After 18 years, Adult Swim has officially said goodbye to Family Guy with an emotional promo! It was first reported a few months ago that Family Guy would be completely shifting its syndication networks as a result of Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox. The final episodes of Family Guy were then reported to air on Adult Swim on Saturday, September 18th, and this was confirmed when it was officially announced that all seasons of the series, including the previously unavailable first 14 seasons, would air on FXX and Freeform.This officially marked the end of the series’ 18-year run on Adult Swim.
Family Guy, which began syndication with the network in 2003, was a major pillar of the growing network in those crucial early days. Adult Swim now has a lot more long-form original programming than it did in its early days, but there’s a lot to be said about how much Family Guy and Adult Swim benefited from their time together. This hasn’t gone unnoticed by Adult Swim, who said farewell to the series with a tearful promo.
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 wave goodbye in the promo before Family Guy’s Griffin family waves back. It’s an emotional time for many, as Adult Swim’s current popularity with Fox can also be attributed to the series. Reruns of the show (some of which aired as soon as a week after new premieres back in the day), premieres of scrapped episodes, longer cuts, and DVD sales all contributed to Family Guy’s return to FOX a few years after its cancellation.
While it will no longer air alongside Adult Swim, Family Guy can now be found on FXX on Monday, Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from 8 p.m. to midnight ET, and Wednesday nights from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET. The episodes will air on Freeform on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET. The series’ upcoming Season 20 will premiere on FOX on September 26th. But how do you feel about Family Guy leaving Adult Swim.
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