Why was Adventure Time pulled from Adult Swim's lineup?


New Member
Jun 3, 2020
United States
Could it have been because they thought it was too kiddy? That seems like a pretty invalid reason to me, given the amount of dark content and innuendo AT got away with (the latter less so than Regular Show, but the former definitely more so). Or was it because people at CN didn't want it to air there? I'm pretty sure CN and AS are operated in the same buildings and both networks make the same decisions for each other.


Well-Known Member
May 26, 2003
It had been airing prominently in the daytime on Boomerang just before, plus it hadn't even ended for a year and never really vanished from Cartoon Network's promotions, so that probably had a hand in it too. Remembering the kind of hell they went through to even get Samurai Jack, which was at the time only airing at midnight on Boomerang (that was the excuse), had been over for 8 years and hadn't aired prominently on the main net in about 4... I wouldn't be surprised if that was the case.


CN Schedule Archiver
Oct 19, 2015
They did it way too soon.

The show ended just a few months prior, and airing the show on AS meant CN pulled the show completely off its app/on-demand services and off of Boomerang's schedule. CN was still promoting the show like crazy on social media, especially because there was a complete series DVD set set to release. And that's not even bringing up Distant Lands, which I could believe the schedulers at Adult Swim might have not been aware of it being produced at the time.

I still think they should have tried Regular Show first.
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