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Teletoon is a Canadian animation network, debuting alongside The Comedy Network and Space Channel, when cable channel options opened up in the late Nineties. Originally owned as a joint venture, as of 2013, it is fully owned by Corus Entertainment, who also own YTV and Treehouse TV among other kids networks.

Teletoon is a bilingual service, with two separate networks serving the English- and French-speaking populations of Canada. A spin-off channel, Teletoon Retronote , was launched in 2007 to provide nostalgic viewers with older cartoons. Though the channel closed in September of 2015, Teletoon would continue to air classic cartoons in graveyard slots. Its late night block, Teletoon at Nightnote , features adult animated series, including Canadian-produced shows such as Undergrads and Clone High. The majority of Canadian shows aired in the block were Short Runners and because of this, and Canadian content laws, they are often shown endlessly in repetition. While the English-language version ended in April 2019, its French counterpart, Télétoon la Nuit, would continue.


Part of Teletoon's license dictates they have to use a portion of their revenue to produce original content. Over the years, Teletoon's original productions would range from fine adaptations of Redwall, Silverwing and For Better or for Worse, to more contemporary shows aimed at international audiences. While the English and French channels started out with exactly the same programming, their schedules started to differ overtime. The French network would go on to produce and receive dubs of shows otherwise shown on other networks like The Simpsons and The Fairly OddParents!.

American viewers will recognize Teletoon as Canada's answer to Cartoon Network, with Teletoon at Night formally being the go-to network for [adult swim] shows. Just as Teletoon has aired almost every Cartoon Network show in existence, with a few exceptions, Cartoon Network has also aired and co-produced a handful of Teletoon shows.


Aside from this, the one thing anyone living in the United States will probably notice when looking at the list of Teletoon shows would be the almost complete absence of any anime. YTV was the primary source for anime series in its early years, while Teletoon would occasionally air anime movies and OVAs on late Friday nights. Both Teletoon networks have shown Pokémonnote , Cardcaptors, Bakugan, and Spider Riders at some point, with the French network also having shown Digimon, Bakuten Shoot Beyblade and Naruto.

On July 4, 2012, Teletoon launched a Canadian version of Cartoon Network, complete with a localized Adult Swim block. In the years since the channel's launch, Teletoon has relied more on original programming and other acquired shows. By September of 2015, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim's original shows would air exclusively on the Canadian version. note  Teletoon would resume airing Cartoon Network's shows by January of 2017, while Adult Swim shows would return to Teletoon at Night in the Fall of 2017. Ultimately, Corus would launch a 24-hour Adult Swim channel (the first of its kind) in April 2019, subsequently closing both Teletoon at Night and the Canadian Adult Swim block in April and March 2019, respectively.

Teletoon is somewhat notorious for airing live-action movies, and the network has produced a few live-action shows of it own. Canadian broadcast regulations have prevented this from leading to total Network Decay, at least for the most part.

Teletoon has created the following series (premiere dates are in brackets):

    Original productions 

Associated tropes

  • Adored by the Network: Justified. Archer was the one show on Teletoon at Night that received the most promotion because it was the only exclusive, first-run show on the block.
    • The Simpsons on Télétoon is practically the channel's flagship show since it airs at least three times a day (6pm, 9pm and 11pm). Since Fall 2011, they wouldn't even change its timeslot during a marathon of another show, special event or whenever a genre-oriented programming block was on.
    • While this is likely due to CanCon requirements note  some of Teletoon's older original programming, such as Johnny Test or Totally Spies!, frequently air in reruns to this day. While Johnny Test and Totally Spies are two of the network's longest-running series, other shows, like Jimmy Two-Shoes and Detentionaire, only lasted at least 52 episodes. Strangely, Teletoon doesn't air reruns of the first season of Johnny Test, nor the first, second, or sixth seasons of Totally Spies. note 
      • Outside of Totally Spies!, Teletoon would retire reruns of all its old shows in Fall 2017, and, aside from brief reruns in October 2017, Johnny Test wouldn't make a proper return to the schedule until January 2018. These shows, along with Johnny Test, can still be seen on Cartoon Network Canada to fulfill that network's CanCon quota.
    • Naturally, if a Teletoon original series has at least three seasons, it was because it was successful enough to be turned into a flagship show. There have been exceptions, though.
      • Despite the show receiving multiple airings on weekdays at accessible times for kids (as well as very good ratings), Spliced only lasted a single season, with the creators receiving no word on its fate afterwards.
      • A third season of Jimmy Two-Shoes was announced, but thanks to Disney XD's poor treatment of the series in the United States, it was never produced.
      • My Dad the Rock Star ended after 2 seasons despite receiving high ratings, as creator Gene Simmons wanted to move on to other projects.
    • As a result of the CRTC's new broadcast rules taking effect in Fall 2017, Teletoon began airing more imported programming during the day. Much to the chagrin of its critics, Teletoon took advantage of this to air 3 hours of Teen Titans Go! daily, when the most airtime that other shows have gotten was an hour or two. Unlike what happened with Cartoon Network in the U.S, the show didn't completely take over the schedule, but for Teletoon as a whole, Canadian programming was downplayed significantly. Thankfully, this trend has somewhat been reversed since January 2018, when Teletoon added more reruns of their current original shows.
  • Bad Export for You: Instead of Adult Swim Canada or Teletoon at Night, new original programming from Adult Swim in the U.S. (including new seasons of Robot Chicken and Rick and Morty) were once exclusive to the now-defunct Canadian "Adult Swim - Subscribe & Watch" SVOD mobile app, which was programmed by [as] Games. Unfortunately for cord-cutters, the app had been marred by various bugs and compatibility issues.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: Ever since Corus Entertainment gained full control of Teletoon, the network has really dropped the ball when it comes to properly promoting its programs. For example; the second half of Power Rangers Dino Charge was incorrectly called Super Dino Charge, instead of Dino Supercharge; the final season of Ultimate Spider-Man was promoted as a new series, and then there's this promo for Counterfeit Cat, which refers to Gark as a she.
    • More recently, Teletoon and Cartoon Network Canada promoted the Ben 10 reboot as the fifth season, while the former channel advertised the second half of Power Rangers Ninja Steel as a new series on their website. note 
      • In the case of the Ben 10 reboot, Télétoon not only followed its English counterpart's promotion but used imagery from the original series.
    • Teletoon and Cartoon Network Canada has in various cases (such as Cartoon Network's website, after relaunching under the same generic design as Corus' other TV channels' websites in 2018) promoted Regular Show as "The" Regular Show.
  • International Coproduction: Teletoon has been involved in co-producing series with broadcasters and production companies from other countries. U.S, U.K., France and Australia being the most commons.
  • Screwed by the Network: Even before Corus gained full ownership of Teletoon, there were a few incidents in recent years involving original and acquired programming.
    • An entire network was screwed over in Fall 2015, when Teletoon Retro (despite having a very large subscriber base with its french counterpart) was shut down to make room for the newly launched Disney Channel and its siblings, as well as increase distribution for Cartoon Network and [adult swim]. However, as a result, Teletoon briefly returned to airing classic cartoons and introduced modern versions of classics (like Wabbit: A Looney Tunes Production, Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, and ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks). Plus, Teletoon at Night was pushed back to a shorter run-time on Mondays-Thursdays, allowing Teletoon to air more action cartoons, some of which have previously been screwed over. Though they ended up screwing over Teen Titans Go!, Teletoon would bring back the original Teen Titans animated series in reruns. Tropes Are Not Bad, indeed.
      • Corus Entertainment would begin airing all of Cartoon Network and Adult Swim shows exclusively on their Canadian counterparts. However, for some reason, reruns for Cartoon Cartoons and other contemporary shows from CN were removed from Cartoon Network Canada's schedule for a whole yearnote . Instead, Corus used the channel to burnoff recent Teletoon programming (to fulfill CanCon requirements). Even worse, for months after the switch, the channel never aired one single episode of Adventure Time nor Regular Show.
      • Another downside to the switch was that, while Cartoon Network now has wider carriage, it was still a higher-tier network on some providers. This means that if CN wasn't in their current package, subscribers would have to pay extra. Plus, whereas [adult swim] launched their own (now-defunct) SVOD app in Canada to allow Canadians to legally watch their original programming, including shows that weren't being aired on the Canadian version nor Teletoon at Night note , Cartoon Network programming couldn't be streamed anywhere. Perhaps realizing this, Corus would slowly phase Cartoon Network programming back to Teletoon over the next year.
      • Similar to what happened in the U.S., the seventh season of Archer was originally planned to air on Adult Swim. But, as a result of the above, and because Archer was pretty much the only major show Teletoon at Night had left, it was decided at the last minute the show would remain as is.
    • Since 2013, shows produced by Cartoon Network Studios on Télétoon have caught plenty of flack, especially Regular Show (Announced premieres for new episodes have been pulled twice). The channel hasn't ran a single CN Studios-produced show in the following years until 2018 when they premiered Ben 10 reboot.
    • My Life Me was probably one of the first original series to get screwed over note , in comparison to every other show (which Teletoon milks out in order to fulfill Canadian Content laws). Fans presume this was due to the show having many detractors and being mostly liked only out of being So Bad, It's Good. However, considering Johnny Test is arguably hated even more, and the fact that it was delayed for over a year, and then given only a short run when kids were in school, and in some nondescript Saturday afternoon timeslot, there may have been more bitterness coming from Teletoon.
      • Consider Metajets, the only other original series screwed over worse than My Life Me, given a rare early morning repeat on Teletoon and Cartoon Network Canada, whereas My Life Me wouldn't resurface until midsummer in 2017, airing reruns weekday mornings at 3:30 AM.
    • Pirate Express was only on the air for a single week in April 2015, in which Teletoon dumped the entire series in episode blocks aired in the middle of the day, and they haven't aired it again since.
      • The same thing happened to the second season of Oh No! It's an Alien Invasion, after its Channel Hop from YTV, and several episodes of Endangered Species; dumping multiple episodes of both shows in the afternoon. While Teletoon kept Endangered Species on the schedule, neither the dumped episodes nor Oh No! have aired again since.
      • Freaktown suffered the same fate. After airing the show on Mondays during the Summer of 2016, Teletoon suddenly aired multiple episodes of the show on the last Saturday of August before going on hiatus. The rest of the season was on dumped onto Saturdays afternoons in October 2016, appropriately enough, with the last episodes being aired on a lone Sunday afternoon.
    • Any Marvel show from Disney XD that airs on Teletoon may qualify. Those looking forward to Guardians of the Galaxy enjoyed being able to watch new episodes on Disney XD Canada day-and-date with the American channel. Meanwhile, season four of Ultimate Spider-Man debuted on Teletoon seven months after its U.S premiere, while season three of Avengers, Assemble! premiered in November. While this is common for international broadcasts, what really makes this jarring is the fact that Corus Entertainment owns both channels. Especially after Ultimate Spider-Man came to an end, and season four of Avengers premiered, it seems new Marvel programming now only airs on Disney XD Canada, while Teletoon focuses more on DC Comics-related fare.
    • Bob's Burgers on Télétoon la nuit only had new episodes for one single month, the same month it premiered. It was in reruns for the next two years until it was pulled from the schedule.
    • 2 Nuts And A Richard. Despite the show being adored by Télétoon la nuit, Adult Swim hasn't made a single promo (save for a promotional trailer) nor made any mention of the series on any of its 2015 and 2016 promo spots (unless you count the schedule image from the Fall 2015 promo). Since Fall 2016, the only time the show has been mentioned is at the end of promos for other shows.note  It doesn't help that new English-dubbed episode premieres have been sporadic since the beginning of 2016.
      • Made more perplexing by the fact that this show has never aired on Teletoon at Night despite being produced for its french-language counterpart. Like Night Sweats, Knuckleheads (which was also produced for Télétoon la nuit), and season three of Fugget About It, the English dub premiered exclusively on Adult Swim in Fall 2015. However, whereas all three programs eventually aired on the former block, 2 Nuts And A Richard can still only be seen on the latter.
    • Teletoon's broadcast of Young Justice was Cut Short after the first half of season one. The rest of the series did air on Cartoon Network Canada but, at the time, the network was only available on certain providers. Ironically, when Cartoon Network gained its wider coverage in Fall 2015, reruns of this show and older original programming were removed. At the very least, the complete series was available for streaming on Netflix in Canada, and Outsiders would begin airing on Teletoon in 2019.
    • Knuckleheads originally had an eight-episode sneak peak on Télétoon la nuit. When the series officially premiered in Fall 2012, it was moved to the daytime schedule. It has since moved back to the nighttime block, or rather, the block itself moved to the time the series was airing.
    • Mad (known as Mad: The Animated Series during its release on Teletoon and CN Canada) has been hit hard upon its release in Canada. After G4 Canada, a adult-oriented network, ditched the series, Teletoon picked it up in December 2011. Only to ditch it after the first week of the following year. Fortunately, in the end, Cartoon Network Canada picked up the show in Fall 2012 and continued until the series' end. Teletoon would eventually show it during its simulcasted sneek peek with the network and shown it regularly after the show's conclusion.


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