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Turner Broadcasting launched this cable channel on October 1, 1992, after acquiring the extensive Creator/HannaBarbera animation library the year before (and even before this, Turner owned some animation, by way of the 1986 MGM/UA deal and his production of ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers''). Cartoon Network and the rest of Turner Broadcasting later merged with Time Warner in 1996, giving it access to more animated material, by way of WarnerBros. The premiere of WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow would eventually lead to the creation of the first of a number of original productions. When Cartoon Network decided to push classic H-B cartoons aside for its original productions, it launched {{Boomerang}}, a satellite and premium cable channel, in April 2000, to serve as a "retirement home" for them.

[[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory Many]] [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls of]] [[WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo Cartoon]] [[WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy Network's]] [[WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog original]] [[WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack productions]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Ben10}} are]] [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime highly]] [[WesternAnimation/RegularShow praised]] and many consider them to be superior to cartoons shown on broadcast networks, especially as more and more broadcast networks are abandoning their animated programming blocks outright. CN has (and still does all the time) [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar pushed the limit on what a kids' channel can show,]] by airing several TV-14–rated animated films (such as the ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' series and ''[[ComicBook/DCTheNewFrontier Justice League: The New Frontier]]'') and TV-PG series (like [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars both Clone]] [[StarWarsTheCloneWars Wars series]]), resulting in a LARGE PeripheryDemographic, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rlo3x0NMs5g even having a bumper featuring an excessive Cluster F-Bomb.]] It is best known among the {{anime}} community for its Creator/{{Toonami}} block, which is known for helping to increase the popularity of [[JapaneseInvasion Japanese animation in America]].

To satisfy the growing adult demographic, adult animation is showcased during the overnight hours with the Creator/AdultSwim block. [[WesternAnimation/RobotChicken Once again]] [[WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers praised]] [[WesternAnimation/MoralOrel for]] [[WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks many of]] [[WesternAnimation/SuperJail its original]] [[WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty programs]] ([[WesternAnimation/XavierRenegadeAngel even]] [[WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce the]] [[WesternAnimation/TwelveOunceMouse weirder]] [[Series/TimAndEricAwesomeShowGreatJob ones]]), Adult Swim is also well-known for bringing more exposure to [[{{Seinen}} mature]] {{anime}} [[Anime/CowboyBebop series]] as well as [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy rescuing]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} other]] [[WesternAnimation/HomeMovies shows]] [[UnCanceled from death]] [[WesternAnimation/MissionHill or complete obscurity]].

Around the late-2000s, [[NetworkDecay the network began to incorporate]] [[LiveActionTV live action shows]] as it attempted to compete with other "kids'" channels, such as Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} and the Creator/DisneyChannel. A number of animated originals as well as the Creator/{{Toonami}} and {{Miguzi}} blocks were cancelled or ended, only to be replaced by a number of live action programs, which came to a head when CN Real, a block of live-action reality shows and scripted series, was created. This block was cancelled shortly after its creation, as low ratings prompted a return to the network's signature "cartoon" programming.

TheNewTens has seen a renaissance of airing animated originals with the network [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars premiering]] [[WesternAnimation/YoungJustice a large number]] [[WesternAnimation/RegularShow of new]] [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime animated]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Mad}} series to]] [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold cater to]] [[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated a variety]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} of interests]], with even more to come. Classics like ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' have also found their way back to the schedule after being relegated to Boomerang, and after a huge fan campaign following an AprilFoolsDay stunt, Creator/{{Toonami}} has also returned to the schedule. And speaking of variety of interests, the network has been taking a subtle change in demographics as displayed by its recent crop of TV-PG rated shows (often for the [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar suggestive humor that was okay at the TV-Y7 level]], as well as rude language[[note]]mostly "sucks," screwed," "pissed," "blows," and any and all mild insults[[/note]] and violence) starting with Canadian imports ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}} 6teen]]'' and the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' animated reality shows and continuing with the originals ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' and ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow''. Quite unusual considering that programs that go above the TV-Y7 rating were a rarity even during the network’s peak popularity (the only Cartoon Network shows that had above a TV-Y7 rating were the classic cartoon blocks that were rated TV-G, which means that it's suitable for both adults and children, despite that a lot of classic cartoons have dubious content to them that hasn't been edited out for political correctness), but it seems like that they have started to take note of the growing PeripheryDemographic. As of 2014, the only TV-Y7-rated shows on the network are the action cartoons[[note]]''Ben 10'', ''Tenkai Knights'', whatever ''Pokemon'' dub is airing at the moment, and ''Legends of Chima''[[/note]] that come on early in the mornings after AdultSwim airs and ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball''[[note]]despite that, in its native UK, the home video release (the UK has no television ratings) have a PG certificate for all of the things that got it a TV-Y7 rating in America: mild sexual innuendo, cartoonish violence that might be considered imitable, some mildly intense action-packed scenes, and any scenes considered NightmareFuel[[/note]].

In addition, a new {{crossover}} MascotFighter called ''VideoGame/CartoonNetworkPunchTimeExplosion'' was released in June 2011 on the UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS, and an UpdatedRerelease on PS3[=/=]UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}[=/=]UsefulNotes/XBox360 in November. [[MilestoneCelebration The network is also re-airing several of its classics in honor of its 20th Anniversary.]]

The official website, which contains games, information, and videos of its classics and current offerings is [[http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/ here]].

'''''Note:''' The programs listed here represent either "regular" CN proper or Cartoon Network as a whole. For content involving the channel's sub-entities (Creator/AdultSwim, Creator/{{Boomerang}}, Creator/{{Toonami}}, etc.) see their respective pages.''

!!This network has made the following original series:

* ''The Moxy Show''
* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'' (Later pioneered Creator/AdultSwim)
** ''WesternAnimation/CartoonPlanet'' [[note]]Ended in 1997 but was brought back as an hour-long show that plays the old shows of yesteryear.[[/note]]
* ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow''
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Cartoonstitute}}'' (Intended to be a SpiritualSuccessor to the WhatACartoonShow, but didn't air on the network for some reason.)
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory''
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo''
* ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken''
** ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel''
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''
* ''WesternAnimation/MikeLuAndOg''
* ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog''
* ''WesternAnimation/CartoonNetworkGroovies''
* ''WesternAnimation/SheepInTheBigCity''
* ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad''
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''
** ''WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne''
* ''WesternAnimation/WhateverHappenedToRobotJones''
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''
* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR''
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends''
* ''WesternAnimation/HiHiPuffyAmiYumi''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee''
* ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo''
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars''
* ''[[Franchise/{{Ben 10}} Ben 10 series]]''
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}''
** ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce''
** ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien''
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10 Omniverse}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey''
* ''WesternAnimation/SquirrelBoy''
* ''WesternAnimation/ClassOf3000''
* ''OutOfJimmysHead'' (failed live action/animation hybrid)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBremenAvenueExperience'' (One of several "shorties" for the network. Is considered the first cartoon from Cartoon Network's European Division in the UK, though it's not a regular series)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays''
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime with Finn and Jake''
* ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex''
** ''WesternAnimation/Ben10GeneratorRexHeroesUnited''
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow''
* ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Robotomy}}'' (the shortest-lived series on Cartoon Network that's not a mini-series. Because of budget issues and lack of foreign appeal, the show was canceled after ten episodes and two that were supposed to be completed ended up being scrapped. Also notable for being created by one of the co-directors of ''Superjail'')
* ''WesternAnimation/TheProblemSolverz''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' (the first full series created by the network's European division)
* ''WesternAnimation/SecretMountainFortAwesome''
** ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa''
* ''Series/LevelUp'' (Second attempt at a live action/animated hybrid. Unlike ''Out of Jimmy's Head'', this one actually had some fans, but the show came on around the time that Cartoon Network was winning back viewers with new animated shows and the semi-return of the classic cartoons. Cancelled as of 2013.)
* ''WesternAnimation/PartyWagon'' (A failed TVMovie pilot that aired in 2004 from the creator of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', Craig Bartlett.)
* ''Series/IncredibleCrew'': (Live action sketch comedy series. Cancelled as of July, 29th, 2013. Featured Jeremy Shada[[note]]the voice of Finn the Human on ''AdventureTime''[[/note]]. Is the last live-action original program from Cartoon Network, much to the delight of viewers [who hated Cartoon Network's failed attempts at creating live-action content] everywhere)
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' (Cartoon Network's first original series to be created by a female showrunner)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/WabbitALooneyTunesProduction'' (was scheduled for fall of 2014, but has now been rescheduled for sometime in 2015)
* ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'' (Cartoon Network's first mini-series, which premiered November 3rd, 2014)
* ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears''
* ''Mighty Magiswords'' (Cartoon Network's first original digital series)
* ''Long Live the Royals'' (Cartoon Network's second mini-series)

!!It has also aired original series created from other companies, made just for the network (Or, in the case of anime, exported for the network.):

* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}} 6teen]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/AlmostNakedAnimals''
* ''WesternAnimation/AngeloRules'' (Digital exclusive)
* ''WesternAnimation/AngryBirdsToons'' (in India, at least)
* ''Anime/{{Bakugan}}'' (As of Season 2, the US has been ahead of Japan)
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''
* ''WesternAnimation/BewareTheBatman''
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Detentionaire}}'' (Digital exclusive)
* ''WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk''
* ''Creator/DCComics''
** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''
** ''WesternAnimation/BewareTheBatman''
** ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries''
** ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGarfieldShow''
* ''WesternAnimation/GrojBand'' (Originally on TV, it was reassigned as a digital exclusive and also airs on Boomerang)
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'' (ChannelHop; Season 4)
* ''[[WebVideo/TheAnnoyingOrange The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange]]'' (live action/SynchroVox/animation hybrid)
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''
* ''LegendsOfChima''
* "Anime/AiNoWakakusaMonogatari"
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' (Which come and go. As of March 2011 they're back.)
** ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers''
** ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Mad}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Mixels}}''
* ''{{Ninjago}}: Masters of Spinjitzu''
* ''WesternAnimation/ScaredySquirrel''
* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo''
** ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo''
** ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated''
** ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooTheMysteryBegins''
** ''WesternAnimation/BeCoolScoobyDoo!''
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Sidekick}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Spliced}}'' (Digital exclusive)
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Stoked}}''
* ''Supernoobs''
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''
** ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo''
* ''Anime/TenkaiKnights''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama''
* ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies''
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''
** ''Anime/TransformersArmada''
** ''Anime/TransformersEnergon''
** ''Anime/TransformersCybertron''
** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''
** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRobotsInDisguise''

!!This network has also aired reruns (and [[ChannelHop in some cases, new episodes]]) of the following series:

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/CapitolCritters''
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers''
* ''Franchise/{{DCAU}}''
** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''
** ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''
** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''
** ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Centurions}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFantasticFour1967''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGaryColemanShow''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/TheGodzillaPowerHour Godzilla]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' (The network [[VindicatedByCable saved this movie from obscurity]] by marathoning it during Thanksgiving)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jabberjaw}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons''
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest''
** ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures''
* ''WesternAnimation/JosieAndThePussyCats''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' (Aired most, if not all, of the movies and the [[ShortRunner short-lived]] [[RecycledTheSeries TV series]])
* ''WesternAnimation/MaxSteel''
* ''WesternAnimation/MuchaLucha''
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' (ChannelHop; the FourKidsEntertainment dubbed Alabasta arc and the short-lived [=FUNimation=] TV dub for half of the Skypiea saga)
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesOfDarkWater''
* ''WesternAnimation/PacMan''
* ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' (the original theatrical shorts, not the short-lived shows like ''Popeye and Son'' or ''The New Popeye Adventures'')
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' (ChannelHop; in 2002, new episodes since 2007)
* ''WesternAnimation/RoadRovers''
* ''Manga/SailorMoon'' (both the [=DiC=]-edited dubs that have been airing in syndication and the newer dubs done by Cloverway up to ''Sailor Moon Super S'').
* ''WesternAnimation/SkunkFu''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSnorks''
* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost''
* ''Anime/SpeedRacer''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks''
* ''WesternAnimation/SwatKats''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSylvesterAndTweetyMysteries''
* ''WesternAnimation/TazMania''
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003''
* ''WesternAnimation/TexAveryMGMCartoons, MGMOneshotCartoons, BarneyBear and HappyHarmonies'' (Aired in half hour blocks. Currently still air on Boomerang.)
** Cartoon Network also used to run a half hour block of solely Tex Avery cartoons called ''The Tex Avery Show''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''
* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' (The oldest cartoons that still air on the network, along with the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' shorts.)
** ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTales''
* ''WesternAnimation/TopCat''
* ''WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs''
* ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces''
* ''Waynehead'', a short-lived CelebrityToon centered on Damon Wayans'[[note]]the same Damon Wayans who would be known for ''InLivingColor'', along with his siblings, Keenan-Ivory, Shawn, Marlon, and Kim[[/note]] childhood in the inner city, where he had to wear a leg brace for his club foot and contend with bullies using humor.
* ''WesternAnimation/WaitTillYourFatherGetsHome'' (an early 1970s animated sitcom said to be the forefather of FOX's dysfunctional family animated sitcoms, particularly ''TheSimpsons'' and ''FamilyGuy''[[note]]though, in tone, it's more like ''King of the Hill'' or a less shocking ''AllInTheFamily''[[/note]])
* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown''
* ''WesternAnimation/WheresHuddles''
* ''WesternAnimation/YogiBear'' and related spin-offs (except ''WesternAnimation/YoYogi!'', which is pretty much considered CanonDiscontinuity and FanonDiscontinuity)
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''
* ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds''

