Adult Swim

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Adult Swim is an American cable television network and programming block which runs on the same channel as Cartoon Network every evening from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. (ET/PT). The network is shown for broadcasting television shows with bizarre, sexual, violent and surreal content.


Adult Swim was launched on the Cartoon Network by head programmer Mike Lazzo on September 2nd, 2001. Cowboy Bebop was the first anime show aired during Adult Swim, where it continued to be broadcast for the next four years. In 2003, Adult Swim began airing reruns of the Fox animated television series Family Guy. In March 2005, Turner Broadcasting System separated Adult Swim as its own channel apart from the Cartoon Network for ratings purposes.

Adult Swim Bumpers

Initially, Adult Swim used bumpers in between shows which featured elderly people performing various activities. In 2002, the bumps contained clips from various Adult Swim anime programs. In 2003, the bumps were changed to animated safety manuals with Adult Swim television show characters. On May 25th, 2003, the bumps were changed to black intertitle cards which displayed text in white Helvetica Neue Condensed Bold type. The website Bumpworthy[2] contains an archive of every Adult Swim bump displayed since 2001.

Tim & Eric

Adult Swim has broadcast several television series created by the American comedy duo Tim & Eric, inlcuding Tom Goes to the Mayor (2004), "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (2007), Check it Out with Dr. Steve Brule (2010) and Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories (2014).

Robot Chicken

Robot Chicken is a stop motion animation TV series best known for its parodies of popular culture and internet memes using toys, action figures and clay sculptures. The series premiered on Adult Swim on February 20th, 2005.

The Boondocks

The Boondocks animated series premiered on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim late night programming block on November 6th, 2005, which depicts the adventures of an African American family, the Freemans, who move from the south side of Chicago to the suburban community of Woodcrest. The series finale aired on June 23rd, 2014, after four seasons and 55 episodes.


Metalocalypse is an animated tv series created by Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha, which premiered on Adult Swim on August 6th, 2006. The show centers around the death metal band Dethklok, often containing morbid, dark and macabre content, including violence, death, murder, suicide and black humor.

Robot Unicorn Attack

Robot Unicorn Attack is a side-scrolling game in which the player controls the movement of a robotic unicorn to maneuver across a series of obstacles and platforms. The game was released on the Adult Swim website on February 4th, 2010.


Toonami was a programming block on the Cartoon Network, which showcased American and Japanese anime cartoons from March 17th, 1997, to September 20th, 2008. On April 1st, 2012, several weeks after Toonami’s 15th anniversary, Adult Swim began its annual airing of The Room, which was suddenly interrupted by T.O.M. aboard the Absolution. T.O.M. revealed that he was an April Fools joke before introducing an episode of the show "Bleach":. On May 26th, 2012, Adult Swim brought back the late-night animated programming block, primarily consisting of American cartoons and Japanese anime.

Rick and Morty

Rick and Morty is an animated television series created by Community executive producer Dan Harmon and writer Justin Roiland and broadcast weekly on Cartoon Network’s late-night programming block Adult Swim. The series is mainly centered around an alcoholic scientist-and-inventor named “Rick” and his long lost grandson “Morty” as they embark on dangerous and bizarre adventures together throughout space and time. On November 27th, 2013, the pilot episode of Rick and Morty was leaked via YouTube several days prior to its scheduled broadcast on Adult Swim, which premiered at 10 p.m. (ET) on December 2nd.


The Adult Swim "Informercials"[1] programming block gained much notoriety online when the bizarre sitcom parody "Too Many Cooks" premiered at 4 a.m. (EST) on October 31st, 2014. One week later, the clip was uploaded to YouTube, where it quickly began circulating on various sites across the Internet.

Tonight, You

Tonight, You is a memorable quote from an episode in the Adult Swim animated series Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

Dexter's Rude Removal

"Dexter’s Rude Removal" is an unaired episode from the animated television series Dexter’s Laboratory, which remained shrouded in mystery until it was released online by the television network Adult Swim via YouTube in January of 2013.

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[1] Adult Swim – Infomercials

[2] Bumpworthy – bumpworthy

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