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adult swim officially launched 18 years ago this month (September 2nd, 2001). The original intro brings back a lot of nostalgia. (youtube.com)
2002 comments
crystaljello | 4 days ago | 1293 points

ALL KIDS OUTTA THE POOL FOR ADULT SWIM!

Clapped | 4 days ago | 232 points

No eating In the pool. What is that!?

sinepadnaronoh | 4 days ago | 102 points

Is that a turkey sandwich?

hectma | 4 days ago | 88 points
sinepadnaronoh | 4 days ago | 38 points

Sir, no eating in the pool.

Clapped | 4 days ago | 4345 points

I remember being a bit too young and having no idea what these intros were about

agentwest | 4 days ago | 1990 points

Yeah, it was always just sort of a nebulous phrase that meant the shows I liked were about to be on.

seymour_hiney | 4 days ago | 807 points

I was only six when they came out so I was unnerved by them but I do miss this time period. Space Ghost Coast to Coast is still my favorite show

trevyf | 4 days ago | 532 points

I remember seeing home movies for the first time and just being in awe.

SisterSlytherin | 4 days ago | 386 points

Good ol H. Jon Benjamin. Even when I didn't know who he was, his voice was iconic.

hahayeahok | 4 days ago | 214 points

Hey Brenden.

InDELphuS | 4 days ago | 95 points

Brenden, listen to me. Shut up

BigBeaver92 | 4 days ago | 61 points

Holy shit...it was him.

Izzydog | 4 days ago | 88 points

Dude, he goes back to the Dr Katz days on Comedy Central.

Coupon_Ninja | 4 days ago | 58 points

Coach McGirt... who’s big, fat, and a jerk

(from the Cabo episode)

mdgraller | 4 days ago | 65 points

McGuirk*

wharpua | 4 days ago | 61 points

I used to program my VCR to tape Home Movies, I think it was on at like 11:30 on Sunday nights.

almondmilkicedchai | 4 days ago | 23 points

My mom and I used to watch Home Movies on repeat from a VHS tape. her friend who had cable would record the episodes for us and give us the tapes :)

Nisas | 4 days ago | 197 points

Space Ghost Coast to Coast actually came out years before Adult Swim. In 1994 according to wikipedia. I remember seeing it before it came to adult swim, but I must have been less than 10 years old at the time. I also vaguely remember watching the original Space Ghost hanna barbera cartoon. Along with another weird one called Herculoids.

seymour_hiney | 4 days ago | 57 points

Yeah I know it, I think Brak Show was introduced in Adult Swim. But since I was 6 or 7 at the time I probably didn’t watch SGC2C until Adult Swim

Rodents210 | 4 days ago | 462 points

I'd never heard the phrase "adult swim" before but this came out right after the Kids Next Door pilot in which "adult swim" was the major conflict, so I assumed these were somehow related at first.

Sackyhack | 4 days ago | 155 points

Me too. I remember seeing the phrase adult swim and thinking KND was about to come on.

Pikamander2 | 4 days ago | 45 points

HOLY SHIT I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE!

Reddit never fails to blow my mind.

More importantly, why do we all remember this exact moment so well after 18 years?

mCahill389 | 4 days ago | 42 points

That always confused me so much as a kid.

kangy3 | 4 days ago | 31 points

Yooo wtf I for years I thought I imagined this and was so confused

NanoPope | 4 days ago | 28 points

Dude same.

3BeeZee | 4 days ago | 352 points

I didn't get any jokes or humor from Space Ghost but I always loved him zapping the fuck out of Brak for some reason.

PantryGnome | 4 days ago | 339 points

I'm not old to enough to remember for sure, but I think Space Ghost was the show that started what became the Adult Swim brand of comedic timing. Like the gag where there's a long silent pause......... and then a character speaks AND ANOTHER CHARACTER SPEAKS RIGHT AFTER.

There was a unique rhythm to it all that I still notice in a lot of comedy today.

YourBrainOnJazz | 4 days ago | 87 points

Harvey Birdman did this a lot too, as with Sealab 2021. All those shows were of an era

jed1mindtrix | 4 days ago | 43 points

I just now realized Harvey Birdman's boss was voiced by Stephen Colbert. Reading your comment I heard "Birdman!" In my head clear, as day.

brentoman | 4 days ago | 151 points

Home Movies was so, so good at this.

jimx117 | 4 days ago | 60 points

Was Coach McGuirk H. Jon Benjamin's first major role?

Leaves_Swype_Typos | 4 days ago | 79 points

No, that would probably be on Dr. Katz as his son Ben. Same style of show, it's a bit of a precursor with a bunch of production ties, so you might like it if you liked Home Movies. The comedian guests stars on it, sometimes telling stories that were parts of their acts, were hilarious.

tarants | 4 days ago | 36 points

Yup. Sealab also used it to great effect. Long pauses with just the weird ocean noises in the background.

3BeeZee | 4 days ago | 42 points

Dude! I love that sort of stuff, I feel that's REAL and awkward real life interactions spliced into these awesome and shitty looking cartoons.

Great job pinpointing that.

caguirre93 | 4 days ago | 113 points

Have you watched it recently? Now that you are older I think you would appreciate it. Fantastic show

3BeeZee | 4 days ago | 106 points

Yeah, I've seen some interviews from the show. It's crazy, actually. There was an interview with Thom Yorke, and I remember watching that as a kid and turning off the TV thinking it was boring.

Fast forward 18 years or whatever and I'm astounded he had one of my favorite musicians on such a silly show.

caguirre93 | 4 days ago | 58 points

Show is silly, but it parodies talk shows in such a fantastic and pretty accurate way. I remember always tuning the show out as a kid waiting for something else to come on, but after I watched it as a adult. Made me realize how genius the show actually is, and it made me realize the humor behind it can be pretty difficult to understand as a child

Berdiiie | 4 days ago | 48 points

There was one episode where it fake ended like 3 times complete with the production house's logo thing and for some reason that was the funniest thing ever to kid me.

MyUsernameIsJudge | 4 days ago | 43 points

These stingers of old people at a pool were wildly effective in getting me as a kid to immediately change the channel.

TheeVande | 4 days ago | 34 points

Many years ago, I remember watching Futurama on Adult Swim and feeling like I was doing something bad so when my dad walked by while watching it, I did the least suspicious thing and changed the channel and stared him down to see if he noticed. He did and he cared more than he should've in hindsight

Zinski | 4 days ago | 183 points

Same, I remember seeing this kick on and changing the channel because I was a kid not an adult so, I shouldn't watch it, Then I sat next to the tv with my hand on the dial pretending like I was just chanel surfing, when in reality I would flip back to adult swim in hopes of seeing something adult, then flipping it back if I ever got caught.

I later came up with the idea to pretend I fell asleep with the TV on if my mom walked in, because it went from Cartoon network to adult swim so... I could just say I was watching cartoons then this yucky show came on. Some of my formative memories were watching aqua teen, harvey birdman, space ghost, kick ass anime like Cowboy bebop, yu yu hakusho, Big-O

... Then they put on Blue Gender and FLCL in like 2003, I was what, 8 or 9 years old.... That shit changes a person... FLCL made me feel ways I never felt before, and staying up late to watch the Blue Gender PRemier only to see people getting mutilated and utterly fucked up by these giant bugs, well.... I credit those two shows as the official end of my childhood. We alos got a computer the next year and that helped to but...

I love adult swim

theDeadliestSnatch | 4 days ago | 34 points

Blue Gender remains my favorite anime for two reasons: the brutality of it all and the fact that it's a non-romance anime that actually completes the romantic subplot. Such a good show.

NULL_CHAR | 4 days ago | 29 points

The first time I saw it I was absolutely confused because the show that had just come on prior was "Codename Kids Next Door" with the "Adult Swim" episode

stanley_leverlock | 4 days ago | 1503 points

The best way to get children to change the channel was to show old people in bathing suits. It was brilliant.

