Trivia / [adult swim]

The following are Trivial facts relating to [adult swim].
  • Adored by the Network: When Adult Swim likes a title...they really like to show it. Such include:
    • For Anime, Cowboy Bebop and FLCL, especially the latter. In fact, Adult Swim went as far as to co-produce FLCL Progressive & Alternative.
      • Inuyasha got favorable treatment back when it was new, but it was also the show that got mocked the most in bumps. It's hard to tell sometimes if Adult Swim liked the show at all or if they just liked whatever amount of moolah it brought them.
      • The Network Decay of Cartoon Network has generally sent anime treatment towards the other direction, to the point that some of Adult Swim's bumps have stated (semi-seriously) that the above mentioned are the only good cartoons from Japan.
      • Dragon Ball Kai (and later, Dragon Ball Super), what with the franchise being the first anime in years to be aired outside of the Saturday action block. At first, Adult Swim only aired reruns of the previous week's episode, but later found themselves premiering new episodes before they aired inside Toonami.
    • For animated comedies, King of the Hill, American Dad!, Squidbillies and especially Family Guy. Family Guy reruns just so happen to be the most-watched programs on Adult Swim, which might explain why the show seems to air about 10 times a night.
      • Futurama was also this until they lost the rights to Comedy Central and Matt Groening turned down the chance to make new episodes for [adult swim], instead choosing the former network. As a farewell, they showed a marathon of every episode of the series made to that point.
    • For live-action shows, Childrens Hospital was one; Adult Swim practically saved at least one Ad Bumper each week for the show.
    • In the following order, Adult Swim typically plays favorites to FOX animated sitcoms (Particularly shows that are derivative of The Simpsons or Family Guy) > Original animation > Live-action programs > Anime > Cancelled network TV shows.
    • Black Jesus got a huuuuge push from [as]' prior to its premiere, with a seemingly unprecedented 11:00 PM timeslot for new episodes, multiple B&W cards for the show each week, episodic promos, and even an official prayer candle that you could buy from [as]' website.
    • Rick and Morty has become the new network favorite. Understandable, due to the show being a ratings and critical success.
  • Bad Export for You: "Adult Swim - Subscribe and Watch", the mobile SVOD app for Canada by Adult Swim Games, is notorious for its many bugs and lack of features compared to standard streaming apps. Nonetheless, it's the only way for Canadians to legally watch new Adult Swim programming due to the decay of Cartoon Network's Canadian broadcast partner.
  • Channel Hop: Well, sort of. Toonami coming from the daytime Cartoon Network to the nightime [adult swim].
  • Creator Killer, Franchise Killer, and Genre-Killer: The Boston Bomb Scare; when some Boston police thought that guerilla marketing LEDs for the Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie were bombs, then-current Cartoon Network head Jim Samples was forced to step down. Observers have pointed at this incident as arguably the cause of the Network Decay of not just Adult Swim, but all of The Cartoon Network Inc. Samples' replacement Stuart Snyder was the main champion of the increase of live-action sitcoms and reality shows on the network that led to its Dork Age. After Snyder stepped down, Cartoon Network's live-action shows slowly disappeared (some live-action movies do air occasionally on the channel), Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry cartoons returned to the schedule, and the network would refocus on animated originals, (Most notably, Adventure Time, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, Steven Universe and MAD). However, since most of Adult Swim's live-action shows were better received (at least compared to Cartoon Network's shows), and because they're cheaper to produce, such shows continue to be produced to this very day.
  • Executive Meddling: Adult Swim is famous for its near-constant schedule switching of shows. However, this can often be very problematic when it comes to premiere shows, which can confuse viewers on when the show is on and can even turn an audience off from the show completely. While most of their original shows have managed to avoid this thanks to Protection from Editors, even they aren't safe from this.
  • Friday Night Death Slot: Adult Swim was so afraid of this; they avoided airing shows on Friday for its first few years. They now show programs on Friday, although itís unlikely that a new show will premiere on this day.
    • They now debut new episodes of their live-action comedies on Fridays, although this is less being screwed over and more for purposes of ratings, as [as]' audience likes continuity on the schedule. This move means that every program on their Monday-Thursday schedule is the same.
  • Genius Bonus: The Flash game Floater is about poking a corse down a stream and causing as much harm to it as possible (ramming into rocks, exploding barrels, snakes, rabid beavers etc.). Black Comedy at its finest that is only improved if you know that the name of the incredibly catchy music is "Cripple Creek".
  • Invisible Advertising: A notable form of Adult Swimís Executive Meddling antics. Unless the work is Adored by the Network, advertising for an Adult Swim premiere program is nearly non-existent.
  • Killer App: Family Guy constantly outnumbers all other shows on Adult Swim, far more than even its more successful originals like Aqua Teen Hunger Force or The Venture Bros., at least according to the Nielsen Ratings.
    • Rick and Morty, as of season 3, has arguably become the new flagship original for the channel, especially due to the huge ratings (especially in the coveted 18-34 demographic) during each new episode.
  • Marathon Running: Adult Swim usually does marathons around holidays, especially in December.
    • There have been marathons of The Venture Bros., Bleach, Robot Chicken, Metalocalypse, Squidbillies, The Boondocks, Futurama (every episode one after the other, RIGHT before its license expired,) Family Guy, Moral Orel, FLCL, and even all four InuYasha movies.
    • Adult Swim will occasionally show a marathon of a show on April Fools just to do a Running Gag. At one time, an April Fools marathon of Perfect Hair Forever played all seven episodes in backwards order with bad subtitles. Another time, they showed the same episode of Harvey Birdman 24 times in a row.
    • On Christmas and New Year's Eve 2011, they showed all night marathons of Bleach.
    • For the last weekend of 2013, Toonami showed a 4-hour marathon of Cowboy Bebop episodes (as chosen by the staff) following an airing of Trigun: Badlands Rumble, right before their license expired. Then, on July 5th, 2014, they showed three episodes of Space Dandy in a row to lead up to the show's Season 2 premiere.
    • For their April Fool's Day stunt in 2014, they showed a marathon of Space Ghost: Coast 2 Coast episodes, to commemorate the show's 20th birthday two weeks later. This was preceded by a brand-new episode of Perfect Hair Forever.
    • In addition to all of this, [as]' shows marathons of many of the shows they own that are broadcast on their website. The marathons are all picked out the week before, and sometimes they double up on shows that don't have enough episodes, so you can watch a marathon of Robot Chicken and Titan Maximum episodes one day, and then Black Dynamite the next.
  • Name's the Same: Is Pickles an alcoholic mother, an alcoholic drummer, or a Satanic dog?
  • Network to the Rescue: If a show that Adult Swim loves is having trouble, they will do everything in their power to save it. We didn't say Adult Swim loves to show love for shows that they adore for nothing, did we?
    • Adult Swim at one point started airing a promo in which they say Squidbillies has been getting low ratings... and how clearly the reason was that the viewers were morons and hadn't yet given this wonderful show a chance. That's why now they're airing it every single night instead of once a week, to get us to watch it and see how great it is.
    • Same with The Oblongs (even though there are currently no plans to make new episodes).
    • Somewhat inverted with Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. Adult Swim promotes the hell out of it and gives it gets the red carpet treatment, but the fanbase isn't biting and the show has low to middling ratings.
    • Thanks to the positive response its first season got in the west, the second season of The Big O was co-produced by Cartoon Network Studios for Adult Swim.
    • Adult Swim is the reason why Futurama and Family Guy (and, by extension, American Dad! and The Cleveland Show) lasted longer than they would have.
