|Created by||Chris Peterson & Bryan Moore|
|Theme music composer|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||89|
|Greg A. Hampson|
|Running time||20-22 minutes|
|Production||It's a Laugh Productions|
|Original network||Disney XD|
|Picture format||720p (HDTV)|
|Audio format||5.1 surround sound|
|Original release||February 27, 2012 -|
February 3, 2016
|Related shows||Lab Rats: Elite Force (2016)|
Lab Rats, also known as Lab Rats: Bionic Island for the fourth season, is an American comedy television series created by Chris Peterson and Bryan Moore that aired on Disney XD from February 27, 2012 to February 3, 2016. The series stars Billy Unger, Spencer Boldman, Kelli Berglund, Tyrel Jackson Williams, and Hal Sparks.
A young teenager named Leo Dooley lives a normal life until the day his mother Tasha gets married to billionaire inventor Donald Davenport, with whom they move in. While trying to find his bedroom, Leo accidentally discovers teenage siblings with bionic superpowers living in his new basement. The series 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 series progresses, the series gets darker with the introduction of Douglas, Davenport's younger brother, who later joins the team, Marcus, Douglas' android son, Krane, Taylor, formerly known as S-1, who joins the team during the fourth season, Sebastian, formerly known as S-3, Krane's bionic soldiers, Giselle, who is planning on rebuilding Marcus, and Troy West, Giselle's android creation. At the end of the third season, Davenport 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||19||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|
On July 13, 2011, Disney XD ordered Lab Rats, with production to begin in September 2011 in Hollywood for a 2012 premiere. The series was created by Chris Peterson and Bryan Moore, who serve as executive producers alongside Mark Brazill. Starring in the series are Tyrel Jackson Williams as Leo, Billy Unger as Chase, Spencer Boldman as Adam, Kelli Berglund as Bree, and Hal Sparks as Davenport. The series was originally shot in the summer of 2010 under the title of Billion Dollar Freshman.
On May 18, 2012, Disney XD renewed the series for a second season. On July 26, 2013, Disney XD renewed the series for a third season. On May 9, 2014, Disney XD renewed the series for a fourth season. On June 25, 2015, Kelli Berglund stated in an interview that the fourth season would be the final season.
The series originally premiered on Disney XD on February 27, 2012, and on Disney Channel on March 2, 2012. In Canada, it first aired on Disney XD on February 24, 2012. It later stopped airing on Disney XD in Canada and moved to Disney Channel due to DHX Media losing Disney rights. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, it first aired as a preview on March 29, 2012, and officially premiered on April 19, 2012. In South Africa, it premiered on Disney XD on June 10, 2012. In Australia and New Zealand, it first aired on Disney Channel on December 31, 2012, and officially premiered on January 10, 2013.
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 number-one telecast in kids 2-11 for the week of February 27-Match 4, 2012, drawing 2.3 million viewers in the demographic.
|Season||Episodes||First aired||Last aired||Avg. viewers|
|1||15||February 27, 2012||1.27||November 5, 2012||0.85||0.89|
|2||25||February 25, 2013||1.01||January 13, 2014||0.74||0.73|
|3||20||February 17, 2014||1.05||February 5, 2015||0.81||0.71|
|4||22||March 18, 2015||0.86||February 3, 2016||0.71||0.62|
|2016||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite TV Show - Kids Show||Nominated|
On September 3, 2015, it was announced that Lab Rats would have a joint spinoff series with Mighty Med under the title of 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.
Among all series on the network, it ranks second to date behind only the live-action original series Lab Rats in February 2012.