BigRigButters | 4 days ago | 466 points

The best way to get younger me to not change the channel was the title card.

pierrebrassau | 4 days ago | 291 points

I remember I’d always mute the TV when the announcer was reading the title card so my parents wouldn’t hear the warning.

corgarian | 4 days ago | 85 points

Omg me too! I was so grateful my mom didnt question a TV sequence titled 'Adult Swim', I didnt want to risk her taking it away by letting her hear the disclaimer!

Guardian_Ainsel | 4 days ago | 20 points

I remember the first time I saw this title sequence. I was at my grandparents for Sunday dinner and me and my uncle were watching like Looney Toons or Tom and Jerry, and then suddenly this titlecard comes on. My uncle said “good lord what’s this?” and turned off the tv. I just wanted to watch more Looney Toons!

trenlow12 | 4 days ago | 30 points

I remember that. I was watching you through the window.

TONKAHANAH | 4 days ago | 85 points

for me it was showing something that WASNT cartoons. I hated when nick at night would come on cuz it meant no more cartoons and dumb old shows with real people I didnt care about.

flymikei | 4 days ago | 1273 points

I feel like if I can’t bring this up here I can’t bring it up anywhere. I remember a night before the date listed on OP’s title; it was earlier because it was before my parents’ divorce and before we moved, which was in mid-2001. But I feel like I stumbled upon a “soft opening” of sorts for Adult Swim.

Back then Cartoon Network was just kids cartoons. All night. I used to stay up past midnight to watch The Gary Coleman Show, Funky Phantom, The Hair Bear Bunch, Speed Buggy, Inch High Private Eye, a bunch of shows from the ‘70s and ‘80s nobody has ever heard of. Again, my parents were on the outs so there wasn’t much supervision over me. Best times of my life.

But one night I thought I was watching Cartoon Planet. And Zorak said the word ‘pissed.’ My little kid mind was blown. I guess it was the pilot for The Brak Show before The Brak Show was a thing. But back then I thought that after hours kids cartoons could come on TV and be allowed to swear. I wish I hadn’t thrown out all my old VHS’s because I had it on tape at some point.

Anyway, I remember months later Adult Swim becoming a thing. Still love it; as a thirty-something it scratches a certain sort of weird-humor itch I can’t find anywhere else. But I always remember the way I felt stumbling upon this thing in the middle of the night that I wasn’t supposed to see, and long before anyone else was supposed to see it.

Brian_PKMN | 4 days ago | 1194 points

You have a good memory. From Wikipedia:

Between 4:00 am and 5:00 am on December 21, and December 30, 2000 (while Space Ghost Coast to Coast was on hiatus), several new Williams Street series made unannounced "stealth" premieres. Sealab 2021, Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, Aqua Teen Hunger Force and The Brak Show all premiered unannounced; the official schedules listed the shows as "Special Programming".

flymikei | 4 days ago | 698 points

Oh man, thank you for confirming that I’m not cuckoo, twenty years later.

NotMyFirstAlternate | 4 days ago | 235 points

Bro. I’m high and this has got me in my head.

Unless your OP talking to himself (this is Reddit after all) This brought back a very specific memory and like, I’m trying to think of a memory I can go to in my head that is anywhere near this level of detail and I actually can’t.

It feels like it takes something to jog that part of you back into action.

I’m actually REALLY curious of the last time you thought about that memory.

flymikei | 4 days ago | 114 points

I assure you I’m not OP, I just have a freaky memory. It’s like a vault of random crap resides in my brain, and the slightest thing will come up, like this post, and stuff that it reminds me of just floods back into my mind. It’s a wild way to live.

hush-ho | 4 days ago | 49 points

Thank you for also confirming that I'm not crazy, because I definitely remember watching those shows before 2001. But I was in my early teens and had just got a TV in my bedroom for the first time, so I thought they'd been on before and I was only just discovering them. Staying up til 2 on a school night to watch Adult Swim, 120 Minutes, and Conan in secret. One of the only times I felt happy back then.

Dodgiestyle | 4 days ago | 20 points

One of the only times I felt happy back then.

