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Originally launched in 1992 as a four-hour weekend programming block on Cartoon Network note , Boomerang serves as a channel to showcase Turner's extensive animation archives, including pre-1986 MGM (Tom and Jerry), Hanna-Barbera (The Smurfs, Scooby-Doo, The Snorks, The Flintstones, the list could go on and on), and older Warner Bros. Animaion material (Looney Tunes, at least until Cartoon Network started showing it again). Of note is that, like its corporate sibling Turner Classic Movies, Boomerang didn't run any outside advertising, only stuff for its sister network and music videos featuring Boomerang's classic programming.Eventually Boomerang started adding more recent material to its schedule, mostly from Cartoon Network's old Cartoon Cartoons library of shows, and the odd episode or two of Pokémon. While some have cried foul, it is sort of fair to remember that some of these shows are nearly 20 years old, and a good majority of the Cartoon Cartoons were at least a decade old by the time they started running them. Whether this trend will continue remains to be seen, though it's probably inevitable given that they can only rerun their older stuff so many times before it gets sort of stale.Starting in 2014, Boomerang became an ad-supported network that ran outside advertising, as well as finally being acknowledged by Turner in its channel lineup. All this will culminate with a rebranding 2015 (though it launched internationally in 2014) where the network will become a family animation channel aimed at parents, children and girls as opposed to its boy-slanted parent channel.
A list of shows that aired on Boomerang: