Turner Broadcasting launched this cable channel on October 1, 1992, after acquiring the extensive Hanna-Barbera animation library the year before (and even before this, Turner owned some animation, by way of the 1986 MGM/UA deal). 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 Warner Bros.. However the network wouldn’t really take off until the premiere of What a Cartoon! Show, which 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.Many of Cartoon Network's original productions are highly 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) pushed the limit on what a kids' channel can show, by airing several TV-14–rated animated films (such as the Hellboy series and Justice League: The New Frontier) and TV-PG series (like both Clone Wars series), resulting in a LARGE Periphery Demographic, even having a bumper featuring an excessive Cluster F-Bomb. It is best known among the anime community for its Toonami block, which is known for helping to increase the popularity of Japanese animation in America.To satisfy the growing adult demographic, adult animation is showcased during the overnight hours with the [adult swim] block. Once again praised for many of its original programs (even the weirder ones), Adult Swim is also well-known for bringing more exposure to mature anime series as well as rescuing other shows from death or complete obscurity.Around the late-2000s, the network began to incorporate live action shows as it attempted to compete with other "kids'" channels, such as Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel. A number of animated originals as well as the 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 and a huge backlash from the animation community and older fans prompted a return to the network's signature "cartoon" programming.The New Tens have been a renaissance for the network when it comes to returning to its roots of airing animated originals with the network premiering a large number of new animated series to cater to a variety of interests, with even more to come. Classics like Dexters Laboratory and The Powerpuff Girls have also found their way back to the schedule after being relegated to Boomerang, and after a huge fan campaign following an April Fools' Day stunt, 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 starting with Canadian imports 6teen and Total Drama Island and continuing with the originals Adventure Time and Regular Show. Also, most of its current action/adventure cartoons are rated TV-PG-V. Quite unusual considering that programs that go above the TV-Y7 rating were a rarity even during the network’s peak popularity, but it seems like that they have started to take note of the growing Periphery Demographic.In addition, a new crossover Mascot Fighter called Cartoon Network Punch Time Explosion was released in June 2011 on the Nintendo 3DS, and an Updated Rerelease on PS3/Wii/Xbox 360 in November. 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 here.
This network has made the following original 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.):
This network has also aired reruns (and in some cases, new episodes) of the following series:
Licensed Games made for the network include:
Programming blocks that are airing or have aired on this network include:
Tropes exhibited by Cartoon Network include: