Adult Swim released an emotional video, where the characters were seen bidding Family Guy farewell after a long tenure of 18 years!
The brainchild of Seth MacFarlane, the animated show revolves around the Griffin family and their strange antics in the fictional city of Quahog, Rhode Island. MacFarlane also leads as patriarch Peter, youngest son Stewie, and anthropomorphic talking dog Brian alongside Alex Borstein as wife Lois, Mila Kunis as daughter Meg, and Seth Green as eldest son Chris.
Understandably, it’s a bittersweet moment for fans who grew up watching the series on Adult Swim and their journey will now continue on Fox.
Debuting in 2001, Adult Swim serves as the nighttime identity of Cartoon Network, and it was established as alternative programming during late night hours when Cartoon Network’s primary target audience would normally be sleeping. It started off as a spin-off block of Cartoon Network, based on the success of a show called Space Ghost Coast to Coast. Interestingly the name comes from a term for a lifeguard break, with the concept that children can be trusted to swim on their own, so they are kicked out, and only adults can swim, hence the term adult swim.
Since then Adult Swim has been a pioneer in the world of original programming and has also contributed to the world of live-action shows.
Additionally, Adult Swim became the home to Japanese Anime for the North American audience with notable additions like Cowboy Bebop and Yu Yu Hakusho. Along with reruns of shows like“Futurama,” “Family Guy,” and “American Dad”, we’ve listed down below some of the most iconic original shows to be released by the platform.
1.” Aqua Teen Hunger Force”
2.“Check it Out with Dr. Steve Brule”
3.” Children’s Hospital”
6.“Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law”
8.“Joe Pera Talks To You”
12.“Perfect Hair Forever”
13.“Rick and Morty”
16.“Space Ghost Coast to Coast”
18.“The Brak Show”
19.“The Greatest Event in Television History”
20.“The Venture Bros.”
1.Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files
2. Pilot Candidate
3. Mobile Suit Gundam 0083
4. Outlaw Star
5. Tenchi Muyo!
After seeing the list, audiences around the globe are probably all the more interested in watching Adult Swim. However, since it is a geo-restricted channel, they cannot watch Adult Swim programs outside the US unless a VPN is employed.
The last few months have proved to be a bit of a rollercoaster ride, with reports that Family Guy will be shifting its syndication networks due to the acquisition of 20th Century Fox by Disney.
Later it was reported that the final episode of Family Guy will be airing on Adult Swim on Saturday, September 18th with a further announcement that all seasons of the series, including previously unavailable first 14 seasons will also air with FXX and Freeform.
This was an official indication that the series’ 18-year association with Adult Swim was coming to an end.
Having had its syndication with the network since 2003, Family Guy has been one of the major supporting pillars of the growing network in those early days. Even though Adult Swim has much more long-form original programming now than it did back then, valid observations can be made on how Family Guy and Adult Swim have benefited from one another over time.
Having said that, Adult Swim bid goodbye by releasing an emotional promo that included their rooster of characters sharing the melancholic emotion as well.
The promo includes characters from Adult Swim animated originals such as Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Toonami’s TOM and Sara, The Venture Bros., Birdgirl, and even the live-action Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell, who were seen waving goodbye before Family Guy’s Griffin family waves back.
It’s a pensive moment for all, as Adult Swim can be attributed to the series’ popularity with Fox as well. Reruns of the series, premieres of scrapped episodes, longer cuts, and DVD sales helped give Family Guy the needed boost for its return to FOX a couple of years after its cancellation.
It has been a hit for the network ever since its second revival with season 4 when it received strong reviews from critics and audiences alike and was even nominated for 27 Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series, and won eight. Along with the recognition, the series has also gathered plenty of controversy over the years for its particularly offensive content, violence, and writing and comparing it to fellow hit Fox animated sitcom The Simpsons.
Although the series will not be airing with Adult Swim, Family Guy’s season 1-19 can now be found on FXX on Monday, Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from 8 pm to midnight ET, and Wednesday nights from 8 pm to 10 pm ET. Freeform will air the episodes on Fridays from 4 pm to 10 pm ET. The upcoming Season 20 of the series will be premiering on FOX, September 26th.