67 Facts About Adult Swim


Adult Swim is an American adult-oriented nighttime cable television channel that shares channel space with the basic cable network Cartoon Network and is programmed by its in-house production studio, Williams Street.

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Adult Swim has frequently aired adult animation features, mockumentaries, sketch comedy, and pilots.

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Adult Swim has contracted with various studios known for their productions in absurd and shock comedy.

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Adult Swim officially launched on September 2,2001, at 10pm, with the original debut airing of the Home Movies episode "Director's Cut", which had been shelved before airing on its original network, UPN.

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On June 15,2002, Adult Swim had their first contest called "Adult Swim Happiness Sweepstakes" where winners could win a Master Shake air freshener.

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That same night, Adult Swim hosted a live webcam show on its website, featuring the Adult Swim staff having a party.

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Adult Swim had another New Year's Eve special, this time featuring some of the Adult Swim characters having a party at Brak's house celebrating New Year's Eve.

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On July 19,2004, Adult Swim had a publicity stunt telling viewers that they needed 1,000,000 people to go to their website so they could "Free Hockey Chicken".

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On November 2,2004, Adult Swim ran a marathon of the Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law episode "Guitar Control" all through the night, until 2am.

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Promotions for Adult Swim are targeted towards the college age and those in their 20s and 30s, constituting the majority of their viewers.

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On October 2,2005, Adult Swim regained the 10 pm hour on Sundays, continuing to start at 11 pm Mondays to Thursdays, and Saturdays.

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Adult Swim had a direct and important role in the revival of an aforementioned popular animated series, Family Guy.

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In 2004, from July 26 through July 29 Adult Swim had a week dedicated to Seth MacFarlane where it had him host a Family Guy marathon showing select episodes.

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On March 29,2004, less than one year after beginning reruns on Adult Swim, Fox announced it would be renewing Family Guy for a fourth season and reviving it from cancellation.

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On New Year's Eve 2005, Adult Swim had a countdown for the new year featuring characters from their shows.

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On January 31,2007, Adult Swim attracted national media attention as part of the 2007 Boston Mooninite panic.

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In 2007, Adult Swim announced it would expand to seven nights a week starting that July.

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In October 2007, Adult Swim launched a video on demand service available on DirecTV channel 1886.

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On January 1,2009, Adult Swim began airing reruns of King of the Hill and its sign-on time was expanded back from 11 pm to 10 pm ET.

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On December 27,2010, Adult Swim moved its start time from 10 pm to 9 pm ET, extending the network's daily schedule to nine hours.

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In 2015, Adult Swim launched The Virtual Brainload, the first animated VR experience from a TV network.

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On May 7,2015, it was announced that Adult Swim had ordered an untitled pilot by Million Dollar Extreme described as a "sketch show in an almost present day post apocalyptic nightmare world".

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Adult Swim wrote that a source told him the network's standards departments repeatedly discovered and removed coded racist messages, including hidden swastikas.

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On that night, Adult Swim celebrated his career with an all-night marathon of just Bob's Burgers and The Brak Show, with promos and bumpers made by Pete Smith airing during breaks.

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Adult Swim began losing the syndication rights to various 20th Television animated series in 2018; Comedy Central acquired the syndication rights to King of the Hill and The Cleveland Show that year.

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Adult Swim faced layoffs in November 2020, resulting in the closing of Pocket Mortys developer Big Pixel Studios and the cancellation of all of Adult Swim's online live stream series.

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Adult Swim regained the rights to both King of the Hill on November 22,2021 and Futurama on December 27,2021, sharing the rights with FXX and in Futuramas case with Comedy Central.

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Adult Swim began an ARG campaign on August 27,2017, by airing a cryptic bump "transmission" during a new episode of Rick and Morty.

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Adult Swim is best known for its inaugural slate of programming, which were mainly parodies and remakes based on Hanna-Barbera cartoons.

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Adult Swim airs syndicated programs from 20th Television, original series produced for sister network TBS, and have acquired and co-produced various anime series.

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Adult Swim is currently one of the only networks in the United States that broadcasts anime and the only network that airs such programming aimed at young adults and teens rather than children.

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In mid-2004, Adult Swim launched a video on demand service on subscription television providers.

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Adult Swim introduced online video streaming in 2006, providing a free online video on demand service for recent and older episodes of select programming.

