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Adult Swim (Australian TV programming block)

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Adult Swim in Australia is an adult-oriented free-to-air television block that airs Saturday and Sunday nights on 9Go!. It was originally a separate network that shared channel space with Cartoon Network Australia, starting 1 January 2007. Some Adult Swim shows have also aired on SBS Viceland, and in October 2013 full episodes and short clips were made available on their website. Shortly after it they soon started to sell their DVDs on the website.

Adult Swim
Adult Swim 2003 logo.svg
Launched2005, 2016 (relaunch) on 9Go!
Network9Go!, The Comedy Channel
Owned byTurner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific and Madman Entertainment
Picture format576i (SDTV)
Broadcast areaAustralia
TCN Sydney (DVB-T)1059 @ 8 (191.5 MHz)[1]
GTV Melbourne (DVB-T)1074 @ 8 (191.5 MHz),
QTQ Brisbane/Sunshine Coast (DVB-T)1030 @ 8 (191.5 MHz)
NWS Adelaide (DVB-T)1106 @ 8 (191.5 MHz)
STW Perth/Mandurah (DVB-T)1026 @ 8 (191.5 MHz)
Freeview Nine metro (virtual)93/99
Freeview SC9 regional (virtual)53/83
Freeview NBN regional (virtual)83/88
Freeview Imparja remote(virtual)93/99
Foxtel (virtual)139
VAST Imparja (virtual)93/99
VAST WIN (virtual)88
Foxtel metro
Foxtel regional
Fetch TV (virtual)099

In late 2017 Madman Entertainment started streaming Adult Swim on their anime streaming website Animelab.


Adult Swim was first started on Cartoon Network Australia before it was taken down late 2007 without any reasoning behind it. The block is no longer shown on Cartoon Network, but the comedy shows are now airing on The Comedy Channel on 11 March 2008.[citation needed] The block returned with Robot Chicken and Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, in March 2008, with Aqua Teen Hunger Force joining the programming on 1 July.[2] The Boondocks also airs on the same channel although it is not under the Adult Swim banner and instead airs separately. Moral Orel has premiered on Australian television.[3] Titan Maximum also premiered on 6 January 2010.[4] Frisky Dingo has joined the Comedy Channel's "Animania" line-up as of 21 July 2010. Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job premiered on 26 January 2011 along with Childrens Hospital which unlike the American broadcast, aired completely uncensored with profanity intact.

Most of the anime shows have not returned to television; however, a new anime block on the Australian Sci-Fi Channel, Animax, airs shows previously aired on both Adult Swim USA and Australia. The block features Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Bleach, Air Gear, InuYasha, Cowboy Bebop, and Blood+.[citation needed]

The new incarnation also premiered a lot of other Adult Swim shows including Moral Orel, Titan Maximum, Robot Chicken: Star Wars, Frisky Dingo, Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job and Childrens Hospital (airing uncensored with profanity intact), along with the latest additions but aired at a different time, Metalocalypse and The Venture Bros, the latter making it the third show with Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Harvey Birdman to have been aired on both the old and the new block.

Some series that aired on Adult Swim have been released to Region 4 DVD by Madman Entertainment, including shows that have never been shown on Australian television before, such as Metalocalypse, Minoriteam, 12 oz. Mouse, Xavier Renegade Angel. The Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters has also been quietly released to DVD.[5]

In October 2013, Turner Broadcasting in partnership with MCM Media and Movideo launched a video on demand service Adult Swim Australia. The initial offering includes a library of 1500 Adult Swim videos including full episodes and short clips.

In June 2016, Nine Network and Turner Broadcasting System signed a 2-year deal to broadcast Adult Swim programs on 9Go! every Saturday and Sunday night. Starting September 1, 2016, Rick and Morty aired on Thursday nights.[6] Adult Swim currently airs their own Fish Center.

Adult Swim does not currently air in New Zealand.[citation needed]

In 2018 Adult Swim Australia started up an Instagram page promoting and posting videos of their content.[citation needed]


In 2013 it was announced that the Adult Swim Australia app was to be released, made by MCM Media, for Apple iOS and Android. Two years later it was disabled with no reason behind it.

In late 2017 Madman Entertainment started streaming classic Adult Swim shows on their app starting with a big announcement and big promotion on their YouTube account.



  1. ^ "Australian Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting Service Information Register" (PDF). 17 February 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 January 2017. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Adult Swim - The Comedy Channel". 23 July 2008. Archived from the original on 23 July 2008. Retrieved 20 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Moral Orel". The Comedy Channel. Archived from the original on 13 December 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2009.
  4. ^ "Titan Maximum". The Comedy Channel. Archived from the original on 13 December 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2011.
  5. ^ "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters DVD". 2 April 2008. Retrieved 20 January 2011.
  6. ^ "Adult Swim Is Coming To 9GO! And Yes, They're Bringing 'Rick And Morty'". 8 July 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2018.