Cartoon Network is an American television channel that launched in 1992. It is owned by the Turner Broadcasting System, a division of Time Warner since 1996.
The channel started off as a reruns channel, airing vintage theatrical and television cartoons that had been acquired by Turner. This included the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies previously owned by Associated Artists Productions (a.a.p.), Tom and Jerry, Droopy, Popeye (also owned by a.a.p.), The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, and Scooby-Doo. Early new series would include 2 Stupid Dogs, Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron, and The Real Adventures of Johnny Quest. During the early years of the channel, TBS and TNT would simulcast Cartoon Network programming for the purpose of increased exposure.
In 1995, Cartoon Network launched the animation showcase series What a Cartoon!, which paved the way for many original series, including Dexter's Laboratory, Cow and Chicken, Johnny Bravo, The Powerpuff Girls, and Courage the Cowardly Dog. Later original hit series (some of which were also greenlit from an anthology series) include Ed, Edd n Eddy, Samurai Jack, Codename: Kids Next Door, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Ben 10, Chowder, Transformers: Animated, Adventure Time, Regular Show, Uncle Grandpa, and Steven Universe.
Cartoon Network has also aired numerous acquired series, especially ones based on DC Comics, such as the Justice League series, Teen Titans (as well as Teen Titans Go!), Krypto the Superdog, Young Justice, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, DC Nation Shorts, and numerous Batman series. Other acquired series include Rocky and Bullwinkle, ThunderCats (1985 and 2011), Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon, Pokémon, various Transformers series, Atomic Betty, Totally Spies!, the Total Drama series, Naruto, Star Wars: The Clone Wars (co-produced by the network), The Super Hero Squad Show, MAD, Lego Ninjago, and Mixels.
Blocks on Cartoon Network include Adult Swim, which is oriented towards older audiences, and Toonami, which focuses on action animation, especially anime.
Garfield Features Aired
- Garfield: The Movie
- Garfield Gets Real
- Garfield's Fun Fest
- Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (first aired 12/23/2010)
- Garfield's Pet Force (first aired 5/12/2012)