Adult Swim (stylized as [adult swim] or shortened to [as]) is an American adult-oriented nighttime programming block of the 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 broadcasts weeknights from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. and weekends from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. ET/PT.
|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for SDTVs)
|Owner||The Cartoon Network, Inc.|
(Warner Bros. Entertainment)
|Launched||September 2, 2001|
|Webcast||Live Simulcast (Available nightly during block's duration as listed above; U.S. pay-TV subscribers only)|
(nighttime programming block of Cartoon Network)
|Available on most cable providers||Consult local listings|
|Dish Network||Channel 176 (East)|
Channel 177 (West)
|DirecTV||Channel 296 (East)|
Channel 297 (West)
Channel 1886 (VOD)
|Google Fiber||Channel 351|
|YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, AT&T TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku|
Debuting in 2001, Adult Swim serves as the nighttime identity of Cartoon Network, and it was established as alternative programming during late night hours when Cartoon Network's primary target audience would normally be sleeping. By 2005, Adult Swim would be granted its own separate Nielsen ratings report from Cartoon Network due to it targeting a different audience. 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.
Adult Swim 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 aesthetically experimental, transgressive, improvised, and surrealist in nature. Adult Swim has contracted with various studios known for their productions in absurd and shock comedy.