Adored By The Network: Cartoon Network

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  • Scooby-Doo. This show and almost all of its multiple incarnations completely dominated the network in the late 1990s, early 2000s, with the original series, The New Scooby-Doo Movies, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo and later What's New, Scooby-Doo? being the most well known. When the show inexplicably re-surged in popularity Cartoon Network took advantage of it. Several new movies and series were aired and it seemed like if a show wasn't Looney Tunes, Tom and Jerry, The Flintstones, a show on Toonami, or one of the popular Cartoon Cartoons, it was bumped for more Scooby-Doo.
    • Back then, you could even expect to see at least one Scooby-Doo Marathon every few months.
    • When ever there was a "Toon Extra" playing, you could also expect an airing of The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries.
    • If this wasn't the result of Scooby actually becoming the president of Cartoon Network during the 2000 presidental campaign, this may have helped it.
    • Add a further comment to the Scooby-Doo part for Cartoon Network: for a while they would also take any moment they can to play Scooby-Doo movies at any chance they can. That and Johnny Test.
      • Ironically, since at least 2010, there has been less and less Scooby-Doo airtime on the American Cartoon Network channel. The pre-1990s shows have not been seen on the network since early 2010, and the only Scooby-Doo programming seen on the channel since then has been the more inferior What's New, Scooby-Doo? and the more controversial Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, usually once or twice a weekday. The Scooby-Doo movies are also not played very often, and when they are, they are usually the more recent ones.
      • Boomerang, at least in the UK, held what it called a Scooby Summer sometime during the 2000's. For the entirety of the summer holidays, every waking hour in the schedule would be filled by Scooby-Doo. It might have been the longest marathon of any cartoon ever, complete with adverts making it seem like it was the viewers' fault ("you begged," they enthused, "you pleaded!"). Even today, as of 2011, Boomerang will be having a "Scooby Week" or two, using excuses such as Easter break and midterms.
  • During the early 2010's, Planet 51 was shown regularly on Cartoon Network for seemingly no reason at very random times of the day - that is, until the movie's broadcast rights went to Nickelodeon sometime around 2014.
  • Cartoon Network also loved playing Alvin and the Chipmunks back in the 90's and would show day-long marathons to commemerate holidays where Scooby Doo didn't seem to fit, such as Easter and President's Day.
  • Cartoon Cartoons, why else would they have their own block?
    • From '99 to 2002 you could not go one day without seeing shows like Dexter's Laboratory or The Powerpuff Girls playing on the network. Both of these shows were practically CN's mascots during that time, to the point that when Cartoon Network finally canceled Looney Tunes in 2004 it was replaced by Dexter reruns.
    • Also, in the mid-2000s, they would show nothing but Codename: Kids Next Door back to back on Saturday mornings. The show also replaced Looney Tunes and other classic cartoons as "Toon Extras" in early 2004.
    • Ed, Edd n Eddy is certainly worth a mention. Since its debut in January 1999, it has been a big hit on Cartoon Network, has aired a total of 70 episodes running through 5 and 1/4 seasons and a series-ending movie and, even after being out of production for years, it still airs at least 2 episodes every Monday-Friday. Suffice it to say, it is admired by both viewers and CN.
    • Courage the Cowardly Dog became the new 'it' show during and after the reign of PPG and Dexter's Lab, then, even after it was cancelled, it came back sometime during the late 2000's and could be seen airing every day for a time during 2010 and early 2011, though that's since ceased. It has since returned in 2013 as part of Cartoon Network's regular programming. For some reason, ever since Courage was rerun, "The Curse of Ramses" would show more often than any other episode by a substantial margin.
  • The original Ben 10 used to be like this. The sequels, on the other hand, tend to only be shown a couple times a week.
    • It's a different story in the UK, as (along with Chowder and Johnny Test) Ben 10 and Ben 10: Alien Force dominate the channel. It's got to the point where the late evening 'Cartoon Cartoon' show now consists of nothing but Chowder and Ben 10: Alien Force reruns.
    • It happened in France as well during 2012, where Ben 10: Alien Force and Ben 10: Ultimate Alien were present 50% of the time.
    • An odd example with Ben 10: Omniverse, which has daily slots on Boomerang, despite still being in production on Cartoon Network proper.
  • Adventure Time. In addition to weekly marathons, it's used to round out most 15-minute blocks left over after movies.
    • Both of the Fionna and Cake episodes were heavily promoted, countdown clock and all. The CN site even changed the link with Finn's face on it to Fionna's during its premiere week! It even has its own web game and DVD now, the ads for both being commonly seen.
  • For the CN Real block, the scheduling wasn't so bad; the live-action shows mainly stayed within the block. However, they were endlessly promoted over the cartoons that made up the vast majority of the channel's airtime, and the kicker was a video featuring Andrew W.K. proudly proclaiming that Cartoon Network was more than just cartoons.
  • The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack was hit with this from the instant it premiered — CN started airing it multiple times per day, every day of the week, even though there was only one episode. Ironic, given that CN stopped caring halfway through the second season (of course, the overexposure might have had something to do with that).
  • The Amazing World of Gumball. Huge, huge buildup: They showed a "sneak peek" of it six days before its premiere. The day it debuted, there was a countdown bug on screen. And already it's averaging at least one rerun a day.
    • As of October 2014 Gumball averages at least 8 - 10 repeats every weekday. It and Teen Titans Go (also averaging 8 episodes daily) are commonly used whenever Cartoon Network seemingly needs schedule filler.
  • The Looney Tunes Show seems to be this as well, in that, like Adventure Time above, its "Merrie Melodies" segments are occasionally used to round out the minutes after other shows. Also, like Gumball, there was a countdown bug on the screen the day it premiered. Also, during the 4th of July weekend of 2011, the network aired random episodes of the show that were supposedly made up until that point, along with random airings of classic Looney Tunes shorts, Space Jam, and Looney Tunes: Back in Action in continuous loops. Back in the day, they used to have "June Bugs", a 72-hour block in June, consisting of nothing but Bugs Bunny cartoons. The final regular June Bugs marathon was in 2002 until it got a semi-revival in 2013.
  • Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi got hit with this during its heyday. CN gave it major promotion, marathons, a prime time premiere slot, daily reruns, merchandising, and even a parade float for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2005 (with Puffy Ami Yumi themselves performing!). This was all an attempt to make this show the next Powerpuff Girls. By the third season, however, they stopped caring about it.
  • Captain Planet and the Planeteers was transmitted day and night. In Latin America, it was transmitted during weekends (the time of the day kids are mostly free) for four hours in a row. It's one of the reasons why such a light-hearted series could triumph during the Dark Age.
  • As of this writing, Regular Show seems to be heading this way, to the point of airing it 3 times a day on Tuesday afternoons. As of August 2014, it airs 3 to 5 times a day on the schedule. It's not to the extent of other CN shows, but it's still alot.
  • Total Drama, seasonally. You won't find it in the Winter. But when Spring/Summer comes, it comes back in full force with a new season. Heck, CN was actually willing to sacrifice an hour of Johnny Test of all things for previous Total Drama seasons to prepare for the new one.
    • During the second part of the fifth season, CN showed at least one new episode a weekday, sometimes even two, hyping it as a "Summer Showdown". The same would happen to the entirety of its sixth season.
    • If you happen to be near a TV in the afternoon you can still sometimes catch reruns of the first, second or third seasons in any order.
  • The High Fructose Adventures of The Annoying Orange. Like with Gumball, there was a "sneak peek" of a Star Trek parody episode two weeks before it was to officially premiere. Said sneak peek episode went on to be rerun once a day for at least a week. Countdown bugs on the screen for the whole day of both the sneak peek and the actual premiere.