!!{{Licensed Game}}s made for the network include:

* ''VideoGame/EdEddNEddyTheMisEdventures''
* ''VideoGame/FusionFall''
* ''Project Exonaut''
* ''VideoGame/CartoonNetworkPunchTimeExplosion''

!!Programming blocks that are airing or have aired on this network include:

* Creator/AdultSwim [[note]]Cartoon Network’s late night block specializing on {{seinen}} {{anime}} and adult animated comedy. However, much like the main network, it too has been undergoing a [[NetworkDecay "live-action instead of animation" slope.]][[/note]]
* Ani-Comedy [[note]]A block that airs Comedic Anime.[[/note]]
* Creator/{{Boomerang}} [[note]]Started out as a two hour weekend block in TheNineties before becoming a spin-off channel of its own beginning in the 2000’s.[[/note]]
* Creator/CartoonCartoons [[note]]The branding for Cartoon Network originals in TheNineties.[[/note]]
* Creator/CartoonCartoonFridays [[note]]The Friday night block for CN originals from 1999-2003. A live-action revamp lasted 2003-2007.[[/note]]
* CN Real [[note]]The end result of the mid-2000s push for live-action programming to compete with the DisneyChannel and other kid-oriented entertainment channels. The backlash against this block was ''enormous'', and low ratings eventually resulted in its cancellation. To put it into deeper perspective, the original page on this very site for the block turned into a ''massive'' FlameBait and TakeThat magnet, so much so that it eventually got deleted and made a member of the Administrivia/PermanentRedLinkClub. See the discussion [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=1297062937039900100&page=1 Here.]][[/note]]
* WesternAnimation/DCNation [[note]]An hour long (as of this edit) SaturdayMorningCartoon block featuring cartoons from the Creator/DCComics Universe.[[/note]]
* Late Night Black And White [[note]]Monochromatic cartoons from the Turner library, including material from Creator/HarmanAndIsing, Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer, Creator/WalterLantz, and WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes.[[/note]]
* Creator/{{Miguzi}} [[note]]Created to be a lighter-toned successor to Toonami (which took over its former afternoon timeslot while Toonami itself was reconfigured to a Saturday night block) between 2004 to 2007.[[/note]]
* Oh Canada [[note]]Shorts commissioned for the NationalFilmBoardOfCanada.[[/note]]
* Creator/SaturdayVideoEntertainmentSystem [[note]]A video game-styled action block similar to Toonami which aired Saturday nights during 2003-4.[[/note]]
* Super Chunk [[note]]3 hour marathon block aired Saturday afternoon, replaced with Cartoon Olio from July 7, 2001 until May 25, 2002. The cartoons chosen were usually the original programming shows, but there were times where classic cartoon shorts and half-hour TV shows were picked.[[/note]]
* Creator/{{Toonami}} [[note]]Cartoon Network’s action cartoon- and {{anime}}-oriented block that aired on weekday afternoons and, later, Saturdays, between 1997 and 2008. Creator/AdultSwim briefly revived the block on AprilFoolsDay 2012, and soon announced that Toonami would return on a regular basis beginning in May 26, 2012 as an adult-oriented anime/action cartoon block due to the stunt's positive reception.[[/note]]
* ToonHeads [[note]]A documentary series with a theme each episode and three cartoons that fit that theme, such as cartoons that show the Stone Age before ''TheFlintstones'' did it or ChuckJones' early, cutesy cartoons. There were two specials that featured rare and controversial animated shorts: "ToonHeads: The Lost Cartoons" and one about WorldWarII cartoons. One centered on 12 Bugs Bunny cartoons that have Bugs fighting a racial caricature as his antagonist was planned as a final episode, but was pulled and shelved.[[/note]]
* Har Har Tharsdays [[note]]A Thursday night block devoted to comedy, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as its name implies.]] Now called "New Thursdays"[[/note]]
* Creator/YouAreHere [[note]]A replacement to Fridays that soon was canned when CN decided to show new episodes on a daily basis[[/note]]


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