Adult Swim (UK & Ireland)
TCM 2 (2012–13)
Adult Swim in the UK was a late night programming block broadcast for an hour each Friday night on TCM 2. As of January 2012, it featured programmes such as Robot Chicken, Metalocalypse and Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Adult Swim also has a website and a mobile TV service which is run separately from its sister channel, Cartoon Network.
In the United States, Adult Swim fills the overnight broadcast time of the Cartoon Network cable channel, and features a mix of original and syndicated programming geared towards an older, 18+, audience.
In the UK, channels like Cartoon Network are considered to be children's channels, and are prevented under the Ofcom broadcasting code from airing content unsuitable for children at any time of day, even after the traditional 21:00 watershed.
As a result, many of Adult Swim's original programmes have been aired in the UK on other channels aimed at older audiences, often in designated "Adult Swim" branded blocks. In the past such blocks have aired on channels such as Bravo, FX and Syfy, before moving to TCM 2 in January 2012.
Shows previously screened as part of Adult Swim blocks on other channels include Robot Chicken, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Sealab 2021, The Brak Show, Tom Goes to the Mayor, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, The Venture Bros., Moral Orel, and Metalocalypse, Non-Williams Street shows on the block include Stripperella and Kid Notorious. The first "action" series was the anime Afro Samurai, which aired on May 4, 2007 alongside a new UK animated show Modern Toss originally made for Channel 4. Adult Swim ceased to broadcast on Bravo on July 7, 2008.
FX broadcast Robot Chicken, Titan Maximum, Venture Brothers and "Metalocalypse", as part of an [adult swim] branded block, which ran between 5 June 2010 and 27 November 2010.
As of 4 January 2012, Adult Swim began a one-hour weekly broadcast on Turner's TCM 2 channel, marking the first time that Adult Swim has aired on one of Turner's own channels in the UK. The programming block ended in August 2013, following the closure of TCM 2.
Online & DVD
The UK Adult Swim website, like its American counterpart, offers free access to full episodes of shows including Squidbillies, Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, Tom Goes to the Mayor, Minoriteam, Stroker and Hoop, Moral Orel, 12 oz. Mouse, Perfect Hair Forever, Metalocalypse, and Frisky Dingo. As of Wednesday 11 July 2012, the Adult Swim UK site started redirecting visitors to the US site.