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The Best Adult Swim TV Shows

Updated October 12, 2020 49.0k votes 6.2k voters 98.9k views58 items

List RulesVote up the best original TV shows that have ever debuted on Adult Swim.

The best Adult Swim series stood out as Cartoon Network's late night shows, bringing weird and wonderful adult animation into more homes. Originally airing syndicated shows, Adult Swim soon moved to original cartoon series like Aqua Teen Hunger Force. This list of popular Adult Swim shows is ranked from best to worst and includes the top Adult Swim TV series, both current and canceled shows as well as the date when each first aired and the casts of actors. The best Adult Swim TV programs of all time include the most viewed shows of all time, as this list covers the entire history of the network, including long-running series Robot Chicken,. This list is sorted alphabetically by the title of every original Adult Swim show ever, and you can sort by any column, even year of release for a list of old Adult Swim shows or even unaired Adult Swim series.

The cult-favorite Adult Swim cartoon Rick and Morty is near the top, as are other cartoons like The Venture Bros. and Metalocalypse. There aren't only animated series on Adult Swim, the network's particular style works just as well in live-action series such as Childrens Hospital.

Don't let your favorite Adult Swim TV shows sink to the bottom of the list! Vote up the best Adult Swim shows and use this list to build a whole new one just like it, then re-rank it to fit your opinion.

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    Futurama is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Adult Swim TV Shows
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    Futurama

    Billy West, John DiMaggio

    Premiered1999

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    Aqua Teen Hunger Force is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Adult Swim TV Shows
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    Aqua Teen Hunger Force

    Dave Willis, Carey Means

    Premiered2001

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    Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Adult Swim TV Shows
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    Rick and Morty

    Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell

    Premiered2013

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    The Venture Bros. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Adult Swim TV Shows
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    The Venture Bros.

    Christopher McCulloch, Michael Sinterniklaas

    Premiered2003

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    Robot Chicken is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Adult Swim TV Shows
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    Robot Chicken

    Seth Green, Matthew Senreich

    Premiered2005

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    The Boondocks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Adult Swim TV Shows
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    The Boondocks

    Regina King, John Witherspoon

    Premiered2005

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    King of the Hill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Adult Swim TV Shows
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    King of the Hill

    Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy

    Premiered1997

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    Harvey Birdman, Attorney at La is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Adult Swim TV Shows
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    Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law

    Stephen Colbert, Paget Brewster

    Premiered2000

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    Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Adult Swim TV Shows
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    Family Guy

    Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein

    Premiered1999

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    Metalocalypse is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Adult Swim TV Shows
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    Metalocalypse

    Tommy Blacha, Brendon Small

    Premiered2006

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    American Dad! is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Adult Swim TV Shows
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    American Dad!

    Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal

    Premiered2005

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    Space Ghost Coast to Coast is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Adult Swim TV Shows
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    Space Ghost Coast to Coast

    George Lowe, C. Martin Croker

    Premiered1994

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    Sealab 2021 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Adult Swim TV Shows
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    Sealab 2021

    Harry Goz, Erik Estrada

    Premiered2000

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    Samurai Jack is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Adult Swim TV Shows
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    Samurai Jack

    Phil LaMarr, Mako

    Premiered2001

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    Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Adult Swim TV Shows
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    Cowboy Bebop

    Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka

    Premiered1998

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    Home Movies is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Adult Swim TV Shows
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    Home Movies

    Brendon Small, H. Jon Benjamin

    Premiered1999

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    Superjail! is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Adult Swim TV Shows
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    Superjail!

    David Wain, Teddy Cohn

    Premiered2007

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    Moral Orel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Adult Swim TV Shows
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    Moral Orel

    Carolyn Lawrence, Scott Adsit

    Premiered2005

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    Squidbillies is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Adult Swim TV Shows
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    Squidbillies

    Dana Snyder, Unknown Hinson

    Premiered2004

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    The Oblongs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Adult Swim TV Shows
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    The Oblongs

    Will Ferrell, Pamela Adlon

    Premiered2001

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    The Brak Show is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Adult Swim TV Shows
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    The Brak Show

    Andy Merrill, C. Martin Croker

    Premiered2000

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    Fullmetal Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Adult Swim TV Shows
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    Fullmetal Alchemist

    Vic Mignogna, Aaron Dismuke

    Premiered2003

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    InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Adult Swim TV Shows
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    InuYasha

    Kappei Yamaguchi, Richard Ian Cox

    Premiered2000

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    Archer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Adult Swim TV Shows
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    Archer

    H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer

    Premiered2009

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    The Eric Andre Show is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Adult Swim TV Shows
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    The Eric Andre Show

    Hannibal Buress, Tom Kane

    Premiered2012

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