Adult Swim (stylized as [adult swim] or [as]) is a programming block on the American cable network Cartoon Network that operates nightly from p.m. It is programmed by Williams Street Productions, a subsidiary of Turner, which also developed two prior television programming blocks seen on Cartoon Network: Toonami (which later became a block on Adult Swim in 2012) and Miguzi.
The network 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 mainly consisting of Fox animated programming, short films, Original video animation, and anime, generally with minimal or no editing for content.
In the United States, Adult Swim has frequently aired adult animation features, anime, mockumentaries, sketch comedy, live-action, and pilots.
Shows may have sexual themes, frank sexual discussion, nudity, strong language, and graphic violence.
While the network features comedies and dramas of all types, 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. The network grew out of Cartoon Network's previous attempts at airing content appropriate for teenagers and young adults who might be watching the channel after 11 p.m. The network began experimenting with its late night programming by airing anthology shows like Toon Heads and Late Night Black and White, both of which presented uncensored classic cartoon shorts.Space Ghost Coast to Coast, one of Cartoon Network's first forays into original programming, was created in 1994 specifically for late night audiences.The series was created by Mike Lazzo's Ghost Planet Industries, which eventually became Williams Street Studios, the eventual producers and programmers of Adult Swim.During early mornings in December 2000 (while Space Ghost Coast to Coast was on hiatus), several new Williams Street series made unannounced "stealth" premieres.Sealab 2021, Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, Aqua Teen Hunger Force and The Brak Show all premiered unannounced; Several creators and writers of Adult Swim shows at the San Diego Comic Con 2006 Adult Swim panel.From left to right: Keith Crofford, Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, Scott Adsit, Dino Stamatopoulos, Tommy Blacha, Brendon Small, Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer.