Daffy Duck gets stuck in Cartoon Network's logo during his attempt to upstage Bugs Bunny in the intro to the network's Bugs and Daffy show.
|Premiere||October 1, 1992|
|WBAU shows aired|| Bugs and Daffy Tonight / The Bugs and Daffy Show / Bugs and Daffy|
Tiny Toon Adventures
The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries
The Bob Clampett Show
The Chuck Jones Show
Baby Looney Tunes
The Looney Tunes Show (2002)
The Looney Tunes Show
Cartoon Network is a cable channel created by Turner Broadcasting in 1992. It debuted on on October 1st of that year, beginning its broadcast with the Looney Tunes short Rhapsody Rabbit. Initially created following the Turner company having bought the Hanna-Barbera cartoon library, the network also ran the color Looney Tunes shorts produced up to 1948, which were under Turner's ownership at the time (these shorts were also being shown on fellow Turner-owned channels TNT and TBS).
In 1996, as a result of Time Warner merging with Turner Entertainment, Cartoon Network was now allowed to show cartoons from Warner's library. However, since most of the post-1948 Looney Tunes cartoons were still under contract to be shown on Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network would not be able to show them until September 1999.
In the meantime, reruns of Taz-Mania began appearing on Cartoon Network in late 1996, followed by Freakazoid! in January 1997. After the network switched to its "Powerhouse" look in the summer of 1997, Road Rovers was added to Cartoon Network's schedule following its cancellation and removal from Kids' WB! Then in 1998, the first 50 episodes of Animaniacs were shown on Cartoon Network, with the later episodes showing up after Kids' WB! stopped running the show. Tiny Toon Adventures also joined the channel in September 1999.
Tiny Toons, Taz-Mania, and Animaniacs were eventually removed from the channel's line-up by 2001 (after which Animaniacs and Tiny Toons appeared in reruns on Nickelodeon), and Freakazoid! was later dropped in March 2003. However, in 2002, Cartoon Network picked up reruns of The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries. To date, Histeria! and Loonatics Unleashed have never been shown on Cartoon Network. Pinky and the Brain has also never appeared on Cartoon Network in the US.
By October 2004, after the network had received its "city" look, the Looney Tunes shorts were dropped from Cartoon Network's regular schedule altogether, while The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries and Duck Dodgers remained until mid-2005. However, Bah, Humduck!: A Looney Tunes Christmas has aired every December since its release as part of the channel's Christmas marathons. Also, Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales and Wakko's Wish were still aired occasionally (until the latter film's broadcast rights were transferred to The Hub in 2012), and Bugs Bunny's Howl-o-ween Special was also aired on the network for the first time in October of 2009.
The channel finally brought the Looney Tunes shorts back to their regular schedule in November 2009, only to drop them again in January 2010. The shorts returned to the network again on March 21, 2011. This was followed by the premiere of The Looney Tunes Show on May 3rd of the same year. Currently, there is not yet any word on if any other WB Animated Universe shows will also return to the network.