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Dilbert, the corporate everyman and cartoon hero of the workplace, makes his television series debut in the animated primetime comedy "Dilbert" premiering January 25, 1999, on UPN.
The television series is set in the same office environment as the insightful comic strip created by Scott Adams and is for everyone who thinks they are surrounded by idiots.
An impressive group of performers provides the voices for Scott Adams' colorful characters: Daniel Stern ("The Wonder Years," "Home Alone") is Dilbert; Chris Elliott ("Late Night with David Letterman") is Dogbert; stand-up comic and actress Kathy Griffin ("Suddenly Susan") is Alice; actor, writer, producer and director Gordon Hunt ("Caroline in the City," "Mad About You") is Wally; actor Larry Miller ("Seinfeld," "Mad About You") is the Pointy-Haired Boss; and Jackie Hoffman ("Freaky Friday") is Dilmom.
Like the daily comic strip (considered the most photocopied, pinned-up, downloaded, faxed and e-mailed in the world), the television series "Dilbert" lampoons the absurdities of the '90s workplace and chronicles the foibles of the hapless hero and lowly cubicle-dwelling engineer, Dilbert.
In sharply witty storylines sure to strike a chord among downtrodden workers everywhere, Dilbert grapples with the wasteland of corporate America. His workspace annoys him, his stupid colleagues exasperate him, his boss is egomaniacal and perhaps most stinging of all, his omnipotent dog, Dogbert, has set up his own management consultant business. All the while, moronic theories from executives with good hair seem to make Dilbert's working hours longer. In spite of all this he's a likeable guy who keeps trying.
Dilbert wiles away his workdays amid a labyrinth of cubicles inside a giant, rather ominous, nondescript product manufacturer. There he's assigned to develop the prototype for the company's mercurial flagship product (a not yet designed, but already "software upgradeable" item).
In addition to Dilbert's manipulative canine, Dogbert, familiar characters from the comic strip populate the engineering department including his fellow engineers, the resentful and put-upon Wally and the quick-tempered, caffeine-riddled Alice; plus every employee's worst nightmare, the inconsiderate dolt that is the Pointy-Haired Boss.
Among the other settings seen in the television series is Dilbert's modest yet technologically super-equipped home, one he shares with the wryly acerbic Dogbert (with whom Dilbert has an often contentious relationship). Dilmom, from whom Dilbert got his technical skill, also frequents his home.
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