List of Off the Air episodes

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Off the Air is an American anthology television series that airs on Adult Swim. Every episode is composed of surreal videos of different media and purposes – animated and live-action short films, clips from feature films and other television series, stock videos, music videos, abstract loops – presented continuously and in succession. These videos are arranged around a single vague theme, as expressed in the episode's title,[1] and are accompanied by songs by various artists.[2] Dave Hughes, the creator of the series, also serves as its editor.[3] He and the rest of the series' producers also commission artists to produce works to be featured in an episode.[1][4][5]

Thirty-six episodes have aired over ten seasons since Off the Air premiered on January 1, 2011. Every episode had a time slot of 4 a.m., which has contributed to the series' obscurity and status among fans of Adult Swim.[1] Three special episodes have been produced: "Dan Deacon: U.S.A.",[6] "Seramthgin", and "Dan Deacon: When I Was Done Dying".[3] The twentieth episode "NEWNOW" is a celebration of New Year's Day and the series' fifth anniversary featuring six original songs.[2]

Series overviewEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
15January 1, 2011 (2011-01-01)June 1, 2012 (2012-06-01)
24August 28, 2012 (2012-08-28)October 1, 2013 (2013-10-01)
33December 31, 2013 (2013-12-31)April 22, 2014 (2014-04-22)
44September 2, 2014 (2014-09-02)January 6, 2015 (2015-01-06)
54July 21, 2015 (2015-07-21)December 29, 2015 (2015-12-29)
64May 24, 2016 (2016-05-24)January 31, 2017 (2017-01-31)
73November 21, 2017 (2017-11-21)December 5, 2017 (2017-12-05)
84May 29, 2018 (2018-05-29)January 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
94September 3, 2019 (2019-09-03)December 31, 2019 (2019-12-31)
10TBAJune 9, 2020 (2020-06-09)TBA

EpisodesEdit

The closing credits of every episode list the featured videos and songs as well as their respective artists; generic stock footage is often employed,[7] and suppliers (including Corbis, Getty Images, and iStock) are additionally credited. In the following lists, material commissioned for an episode are marked with a dagger ( ). Segments are shown in an episode with more than one excerpt and so are marked with a plus (+) and the number of the segment that has been previously shown earlier in an episode.

Season 1 (2011–12)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
11"Animals"January 1, 2011 (2011-01-01)101N/A
22"Food"May 25, 2011 (2011-05-25)102N/A
33"Dance"September 3, 2011 (2011-09-03)103N/A
44"Space"November 5, 2011 (2011-11-05)104N/A

Note: Space Ghost's quote was taken directly from the Space Ghost Coast to Coast episode "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed"

55"Body"June 1, 2012 (2012-06-01)1051.1[9]

Season 2 (2012–13)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
61"Falling"August 28, 2012 (2012-08-28)2010.8[10]
72"Color"October 30, 2012 (2012-10-30)2021.1[11]
83"Nightmares"December 22, 2012 (2012-12-22)2031.3[12]
94"Light"October 1, 2013 (2013-10-01)2040.9[13]

Season 3 (2013–14)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
101"Nature"December 31, 2013 (2013-12-31)3021.0[14]

Note: The owl stock footage from Getty Images is reused from the music video for Mike Jourgensen's song "Eye Drops" that show creator Dave Hughes and his company Million Monkeys Inc. directed.

112"Robots"January 7, 2014 (2014-01-07)3011.2[15]

Note: Although this episode aired the week after the episode "Nature", Adult Swim lists this to be set before that episode.

123"Worship"April 22, 2014 (2014-04-22)3031.0[16]

Season 4 (2014–15)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code
Viewers
(millions)
131"Hair"September 2, 2014 (2014-09-02)401N/A

Note: Gerald Bald Z of Perfect Hair Forever makes a cameo in the "Hair Growth Experiment" segment.

142"Sports"December 23, 2014 (2014-12-23)4031.1[17]
153"Death"December 30, 2014 (2014-12-30)4021.0[18]
164"Transportation"January 6, 2015 (2015-01-06)404N/A

Season 5 (2015)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code
171"Liquid"July 21, 2015 (2015-07-21)501
182"Conflict"October 27, 2015 (2015-10-27)502
193"Holes"November 24, 2015 (2015-11-24)503
204"NEWNOW"December 29, 2015 (2015-12-29)504

This episode celebrates New Year's Day and the show's fifth anniversary, setting six original songs by various artists to miscellaneous videos.

The following artists provided additional animated loops: Zachary Zezima, Kevin Eskew, Annapurna Kumar, Julia Newhide, Jack Turpin, Alan Jennings, Andrew Benson, Allegra Jones, Adriana Trukillo, Benjamin Janos-Szabo Hunter, Rachel Seropian, Tim Brown, Gina Maune, Dina Kelberman, Kaylee SooHyun Lee, Ana Mouyis, Sian Bliss and Maureen Kuo.

Note: Adult Swim posted an "Analog Video Remix" of this episode by Rob Feulner on their YouTube channel on January 26, 2018.[19]

Season 6 (2016–17)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
211"Shapes"May 24, 2016 (2016-05-24)601N/A
222"Clowns"September 20, 2016 (2016-09-20)602N/A
233"Work"November 8, 2016 (2016-11-08)6030.6[20]

Note: While audio from Hands: They're Here to Stay by Tyler Russo plays, stock footage supplied by iStock is reused from the episodes "Body" and "Color".

244"Words"January 31, 2017 (2017-01-31)604N/A

Season 7 (2017)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code
251"Earth"November 21, 2017 (2017-11-21)701
262"Technology"November 28, 2017 (2017-11-28)702

Note 1: This episode was guest curated and produced by Wham City Comedy (Ben O'Brien, Robby Rackleff, and Alan Resnick).
Note 2: No individual songs are given titles in this episode; the credits simply include a "Music by" credit for most of the videos.

273"Paradise"December 5, 2017 (2017-12-05)703

Note 1: This episode was guest curated and produced by Ghosting.tv (Ricky Jonsson Jr. and Kristel Brinshot).
Note 2: No individual songs are given titles in this episode; the credits simply include a "Music by" credit for most of the videos.

Season 8 (2018–19)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code
281"Health"May 29, 2018 (2018-05-29)801
292"Love"August 28, 2018 (2018-08-28)802
303"Sound"October 30, 2018 (2018-10-30)803
314"Winter"January 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)804

Season 9 (2019)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code
321"Fashion"September 3, 2019 (2019-09-03)901
332"Trash"October 29, 2019 (2019-10-29)902
343"Fire"November 26, 2019 (2019-11-26)903
354"Patterns"December 31, 2019 (2019-12-31)904

Season 10 (2020–present)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
361"Coping"June 9, 2020 (2020-06-09)1001N/A
372"Dreams[21]"December 29, 2020 (2020-12-29)1002N/A
383"Progress[22]"December 29, 2020 (2020-12-29)1003N/A

Note 1: This episode was guest curated and produced by Blink Industries.

SpecialsEdit

TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
"Dan Deacon: U.S.A."July 6, 2013 (2013-07-06)S011.0[23]

This 22-minute music video sets the last four songs of the Dan Deacon album America to videos pertaining to landscapes in the United States:

  1. El hombre y la Tierra excerpt; Radical Updates  by Andrew Benson
  2. Cityscape Chicago by Eric Hines
  3. Space Station footage supplied by Image Science and Analysis Laboratory at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center; Groosland by Dutch National Ballet, footage provided by Poorhouse International, Ltd.; CGI space objects  by Adam Bruneau
  4. American Harvest film supplied by Prelinger Archives
  5. Head On by Lior Ben Horin
  6. Murmuration by Liberty Smith and Sophie Windsor Clive; Cy's Sunrise Lefts by Cyrus Sutton and Korduroy.tv; Moonwalk performance by Dean Potter, cinematography by Reel Walter Productions, Ltd.
  7. Primavera concert videos by Tom Bingham, Gill Austin, Jonathan Rej, and Jeff Crocker
  8. Stone Mountain Ghillie Suits  feat. Cody DeMatteis and Zach White, cinematography by Alan Steadman
"Seramthgin"November 1, 2014 (2014-11-01)S020.8[25]

This special plays the episode "Nightmares" in reverse.[7] Everything shown is also inverted, including the "[adult swim]" logo.[24]

"Dan Deacon: When I Was Done Dying"
"DDWIWDD"
March 24, 2015 (2015-03-24)S03N/A

This five-and-a-half minute music video sets the song "When I Was Done Dying" by Dan Deacon from his album Gliss Riffer to original animations by nine artists (in chronological order):

  1. Jake Fried
  2. Chad VanGaalen
  3. Dimitri Stankowicz
  4. Colin White
  5. Taras Hrabowsky
  6. Anthony F. Schepperd
  7. Masanobu Hiraoka
  8. Caleb Wood
  9. Kokofreakbean

ReferencesEdit

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