    • After spending the last part of the Turn of the Millennium being the poster victim of Cartoon Networkís Network Decay, Japanese anime was thrown a bone with the revival of Toonami. What makes this revival so important is that, unlike the begrudging tone of Adult Swim's broadcast, the new Tooanmi and its programming are tailor-made for the audience that grew up with the block on Cartoon Network. As a result, anime in general is very slowly getting more respect with mainstream audiences. Some have also seen the addition of Samurai 7 and Casshern Sins as being signs that this incarnation wasn't just Adult Swim with Tooanmi-themed bumps and that Cartoon Network as a whole was starting to see the value in mature animation again.
    • Toonami bringing back repeats of Sym-Bionic Titan sparked hope in a revival for the series. Even Genndy Tartakovsky says there is hope.
    • Home Movies is the OG example of Adult Swim doing this. The series originally aired on UPN and was cancelled after just 5 episodes. Two years later Turner created an adult-oriented block for Cartoon Network and they decided to purchase the rights to Home Movies, seeing potential in the series. Home Movies would go on to be the initial flagship show of the block.
  • Old Shame: The "History of Adult Swim" marathon has revealed a few via the bumps shown before airing the highlighted program. Shows like Minoriteam, The Drinky Crow Show, Mongo Wrestling Alliance and Million Dollar Extreme Presents: World Peace were all looked back upon negatively.
  • Otaku O'Clock/Watershed: The entire theory of Adult Swim in general. They even have a segment called "DVR Theater" which shows cult favorites and older shows around 4 a.m. The watershed time also has certain transitional period times in which TV-MA shows aren't allowed (before 10PM and the 5AM hour).
  • Role-Ending Misdemeanor: After collaborator John Kricfalusi's sexual predator behavior towards underage female employees of his came to light, Adult Swim have stated that they will never work with him again.
  • Screwed by the Network: Adult Swim's infamous Executive Meddling antics has not gone too well with a number of shows. Such include:
    • Anime used to air an hour or two on weeknights and weekends, and coinciding with Cartoon Network's decision of ending Toonami, it slowly decreased to Saturday nights/Sunday mornings at midnight only, in which Bleach was the only on-going show that premieres new episodes. It has been said that one of those in charge of [adult swim]'s programming doesn't like the style and was the first to go when the Network Decay began. Adult Swim has often rather been vocal about their increasing dis-contempt towards Anime and the block. Bumps regularly criticize it, commercials show their Narm moments and episode descriptions on their website tend to read like "Vampires, robots, big hats!". Perfect Hair Forever basically boils down to several hours of Take That! against shonen. Observers have also noted the lack of promotion of the Saturday block and its programming, especially in comparison to their other blocks. All the more reason why the Toonami revival was seen as a turning of the tide against this trend.
    • Code Geass is a notable victim of Adult Swim's constant schedule switching of shows. Adult Swim had kept changing the time slot later and later to the point that people stopped caring and their rights to the show expired after one rerun.
    • Futurama, although this was from Fox rather than from Adult Swim. The DVDs sold more than Family Guy's, fan push was apparently larger, the ratings on Adult Swim were better, but Family Guy was the one that came back first. Adult Swim even offered to fund new episodes, but they were refused. THEN Adult Swim got screwed over when reruns of the show they helped try to bring back was ripped away from them and given to another network: Comedy Central. On the bright side, the popularity and adoration Futurama got from Adult Swim resulted in the series continuation on its new home.
    • Korgoth of Barbaria, one of Adult Swim's most well received pilot shows, was supposedly green-lighted for an entire season, but aborted due to lack of funds that the higher ups refused to provide.
    • Adult Swim requested that the third season of Moral Orel to be as Darker and Edgier as much as creator Dino Stamatopoulos could make it. He complied — creating the saddest, darkest, most soul-crushing episodes of the show he could (with "Alone"note , the two-part episode where Orel is on a hunting trip with his alcoholic father, and "Numb"note  as the cream of the crop). While the fans applauded the episodes for going in directions that mainstream Western animation fears to tread, the execs regretted the decision and the show was canceled.
    • Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit was constantly schedule-switch later and later until it aired at 5:30 AM EST by Adult Swim, dropped after 10 episodes, restarted in a better timeslot, and then got dropped again after Geneon went bankrupt, and it was removed from the air until the licensing issues were resolved. However, the problems were eventually solved, and Adult Swim re-aired and completed the series between June and December 2009.
    • The second season of Lucy, the Daughter of the Devil was canned after going through two years of Development Hell. A half hour second season was planned along with a new pilot, but both of which were scrapped due to Loren Bouchard and the network having creative disagreements about the show.
    • A second season of Stroker and Hoop was planned thanks to good ratings, but the show was far too expensive for the usually cheap budgets of Adult Swim's other shows. to produce. As a result, the show ended on a cliffhanger.
    • Because of Adult Swim's attitude towards anime, they've been accused of attempting to screw Toonami over. As anime typically receives lower ratings compared to western animation, Toonami's start time is shuffled around the 10pm and 12am hours every couple of months. Toonami Faithful did an interview with block manager Jason De Marco shortly after one instance came to pass, and he did not seem phased by it, even going as far to say that he prefers the new lineup because it allows for more premieres and fewer reruns. Sure enough, the addition of shows like Kill la Kill and the new season of Sword Art Online have put any rumors of foul-play to rest...for now.
    • Sit Down, Shut Up is a borderline example of this. The show aired new episodes at 8:00P on Sundays, at the first timeslot after Cartoon Network ends, and it recieved little promotion from Adult Swim aside from one commercial. It also did not help that, thanks to Comedy Central rescuing the show first, [as] wasn't able to get it until five-and-a-half years after it first aired. Word of God has stated that they have no intention of re-airing it outside of its first run, and it got pulled in the middle of said run in favor of Dragon Ball Kai reruns. To be fair, the show has received largely negative reviews, so it can be argued that Adult Swim was doing its critics a favor. In fact, let that sink in for a second: Adult Swim would rather air anime reruns than an animated sitcom!
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  • Trolling Creator:
    • The Adult Swim crew knew the live-action shows would piss off longtime viewers and fans. They took advantage of this throughout the bumps of the late 2000's, which made fun of viewer complaints. The bumps might have died down, but the complaining didn't.
    • A few years later, after screwing over Metalocalypse they decided to indulge their fans by giving out a fax number and asking fans to send their requests to the [as] offices... where they were then fed straight from the printer into a shredder. On a live stream.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Regular Show was originally planned to be an Adult Swim show, however, there was no room on the block at the time. The Cartoon Network version was toned down, but judging by its Radar page, not by much.
    • The Don Hertzfeldt short Rejected was supposed to air during the early days of [adult swim], but was pre-empted for reasons unknown. Some say censorship (there was a scene that included the words, "Sweet Jesus!" as an oath); others say that the executives failed to see the humor in the short. Luckily a portion of the short found it's way onto Off The Air.
    • An animated adaption for Team Fortress 2 was once in the works - hence why the game has a few promotional items based on Adult Swim shows - but the entire project was quickly canned once the channel realized how infamously long it takes for Valve to finish a product. The first episode was to be a compilation of the Meet the Team shorts, to introduce the main characters to those unfamiliar with the game, while the second episode was recycled as an independent short called Expiration Date.
  • The Wiki Rule: The [adult swim] Wiki.
  • Why the Fandom Can't Have Nice Things: After years of the toxic nature of its members becoming worse and worse, Adult Swim's official message boards were shut down on November 2nd, 2016. Though, calling the message boards a "nice thing" is stretching it, from the viewpoint of 99% of the members who left.
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: According to animator Kurt Wiley, Adult Swim shows have some of the tightest deadlines in the industry, with entire half hour episodes having to be completed in a single day.


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