What Is the History of Adult Swim?

Adult Swim is a cable network that began airing on the same channel as Cartoon Network in Sept. 2001. The network was created to appeal to a demographic not reached by Cartoon Network, also owned by Time Warner, which is geared towards children ages 7 to 15.

In the early years of Adult Swim, the network aired a number of notable anime series, such as "Cowboy Bebop," "Outlaw Star" and "Rurouni Kenshin." As Adult Swim continued to expand, the network began producing its own shows, such as "Aqua Teen Hunger Force," "Squidbillies" and "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" Reruns of popular shows, such as "Family Guy" and "King of the Hill," are also commonly shown on Adult Swim. In 2004, ratings for episodes of "Family Guy" aired on Adult Swim were so high that FOX pulled the show out of cancellation.

Adult Swim is located in Atlanta, GA, and is owned by Time Warner. Adult Swim is well known for its diverse, unorthodox programming, featuring content such as experimental short films, absurd sketch comedy and Japanese anime. Adult Swim features suggestive content meant for older teenagers and adults, such as foul language, sexual content and violence. As of June 2015, Adult Swim begins airing at 8 p.m. and ends at 8 a.m.