Off the Air (TV series)
|Off the Air|
Promotional image for Off the Air
|Created by||Dave Hughes|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||11 (and 1 special) (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Dave Hughes
|Running time||11 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Williams Street
Million Monkeys Inc.
|Original channel||Adult Swim|
|Picture format||4:3 SDTV (early airings of
|Original run||January 1, 2011– present|
Off the Air is an American anthology television series on Adult Swim. Off the Air premiered in the United States, unannounced, on January 1, 2011, and features a 15-minute run time. The show is created by editor Dave Hughes, and produced by Hughes' company, Million Monkeys Inc. The series airs on Adult Swim exclusively during their DVR Theater block, with a one-time exception in November 2011. There has been a total of 11 episodes over the course of the show's three seasons, as well as one special entitled "Dan Deacon: U.S.A."
The series is presented without explanation or narration as a showcase of surreal animations, viral internet videos, archival footage and morphing psychedelic imagery, arranged around a single loose theme (expressed in the episode title) and blended without pause into a single continuous presentation.
Editor Dave Hughes had worked on previous series produced by Williams Street before pitching the concept to the network. Each episode is edited using Final Cut Pro, along with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects for further manipulation. Hughes originally pitched the series to contain clips from other Adult Swim programs alongside online material, but ultimately had to omit them, as the network would still have to acquire licenses for their own series for derivative works. A third season has been ordered.
Off the Air premiered with "Animals" in the United States in Adult Swim's DVR Theater unannounced on January 1, 2011. "Animals" was rebroadcast twice in a row back to back in the 4:3 aspect ratio, in later airings the episode was presented in 16:9. The episode was posted on the Adult Swim site, and the series was not mentioned again until the second episode, "Food" aired in May 2011.
It has since continued airing as part of the 4 a.m. DVR Theater block, with the exception of November 5, 2011, when a marathon of 4 episodes aired during the daylight savings transition (2 a.m.–2 a.m.), which coincided with the episode premiere of "Space".
Episodes have been made legally available for free online.
|Season premiere||Season finale|
|1||5||January 1, 2011||June 1, 2012|
|2||4||August 28, 2012||October 1, 2013|
|3||2||December 31, 2013||TBA|
|Special||July 6, 2013|
Despite its 4 a.m. timeslot, considered a graveyard slot in U.S. dayparting, several episodes (including reruns) have surpassed the 1 million viewer-mark according to Nielsen Media Research. As of 2012, the lowest rated original airing of an episode was "Falling", which seen by an impressive 807,000 homes.
- McCorquodale, Amanda (2011-06-11). "Adult Swim Begs Miami's Coral Morphologic for Its Oyster Video Art". Miami New Times. Retrieved 2011-06-25.
- Hughes, Dave (2012-09-27). Interview: Dave Hughes, Creator of Off The Air. Interview with Rev. Syung Myung Me. Kitty Sneezes.
- "Off the Air – 11 Things We Left Online: Animals". Adult Swim. Gobbledegook. 2012-02-16. Archived from the original on 2012-07-16. Retrieved 2013-09-29.
- Armstrong-Cate, Sterling (2013-02-20). "You guys should really put this in a future episode [...]" (Comment). Off the Air on Facebook. Retrieved 2013-09-21. "Oh yeah, look for "Moltar" in season 3"
- Boswell, John (2011-11-04). "A Glorious Dawn will be featured on the amazing [...]". Symphony of Science Official Fan Page on Facebook (Comment). Symphony of Science Official Fan Page on Facebook. Retrieved 2013-06-28. "A Glorious Dawn will be featured on the amazing Adult Swim show Off the Air, this Saturday night [November 5] between 2 a.m. and 2 a.m. (AKA the extra daylight savings time hour)."
- Off the Air Marathon Nov. 5th (Promo). Adult Swim. 2011. Retrieved 2013-06-28.
- "Off the Air". Adult Swim Video. Adult Swim. Retrieved 2013-06-28.
- Pucci, Douglas (2012-06-18). "Adult Swim Weekly Ratings Scorecard (June 4–10, 2012)". Son of the Bronx. Blogger. Retrieved 2013-09-17.
- Berman, Marc (2012-11-09). "Adult Swim Weekly Ratings Scorecard (October 29 – November 4, 2012)". TV Media Insights. Cross MediaWorks. Retrieved 2013-09-17.
- Berman, Marc (2012-12-28). "Adult Swim Weekly Ratings Scorecard (December 17–23, 2012)". TV Media Insights. Cross MediaWorks. Retrieved 2013-09-17.
- Pucci, Douglas (2014-01-07). "Adult Swim Ratings Scorecard—Week of Dec. 30, 2013". TV Media Insights. Cross MediaWorks. Retrieved 2014-01-11.
- Pucci, Douglas (2012-09-06). "Adult Swim Weekly Ratings Scorecard (August 27 – September 2, 2012)". Son of the Bronx. Blogger. Retrieved 2013-09-17.
- Official website
- Off the Air at the Internet Movie Database
- Interview with Dave Hughes about Off The Air