We truly live in the best of times. At what other point in human history could you turn on a TV on a nightly basis and get exposed to as much mind-warping animation and programming as you can see on Adult Swim?
Since its launch in 2001, the network has been home to all kinds of absurdity: Dadaist parodies of old school cartoons (Sealab 2021, Harvey Birdman), live action shows that look like public access TV on bad acid (The Tim & Eric Show), nightmare 4 a.m. pastiches of early '90s sitcoms (Too Many Cooks), and a black-hearted, cynical re-imagining of Back To The Future (Rick & Morty). On any given evening from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., you can watch enough strangeness on Adult Swim to give you plenty of fuel for your daydreams and drug trips.
In addition to creating a lineup of stoner-heaven programming, the folks at Williams Street have been able to maintain their status as one of the hippest networks on TV by engaging with their audience in innovative ways.
Over the last few years, Adult Swim has released a string of great free singles during the summer. This year is no different, with a run of new music by musicians like Brian Eno, Zola Jesus, Run The Jewels, and Flying Lotus. The network also has taken their shows on the road, hosting live screenings and fan events at their Adult Swim Drive-Ins and Adult Swim On The Green.
For this year's Adult Swim on The Green, Williams Street is throwing their own version of a county fair.
Each tour stop will feature a bevy of food trucks, free popcorn, and a giant prize wheel called the GEICO® Prize Eye where fans can try their luck to win exclusive prizes. The biggest draw, though, is a free screening of "Things You've Never Seen," an evening of programming that spotlights Adult Swim specials, pilots, and episodes of upcoming shows. It'll be a chance to sit under the stars and see what's coming up in Adult Swim's future, as well as un-aired episodes and pilots of shows that never came to be.
Adult Swim on The Green will be coming to Fort McDowell Adventures on Tuesday, June 13. Admission to this 18-and-over event is free with the purchase of a $5 food and beverage voucher. (Adult Swim on The Green vouchers are on sale now.)
Entrance to Adult Swim on The Green is guaranteed for voucher holders; there will also be a limited amount of standby guests allowed in. Entrance is first-come, first-served. Past Adult Swim live events tend to hit max capacity quickly, so if you want to get in you'll want to show up right when the doors open at 6 p.m. The show starts at 8 p.m.
For folks who don't have a vehicle or don't feel like driving up to Fort McDowell, you're in luck: Adult Swim is also offering a shuttle service that'll depart from Tempe every 30 minutes from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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