Adult Swim

Adult Swim
Adult Swim 2003 logo.svg
LaunchedSeptember 2, 2001 (2001-09-02)
Owned byWarner Bros. Entertainment
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for SDTVs)
CountryUnited States
  • English
  • Spanish (with SAP)
Broadcast areaMulti-National
Sister channel(s)
(nighttime programming block of Cartoon Network)
Dish NetworkChannel 176 (East)
Channel 177 (West)
Orby TVChannel 210 (East)
Channel 211 (West)
DirecTVChannel 296 (East)
Channel 297 (West)
Channel 1886 (VOD)
C band
Available on most cable providersChannel slots vary on each system
AT&T U-verse
  • Channel 325 (East; SD)
  • Channel 326 (West; SD)
  • Channel 1325 (East HD)
  • Channel 1326 (West HD)
CenturyLink Prism
  • Channel 325 (East; SD)
  • Channel 326 (West; SD)
  • Channel 1326 (East HD)
  • Channel 1327 (West HD)
  • Channel 3054 (Spanish feed; SD)
Google FiberChannel 351
Verizon FiOS
  • Channel 257 (SD)
  • Channel 757 (HD)
  • Channel 1726 (SD)
Streaming media
adultswim.comLive simulcast (Available nightly from 8 p.m.–6 a.m. ET/PT; U.S. pay-TV subscribers only)
YouTube TVInternet Protocol television
Hulu with Live TVInternet Protocol television
Sling TVInternet Protocol television
AT&T TVInternet Protocol television
Amazon Fire TVInternet Protocol television
RokuInternet Protocol television

Adult Swim (stylized as [adult swim]) is an American adult-oriented nighttime programming block of the children's basic cable network Cartoon Network that is programmed by its in-house production studio, Williams Street. Marketed as a separate network for ratings purposes, Adult Swim currently broadcasts nightly from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. ET/PT.

Debuting in 2001, Adult Swim serves as the nighttime identity of Cartoon Network, and was established as alternative programming during late night hours when Cartoon Network's primary target audience, children between the ages of 7 and 15, would normally be sleeping. In 2005, the block was granted its own Nielsen ratings report from Cartoon Network due to targeting a separate demographic. The block features stylistically varied animated and live-action shows; including original programming, syndicated series, anime, original video animations, and short films with generally minimal or no editing for content.

The block has frequently aired adult animation features, mockumentaries, sketch comedy, and pilots. The block's shows are known for their sexual themes, frank sexual discussion, nudity, strong language, and graphic violence. Many of its programs are esthetically experimental, transgressive, improvised, and surrealist in nature. Adult Swim has contracted with various studios known for their productions in absurd and shock comedy.[1]

As with Cartoon Network, Adult Swim's reach through various services totals 94 million American households.[2]

  1. ^ "Thinking small". Archived from the original on January 5, 2016. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  2. ^ "Cable network coverage area household universe estimates: January 2016 – Broadcasting & Cable". Archived from the original on December 2, 2017. Retrieved November 25, 2017.

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