Ryan Wilson

It Came from Television – Off the Air

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Off_the_AirThe greatest shows on Adult Swim come with little fanfare.

Off the Air

Production status: Still airing (January 1st, 2011 – present)
Length: 8 episodes (1 special)
Writers: Varies from episode to episode
Must see episodes: Food, Space, and Nightmares

Adult Swim began as an unadvertised short block of programming airing very late Sunday nights that grew into the phenomenon you know now. Off the Air continues the channel’s old tradition by airing on an unadvertised block called DVR Theater, which occurs sporadically very late at night (I’m talking 3 or 4 in the morning) or during the gap of time lost by Daylight Savings Time.

So what is Off the Air exactly? To put it in the simplest terms possible, the show is a 15 minute exploration in insanity. You know those surreal clips Adult Swim have been showing occasionally instead of the standard black and white bumpers? More often than not, this is footage from an episode of Off the Air. Each episode is based around a central theme, but throws bizarre animation, editing, glitching, and music at you at breakneck speeds.

If you’d like to check out Off the Air for yourself, I wish you the best of luck in catching it on television. Last night, Off the Air premiered its first half-hour special, and thankfully I was in the right place at the right time to catch it. By far the easiest way to check out the show is to check either Adult Swim’s website or your television provider’s “on-demand” service. Just a word of advice though: watch these sober. I’m not kidding, I fear the effect this show would have on an inebriated mind.

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