Adult Swim
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
OwnerCorus Entertainment
(branding licensed from Warner Bros. Discovery)
ParentShowcase Television Inc.
Sister channels
LaunchedSeptember 7, 2001; 22 years ago (2001-09-07)
Former namesShowcase Action (2001–2009)
Action (2009–2019)
Streaming media
StackTVOver-the-top TV

Adult Swim is a Canadian English language discretionary specialty channel owned by Showcase Television, Inc., a subsidiary of Corus Entertainment. The channel primarily airs animated and live-action comedies targeting a teenage and young adult audience. Its branding is licensed from the Adult Swim programming block broadcast by Warner Bros. Discovery's Cartoon Network; it is the first full-time television channel to use the "Adult Swim" brand.

The channel was originally launched in 2001 as Showcase Action (later known as simply Action), a digital cable spin-off of Showcase focused on action series and films. The channel was re-launched under its current branding on April 1, 2019; it subsumed the Adult Swim block that had aired on the Canadian version of Cartoon Network, and the Teletoon at Night block that had aired on Teletoon.


As Showcase Action/Action (2001–2019)

Showcase Action logo used until 2009

In November 2000, Alliance Atlantis was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for a new category 2 specialty service named "Action Television", which would be devoted to entertainment programming in the action genre.[1] The channel launched on September 7, 2001, as Showcase Action, a spin-off of its analog specialty channel Showcase.[2]

On January 18, 2008, Alliance Atlantis's broadcasting assets were acquired by CW Media, a joint venture between Canwest and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners.[3][4][5] The channel was renamed Action on August 31, 2009.[6] On October 27, 2010, the channel was acquired by Shaw Media as part of its acquisition of Canwest.[7][8]

By 2011, Action had begun to diverge from its original format, increasingly acquiring reality shows from the U.S. network TruTV. In 2011, Action would begin airing two original comedy programs, The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Funtime Hour and Kenny Hotz's Triumph of the Will, both of which were cancelled after one season.[9] Another original series, But I'm Chris Jericho!, starring Canadian-born professional wrestler Chris Jericho, premiered as a webseries in 2013 on Action's YouTube channel, and was later acquired for a second season by CBC Television's digital outlet CBC Comedy.[10]

On May 1, 2015, a high definition feed of Action was launched.[11] In 2016, Shaw Media was acquired by its sister company Corus Entertainment.[12]

As Adult Swim (2019–present)

Much like its U.S counterpart, Adult Swim previously operated as a block on the Canadian version of Cartoon Network, which launched on July 4, 2012. Its sibling channel, Teletoon, carried the similarly-positioned Teletoon at Night block—which had historically acquired programs from Adult Swim.

From March 2016 through November 2018, Time Warner had also operated an Adult Swim subscription video on demand service for Android and iOS devices via Adult Swim Games,[13] which streamed some of Adult Swim's original programming in Canada. New episodes were added to the app following their U.S. airings,[14][15] Originally, Rick and Morty and Robot Chicken premieres were only added after they aired in Canada. 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 Adult Swim's Toonami block.[13]

On March 4, 2019, it was announced that Action would be relaunched as a new Canadian incarnation of Adult Swim on April 1, 2019, marking the first time that the brand would be used for a 24-hour channel.[16] Both the Teletoon at Night and the Adult Swim blocks were discontinued as part of the channel's launch.[16] The network would launch with a two-month free preview, while full episodes of the channel's programming were made free to watch on-demand until January 2020.[17][16] Shows announced for the channel's launch included 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.[17]

During Corus Entertainment's 2022 upfronts presentation, the company announced a new original series for Adult Swim called Psi Cops, and an animated adaptation of the Québécois comic book Red Ketchup that was co-commissioned for Télétoon la nuit.[18][19]


The channel primarily airs original productions from Adult Swim in the U.S, including adult animation series, live-action comedies, and anime series that were co-produced or commissioned for its Toonami block (such as Blade Runner: Black Lotus and Housing Complex C).[20] The channel has also acquired original animated series from the sibling Max streaming service (such as Harley Quinn), and off-network reruns of animated sitcoms.[20]

Most of the channel's domestic, first-run programs are English dubs of series commissioned by the French-language Télétoon's late-night block, Télétoon la nuit (including The Bizarre Stories of Professor Zarbi, Doomsday Brothers, and Red Ketchup). In order to fulfill Canadian content requirements, the channel also carries reruns of library content (including original series that had been produced for the Teletoon at Night, Télétoon la nuit, and Canadian Adult Swim blocks), and airs made-for-TV films on Monday mornings (a holdover from Action).

As Showcase Action (later Action), it aired action films and series, hence its name. In its final years, it would air more general interest series like Cops, Impractical Jokers and Wingin' It due to a general decline in the domestic and syndicated action series and film markets.

Current programming

As of April 2024:[21][22]

Upcoming programming

Former programming

As a channel

As a programming block

See also


  1. ^ Decision CRTC 2000-675 CRTC 2000-12-14
  2. ^ CTV, Score Media Challenge New Specialty Channel Applications Archived May 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine The Wire Report 2010-06-03
  3. ^ CanWest Completes Acquisition of Alliance Atlantis Archived 2012-04-23 at the Wayback Machine Investor Point 2007-08-15
  4. ^ Goldman's happy ending at CanWest The Globe and Mail 2010-05-03
  5. ^ Canwest Global receives final CRTC approval for acquisition of Alliance Atlantis CNW press release 2008-01-18
  6. ^ Showcase Action Unveils its Fall 2009 Programming Highlights Archived May 27, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Channel Canada 2009-07-26
  7. ^ Shaw Communications closes purchase of Canwest TV assets, rebrands as Shaw Media Archived 2011-07-08 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ CRTC approves Shaw’s purchase of the Canwest Global television properties Archived 2013-12-20 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "The Drunk and on Drugs Happy Funtime Hour and Kenny Hotz's Triumph of the Will -- Coming to Action This July". Archived from the original on June 16, 2011.
  10. ^ Ore, Jonathan (2017). "From TV to wrestling, Chris Jericho is the king of the comeback". CBC News. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  11. ^ "Action Free Preview!" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on May 18, 2015.
  12. ^ "Corus Entertainment acquires Shaw Media for $2.65-billion". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  13. ^ a b "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.
  14. ^ "Adult Swim Announces New SVOD Service In Canada". March 2, 2016. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved April 2, 2016.((cite web)): CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link) March 3, 2016
  15. ^ "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.
  16. ^ a b c Pinto, Jordan. "Corus to launch Adult Swim channel in Canada". Retrieved February 23, 2023.
  17. ^ a b First Ever 24-Hour Adult Swim Channel Coming to Canada This Spring Newswire March 4, 2019
  18. ^ Corus Announces Canadian Adult Swim Original ‘Red Ketchup’ Amid 200 Hours of New Content, Animation Magazine, June 2, 2022
  19. ^ Kolm, Josh (2022). "Upfronts 2022: Corus announces this year's slate of originals". Retrieved February 23, 2023.
  20. ^ a b Milligan, Mercedes (June 8, 2022). "Corus Upfronts Slate More Adult Swim & Kids Toons for Canada". Animation Magazine. Retrieved February 23, 2023.
  21. ^ Adult Swim
  22. ^ TV Schedule for Adult Swim - East HD