The first anime broadcast on the block also aired on the night of its launch, Cowboy Bebop.
Aqua Teen Hunger Force debuted on the block on September 9, with the episode "Escape from Leprechaupolis".
which had been shelved before airing on its original network, UPN.According to Linda Simensky, "We had a bunch of episodes to screen for Mike Lazzo and by only the second episode, he yelled, Buy it!During this month at the Cartoon Network Confidential, "Cartoon Network's best originals and outrageous animated shorts for discriminating adults" in New York City an upcoming episode of Space Ghost Coast to Coast "Kentucky Nightmare", the stealth pilots from December, Captain Linger, and an episode of Home Movies were screened for free.The screening was part of the Toyota Comedy Festival.In June 2001, TV Guide had recorded an interview with Cartoon Network's former President, Betty Cohen.
She stated there was a new programming block coming out in September that was aimed for an adult audience.
While the network features comedic and dramatic programs of all types, many of its programs are aesthetically experimental, transgressive, improvised, and surrealist in nature.
Thus, Adult Swim has become a source of conflict, with some saying that it is too controversial, while others noting that its ability to question the norm brings a level of surrealism and experimentalism that is welcome.
In 2005, the block was granted its own Nielsen ratings report from Cartoon Network due to targeting a separate demographic.
The block features stylistically varied animated and live-action shows including original programming, syndicated series mainly consisting of Fox animated programming, short films, original video animation, and anime, generally with minimal or no editing for content.
Harvey Birdman Attorney at Law was the winner and the pilot was screened.