Adult Swim

Website review by Will Wade, Common Sense Media
Adult Swim Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 16+

Promotional TV site can be funny, but it's for mature users.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 73 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Crass, needlessly at times, generally meh quality these days

So I remember the first time I saw adult swim. For one reason or another, I was up late at 7 or 8 years old. It, naturally, was something new and exciting, especially since it said adults only. Easiest way to get a kid's attention. Back then it started at 11pm. Now it starts at 8pm. As far as rating goes, it's got a pretty broad range. Generally I'd recommend teenage or above, though you know your child. Frankly, I think teaching your child is better than sheltering them, but there are some shows that take it to an extreme. Best example of this is Mr. Pickles. Very gross, gratuitously violent, deviant. Now this doesn't bother me, but the scenes could bother a younger child. Frankly, it's not worth it either. It is grotesque just to be grotesque, and that's the show. That's it's pitch. I can enjoy gratuitous blood and gore and sex, but not when that's ALL the show does and thinks it can coast on this. I bring this up because this is generally what's wrong with the block as a whole. Anything good (IE: American dad, and even that has wore out it's welcome for me) is another property. I will say on the positive side, there's generally not a TON of sex. Sure it's talked about, but the worst thing I can think of is a gimp in the priorly mentioned Mr Pickles. Again, my recommendation is talk to your kids. Everyone goes through that edgy teen phase and, if you wall off a channel like this (especially with the earlier start time it's more accessible, albeit the worst shows usually start 11 or midnight) it becomes this cool thing just by nature of it being taboo. Food for thought from a former kid.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 14+

Inconsistent Programs

I find adult swim highly disappointing!!! They change the airing schedule at the last minute when you have waited all week for a show to air!!! Super disappointing!!! They either need to stick with the programing or give the shows to someone else!!!

Website Details

  • Genre: Blogging
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: November 5, 2015

Our Editors Recommend

  • Ben10 Poster Image


    Weak fan site saved by feature that lets kids design games.

    age 8+
  • Monsters vs. Aliens Poster Image

    Monsters vs. Aliens

    Movie-related activities, clips, and games best for tweens.

    age 7+
  • Marvel Poster Image


    A bit of violence and cursing, and a lot for sale.

    age 10+

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate