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Cartoon Network Characters

Cartoon Network characters curate modern cartoon culture, and Turner Broadcasting System owns all of them. Although the world recognizes Ted Turner as the CNN mastermind, Cartoon Network dominates the headlines of countless children's heads. Some of Cartoon Network's classic headliners include The Powerpuff Girls, Codename Kids Next Door, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, and Adventure Time.

All those are original programs. However, Cartoon Network started in 1992 by airing shorts predating the 1950s, primarily "Looney Tunes." The first original Cartoon Network show, "The Moxy Show" aired in late 1993. "Space Ghost: Coast to Coast" explored the boundaries of surreal animation the next year, becoming the channel's first hit and laying the foundation for Cartoon Network's offshoot of mature content via "Adult Swim."

Cartoon Network's popularity exploded in the late 1990s with the addition of now-classic staples like The Powerpuff Girls, Johnny Bravo, and Ed, Edd, and Eddy. The child-championing channel retained its popularity until massive company changes started in 2004. Nowadays, the channel offers a mixture of live-action and animated programming. Although shows like "Adventure Time" appeal to a cross-section of audiences, Adult Swim surpassed Cartoon Network's popularity.