Adult Swim is an adult oriented television channel that airs every night from 8:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. ET/PT in the United States and shares it's channel space with Cartoon Network. Both channels are owned by Turner Broadcasting System a division of Time Warner Inc.
Adult Swim has always been known for its rather experimental and artistic approach to cartoons frequently pushing the boundaries of comedy. Later, the Network also took live-action comedies and parodies into their programming block.
Therefore, since it's launch Adult Swim has been releasing regularly various pilots that they rejected or picked up on their website (adultswim.com). In addition, some pilots and specials have also been shown in special late night programming blocks, such as the DVR Theater filling their 4:00-4:30 a.m. time slot. Sometimes such specials or pilots have aired for instance on Halloween or April 1st.
However, due to very strict copyright policies by the Turner Broadcasting System, user uploads on all video platforms are made very difficult, because the content is taken down in the majority of cases. As a result, as soon as adultswim.com or the official Adult Swim YouTube Channel decides not to host specific pilots or specials anymore, it can sometimes become very difficult to find said videos.
In some rare cases, Pilots are made available again as extra content on Adult Swim DVD releases, such as the 2009 Pilot Cheyenne Cinnamon and the Fantabulous Unicorn of Sugar Town Candy Fudge along with a few other pilots on the "Adult Swim in a box" DVD set.
Missing Pilots & Specials
- Duckworth (a.k.a Duckworth of Ellington) : Live action pilot created by Dave Willis and Matt Harrigan (co-creator of Assy McGee and Perfect Hair Forever) starring Matt Berry, Dana Snyder, Jason Mantzoukas, and Bill Raymond. Pilot aired in Adult Swim's "DVR Theater" on January 18, 2011.
Ps. I am in possession of the remaining pilots and specials that have aired over the years. If someone considers another pilot to be "lost" I can upload it.