  • Oh, Johnny Test. Hated by many and loved by nobody except the execs, the series managed to last for 9 years with 6 seasons and retain heavy advertising despite having a very loud hatedom begging for its cancellation (a hatedom that only grew after it replaced DC Nation!). Before the show officially ended in its native Canada, their cries seemed to go unheard, perhaps due to how cheap the animation is for Johnny Test - even if the bare minimum of people are watching it, they still make a profit! Since the show ended though, CN would only air it for one hour early in the morning in May, get rid of its slot on weekdays in June and July, and remove it completely by September. CN then brought it back for a nearly all day Christmas Day marathon that year, presumably to burn off the last remaining episodes, before it faded back into obscurity.
  • Ninjago seems to have become this, mainly due to the success of its accompanying toyline. It died down by February 2015; as of then Ninjago only reruns in some weekends in every two months, and episodes often premiere exclusively on the CN website.
  • Speaking of Boomerang, they decided to devote weekdays and entire weekends to nothing but The Flintstones. To the point where it gets so bad that if you here the theme song one more freakin' time you'll scream.
  • For CN Asia viewers, it's Tom and Jerry or The Pink Panther. The entire afternoon is nothing but episodes of both, and all CN Originals (with the exception of Network Darlings Ben 10, Chowder and The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack) are scheduled after midnight; i.e. way past the bedtime of their target audience.
    • Say what you will, but Ben 10 was this on CN Asia between 2008 to 2012. You know it's really adored when Ben 10 related shows are airing almost 10 times a day, and new shows all premiere on it's sister channel Boomerang Asia instead, and new episodes airing between Tom and Jerry and Pink Panther reruns as well as Oggy and the Cockroaches (the only other show it adores- despite said show also airing on Disney, and now, even Nickelodeon). Word has it that one Malaysian entertainment company got the rights to the live show for the South East Asia region, and CN was spamming Ben 10 to drum up interest for the event as per their part of the agreement.
    • As of this writing, CN Asia really adores Oggy and the Cockroaches. Which is a major facepalm because Oggy is untrue to the network (it's also airing on Disney Asia and Nickelodeon Asia, and on various country-specific terrestrial networks in the region like NTV 7 in Malaysia and TCS Okto in Singapore).
  • [adult swim] at one point began airing Squidbillies every weeknight at midnight while airing commercials stating it was getting low ratings and berating the viewers for not watching this awesome show.
    • Adult Swim absolutely loves Fox reruns, specifically King of the Hill and any show made by Seth Mac Farlane. Weekdays are King of the Hill, American Dad, and Family Guy for 6 of its 9 hours (including repeats). In one week, there is going to be 14 hours of King of the Hill, 12.5 hours of Family Guy, and 10 hours of American Dad for a total of 36.5 hours.
    • Adult Swim lost the rights to air Futurama at the end of 2007. In the days leading up to New Year's Day 2008, they showed every episode in existence at that point in a row to give it a proper sendoff.
    • Futurama would later be the network favorite for Comedy Central when they renewed the series. Not only did it get at least one airing every weekday at 1:30 (Along with the regular airing at 9:00 PM before their precious South Park), but it also got another 26 episode renewal bringing the show's run up to 2013 along with promotion and a nice 10:00 PM slot. They love the show just as much as Adult Swim did.
      • One could almost say they love the show just as much as South Park. Perhaps even more, given how much air time it gets.
    • Adult Swim has also been playing The Oblongs pretty regularly, off and on, since 2002, sometimes even 4 or 5 days a week, despite the show only having 13 episodes.
    • Robot Chicken has consistently aired two eps a night at midnight on Adult Swim's weeknight block (excluding Thursdays) since at least 2010, and at one point was used as the lead-in to the entire Sunday night block. This status was eventually lampshaded by having AS execs Keith Crofford and Mike Lazzo appear in the 100th episode to fight the Robot Chicken during his rampage through the castle, only to be easily killed. Crofford's last words:
    The ratings we'll get for this will be huge...
