Adult Swim (UK & Ireland)

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Adult Swim
Network Bravo (2006–08)
Fox (2010, 2015–17)
TCM 2 (2012–13)
TruTV (2016)
Comedy Central (2017)
Netflix (2017–present)[1]
Launched 2006
Country of origin United Kingdom
Format 576i (SDTV 16:9)
1080i (HDTV 16:9)
Official website

Adult Swim in the UK and Ireland was a late night programming block which aired on multiple channels in the UK from 2006 until 2017. As of 2017, shows from Adult Swim are now only available on Netflix.

In addition, Adult Swim also maintains a website and a mobile TV service which are run separately from its sister channel, Cartoon Network, unlike its American counterpart.


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 18+ audience.

In the UK, channels like Cartoon Network are considered to be children's channels, according to the likes of the broadcaster Sky[2] and are prevented under the Ofcom broadcasting code from airing content unsuitable for children at any time of day[3], even after the traditional 9:00pm watershed.

As a result, many of Adult Swim's original programmes have been aired in the UK on 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, Syfy, TCM 2, Fox and Comedy Central.

From 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 and Ireland. The programming block ended in August 2013, following the closure of TCM 2.

Adult Swim returned to UK and Irish television starting with a new block on the Fox channel on 4 September 2015.[4]

Adult Swim began airing on Fox in late 2016 on Fridays between 12am-1am, in addition to TruTV, in an attempt to make the Adult Swim programming more available to Freeview users.[5] During mid-2017, the programming block was broadcast as "Adult Swim on Fox" from 10:00pm to 1:00am Thursdays. As of September 2017, the programming block is no longer broadcast.


Broadcast on Bravo, 2008:[6][edit]

Broadcast on Fox, 2010[edit]

Broadcast on Fox, 2015-2017[edit]

Available on Netflix, 2017-present[edit]

  • Rick and Morty (Series 1-3)

Broadcast on Comedy Central, 2017[edit]

  • Rick and Morty (Series 1)

Online & DVD[edit]

The UK/Ireland 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. However, it has been redesigned and is online, showing a YouTube clip of the show Rick and Morty, their social media sites and their TV guide for the UK.[7]

Revolver Entertainment recently began distributing some original Adult Swim series on DVD in the UK and Ireland.[8]


  1. ^ Netflix only has Rick and Morty episodes available to watch and doesn't broadcast Adult Swim.
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  4. ^ "Fox UK dives into Adult Swim deal - TBI Vision". 5 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Adult Swim". Retrieved 2016-10-29. 
  6. ^ "Adult Swim Show Profiles". Archived from the original on 15 January 2008. . Bravo (UK). Retrieved 19 July 2006:
  7. ^ Adult Swim Retrieved 29 October 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "[adult swim] - DVD Shop". 30 January 2009. Archived from the original on 30 January 2009. 

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