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Around this time, Adult Swim began posting every episode of select series online for free viewing, although some of these were removed in 2015 when Hulu acquired the rights to multiple shows, and in 2020 when sibling service HBO Max launched.

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Adult Swim once had many Flash-based online games available on their website, including Robot Unicorn Attack and Five Minutes to Kill, but all of the games were removed in 2020 following the discontinuation of Adobe Flash Player.

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In 2011, the division Adult Swim Games was created to publish original indie game content, largely focusing on the hardcore gamer market.

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Adult Swim has partnerships with several independent music labels, and has co-produced and released compilation albums with Stones Throw Records, Ghostly International, Definitive Jux, and Chocolate Industries through their own label, Williams Street Records.

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Adult Swim has held various live events throughout the years through its Adult Swim Presents division.

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Adult Swim offered a video podcast on iTunes from March 21 to September 19,2006.

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New audio-only podcast, called the Adult Swim Podcast, was launched on July 11,2019, hosted by Matt Harrigan.

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Adult Swim teamed up with Abso Lutely Productions to produce season 2 of the This is Branchburg comedy podcast.

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On September 25,2013, Adult Swim began simulcasting their channel through the Adult Swim mobile app and website, although TV Everywhere authentication is required.

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Adult Swim Streams consisted of several online-exclusive originals, usually broadcast live, and featured a chatroom, similar to that of Twitch.

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Since its premiere in 2001 Adult Swim executives have worked extensively to extend the network's reach to viewers in venues outside of the normal pay-television services.

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Adult Swim has been actively expanding its reach across the world since 2005.

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Adult Swim is usually not paired with Cartoon Network due to local market conditions or government content restrictions and regulations – such as Ofcom in the United Kingdom.

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In such markets, Adult Swim programming is licensed to other broadcasters instead.

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In November 2018, Adult Swim made its African debut in South Africa's MultiChoice's streaming service Showmax featuring shows such as Rick and Morty, Samurai Jack, Robot Chicken and Eagleheart at launch.

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Australian and New Zealand version of Adult Swim was broadcast on Cartoon Network until December 31,2007.

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Adult Swim's programming has been released to Region 4 DVD by Madman Entertainment, including shows that have never been shown in Australia.

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On February 2,2012, then-parent company TELETOON Canada Inc announced that it would be launching a Canadian version of Adult Swim, sharing channel space with the Canadian version of Cartoon Network as one specialty channel just as its American counterpart does.

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The app contains the majority of Adult Swim produced content, including programming not seen on Canadian television.

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The Canadian Adult Swim block was dropped on March 3,2019, and Teletoon at Night closed on March 31,2019.

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On July 24,2019, Adult Swim France announced on Twitter that the block would return at 11pm CET on Toonami.

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On Facebook, Adult Swim Italy has confirmed the possibility of airing on Cartoon Network and Boing.

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In Latin America, an Adult Swim block aired during the overnight hours on Cartoon Network beginning on October 7,2005.

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Adult Swim premiered on the Brazilian feed of TBS on November 3,2014.

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Adult Swim relaunched in Latin America on April 3,2015, on I Sat, in English with Spanish subtitles, premiering Rick and Morty and many other shows for the first time on the region.

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On November 15, Adult Swim dropped out of Warner Channel's programming, being its last broadcast on November 8,2021.

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Adult Swim–produced shows that have aired include Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Robot Chicken, Moral Orel, Sealab 2021,12 oz.

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In Spain, Adult Swim was a programming block that aired on Fridays from midnight on the TNT channel, between 2007 and 2012.

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In December 2020, Adult Swim returned alongside Toonami as a premium pack of the Orange TV service.

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Nightly Adult Swim channel was launched on July 8,2006, on the now defunct Bravo owned by Virgin Media Television, generally starting at midnight.

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Shows that were previously a part of the UK's Adult Swim block are Robot Chicken, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Sealab 2021, The Brak Show, Tom Goes to the Mayor, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, The Venture Bros.

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Adult Swim returned to UK and Irish television starting with a new block on the FOX channel on September 4,2015.

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Adult Swim returned to the UK with a new block on E4 in February 2019.

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High-definition feed of Adult Swim is available on many subscription-television providers, and is shared with its daytime counterpart Cartoon Network.

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