    • Adult Swim appears to be going all-in on Rick and Morty. As of May 10th, 2014, they show only one episode per week (on Sunday nights), but they show it twice per rotation, at 9 PM and Midnight. When combined with the repeat run, this means that the same episode of the show airs four times on the same day. Of course, given the quality of the show, and the fact that, because of this, it's very easy to actually watch, I'm sure very few people are complaining about it.
  • Dragons: Riders of Berk, like other shows introduced to the network since 2010, got the sneak-peak hour-long episode which was then re-aired every day for a week, the countdown bug on the screen for the actual premiere, and, again, the currently most-recent episode is re-aired at least once every day for a week until the next episode premieres, to the point that it briefly took over Cartoon Planet's timeslot to air rerunsnote . The show eventually took over DC Nation's timeslot for reruns on Saturdays, with Johnny Test on Sundays, while the actual DC Nation was on hiatus, and the network of course didn't tell any of the creators about this. And this was all before it took a Channel Hop to Netflix to make room for Teen Titans Go! reruns.
  • During the holidays, you can rarely turn on Cartoon Network without seeing Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer. As mentioned on its Trivia page, it airs so much that if one hears the titular theme again, they'll scream.
  • They have some sort of odd fixation to airing Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring on most weekends. This has been happening since 2005.
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Codename: Kids Next Door, Camp Lazlo, and My Gym Partner's a Monkey were Cartoon Network's flagship shows during the mid-2000s by the time the network was entering its Dork Age. Reruns were shown almost all the time and they also got several marathons. Foster's was popular enough to have lots of merchandise, and like AmiYumi listed above, got a Macy's Parade float for three years (though the last appearance of the float was Overshadowed by Awesome).
  • Incredible Crew. For every three minute commercial block (especially on the sister channel, Boomerang), you could expect at least two ads for that show. Naturally, it didn't go over well.
  • Teen Titans Go!, to no one's surprise being the comedy half of the DC Nation lineup, quickly fell into this. Its DC Nation slot is a rerun, with a primetime slot showing new episodes. Ads for it show constantly (in comparison another DC-related property, Beware the Batman, had Invisible Advertising), and CN even runs marathons of it to fill up the daytime schedule. In just a few episodes the Network had already ordered a second season, while Batman got pulled from DC Nation entirely (supposedly scheduled for a January return, until CN pushed it to an unspecified "first half of 2014" return), all but guaranteeing the latter is gonna get the axe considering how little CN thinks of Action Cartoons. By August 2014, Titans was airing six times a day on the weekdays, despite only having 29 half-hour episodes at that point! Even CN's other hits like Adventure Time and Gumball don't receive that many airings in one day. The network's devotion to the show is apparent in their 2014-15 bumps for the show, insisting that it's, and we quote, "your new favorite show." This overexposure among other things has given the show a Hatedom that seems even bigger than the former CN Real block.
    • Interestingly, as of spring 2015, most TV Guides will mix up a rerun of the show with another show, like Uncle Grandpa or Clarence, and as of August 2015, Steven Universe.
    • Specific episodes are also adored, not unlike some of Disney's live-action fare: the episodes "Mas Y Menos" and "Uncle Jokes" seemed to play every day, and they also used to show "Serious Business" every other day...causing the Pee-Pee Dance to become a meme!
    • For the week of June 29-July 3, 2015, and over the Fourth of July weekend, the network showed literally nothing but the show in celebration of the 100th episode (episodes 96-99 also premiered during the week). Except for Gumball, new episodes of Ninjago, airings of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules and The Smurfs, and, of course, [adult swim], the network practically became the Teen Titans Go Network, echoing Nickelodeon's approach to SpongeBob SquarePants. Normal schedule patterns returned the next week, reducing the show's presence to roughly 45% of the schedule (!) and re-adding reruns of Uncle Grandpa, Gumball, Clarence, and Steven Universe, plus an additional slot for Ninjago, a very early-morning slot for Tom & Jerry Tales, and even another early morning slot for Pokemon.
    • Like SpongeBob, Titans has also gotten promos aired on both Turner and non-Turner networks, though the latter could depend on your cable or satellite provider, as they sometimes overwrite ads with local promos or promos for other networks.
