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Adult Swim (stylized as [adult swim]) is a Canadian English language specialty channel, based on the American programming block of the same name, that features animated and live-action shows targeting primarily a 18–34 audience. The network is wholly owned by Corus Entertainment under a brand licensing agreement with WarnerMedia.

Adult Swim
Adult Swim 2003 logo.svg
LaunchedJuly 4, 2012; 7 years ago (2012-07-04) (block)
April 1, 2019; 6 months ago (2019-04-01) (channel)
ClosedMarch 4, 2019; 7 months ago (2019-03-04) (block)
NetworkCartoon Network (2012–2019)
Owned byCorus Entertainment
(branding licensed from WarnerMedia)
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Sister channel(s)Cartoon Network
Bell TVChannel 334 (SD)
Shaw Direct
Channel 428 (HD) [1]
Available on most cable providersChannel slots vary on each system
Bell Aliant Fibe TVChannel 351 (SD)
Channel 523 (HD)
Bell Fibe TVChannel 334 (SD)
Channel 1334 (HD)
Bell MTSChannel 241 (SD)
Channel 1241 (HD)
Optik TVChannel 9449 (SD)
Channel 449 (HD)
SaskTelChannel 80 (SD)
Channel 380 (HD)
HuronTel Digital TVChannel 306 (SD)
VMediaChannel 82 (SD)
ZazeenChannel 162 (SD)

The channel launched on April 1, 2019, replacing Action.


Programming block (2012–2019)Edit

Adult Swim first launched in Canada on July 4, 2012 as the late-night program block on Cartoon Network (when both services were jointly owned by Corus Entertainment and the former Astral Media), much like its American counterpart. Prior to the block's launch, Adult Swim programming was seen after-hours on Teletoon as part of its adult-oriented program block, Teletoon at Night.[2][3][4]

The block primarily aired original shows from the U.S. version, as well as shows acquired from other sources. Several shows from its American counterpart were noticeably absent due to program rights; Rogers Media-owned G4, and Bell Media's Comedy and Much have broadcast a selection of them.[5][6][7][8] From September 1, 2015 until Fall 2017, Adult Swim programming would air exclusively on the Canadian block as part of the expansion of Cartoon Network, following the closure of Teletoon Retro.[9][10][11]

SVOD service (2016–2018)Edit

In March 2016, [adult swim] Games launched an over-the-top subscription streaming video on demand service for Android and iOS devices that allowed viewers to watch Adult Swim's original programming, including several series that weren't seen on the Canadian block. New episodes were added to the app as soon as they premiered in the United States.[12]

Due to program rights and licensing, several series, such as Mike Tyson Mysteries, Childrens Hospital, Fox animated sitcoms, and shows broadcast on Adult Swim's anime and action-oriented Toonami block in the U.S., weren't available on the service. Originally, Rick and Morty and Robot Chicken premieres were only added after they air in Canada.[13] Beginning with its third season, new episodes of Rick and Morty were added the next day after their American premiere. In 2017, new episodes from Samurai Jack's fifth season were added two days after they premiered on Toonami, while other new premieres from Adult Swim in the U.S were added the day after they aired. The service was removed from app stores in November 2018.[14]

TV channel relaunch (2019–present)Edit

On March 4, 2019, it was announced in a press release that Action would be replaced by a full-time Adult Swim channel. This marks the first time that the Adult Swim brand has been used for a 24-hour channel. The channel launched with a two-month free preview on linear television beginning April 1, 2019, a high-profile day for the U.S. network due to their annual April Fools' Day scheduling, on-air pranks, and premieres. As a result of the relaunch, both Cartoon Network and Teletoon would discontinue their respective adult programming blocks on March 3, 2019, and April 1, 2019, and focus exclusively on family-oriented programming. French-language network Télétoon, which also airs programming from Adult Swim, continued with its adult animation block. With the rollout of the Adult Swim channel, full episodes of the channel's programming were made free to watch on-demand until January 2020.[15]

The network launched exactly at midnight (six hours earlier than had been listed for Action's final night of programming in guide listings) with a simulcast of the American network's April Fools programming; the premiere of the anime-inspired tennis parody Gēmusetto Machu Picchu.


Adult Swim carries the majority of programming seen on its American counterpart, including original adult animation and live-action comedies, and shows acquired from networks such as the Fox Broadcasting Company.[16] Shows announced for the channel's launch include Rick and Morty, Robot Chicken, Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories, The Eric Andre Show, and Lazor Wulf, the latter of which was announced to premiere day-and-date with the U.S service.[15]

Current programmingEdit

Upcoming programmingEdit

Former programmingEdit

As a networkEdit

As a programming blockEdit

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ CNW TELETOON Canada Inc. and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Bring Cartoon Network and Adult Swim to Canada in 2012 Teletoon Canada Inc. press release February 2, 2012
  3. ^ "Check it: Cartoon Network to launch in Canada - July 4, 2012".
  4. ^ Wilford, Denette (February 2, 2012). "Cartoon Network, Adult Swim Coming To Canada". Huffington Post. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
  5. ^ "G4 Launches ADd - Adult Digital Distraction". Newswire. June 8, 2009. Retrieved January 19, 2015.
  6. ^ "Fall is Fresh on Much with Exclusive Season Premieres of Hit Series TOSH.0 and SOUTH PARK, beginning September 3". Bell Media Press Room. 2013-08-26. Retrieved 2014-05-14.
  7. ^ "Childrens Hospital on MUCH". Archived from the original on 2014-04-01. Retrieved 2014-05-14.
  8. ^ "Newsreaders on MUCH". Archived from the original on 2014-05-10. Retrieved 2014-05-14.
  9. ^ Pay and Specialty - Cartoon Network (formerly TELETOON Retro (English)), CRTC Financial Summaries, 06-23-16
  10. ^ O'Brien, Greg (11 August 2015). "Corus to shutter Teletoon Retro in favour of Cartoon Network". CARTT. Retrieved 11 August 2015.(subscription required)
  11. ^ "Corus Entertainment's Cartoon Network Expands Distribution to Over 5 Million Subscribers" (Press release). Toronto: Corus Entertainment. September 3, 2015. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  12. ^ "Adult Swim Announces New SVOD Service In Canada". March 2, 2016. Retrieved April 2, 2016.
  13. ^ "You can now legally stream Rick and Morty and other Adult Swim Shows in Canada". March 2, 2016. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved April 2, 2016.
  14. ^ "Odds & Ends: Haikara-San sequel doubtful for theatrical, Chunibyo cancelled, Canadian Adult Swim app dies, Crunchyroll's top fall titles". November 17, 2018. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  15. ^ a b First Ever 24-Hour Adult Swim Channel Coming to Canada This Spring Newswire 2019-03-04
  16. ^ TV Schedule for Action - East|TV Passport
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