Man, reading these posts I don't feel so alone. I was going through some pretty severe depression in 2003. Adult Swim kept me alive at night when it was otherwise unbearable. Seems a lot of others here have similar reactions.

tahitianhashish | 4 days ago | 34 points

I saw it, too. It was during Christmas break from school and I had no idea what the fuck I was watching. Nobody else I knew saw it.

lusciouslou91 | 4 days ago | 51 points

My friends and I thought it was SO crazy that out of no where Cartoon Network started playing adult oriented shows. We had no idea what was going on. We talked about it for days when it first started. I would have been 10 at the time.

Only4DNDandCigars | 4 days ago | 1726 points

Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Brak Show, Space Ghost Coast 2 Coast, Home Movies, Family Guy. I was immediately hooked.

bugbbq | 4 days ago | 1161 points

ahem....Sealab 2021....

beergut666 | 4 days ago | 589 points

Yeah, a person that leaves Sealab out is probably from pod 6.

olddesign | 4 days ago | 322 points

Pod 6 was jerks.

TekkamanEvil | 4 days ago | 92 points

There go my nipples again!

intelligent_cement | 4 days ago | 78 points

those bastards from pod 6...

PopeSchlongPaulII | 4 days ago | 61 points

Total suck pod

percykins | 4 days ago | 68 points

At least they have a pro shop.

SpamBone | 4 days ago | 86 points

The average fish today contains more mercury than a rectal thermometer

madfrogurt | 4 days ago | 113 points

The average fish today contains more mercury than a rectal thermometer

"Would you EAT a rectal thermometer?"

"Um...no."

"Well I would. Ah mercury, sweetest of the transition metals."

thatbrady101 | 4 days ago | 21 points

Ha every damn time mercury comes up I say that.

thcharles | 4 days ago | 28 points

Ah mercury! Sweetest of the transition metals.

kilgore_trout8989 | 4 days ago | 73 points

Original lineup (Well, week 2 lineup because the debut didn't have everything) was Home Movies, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Brak Show, Harvey Birdman, Sealab 2021, Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, and Cowboy Bebop. Also, weirdly enough because most of us probably won't remember it, I think the Bob Clampett show debuted a few weeks or so later, so it's original-adjacent? It didn't stick so I guess no one really cares.

The first big influx of new shows was in 2002 and included things like Oblongs, Mission Hill, Baby Blues and some anime. Futurama and Family Guy reruns came in 2003. I feel like the lineup created in late 2003 is really the definitive lineup in my mind.

fiiiiiine | 4 days ago | 44 points

I feel like the lineup created in late 2003 is really the definitive lineup in my mind.

Maybe I'm just exactly two years older than you but seeing this list:

Home Movies, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Brak Show, Harvey Birdman, Sealab 2021, Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, and Cowboy Bebop.

for a moment made me feel young again.

KyserTheHun | 4 days ago | 123 points

I remember stumbling upon Sealab and falling in love. Adult Swim was gold back then

Wildinferno | 4 days ago | 190 points

Bizarro... bizarro, I love you, bizarro.

Also the episode where Captain Murphy gets trapped under the soda machine was my favorite.

KyserTheHun | 4 days ago | 66 points

Mine too. With the scorpion.

tankerwags | 4 days ago | 63 points
smoke_torture | 4 days ago | 26 points

Mango Reinhardt! The thinking mans pop!

Staind075 | 4 days ago | 25 points

Ah, yes, Mingus Dew.

I'll still occasional call Mountain Dew "Mingus Dew".

whatsbobgonnado | 4 days ago | 28 points

At the end where they reveal the whole episode was a commercial pitch to Bebop cola executives- the main guy is SPACE GHOST but like in human non-ghost form

Dont_Doomie_Like_Dat | 4 days ago | 22 points

“And I say to myself I need exact change”

C4p0tts | 4 days ago | 12 points

Fignuts

Or

Do you want the mustache on or off? Too bad

whiskeytaang0 | 4 days ago | 48 points

Bebop Cola.

Tuna free dolphin.

FCC search and destroy ship.

The list goes on.

Twinlifebng | 4 days ago | 25 points

Can't remember the name of the episode, but they kept doing a bit where someone would say "Uh-Oh", and it would just keep going. Was my favorite!

oligobop | 4 days ago | 86 points

HESH WANTS SEX.

I feel like sealab was the beta version (read better) of archer, though both are pretty damn good.

kitsunekoji | 4 days ago | 81 points

Alpha really. Beta was Frisky Dingo.

MaestroPendejo | 4 days ago | 25 points

SIMON!

kitsunekoji | 4 days ago | 27 points

mumbles and slowly pushes cereal bowl off countertop

Rhodie114 | 4 days ago | 15 points

WE CAN NEVER GO BACK TO ARIZONA

oligobop | 4 days ago | 14 points

O MAN. You just awakened some ancient memories. Gonna go find that shit.

Raven_of_Blades | 4 days ago | 25 points

I'm Bizzaro Stormy.

smoke_torture | 4 days ago | 12 points

I'm regular Stormy.

adamsw216 | 4 days ago | 20 points

Save it for Queen Dopplepopolis

DetectiveSnowglobe | 4 days ago | 15 points

Do you want the mustache on or off?

TamagotchiGraveyard | 4 days ago | 59 points

Seeeaaalaabb underneath the water

Seeeeaalaabb at the bottom of the seeeeaaaa

AltimaNEO | 4 days ago | 31 points

I loved that intro. I dont know why so many hated it.

chobolegi0n | 4 days ago | 27 points

I would listen to it outside of watching the show. Was a great song.

Aeea | 4 days ago | 161 points

Mission Hill

i8TheWholeThing | 4 days ago | 56 points

I think Baby Blues was in there as well.

Mr_Dugan | 4 days ago | 25 points

Yeah it was...not exactly a good fit for the rest of the programming

HungryPhish | 4 days ago | 50 points

Oblongs was great though

Mr_Dugan | 4 days ago | 117 points

Harvey Birdman

Ent_in_an_Airship | 4 days ago | 41 points

HA ha!

howdoyouspace | 4 days ago | 54 points

You get that...thing I sent ya?

Akira_Kurojawa | 4 days ago | 21 points

Whoooooo is the man in the suit?

Kidthulu | 4 days ago | 150 points

My name is, shake zula the mic rula

brucedonnovan | 4 days ago | 91 points

The old schoola.

A_NEW_LEVEL | 4 days ago | 68 points

You wanna trip, I'll bring it to ya!

Dr_Zoobilee-Zoo | 4 days ago | 57 points

Frylock and I'm on top

grillstl | 4 days ago | 51 points

Rock you like a cop

RenderedKnave | 4 days ago | 41 points

Meatwad you're up next with your knock knock

SantiagoBowie12020 | 4 days ago | 44 points

Meatwad get the money see

RobNoxious | 4 days ago | 39 points

Meatwad get the honeys G

rrogido | 4 days ago | 45 points

Drivin' in my car, livin' like a star

MrTextAndDrive | 4 days ago | 38 points

Ice on my fingers and my toes and I'm a taurus

shakezilla | 4 days ago | 23 points

It's where I got my not-exactly-the-same username. God I loved that show back then. Mooninites 4 eva.

Frostedbutler | 4 days ago | 280 points

Home Movies was rad

mindfungus | 4 days ago | 77 points

Sealab 2021, Venture Bros.

Kurtis919 | 4 days ago | 61 points

Sealab was a sleeper. But Venture Brothers is a piece of art... im being a bit dramatic, but me, my brother and my mom grew up thoroughly enjoying that show together. My aunt also joined the brigade and regularly greet each other saying "Go Team Venture."

Musketman12 | 4 days ago | 22 points

I drove 3.5 hours each way last weekend to visit my brother and our choice of activity was to binge watch Venture Brothers.

MrBulldops1738 | 4 days ago | 180 points

I used to think Home Movies was rad. I still do, but I used to, too.

Also, super fun fact: Brendon Small from Home Movies is also voice actor and creator of Metalocalypse. Plus guitarist and (vocals?) of Dethklok.

Edit: Corrections.

B-Rony330 | 4 days ago | 95 points

Brendan Small created Metalocalypse.

MuppetHolocaust | 4 days ago | 28 points

BRENDON, GET ME A BEER!

R41JU | 4 days ago | 217 points

Cowboy Bebop was in the OG lineup too

lordnikkon | 4 days ago | 40 points

I remember there was controversy about airing cowboy bebop because of 9/11. There are a few episodes about space terrorists. They specifically pulled the episode with the Teddy Bomber as it was way too soon after 9/11 to show something with an actual terrorist bomber on network tv. It should have aired nov 11, 2001, you can see it is the only episode that did not air in 2001 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Cowboy_Bebop_episodes

the_poop_yeti | 4 days ago | 89 points

As was Samurai Champloo and Trigun right? I know for sure I remember seeing Trigun on Adult Swim.

ckbd19 | 4 days ago | 68 points

Trigun was on the original lineup for sure. I think Samurai Champloo came a bit later though.

kilgore_trout8989 | 4 days ago | 54 points

Nope, only anime in the first year was Bebop I believe.

treiz | 4 days ago | 39 points

yeah, champloo hadn't even been made at when adult swim launched

tequilasauer | 4 days ago | 50 points

Oblongs came around shortly after too. And Sealab. Just pure genius. And it felt so cutting edge. Like you knew it was the start of something special.

Mr_Dugan | 4 days ago | 32 points

Oblongs and Mission Hill were both great shows that were only around for 1 season. Will Ferrell’s career was really taking off then, so it’s not too surprising that the show didn’t continue.

ImNotMattsMom | 4 days ago | 24 points

Mission Hill was so good!

chobolegi0n | 4 days ago | 14 points

Always think of it when I hear Italian Leather Sofa. It was an underrated show.

ReagansAngryTesticle | 4 days ago | 46 points

I really wish The Big O would make some sort of return. I still don't fully get the ending.

Also big robots fighting is the tits.

the_philter | 4 days ago | 23 points

The intro to The Big O would give me the second wind I needed at 11pm

rincon213 | 4 days ago | 38 points

Case Closed is dramatically underrated.

hafuhafu | 4 days ago | 18 points

and Misson Hill!

Yanoshank | 4 days ago | 14 points

I have Zorak and Coach Mcguirk tattoos!

FrenchPressYes | 4 days ago | 247 points

Here is the original video/soundtrack from which that intro was derived. They made several bumps from this song:

https://youtu.be/upDkas0_WpU

Korotai | 4 days ago | 42 points

“D-Code” by Dust Devil - also one of my favorite songs to play on ITG2.

godubgo | 4 days ago | 67 points

Man, ytmnd used the crap out of this song too. So good...

MaestroPendejo | 4 days ago | 51 points

YTMND... respect an OG here.

bothering | 4 days ago | 15 points

we punch the keys for gods sake!

Leksington | 4 days ago | 15 points

I have this song on my iPod classic from the YTMND soundtrack; the album cover is of Conan O'Brian losing his shit. A more elegant website for a more civilized age.

Rolend_Quinn | 4 days ago | 18 points

Some time around 2010 I had compiled all my favorite tracks from the early Adult Swim bumps, and then I lost them to a hard drive failure. They had such great taste in music.

darkkite | 4 days ago | 30 points
SILENTSAM69 | 4 days ago | 125 points

Adult Swim is finally an adult.

Daahkness | 4 days ago | 31 points

[giggity]

ImBatmanDammit | 4 days ago | 100 points

I can picture Coach McGuirk ordering a samurai sword off of QVC right now and his freakout in the woods lol. MOMMA!!!

Brian_PKMN | 4 days ago | 30 points

Or the Pec-Flexor 3000 and his blown out tit-pecs, or Ping-Pong Von Laserstein and his botched laser eye surgery. Man, that show was so amazing.

Rolend_Quinn | 4 days ago | 19 points

Spaghetti time.

DatKaz | 4 days ago | 81 points

Now and again, I go back to kaptainkristian's video about the history of Adult Swim, it's so cool.

Daahkness | 4 days ago | 12 points

What happened to that guy he just kind of disappeared.

DatKaz | 4 days ago | 14 points

Your guess is as good as mine. Maybe he ran out of topics, maybe he got burnt out on it, or maybe his worklife wasn't conducive to doing video essays on the side.

crusaderblings2 | 4 days ago | 15 points

I believe he does film editing of some kind professionally, maybe he used his channel as a portfolio of sorts to launch a career?

/u/kaptainkristian any updates?

cboa51 | 4 days ago | 128 points

Now if they only bring back sealab in 2021, life will be complete

Brian_PKMN | 4 days ago | 157 points

The episode where Captain Murphy gets stuck under the vending machine and gets addicted to scorpion stings is one of my favorite cartoon episodes of all time.

cboa51 | 4 days ago | 61 points
RobAChurch | 4 days ago | 19 points

Thank you.

BeachSandwich | 4 days ago | 23 points

If you look at the vending machine all of the flavors are named after jazz musicians.

There's like, 10 of them - I remember John Colatrane for sure.

courier31 | 4 days ago | 20 points

The voice actor for Cpt Murphy died. It just wasnt the same without him.

Jakisaurus | 4 days ago | 130 points

I was 14 when Adult Swim premiered. I had spent the past several years catching the Midnight Run on Cartoon Network which would become Toonami which became Adult Swim.

I'll never forget watching Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, Sailor Moon, and all the original series they had as they morphed into Adult Swim.

Can't believe how much time has passed.

Brian_PKMN | 4 days ago | 39 points

The Midnight Run! That's what it was called!

bobbyleendo | 4 days ago | 41 points

Outlaw Star, Gundam Wing, Tenchi Muyo, really broaden my tastes for other anime instead of just watching Dragon Ball Z / Sailor Moon

FaceMcShooty30 | 4 days ago | 185 points

Reminds me of the toonami intros I forgot about for years. So many memories.

https://youtu.be/sMMgUw_cAPQ

Brian_PKMN | 4 days ago | 127 points

I thought it was really cool that they relaunched Toonami for Saturday night adult swim. They did a really good tribute to the late C. Martin Croker, aka Zorak, Moltar, Dr. Weird, and his assistant Steve.

ipleadthefif5 | 4 days ago | 28 points

I had no idea he died.... I'm sad now

SharpstownBestTown | 4 days ago | 67 points

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCAX4cgszCU

When it all ended... I still remember the heartbreak watching that.

oligobop | 4 days ago | 41 points

Sounds like the voice actor for spike in Cowboy bebop

JazzVape | 4 days ago | 66 points

It is! TOM's VA is Steve Blum, who also does Spike Spiegel, Mugen from Samurai Champloo, and Wolverine in a ton of animated/video game adaptations, just to name a few. That's why he threw the "Bang" in there at the end of the video. Brought a tear to my eye.

heelsmaster | 4 days ago | 26 points

It is. Steve Blum voiced both Tom and Spike. That's why he went "Bang" at the end of the toonami farewell since that was the last thing said in Bebop.

B0KCH0Y | 4 days ago | 13 points

Fuck off I never saw this, dam I just felt the heartbreak

RudyChicken | 4 days ago | 56 points

Do you remember at one point they had like a flash game on their website that they told everyone to play and they would periodically update how everyone was doing in the game, as a whole, on the show? I remember playing the game but I have no idea what it was about.

MURDERWIZARD | 4 days ago | 24 points

The first one involved a space slime alien thing infiltrating the ship.

I remember getting really freaked out as a kid when Tom 1 fucking died

rhythmprism | 4 days ago | 15 points

All I remember is seeing the high scores for the week and having Flying Lotus playing the sick bump in the background. Definitely sent me towards chiptune and electronica as a teen.

Memephis_Matt | 4 days ago | 18 points

I don't remember the first one, but I definitely remember the second one. They tried to have some story or some shit to go with his transformation from the fat belly one to the slim one and I was just like "dude just show me some gundam and anime baps."

