[adult swim] or [as], is a programming block on Cartoon Network shown during the watershed hours (9:00 pm - 6:00 am Eastern/Pacific Time note ). Founded in 2001 by Cartoon Network’s Williams Street division, the same studio that organizes Toonami note , the block's remit is to air various kinds of adult-oriented animation including seinen and edgier, usually unedited Shonen anime note and animated comedy (both originally produced and FOX acquisitions).Since the 2007 Boston Bomb Scare and the resulting managerial changes that soon followed however, the block began to incorporate live action comedies, following the example of the parent network with CN Real, and much to the chagrin of the anime and classic animated comedies. They’ve backed down on this somewhat since the "CN Real era" ended, but you can still see such shows on occasion (mainly on Thursday nights).note In addition, since the revival of Toonami in 2012, Adult Swim was subsequently re-purposed as the brand for adult animated comedy as Toonami took over the channel's duties of anime and mature action-animation once again.Because of its adult orientations, in comparison to the rest of Cartoon Network which is kid oriented (Periphery Demographics aside), Adult Swim is considered to be a "separate" network from Cartoon Network proper for ratings purposesnote , and often shows Content Warnings throughout the block that the programs presented are not suitable for young children. The name "Adult Swim" comes from the public pool period where the children have to get out because the lifeguards go on break and only the adults can swim, analogous to the network switching to adult-oriented programming. This reference was explicitly invoked in its early years when its Ad Bumpers and intro segment showed video clips from an adult swim pool.The block is notable for its idiosyncratic commercial bumpers (bumps), its strange but often hilarious original programming, its habit of openly teasing and/or bashing those fans who complain about its near-weekly- and never advertised- schedule changes (especially when April Fools' Day is concerned), and being nearly the only place on American basic analog cable TV to run anime not aimed at children. It also has, shall we say, an eclectic collection of original free-to-play games on its website (Robot Unicorn Attack included).Sundays are typically rebroadcasts of FOX cartoons (such as Family Guy) and original programs from Williams Street, Adult Swim's production studio (programs such as Aqua Teen Hunger Force). Saturdays usually mix comedic shows with North American dubs of anime, with the anime taking up the majority of the network's airtime on this night (and since May 2012 is now run by Toonami). Weekday evenings are reruns of comedies, both original or otherwise.
Adult Swim plays - or has played - the following series:
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Animated originals that are on-going:
Live Action TV
Live action originals:
Anime Shown as Part of the [adult swim] Action Block:
Currently Owned Shows:
[adult swim] Specials
Adult Swim is also known for unique timing of commercial breaks. Most American networks have 8 minutes of commerical breaks per half-hour block — one 1 or 2 minute break at the top of the half-hour, two 2 or 3 minute breaks during the show, and a final 1 or 2 minute break at the end of the half-hour. Adult Swim has only 2 breaks per half-hour. Still totaling 8 minutes, but there's one break in the middle of the half-hour, and one at the end. Viewers appreciate this for obvious reasons, and they can sometimes have up to 5 uninterrupted minutes of commercial time to leave the TV and do other things before the next show comes on. God knows what the advertisers think of that, but considering AS's key demographic is the advertising gold-mine of males from age 18-35, they still pony up the dollars. The only downside to the viewer would be a Commercial Break Cliffhanger in non-original programming is less effective because the show continues immediately after (unless, of course, that happens to be where the break actually hits). Incidentally, this is how all ad breaks work on UK and Japanese channels - quite fortunate given all the UK and Japanese programming. (Actually, given the almost total preponderance of Japanese programming in the very early lineup, this is quite possibly not incidental at all.)Bizarrely (or not given their track record for severely cutting what content they do air), Cartoon Network in the UK never had an Adult Swim slot. Laddish lad channel Bravo did however air it instead but that channel bit the dust in 2010, taking that slot with it. After that though the slot ended up over on TCM2 occupying a much shorter 2 and a half hour slot only on Friday nights/Saturday mornings to go along with small selection of episodes that went on the website each week, although DVDs of the shows finally started being released in the UK in late 2008. Since then though, it seems the whole [as] thing hasn't caught on and there are no channels airing Adult Swim, the dedicated UK site now redirects to the US site and home entertainment releases of Adult Swim shows have dried up.In Australia and New Zealand, the local branch of Cartoon Network once had its own version of Adult Swim, including both comedy and anime, but the entire block was canceled at the end of 2007. The comedy series moved to The Comedy Channel, the Antipodean equivalent to Comedy Central, which still continue to air on a daily basis with consistent ratings, even though the block airs only on Saturdays from 12am-2am AEST and 6:30pm-7:30pm ASET; a few of the anime shows were picked up by the local Sci Fi Channel's Animax block. Many Adult Swim series, both comedy and anime, are available on DVD in the two countries, due to a licensing deal with Madman Entertainment.Latin America used to have Adult Swim via Cartoon Network and later I.Sat due to negative reviews from the parents. It mostly showed only non-anime, Adult Swim-original cartoons (with a great deal of the bumps explicitly stating they would never show anime even though they did later on). Unfortunately, it ran only Friday through Sunday at very late hours, and apparently people didn't get most of the jokesnote , and was eventually discontinued due to low ratings.In Canada, Adult Swim programming has historically aired on Teletoon's At Night/Detour block. Most Adult Swim originals now air on the AS-branded block on the Canadian franchise of Cartoon Network, owned by Teletoon.
Tropes exhibited by [adult swim] include: