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My Adult (Swim) fantasy

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 26th 2006 7:02PM

Adam as a South Park kidI just got off the phone with Dino Stamatopoulos, creator of Moral Orel (look for the interview soon), and since I just finished talking with someone for over an hour about animation and comedy I thought I would indulge myself with a kind of "fantasy post" I've been wanting to do for a long time.

Below you will find a schedule that shows how I would program Adult Swim if it were its own twenty-four hour network. I guess the time zone would be CST, since I live in Minnesota, but don't worry about that, it's just for fun.

Since this only exists in my head, I didn't worry about whether it was actually possible for these shows to air on a Turner network. Also, I included both animated and live-action shows, because I like the idea of an Adult Swim network being about good shows, animated or otherwise. For the daytime hours, it's mostly animation, though I'm not sure I'm crazy about having Tiny Toons in there, but it seemed like a good fit. I also dedicated Sunday daytime to anime, because I think there would be an audience for it, and not because I actually watch anime (I admire it, but I don't really watch it that much).

I'd also like to see what you guys would come up with, so please share.

Monday through Saturday

5:00 AM to 1:30 PM:

Count Duckula
New Adventures of Mighty Mouse
Adventures of Pete and Pete
Ren and Stimpy
Invader Zim
The Tick (animated version)
Fraggle Rock
Pinky and the Brain
Bobby's World
The Positively Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley
Eek! the Cat
Tiny Toons
The Weird Al Show
SpongeBob SquarePants

1:30 PM to 3:00 AM:

The Muppet Show
Almost Live!
Get a Life
Police Squad!
It's Garry Shandling's Show
Kids in the Hall
Andy Richter Controls the Universe
Mystery Science Theater 3000
The Critic
King of the Hill
Dr. Katz
The Simpsons
South Park
Family Guy
American Dad
Ren and Stimpy: Adult Party Cartoon
TV Funhouse
Mr. Show
Strangers with Candy
Upright Citizens Brigade
The State

3:00 AM to 5:00 AM:

A rotating hodgepodge of classic animation from legendary studios:

Jay Ward Studios: Rocky and Bullwinkle, George of the Jungle, etc.

Warner Bros: Looney Tunes, Merrie Melodies, etc.

Fleischer Brothers: Betty Boop, Popeye, Superman, etc.

Famous Studios: Little Lulu, Casper, etc.

Hanna-Barbera: Early era

Terrytoons: Mighty Mouse, Heckle and Jeckle, etc.

Walter Lantz: Woody Woodpecker, Chilly Willy, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, etc.


Roger Ramjet
Beany and Cecil
Tom and Jerry

The works of Tex Avery


Sundays from 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM would be dedicated to anime, with kid-friendly stuff shown in the morning, and action stuff more suitable to teens in the afternoon and early evenings. I would list specific shows, but I don't know nearly enough about anime to do that, so just fill in those blanks with your own imagination.

9:00 PM to 1:00 AM would be dedicated to the current Adult Swim Sunday lineup that exists in the real world right now. That's right, keep everything (except Pee-Wee's Playhouse) and as the schedule changes, rotate in reruns of these series:

The Brak Show
Space Ghost: Coast to Coast
Baby Blues
Home Movies
Saddle Rash
The Oblongs
Welcome to Eltingville
Mission Hill
Perfect Hair Forever
Sealab 2021
Stroker & Hoop
Cartoon Planet

At 1:00 AM, return to anime with a full-length, uncut and unedited anime movie

From whenever the movie ends to 5:00 AM Monday morning, show these lost MTV/MTV2 series:

Sifl and Olly
Liquid Television
Wonder Showzen
Beavis and Butthead

Also, toss in other shows like The Maxx, The Head, Aeon Flux, and The Brothers Grunt, if those are any good. I never watched them. No Daria or Celebrity Deathmatch, though, sometimes a man has to put his foot down.

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You had me at "The Adventures of Pete and Pete," but you will keep me with "Animaniacs!"

I have the Animaniacs "soundtrack" (on cassette no less) and my 18 month old daughter absolutely loves it! I wish I could find it on TV somewhere, 'cause I'm cheap and lazy and don't want to look for it on dvd.

October 27 2006 at 1:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The only show I would add is Danger Mouse.

October 27 2006 at 10:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris Wyant

Adam, you're my hero.

It's kind of like a hybrid of what Cartoon Network AND Comedy Central ought to be. I dig it. There was this short lived cartoon 'Undergrads' that I would recommend be put in the rerun rotation. And possibly Gary & Mike (claymation, starring Harland Williams).

And what was that classic cartoon with the elusive koala and the wolf? I remember that from my yout'

October 27 2006 at 7:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I would order more episodes of Squidbillies, and give it a decent time slot. I would also include old episodes of Pinwheel in the early morning, because I like the claymation worms, and I think the college-age-morning-stoner demographic would enjoy it. For the cartoon classics section, I would include "Lambert the sheepish Lion." I would also throw "Mr. T's Be Somebody, or Be Somebody's Fool" in there.

I also strongly agree with Pete 'N Pete, Mr. Show, and The State.

October 27 2006 at 3:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I would never sleep.

October 27 2006 at 12:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Overall good list, but just a few major omissions:
1. Arrested Development
2. Freaks and Geeks; Undeclared
3. The Daily Show; The Colbert Report
4. The Larry Sanders show
5. The Office (both)
6. Entourage
7. It's always sunny in Philadelphia
8. MXC

Minor ommissions include the following shows:
1. 3 South
2. This just in
3. Coupling (england)
4. X-Men; Spiderman; Justice League
Just a few off the top of my head.

October 26 2006 at 11:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Adam Finley

What shows would you guys include?

October 26 2006 at 10:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dan Isaacs

Samuri Jack. Gotta have Jack.

October 26 2006 at 9:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Lose Pee-wee? You're an evil bastard is what you are.

But if it means Welcome to Eltingville gets to be an actual show...

October 26 2006 at 9:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Adam Finley

"I just dont get why you couldnt have listed everything currently on the schedule."

It does boggle the mind.

October 26 2006 at 9:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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