What are the best Adult Swim shows?

Adult Swim has a plethora of different shows featured in its nighttime segment. From animated adult comedy shows to anime that cover more mature themes, here are some of the best Adult Swim shows that made a splash on the small screen.

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    #1Cowboy Bebop

    Cowboy Bebop

    Cowboy Bebop is the first anime Japanese series which was broadcasted on Adult Swim in the United States. This centers on the lives of a bounty hunter crew traveling in their spaceship named the Bebop. 

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    Jacqueline Ford
    Written on June 3, 2019
    "this is one of the best adult swim shows of all time, and even one of the best anime of all time. seriously, the story rocked me to my core and had me bawling like a baby by the end. not to mention who could ever forget that super funky opening theme? see you, space cowboy."
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    #2Rick and Morty

    Rick and Morty

    Rick and Morty is an American adult cartoon television show created for Cartoon Network's late-night programming block called Adult Swim. The show is about the adventures of the Smith household members. 

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    Armando Ríos
    Written on June 3, 2019
    "despite the negative rep the fanbase has gotten (earning them the term bad pickles), this is an oddly entertaining show! the humor is definitely not for kids so make it a point that your kids are asleep before flipping to this show"
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    #3Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is a Japanese anime series which is an adaptation of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga written by Hiromu Arakawa. The English dubbed version debuted on the Adult Swim block. 

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    Ana María Alarcón
    Written on June 3, 2019
    "before it getting regularized on toonami, i would stay up all the time just to catch this show. cost me a few hours of sleep but i didnt care. the leaps and bounds of an improvement it was over the 2003 series got me hooked, and even the 2003 series was good so that's saying something!"


Adult swim is an adult-oriented nighttime programming block on Cartoon Network. It is a reference to public swimming pools, which set aside time periods when all the children have to leave the pool to make room for adults. Basically, it means that it is an adult-focused period that isn't meant for children. 


Did you know Adult Swim has an annual tradition of celebrating April Fools' Day? In fact, Adult Swim is notorious for its pranks, some of which have even become profound and well-known. Although, usually they are so dumb and hilarious. The prank is always done on the night of March 31 starting at midnight and usually lasts the entire night of April 1. Some years they do double pranks. It is either two pranks in one night or a prank at night and then the second will be before midnight. The first-ever prank was in 2003, where the same episode of Harvey Birdman aired on a loop from midnight until the end of the block. In 2004, mustaches were drawn on random characters on the Adult Swim shows the entire night. Two years later, a double-prank happened. Adult Swim aired reruns of programs from the 1980s. It also showed reruns of episodes of Fullmetal Alchemist and Ghost in the Shell with fart noises. In 2009, they aired The Room and repeated this prank until 2011, which thought to be an annual tradition from now on. But in 2012, it played The Room once again but as the opening credits finished it cut to a surprise Toonami night. In 2016, it promoted a series of advertisements recounting its pranks, which implied something big will happen. But the prank for 2016 was that there was no prank. This shows how serious and crazy Adult Swim when it comes to April Fools' Day. 

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    #4The Boondocks

    The Boondocks

    The Boondocks is an animated sitcom for adults released in 2005 created by Aaron McGruder on Cartoon Network's late-night programming block called Adult Swim. This is based on a comic strip of the same name. 

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    Vishal Pillai
    Written on June 3, 2019
    "okay, i'll be real here and say that while this show is funny for the wrong kind of reasons, and that's what makes it so dang good and one of the best shows on adult swim shows to ever grace the network. not to mention how memeable it is."
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    #5Aqua Teen Hunger Force

    Aqua Teen Hunger Force

    Aqua Teen Hunger Force is an Adult Swim animated show created by Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro. It follows the surreal adventures and antics of anthropomorphic fast food items: named Master Shake, Frylock, and Meatwad.

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    Stephen Alvarez
    Written on June 3, 2019
    "i never thought a show about living, floating and rolling fast food items could be so funny."
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    Futurama is an animated science fiction comedy series made by Simpsons creator, Matt Groening. The show follows Philip J. Fry, a pizza delivery boy who has to adjust to the 31st century after he is accidentally cryogenically frozen.

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    Ishan Rodrigues
    Written on June 3, 2019
    "people who think this is just matt groening trying to rehash the simpsons in the future clearly haven't watched futurama. sure, it had continuity errors but so did the simpsons and it doesn't make it less entertaining!"
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    #7Robot Chicken

    Robot Chicken

    Robot Chicken is a stop motion sketch comedy television series released in 2005 based on the humorous photo comic strip Twisted ToyFare Theater. Seth Green and Matthew Senreich created, wrote and produced the show. 

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    Roy Welch
    Written on July 25, 2019
    "If u were to ask me what is the best shows on Adult Swim I would be answering you without hesitation the Robot Chicken. Why? Come on this show is so hilarious and its recent seasons are much funnier and a lot less sex-sicko tbh. "
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    #8The Venture Bros.

    The Venture Bros.

    The Venture Bros. is an adult animated television series created by Christopher McCulloch released in 2004 on Cartoon Network's late-night programming block Adult Swim. The pilot episode premiered on February 13, 2003. 

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    Mark Mendoza
    Written on July 25, 2019
    "Before The Venture Bros. I was a big fan of Aqua Teen Hunger Force but since it has already been canceled I gave all my love to this show already. Okay so there are so many things to love about The Venture Bros. but perhaps is because it has maintaned its impressive level of continuity eh. Definitely deserve to be on my list of the best Adult Swim shows. "
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    #9Yu Yu Hakusho

    Yu Yu Hakusho

    Yu Yu Hakusho is a Japanese action and fantasy anime by Funimation Entertainment. It was released in the year 1992. The anime, directed by Noriyuki Abe and written by Yukiyoshi Ohashi, adapts the manga by Yoshihiro Togashi.

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    Emily Dunn
    Written on June 3, 2019
    "pros: good story, good animation for its time, entertaining characters. cons: really long-running so it might be daunting for those who haven't watched it yet."
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    #10Samurai Champloo

    Samurai Champloo

    Samurai Champloo follows the journey of these three eccentric individuals in an epic quest full of action, comedy, and dynamic sword fighting, all set to the beat of a unique hip-hop infused soundtrack.

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    Julio Monroy
    Written on June 3, 2019
    "BEST. SOUNDTRACK. EVER. oh, and the show was amazing and well animated, too :3"


Best What are the best Adult Swim shows
1Cowboy BebopTV Shows 18 Paid
2Rick and MortyTV Shows 17 Paid
3Fullmetal Alchemist: BrotherhoodTV Shows 6 Paid
4The BoondocksTV Shows 3 Paid
5Aqua Teen Hunger ForceTV Shows 3 Paid
6FuturamaTV Shows 2 Paid
7Robot ChickenTV Shows 1 Paid
8The Venture Bros.TV Shows 1 Paid
9Yu Yu HakushoTV Shows 1 Paid
10Samurai ChamplooTV Shows 1 Paid

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