Adult Swim is Cartoon Network's block of animated programming aimed specifially at adults ages 18-34. The block originally aired on Saturday and Sunday nights. The Saturday evening lineup featured action programming and Japanese animé shows such as Cowboy Bebop, Pilot Candidate, Gundam 0083, Yu Yu Hakusho and Outlaw Star many of which have never been seen before on U.S. television. Sunday evenings were dedicated to comedy with Adult Swim originals such as Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Brak Show and Sealab 2021 as well as comedic acquisitions including Home Movies and Baby Blues.
Adult Swim, will air five times per week beginning Sunday, January 12, 2003. Airing from 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (ET, PT) Sunday-Thursday, the block will offer the hit series FUTURAMA, quirky original animated series including Home Movies, Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, and stunning action/animé series such as Cowboy Bebop and InuYasha. Adult Swim Original Programs
Space Ghost Coast to Coast
Space Ghost Coast to Coast is the planet’s only late-night talk show hosted by a cartoon superhero. Days when mere men in coats and ties ruled the late-night universe have gone the way of The Chevy Chase Theater—Space Ghost is fully costumed and on the scene with an array of superpowers. Out of this world in its conceptualization, Space Ghost Coast to Coast combines celebrity interviews, music for the weirdest talk show in the universe. Space Ghost is joined by archenemies Moltar and Zorak, whom he has enslaved as unwilling members of his late-night crew. Zorak is leader of the show’s band. Moltar is director. Guests on Space Ghost Coast to Coast have been an eclectic mix, including Sandra Bernhard, Michael Stipe, Tenacious D, Janeane Garofalo, Donny Osmond, Charlton Heston,, The Ramones, Bobcat Goldthwait, Lassie, Fran Drescher, The Bee Gees, Adam West, Beck, Metallica, Dr. Timothy Leary, David Byrne and Goldie Hawn. Space Ghost Coast to Coast, produced by Williams Street Productions, debuted on Cartoon Network April 1994.
Harvey Birdman Attorney-at-Law
Harvey Birdman, Attorney-at-Law, the first animated law show, sticks its hands deep into the legal briefs of the animated world. Harvey Birdman is the token superhero in a prestigious law firm. He's working like crazy to move ahead, but while everyone else gets real cases, Harvey is stuck with the cartoon litigation. Lucky for him, there's plenty of lawyering to be done. First, there's that nasty battle between Dr. Benton Quest and Race Bannon over custody of Jonny and Hadji. Then Shaggy gets busted. There's never, ever a shortage of clients.
The Brak Show
The Brak Show is set somewhere in outer space, but it looks an awful lot like any American suburb, circa 1965. The show follows the formative years of Brak and his best pal Zorak, both of whom attend Learnmore High. Brak's home life is pretty stable. Dad, a small human man with a vaguely Latin accent, loves reading the paper and giving nonsensical advice. Brak's mother is supportive and quite a dish, in a June Cleaver as a space monster kind of way, with perfectly coifed hair and a neatly ironed apron. Zorak leads Brak into all kinds of trouble - like stealing the mascot of Learnmore High's rival just before the big game, overfeeding a neighbor's fish or stealing a magic candy bar. In the end, everything always turns out just fine and there’s even usually time for a song or two.
Aqua Teen Hunger Force
Aqua Teen Hunger Force is an animated comedy about three detectives that live together in a rental house in New Jersey. Oh yeah, they're also human-sized food products. Master Shake, the self-appointed team leader, Frylock, the only reasonable member of the group, happens to be a box of french-fried potatoes. Meatwad rounds out the squad, with his - you guessed it - round mound of meat. Together they are Aqua Teen Hunger Force and they solve the mysteries of New Jersey, usually from the luxury of their neighbor's above-ground swimming pool. Unless they are faced with danger. Then of course they run like hell.
The year is 2021, and deep below the ocean's surface lies a vast, high-tech compound: Sealab. This multinational effort has been designed to explore the viability of underwater colonization and uncover the mysteries of the sea. Unfortunately, it's run by a bunch of idiots. Leading the operation is Captain Hank Murphy, a complete screw-up and the son of a famous admiral. Mildly paranoid and slightly childish, he has no business running a multi-trillion dollar operation.
Adult Swim Acquisitions
FUTURAMA chronicles the adventures of Philip J. Fry, a pizza delivery boy who was accidentally frozen on New Year’s Eve in 1999 while on the job. When he thaws out 1000 years later, he must adapt to a very different world populated by peculiar species, robots, space ships and omnipresent advertising. Fry manages to form a dysfunctional family of sorts with Bender, a robot with a very bad attitude and a bit of a drinking problem, and Leela, the one-eyed pilot of their delivery ship and the object of Fry’s clumsy romantic overtures. FUTURAMA was created by Matt Groening, who also created The Simpsons. Groening and David X. Cohen developed the series, which debuted on FOX in 1999. New episodes are currently in production.
Home Movies, created by Soup2Nuts Productions, revolves around the cinematic adventures and less-than-perfect real life of 8-year old Brendon Small, an asthmatic budding filmmaker. Brendon lives with his recently divorced mother, Paula, who endures his filmmaking obsession as she muddles through single-parenthood. Brendon writes, directs, and acts in his short films, usually enlisting neighborhood friends to participate. The young auteur uses his filmmaking as an escape from the frustrations of his everyday life. While he can be shy and unassuming in school and on the soccer field, when he gets behind the camera Brendon can make Orson Welles look like a wallflower.
Baby Blues is an animated half-hour comedy series based on the award-winning, nationally syndicated comic strip that tells the story of a young couple, Daryl and Wanda McPherson, who find themselves comically handling the challenges of parenthood. In Baby Blues, Darryl and Wanda handle the daily challenges of raising their two kids, loud and cranky Zoe and easy-going infant Hamish, with wit, intelligence and perspective. But sometimes things get outrageously out of hand. Adding to the mix are the rambunctious family next door, a ditzy teenage babysitter and a co-worker who has all the answers about handling "domestic situations."
Mission Hill follows the misadventures of Andy French, a charmingly lazy 24-year-old who lives in the colorful Mission Hill neighborhood in the fictional city of Cosmopolis. Kevin, his nerdy teenage brother moves into Andy’s loft but the two unlikely roommates couldn’t be more opposite. Andy’s motley crew of friends and neighbors add to the mix including the whimsical Posey Tyler, the hip and mellow Jim Kuback, the hippie family across the hall and Gus and Wally, the bickering gay couple next door.
Despite various physical abnormalities due to living in close proximity to a toxic swamp, The Oblongs are very similar to every other small town, close-knit family. Beth, Milo, Pickles, Bob, Biff & Chip enjoy living in the toxic industrial valley that they call home. Beth, the youngest of the bunch is a typical little girl with a “thing” coming out of her head. She loves to play with her dolls and tattletale on her brothers including Milo, the classic middle child, who suffers from virtually every childhood ailment including ADD, OCD and TTD. Chip enjoys playing basketball and Biff is an avid wrestler. The two are teenage cojoined twins and the eldest sons of Pickles, a fairly good mother with a fondness for the bottle and Bob, the quintessential ‘50s dad, an optimist who doesn’t have any arms or legs.
Adult Swim Action Programs
Yu Yu Hakusho
Yu Yu Hakusho follows the adventures of fourteen-year-old Yusuke Urameshi. Formerly a young rebel, Yusuke saves the life of a child and ultimately surrenders his own life. His noble sacrifice earns him a second chance and he is permitted to return to Earth from the Afterworld with new and amazing powers that must be used for good. His mission is to solve troubles between the Spirit World’s dark creatures and the unsuspecting Living World. Yusuke joins a motley crew of ex-rivals, Kuwabara, Kurama and Hiei, who join forces as friends to fight spirit criminals in this action-packed adventure series.
Pilot Candidate Gundam 0083
Pilot Candidate tells the story of the planet Zion, under attack by a powerful enemy from deep space. Zion’s last hope rests upon a team of fighting machines known as the Goddesses. One trainee, Zero, realizes that it takes more than skill to become a pilot. He and the other pilot candidates must overcome their differences and complete their training or Zion will be destroyed.
Gundam 0083 takes place during the Stardust Memory (October U.C. 0083 – December U.C. 0083) which occurs three years after the end of the war between the Zeon and the Federation, when a group called the Delaz Fleet is formed by the survivors of the Zeon army. Their goal is to rebuild Zeon. Ace pilot Major Anavel Gato steals the Gundam GP02, a nuclear equipped mechanized battle-armor model, in development by the Federation. Lieutenant Kou Uraki pilots the Gundam GP01, the only one left, in an attempt to stop him.
Following the exploits of the ship Bebop and its bounty hunter crew as they take on various assignments, Cowboy Bebop takes place in the future when the population of Earth has migrated into space. The show follows the exploits of bounty hunters, Spike and Jet, as they roam the galaxy with their dog, Ein, taking on various assignments and tracking down criminals in a hyperspace world rampant with crime and opportunities.
Outlaw Star takes place in the distant future, after man has explored the universe, encountering other races and joining with them to create an intergalactic community. The Space Forces attempt to maintain peace throughout the galaxy while unlawful Pirates do whatever they can to disrupt order. Finally, lying between these two extremes, are bounty hunters known as the Outlaws. True nomads of space, Outlaws answer to no one and crisscross the universe. Gene Starwind, commander the "grappler" ship Outlaw Star, is one such bounty hunter. His crew includes a boy named Jim, who serves as the ship's resident technical expert, Melfina, an android, and the ship's computer, Gilliam. Together, the crew of the Outlaw Star battles various space pirates and assassins.
Tenchi Muyo! chronicles the exploits of Tenchi Masaki, a high-school student, who lives in rural Japan with his father and grandfather, a Shinto priest. One day, Tenchi’s life is turned upside down when he is bequeathed with a light-sword also called "Tenchi" and later discovers that he is the heir to the Jurai Empire. In emergencies, Tenchi has the power of the "Lighthawk wings," a type of energy force that is considered the most powerful in the universe. Now involved in interstellar battles, time travel and space villains, Tenchi learns to survive in a new world of space pirates, princesses, Galaxy police officers, and mad scientists.