Western Animation: Adventure Time

"Adventure Time!
Come on, grab your friends
We'll go to very distant lands
With Jake the Dog and Finn the Human
The fun will never end, it's Adventure Time!"

Adventure Time (aka Adventure Time with Finn and Jake) began as a seven-minute short created by Pendleton Ward. Originally produced to be a part of "Random! Cartoons" on Nickelodeon, it was meant to premiere in Fall of 2007. The animated variety show was delayed until December 2008, but the short was previewed in 2006. As is the way of things, the previewed short was leaked unto the Internet and quickly went viral.

Why? Because it's really frickin' weird, that's why.

Both the original short and subsequent series feature the adventures of two best friends: Jake the Dog and Finn the Human (Pen the Human in the original short). Their adventures are nonsensical, crazy, and bear more resemblance to a group of kids playing with action figures than a coherent story... which is probably why it's so dang fun.

Much like Homestar Runner, it's sort of a cross between a children's show and a parody of a children's show. These elements are still very much present even after the show took a turn for the darker. Nickelodeon passed on making it into a series, but their rival Cartoon Network saw its potential and ordered two full seasons off the bat. It started airing on April 5 2010 to the delight of 2 million viewers.

As of now the show has completed its sixth season, with the seventh set to start airing in late 2015 and an eighth has been commissioned.

Thanks to the massive success of the series, the show has spawned an increasing range of spin-offs in other media, details of which can be found at the Franchise page.

The mathematical production blog, which also features art from fans, is located here. The algebraic wiki is here.

On October 2nd, 2014, Pendleton Ward announced to Rolling Stone that he had stepped down from his position as the showrunner of the series. He claims that working on such a beast of a project just really wore him out. He continues to remain as a storyboard artist, script writer, and the voice of Lumpy Space Princess. Ward is succeeded as showrunner by Adam Muto, one of the show's longest-running staffers with credits on nearly a quarter of the show's (as of 2015) 200 episodes.

A miniseries has been announced and not too long after, so was a theatrical movie. Needless to say, there was much rejoicing amongst the fandom.

Now with an improved Recap page in need of more love.

Adventure Time provides examples of: