Adult Swim

American cable network

Adult Swim (stylized as [adult swim] since 2003 and is also shortened to [as]) is an American adult-oriented nighttime programming block on 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 from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Mondays-Fridays) and from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Saturdays-Sundays) ET/PT.

Adult Swim
Logo where the text "adult swim" is in all lower case letters and encased in brackets, followed by the trademark symbol.
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaNationwide
  • Cartoon Network
  • (Mondays-Fridays: 9 p.m. – 6 a.m.)
  • (Saturdays-Sundays: 10 p.m. - 6 a.m.) ET/PT)
  • English
  • Spanish (with SAP)
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for SDTVs)
OwnerThe Cartoon Network, Inc.
Sister channels
LaunchedSeptember 2, 2001; 22 years ago (2001-09-02)
WebcastLive 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 providersConsult local listings
Dish NetworkChannel 176 (East)
Channel 177 (West)
DirecTVChannel 296 (East)
Channel 297 (West)
Channel 1886 (VOD)
C band
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) (Spanish feed)
  • Channel 325 (East; SD)
  • Channel 326 (West; SD)
  • Channel 1325 (East HD)
  • Channel 1326 (West HD)
Streaming media
YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku

Debuting on March 2, 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.[1]


  1. "Thinking small". November 4, 2011. Archived from the original on January 5, 2016. Retrieved November 25, 2017.