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Turner Broadcasting launched this cable channel on October 1, 1992, after acquiring the extensive Hanna-Barbera animation library the year before (and even before this, Turner owned some animation, by way of the 1986 MGM/UA deal). Cartoon Network and the rest of Turner Broadcasting later merged with Time Warner in 1996, giving it access to more animated material, by way of Warner Bros. However the network wouldn’t really take off until the premiere of What a Cartoon Show, which would eventually lead to the creation of the first of a number of original productions. When Cartoon Network decided to push classic H-B cartoons aside for its original productions, it launched Boomerang, a satellite and premium cable channel, in April 2000, to serve as a "retirement home" for them.

Many of Cartoon Network's original productions are highly praised and many consider them to be superior to cartoons shown on broadcast networks, especially as more and more broadcast networks are abandoning their animated programming blocks outright. CN has (and still does all the time) pushed the limit on what a kids' channel can show, by airing several TV-14–rated animated films (such as the Hellboy series and Justice League: The New Frontier) and TV-PG series (like both Clone Wars series), resulting in a LARGE Periphery Demographic, even having a bumper featuring an excessive Cluster F-Bomb. It is best known among the Anime community for its now returning Toonami block, which helped increase the popularity of Japanese animation in America during the 10 years it aired.

The overnight schedule is a separate block called Adult Swim, which is considered separated in Nielsen ratings, although still run by CN executives. Once again praised for many of its original programs (even the weirder ones), Adult Swim is also well-known for bringing more exposure to mature Anime series as well as rescuing other shows from death or complete obscurity.

Around the mid-2000s, the network began to incorporate live action shows as it attempted to compete with other "kids'" channels, such as Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel. A number of animated originals as well as the Toonami and Miguzi blocks were cancelled or ended, only to be replaced by a number of live action programs, which came to a head when CN Real, a block of live-action reality shows and scripted series, was created. This block was cancelled shortly after its creation, as low ratings and a huge backlash from the animation community and older fans prompted a return to the network's signature "cartoon" programming.

The New Tens have been a renaissance for the network when it comes to returning to its roots of airing animated originals with the network premiering a large number of new animated series to cater to a variety of interests, with even more to come. Classics like Dexters Laboratory and The Powerpuff Girls have also found their way back to the schedule after being relegated to Boomerang, and after a huge fan campaign following an April Fools' Day stunt, Toonami has also returned to the schedule. And speaking of variety of interests, the network has been taking a subtle change in demographics as displayed by its recent crop of TV-PG rated shows starting with Canadian imports 6teen and Total Drama Island and continuing with the originals Adventure Time and Regular Show. Also, most of its current action/adventure cartoons are rated TV-PG-V. Quite unusual considering that programs that go above the TV-Y7 rating were a rarity even during the network’s peak popularity, but it seems like that they have started to take note of the growing Periphery Demographic.

In addition, a new Crossover Mascot Fighter called Cartoon Network Punch Time Explosion was released in June 2011 on the Nintendo 3DS, and an Updated Rerelease on Play Station 3/Wii/Xbox 360 in November.


It has also aired original series created from other companies, made just for the network (Or, in the case of anime, exported for the network.):[edit | hide]

This network has also aired reruns (and in some cases, new episodes) of the following series:[edit | hide]

Programming blocks that are airing or have aired on this network include:[edit | hide]


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  1. ended in 1997 but was brought back as an Hour long show that plays the old shows of yesteryear.
  2. Cartoon Network’s late night block specializing on Seinen Anime and adult animated comedy. However, like the main channel, it too has been undergoing a "live-action instead of animation" slope.
  3. Started out as a two hour weekend block in The Nineties before becoming a spin-off channel of its own beginning in the 2000’s.
  4. The branding for Cartoon Network originals in The Nineties.
  5. The Friday night block for CN originals from 1999-2003. A live-action revamp lasted 2003-2007.
  6. The end result of the mid-2000s push for live-action programming to compete with the Disney Channel and other kid-oriented entertainment channels. The backlash against this block was enormous, and low ratings eventually resulted in its cancellation. To put it into deeper perspective, the original page for the block on TV Tropes turned into a massive Flame Bait and Take That magnet, so much so that it eventually got deleted and made a member of the Permanent Red Link Club. See the discussion [http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=1297062937039900100&page=1 Here.
  7. An hour long (as of this edit) Saturday Morning Cartoon block featuring cartoons from the DC Comics Universe.
  8. Created to be a lighter-toned successor to Toonami(which took over it's former afternoon timeslot while Toonami itself was reconfigured to a Saturday night block) between 2004 to 2007.
  9. A video game-styled action block similar to Toonami which aired Saturday nights during 2003-4.
  10. Cartoon Network’s action cartoon and anime oriented block that aired on weekday afternoons and, later, Saturdays, between 1997 and 2008. Adult Swim briefly revived the block on April Fools' Day 2012, and soon announced that Toonami would return on a regular basis starting May 26, 2012 due to the stunt's positive reception.
  11. a documentary series showcasing creators and rare/controversial animated shorts
  12. a replacement to Fridays however this soon was canned when CN decided to show new episodes on a daily basis