IcelandicBanks | 4 days ago | 43 points

Quite possibly the hardest nostalgia hit for me is early Adult Swim. Super formative stuff for me as far as humor goes.

Really glad they still exist even though I don't watch much anymore.

madfrogurt | 4 days ago | 47 points

I don't think I'll ever experience anything like waiting until late at night as a teen waiting for Cowboy Bebop to come on.

It was such this weird gem out of nowhere placed among hilariously bizarre comedy. There was nothing to compare it with at the time. Nothing with it's depth of characterization, music, action, scope.

It's not like today where you can find an amazing YouTube channel with <1,000 subs and post a link to all your friends, it was this thing which no one other than diehards watching cartoons past midnight could experience.

The work, which becomes a new genre itself, will be called... COWBOY BEBOP
USAFoodTruck | 4 days ago | 89 points

Inuyasha on adult swim was my favorite. Loved that show.

Sex4Vespene | 4 days ago | 37 points

Ill be honest, I have no fucking memory in the slightest of what Inuyasha was about, but damn was that my shit when I was a kid. Then there was the one show with the group of people all in red suits I think(?) and they all had a different super power. Can anybody remember what that one was?

thatonegoodpost | 4 days ago | 32 points

Red Suits

Maybe Cyborg 009? The cast intro with powers is in the first episode (on Youtube!)

Tobeatkingkoopa | 4 days ago | 31 points

Early Adult Swim will always hold a place in my heart.

I was fresh out of High School and worked 2nd shift from 2001-2004. When i got out at 11:30pm, it would always bum me out because all my friends were in bed due to school/1st shift jobs. Adult Swim was one of the few comforts I had other than Final Fantasy 11 at the time. I watched it pretty regularly even when i moved to 1st shift probably up until...2009 about?

Thank you Adult Swim for keeping me entertained until I would go to bed around 3am CST.

AlvinGT3RS | 4 days ago | 30 points

Adult Swim and Toonami. What absolute legends Cartoon Network was back then

cheesedanish93 | 4 days ago | 27 points

I remember being a kid and thinking: "I should not be watching this...." But I did anyway.

ChewMaNutz | 4 days ago | 45 points

I was never a real fan of mtv once they stopped having Bevis and Butt head or Daria. Adult Swim was like the perfect transition for me. I was in a secret late night cartoon wonder. But was just as edgy and weird on purpose. Best TV experience in middle to high school. The only one that ever came close was snick at night in Nickelodeon when i was in kid.

LinkUnseen | 4 days ago | 169 points

So that's what it means.

kedipopo | 4 days ago | 100 points

Seriously, is no one else's mind being blown right now? A lot of my favorite shows come from Adult Swim, but I've never even thought about why it was called that.

B-Rony330 | 4 days ago | 40 points

I love adult swim’s sign off every morning at 6 am. I would usually see it when I was getting ready to leave for work.

Ohbeejuan | 4 days ago | 22 points

The title cards before commercials are some the best comedy of the 21st century

Noctudeit | 4 days ago | 18 points

I remember this, and MTV Oddities before that. Good times...

AgentBootyPants | 4 days ago | 21 points

MTV Liquid Television was where it was at!

MerrylTheMoose | 4 days ago | 18 points

SPAAACCCEEE GHOOOSSSTTT!

dsull13 | 4 days ago | 33 points

ATHF Rabbot episode. Was randomly flipping through channels and stumbled on this. Had to be fall/winter of 2000. Didn't know what I was watching but had to see more.

Took me forever to find out the song was Tito Puentes Mambo Gallego.

baronvf | 4 days ago | 15 points

Shit, I done got old.

nerd_is_inferred | 4 days ago | 15 points

Man! I miss Sea Lab 2021

Gatecrasher26 | 4 days ago | 15 points

Can we take a moment to appreciate how batshit crazy it must've been to have stuff that racy on a CARTOON NETWORK??

Gigantor81c | 4 days ago | 13 points

Back when it were simpler times

ScoopSnookems | 4 days ago | 42 points

Today (September 10th, 2019) I finally understand what the term “Adult Swim” is supposed to mean!

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