The end of an era is nigh for Cartoon Network, which has just announced fan favorite “Adventure Time” will end after Season 9. Fortunately, the final season is only starting to get into production now, which means fans can rest easy knowing that new “Adventure Time” episodes are guaranteed to air through 2018. By the end of its run, “Adventure Time” will have aired 142 half-hour episodes.
“‘Adventure Time’ changed the definition of what a kids’ TV series could be, and it’s had a resounding impact upon popular culture around the world,” said Rob Sorcher, chief content officer for Cartoon Network, in an official statement. “Cartoon Network Studios is proud to have brought together this group of brilliant artists and animators who helped make ‘Adventure Time one of the most critically acclaimed TV series of a generation.
Added series creator Pendleton Ward: “‘Adventure Time’ was a passion project for the people on the crew who poured their heart into the art and stories. We tried to put into every episode something genuine and telling from our lives, and make a show that was personal to us, and that had jokes too! I’m really happy that it connected with an audience for so long. It’s a special thing, I think.”
“Adventure Time” originally premiered as a short in Nicktoons’ “Random! Cartoons” series, but it proved popular enough to get its own series in spring 2010. The first episode debuted to 2.8 million viewers and launched an instant cult hit. The series, which focuses on the often surreal, post-apocalyptic adventures of Finn the Human (Jeremy Shada) and Jake the Dog (John DiMaggio), has won six Emmys over the course of its run. In addition to the final season, Cartoon Network will continue to air specials and miniseries.