    • There was also an unannounced five-hour marathon on August 22, 2015, and the schedule still listed other shows like Steven Universe and The Amazing World of Gumball were airing!
  • With Cartoon Network's flicks, Diary of a Wimpy Kid has been aired a lot, almost once every four or five weeks.
    • For what it counts, even commercials for the films got a lot of airtime - to the point that the same commercial for Rodrick Rules would often play three or more times in a row.
  • Prior to its premiere, Cartoon Network was seriously hyping up Uncle Grandpa as is pretty typical for first-run shows. On its premiere, forty-five minutes after the pilot episode, Cartoon Network even showed the pilot again, replacing The Annoying Orange's timeslot.
  • The UK channel loved airing nothing but The Fruitties and Blinky Bill on weekday mornings until noon from the mid 90's to the mid 2000's.
    • Sometimes, this block would be followed by an hour of Fish Police.
  • There was a time (years 2003-2009) when the UK feed of Cartoon Network almost every day between 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. of UK time aired nothing, but Gadget Boy & Heather.
  • Since the first special arrived in 2004, Scary Godmother and its sequel special The Revenge of Jimmy are routinely aired on Cartoon Network every October. If Halloween is coming up CN can and will air both specials, though to a modest degree compared to certain other shows on the schedule. It helps that both specials are pretty entertaining So Bad They're Good Guilty Pleasures (not unlike the Grandma special listed above) with voice actors from The Ocean Group.
  • The movie School of Rock was adored by Cartoon Network in the mid-2000's. It aired at least once or more a month.
  • The BENELUX version of CN had (and maybe still has) a special block on Sundays (that airs every sunday, not only once a month) called 60. It is a block during which content of one single show would be shown for 5 hours straight (from 8 am to 1 pm), with no pauses in between. As you could guess it became the go to place to see anything that was ever adored by the network. A few shows on that block were Codename: Kids Next Door (which was the most common show to be featured on that block) and George of the Jungle. An extra mention could go to a certain commercial short for the block (in which they said that you could watch 60 instead of doing really boring activities) that has been used from 2008 to 2011 and aired during every single day of that show. They loved it so much that the next short used shots of it.
    • CN Poland also had this 60 block in years 2001-2008.
    • CN Europe had this until 2010. The last incarnation was known as Cartoon Toon Toon and the only show it had was the George of the Jungle remake, and the block was dropped after a month due to lack of interest.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball was especially subject to this in late 2014-early 2015, to the point that, on January 19 of the latter year, reruns of Steven Universe ceased airing on all days but Thursday and Saturday to make room for more Gumball, along with Adventure Time and Regular Show in favor of more Teen Titans Go and Clarence. Though many Steven fans feared that the show was about to become a victim of network screwing, the outcry created by this move caused CN to start airing SU reruns more often starting February 2. However, CN was still determined to squeeze one more episode of Gumball in for no apparent reason, so that meant the final Gumball rerun of the day got Adventure Time's 7:00 PM slot, moving AT to 7:30 and Regular Show to 7:45 (the only time they aired during the day). Even worse, there were no more repeats of new episodes on Sunday evening - and AT and RS are supposed to be the network's defining shows!! Then again, this makes a little more sense since the new president of Cartoon Network, Christina Miller, is a moral guardian who considers AT and RS as too risque for a kids channelnote , so she may be trying to cut both shows' timeslots deliberately in favor of running the slightly more kid-friendly Gumball, Uncle Grandpa, Teen Titans Go and Steven Universe as of thennote . Many have since blamed Ms. Miller for less AT and RS and more ''TTG'.
  • With the 2015 rebrand of Boomerang in America, The Garfield Show seems to have fallen into this category, airing eight times a day, more than any other show!
  • We Bare Bears isn't quite in this zone yet, but it has (like TTG above) had promos air on NBC and other non-Turner networks, though this depends on your cable or satellite provider as well.