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Teletoon is the Canadian answer to Cartoon Networknote , 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 Retro note , was launched in 2007 to provide nostalgic viewers with older cartoons. Though the channel closed in September of 2015, Teletoon still airs classic cartoons in graveyard slots. Its late night block, Teletoon at Night note , can be considered the Canadian equivalent to [adult swim]. The block features adult animated series, including FOX comedies as well 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.

The first thing an American viewer will probably notice when looking at the list of their shows would be the almost complete absence of any anime, although both versions have shown Cardcaptors, Bakugan, and Spider Riders at some point, with the French network also having broadcasted Pokémonnote , Digimon, Beyblade and Naruto. Part of their license also dictates they have to produced some original Canadian content, which has led to fine adaptations of Redwall, Silverwing and For Better or for Worse, as well as original shows like Total Drama and Jimmy Two-Shoes.

While the English and French channels started out with exactly the same programming, over time their schedules started to differ, with the English network getting some unique shows such as Robot Chicken and the French network getting dubs of shows otherwise shown on YTV and The Comedy Network like The Simpsons and The Fairly OddParents!.

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. In September of 2015, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim's original shows began airing exclusively on the Canadian version, though Teletoon did bring back Teen Titans Go! and aired The Powerpuff Girls reboot in Fall 2016. By January of 2017, Teletoon had resumed airing Cartoon Network's shows, while Adult Swim shows would return to Teletoon at Night in the Fall of 2017.

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):