Adult Swim
Broadcast areaNationwide
NetworkCartoon Network (2012–2019)
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
OwnerCorus Entertainment
ParentShowcase Television Inc.
Sister channelsCartoon Network
LaunchedJuly 4, 2012; 9 years ago (2012-07-04) (block)
April 1, 2019; 2 years ago (2019-04-01) (channel)
ClosedMarch 4, 2019; 2 years ago (2019-03-04) (block)
Available on most cable providersChannel slots vary on each system
Bell Satellite TVChannel 334 (SD)
Shaw DirectChannel 428 (HD)[1]
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)
VMediaChannel 82 (SD)
TotalTVChannel 162 (SD)
RiverTVChannel 5 (HD)
Streaming media
StackTVOver-the-top TV

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 an 18–34 audience. The network is wholly owned by Corus Entertainment subsidiary Showcase Television Inc. under a brand licensing agreement with WarnerMedia.[2]

The channel was launched on April 1, 2019, replacing Action under its license.


Programming block (2012–2019)

Adult Swim first launched in Canada on July 4, 2012 as the late-night program block on Cartoon Network (then jointly owned by Corus Entertainment and the former Astral Media), much like its U.S. 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.[3][4][5] Adult Swim programming was also carried in French on sister network Télétoon as part of its own adult animation block.

The block primarily aired original shows from the U.S. version, as well as shows acquired from other sources. Several shows from its U.S. counterpart were noticeably absent due to program rights; Rogers Media-owned G4 and FXX, and Bell Media's CTV Comedy Channel and Much have broadcast a selection of them.[6][7][8][9] 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.[10][11][12]

SVOD service (2016–2018)

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.[13]

Due to licensing and rights issues, several series, such as Mike Tyson Mysteries, Childrens Hospital, Fox animated sitcoms, and essentially all anime programing broadcast on Adult Swim's Toonami programming 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.[14] Beginning with its third season, new episodes of Rick and Morty were added the next day after their U.S. 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.[15]

TV channel relaunch (2019–present)

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 while Télétoon's adult block remained unchanged. 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.[16]


Adult Swim carries the majority of programming seen on its American counterpart, including its original adult animation and live-action comedies, and shows acquired from networks such as Fox. To fulfill Canadian content requirements, the channel also airs reruns of shows produced for the former Adult Swim and Teletoon at Night program blocks and carries over Action's morning block of made-for-TV movies.

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.[16]

Current programming

As of September 2021:[17]

Upcoming programming

Former programming

As a channel

As a programming block

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2020-71
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ "Check it: Cartoon Network to launch in Canada - July 4, 2012".
  5. ^ Wilford, Denette (February 2, 2012). "Cartoon Network, Adult Swim Coming To Canada". Huffington Post. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
  6. ^ "G4 Launches ADd – Adult Digital Distraction". Rogers. June 8, 2009. Retrieved August 18, 2020.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ "Childrens Hospital on MUCH". Archived from the original on 2014-04-01. Retrieved 2014-05-14.
  9. ^ "Newsreaders on MUCH". Archived from the original on 2014-05-10. Retrieved 2014-05-14.
  10. ^ Pay and Specialty - Cartoon Network (formerly TELETOON Retro (English)), Archived 27 March 2019 CRTC Financial Summaries, 06-23-16
  11. ^ O'Brien, Greg (11 August 2015). "Corus to shutter Teletoon Retro in favour of Cartoon Network". CARTT. Retrieved 11 August 2015.(subscription required)
  12. ^ "Corus Entertainment's Cartoon Network Expands Distribution to Over 5 Million Subscribers" (Press release). Toronto: Corus Entertainment. September 3, 2015. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  13. ^ "Adult Swim Announces New SVOD Service In Canada". March 2, 2016. Retrieved April 2, 2016. Archived 3 March 2016
  14. ^ "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.
  15. ^ "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.
  16. ^ a b First Ever 24-Hour Adult Swim Channel Coming to Canada This Spring Newswire 2019-03-04
  17. ^ TV Schedule for Adult Swim - East HD
  18. ^ a b "Corus Entertainment Debuts its Biggest Slate of Specialty Series Ever". CNW Group. Corus Entertainment. June 8, 2021.
  19. ^ Schwarz, John (May 26, 2021). "Adult Swim Canada Orders First Original Series "Psi Cops"". BubbleBladder.