Cartoon Network (abbreviated CN, corporately known as The Cartoon Network, Inc.) is an American cable television network owned byTurner Broadcasting which primarily airs animated programming. The channel was launched on October 1, 1992 after Turner purchased the animation studio Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1991. It was served as a 24-hour outlet for classic animation properties from the Turner Broadcasting libraries and is youth-oriented, but shares channel space with a late-night adult oriented channel programming block calledAdult Swim which was launched on September 2, 2001.
It also broadcasts many shows, ranging from action to animated comedy. Original series started in 1994 with Space Ghost Coast to Coast, along with Cartoon Cartoons original programmings like Dexter's Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, Cow and Chicken, I Am Weasel, The Powerpuff Girls, Ed, Edd n Eddy and Courage the Cowardly Dog. In 2009 it started airing live-action programming, including movies from Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema.