Checkerboard Era


October 1, 1992


July 15, 1997

Succeeded by


CN president(s)

Betty Cohen

The Checkerboard era was the very first Cartoon Network era. It began at the launch of the network on October 1, 1992 and ended in the United States on July 15, 1997. It was succeeded by the Powerhouse era. The era was named, by fans, both for the black and white Cartoon Network logo that resembled a checkerboard and for its bumpers, which featured tiles of characters featured on the network in a checkerboard pattern.


When the channel launched, it relied on older shows from the Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Warner Bros. libraries to fill out its schedule. The first cartoon shown on the network was a classic Looney Tunes short, "The Great Piggy Bank Robbery". In 1993, the network began producing original animation, with its first original series being The Moxy Show. Only a total of 7 original series were produced during this era.

During this era several notable programming blocks were introduced including: Boomerang, a classic animation block which became its own channel in April 2000; Super Chunk, a weekly marathon block that aired on CN from June 1994 to July 2001; and Toonami, a weekday action animation block that aired on CN from March 1997 to September 2008.

In Other Countries

The Checkerboard era began on Cartoon Network Europe in 1993 and was succeeded by the Powerhouse era in 1999.

Latin America was the last country with a Cartoon Network channel to use the Checkerboard era, launching there in 1995. In 1999, the Checkerboard era was succeeded by the Powerhouse era.


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