinn

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (292)

    • Intro Theme: If you're looking for me You better check under the sea 'Cause that is where you'll find me Underneath the Seeeaaa Laaaaab Underneath the water Seeeaaa Laaaaab At the bottom of the sea

    • Marco: Once again, your stupidity has killed us all!

    • Murphy: Alright, seamonkey, why do you hate Marco? Stormy (on phone): Uhhh... cause he's a mailbox head? Murphy: Oh, real original, fignuts!

    • (on the air) Murphy: Hey sea monkeys, it's that jerkface, Marco!

    • (on radio) Chorus: Oh, I hate Marco, hate Marco, hate Marco, and his mailbox head!

    • (to the caller) Murphy: You're a bigger suck-up than that stupid forest ranger!

    • (the crew discusses what it will be like when they all become robots) Marco: I can chew nails and shoot them out as bullets right? Sparks: Nails, chains, you won't have titanium teeth for nothing. Murphy: Nails are like candy to robots, and we'll eat tires instead of licorice. Debbie: (laughs) No we won't. Murphy: Maybe YOU won't!

    • Old Gus: The penalty for a robot harming a human will be one thousand years frozen in carbonite! Stormy: A thousand years frozen in carbonite? It'll be so cold! Murphy: My nipples are hard just thinking about it.

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    Notes (204)

    • The theme song for this pilot is the original four-track recording of the Sealab 2021 theme. It was written and recorded in the home of Julie Stepanek (singer for the band Calamine), by herself.

    • This episode was made from Sealab 2020 footage, edited "using the same obsolete system they use today", to quote the DVD. Adam Reed & Matt Thompson acquired the footage when they took it from Cartoon Network when they were fired in 1996.

    • Stormy's character is named Apollo, Quinn's character is named LeBeau, and Hesh's character is named Scooter.

    • This can only can be seen on Sealab 2021 Vol. 1 DVD.

    • Executive producer Mike Lazzo said that the script for this episode is one of the best scripts he's ever read at Cartoon Network or elsewhere.

    • Chopper Dave's helicopter is seen exploding during one of the news broadcasts. Later on, the wreckage of the same helicopter floats past one of Sealab's windows

    • First appearance of Stormy's "dodgeball cannon".

    • Additional music by blackcowboy.

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    Trivia (77)

    • When Murphy goes down to see Ted (from accounting), He tells him to launch the emergency radio beacon and when he does, the beacon has a long cord connecting it to Sealab but as it breaks surface, it pops completely out of the water and you can plainly see the cord has vanished.

    • According to the news report, human-to-robot brain transplants should supposedly be available around the year 2031.

    • In the end credits, one slide contains "special thanks to The Idiot".

    • During the split second between when sealab blows up and it shows sealab, unblown up, all the pods are there, even though 3 of the pods where destroyed.

    • There actually is a black Stormy; Space Stormy from the episode, "ASHDTV."

    • When the scene changes to the beginnings of Debbie's "screening process" we see the outside of the bridge with the silhouettes of three people. When we go inside, however, only Debbie and Captain Murphy are present.

    • At the beginning of the episode, you can see Captain Murphy watching episodes of The Brak Show, Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force on one of the monitors.

    • As Captain Murphy and Dr. Quinn gorge themselves, amongst the food on the table, Frylock from Aqua Teen Hunger Force can be seen.

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    Allusions (157)

    • The character "Howlin' Mad" Murdock Murphy invented is a reference to the character of the same name on the television series The A-Team.

    • Captain Murphy: Sit on it, Potsie!
      A reference to the show Happy Days, where The Fonz (and other characters) would silence the complaints of "Potsie" Weber that whatever they were doing wasn't such a good idea by telling him "Sit on it, Potsie!".

    • The episode title "I, Robot" is a reference to various possible stories that go by that title. The first was Binder's 1939 short story, about a sympathetic robot character named Adam, falsely accused for the murder of his creator. The 1960's television series The Outer Limits also had an episode "I, Robot", heavily based on this story. Probably the most famous "I, Robot" story, however, was written by Isaac Asimov in 1950.

    • Debbie: Dog's know, thats how they hunt you
      This is a reference to the movie Terminator, where in the future, mankind used dogs to detect the human looking Terminators hiding in their midst.

    • Sparks: You will get a helmet and jumpsuit ... oh yeah, and metal teeth. The "metal teeth" part (and Marco's fantasy) is a reference to Jaws (played by Richard Kiel), the hulking metal-toothed henchman of Karl Stromburg, the bad guy from the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me.

    • Stormy: Game over, man, Game over! It is from the movie Aliens, and was said by Bill Paxton's character as the aliens were closing in on their barricade.

    • Captain Murphy: It is not a toy...secret ingredient is love. Based on the popular toy, the "Easy Bake Oven," where children could bake goodies and treats by mixing ingredients and baking them in the miniature oven that used a common light bulb as a heat source.

    • Sparks: ...A Modest Proposal...Johnathan Swift...Eating babies... This is a reference to the book A Modest Proposal that tells the story of the Irish Potato famine when the rich decide to buy and eat the babies of the poor.

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  • Fan Reviews (32)
  • The starting shows of absurd

    By anastasia1243, Jul 17, 2015

  • It sucks

    By Solidsnake10S, Jul 03, 2005

  • no reason to exists at all

    By YonSon, Aug 02, 2005

  • Why is this show rated so how highly? The show is not funny AT ALL.

    By Apocali, Sep 05, 2005

  • This show sucks.

    By tubalcane420, Dec 16, 2005