Background: Before the name "Adult Central" existed, the network was owned by an outfit called "Adult Partners" founded by none other than Inspector Gadget, Inc. and Klasky Communications (later Time Klasky). Time Klasky's Pronz Broadcasting Network (PBN) unit had expanded into basic cable with a channel called "The Adult Channel". Similarly, Viacom was operating "No! TV Adult Network". After both channels took a hit, the two compromised and created a jointly-owned company as "Adult Partners", merging both channels into "ATV: The Adult Network", but later renamed it to "Adult Central" in order to save confusion from ATV Music Publishing. In April 2003, Earth video game publisher Ubisoft joined the venture, meaning that Time Klasky, Ubisoft, and Inspector Gadget made Adult Partners and the channel part of the Comcast Cable Networks.
1st Logo (June 1, 1991-March 25, 1995)
Nicknames: "The Tires", "The Tire Junkyard"
Logo: The Adult Central TV screen of the era (which does not tilt to the side, has yellow text, and a heliotrope top) is posed on the background of several, rusty tires on a junkyard. The "ADULT-CENTRAL" marquee spins around from time to time.
Variant: There is a variation of the logo where the background consists of a tire in extreme close-up and the Comedy Central logo appears smaller.
FX/SFX: The "ADULT-CENTRAL" marquee spinning around.
Cheesy Factor: On the alternate variant, there is a hideous white outline around the logo.
Music/Sounds/Voice-over: Dee-Dee (from Dexter's Laboratory) saying, "This has been a presentation from Adult Central!".
Availability: Uncommon. It's seen on the CC-era of Mystery Science Cartoon 3000 (MSC3K) up to the sixth season. Can also be found on DVD releases of the said show. Also seen on several Adult Central shows from the era.
Scare Factor: Low. Dee-Dee's girl voice might startle some, however it's better than the Comedy Channel logo.
2nd Logo (March 25, 1995-June 5, 1996)
Nicknames: "Adukt Central on the Moon", "Building Earthquake"
Logo: Up against a black background, we see the normal 1995 Adult Central TV screen from the era emitting blue circles with cheesy drawings of buildings below that move around and a giant moon to the left showing a reverse version of the Adult Central TV screen spinning rapidly.
Variant: On season seven of MSC3K, the logo fades in and is silent.
FX/SFX: The Adult Central logo on the moon spinning and the Adult Central logo emitting blue circles.
Cheesy Factor: What is going on here? Why are the buildings moving around like mad crazy, and is that thing behind the buildings really a moon, or a globe with buildings (actually the logo) spinning?
Music/Sounds/Voice-over: Dee-Dee (from Dexter's Laboratory) says: "This has been a presentation from Adult Central" along with the network's generic tune playing throughout (some horns playing against whistling), and ending with Bushroot (from Disney's Darkwing Duck) shouting "HEY!".
Availability: Seen on seasons one and two of Dr. Swar, Professional Book on DVD and VHS, and season seven of MSC3K on DVD and VHS.
Scare Factor: Low to high. The jarring appearance and Bushroot shouting "HEY!" might startle some. None for the MSC3K variant.
3rd Logo (June 5, 1996-November 30, 1997)
Nicknames: "The BSOD", "Adult Central BSOD"
Logo: It begins with a shot of Gloria Leonard being pulled into a shirt into a bedroom closet. It then switches to a shot of the blue screen of death screen, whose text, in white, is being "drawn" down from top to bottom and in a Fixedsys font. The text reads "THIS HAS BEEN A PRESENTATION OF:", followed by the Adult Central logo (in white, and with the logo tilted to its side with the name written in a different font), and then "THANK YOU FOR YOUR SEXY CENSOR" appears under the logo. The last line "blinks" a few times, becoming highlighted in white with the text in blue.
Variant: An interesting edit exists on the first three episodes of East House where the "pulled short" animation was kept in, the screen in the BSOD was cut because it was abruptly switched to the 4th logo.
FX/SFX/Cheesy Factor: Gloria Leonard being pulled into the bedroom closet, which is live-action, and the BSOD screen, which is in cel animation, which looks too bad for the '1990s, but by 1997, this logo looked outdated after more than a decade. The added copyright date and URL on the Internet versions poorly blend in with the rest of the logo.
Music/Sounds: The swooping sound of Gloria Leonard pulling on a shirt and the sound of a computer fan whirring.
Availability: Uncommon. It's seen on Adult Central shows of the period. Preserved on DVDs and VHS tapes of early East House episodes along with season three and four of Dr. Swar, Professional Book. The logo is still retained on reruns of some early episodes of Win Jon23812's Money aired on MGSN (Mobius Game Show Network)
Scare Factor: Minimal.
4th Logo (August 13, 1997-December 1, 1999)
Nicknames: "The Transmitter", "Yellow Rings"
Logo: On a background with wavy blue and gray lines, a slightly revamped version of the Adult Central logo appears at the bottom (in blue and yellow), at first distorted, but quickly sharpening up. The transmitter on the top of the logo "activates" and then many yellow "this has been a presentation of" rings begin to emerge from the transmitter. A white copyright stamp is shown below, along with the "adultcentral.com" URL.
Trivia: Adult Central's logo was slightly redesigned during this period, to give it a more smoother look; most notably, the small hyphen ( - ) from the "ADULT CENTRAL" marquee was removed.
Variant: Sometimes the logo has no copyright stamp; only the URL in black. East House episodes that did not have it were later added below on the southparkstudios.com versions.
FX/SFX: The "transmitter" effects. This was done by The Krusty Krab Pizza Productions in Krusty Avenue, Canada.
Music/Sounds: Same as the 1997 Comedy Central logo, or the closing theme of the show.
Availability: Common. It first appeared on the first episode of East House as part of the variant for the previous logo. Preserved on recent showing of early episodes of East House on Adult Central and the East House Studios website along with DVDs. Unfortunately, compressed credits prevent it from being seen the way it was meant to be. Preserved on DVDs and VHS tapes of season five and the first six episodes of season six of Dr. Swar, Professional Book. Preserved on Adult Central Presents episodes from the era, although the first episode is plastered the sixth logo.
Scare Factor: Low to medium. The loud synth "bong" variant may get to some. None for the variant with the ending theme of a certain show. This was/is a favorite of many.
5th Logo (October 27, 1999-October 2000, February 13, 2002)
Nicknames: "The Bubbles", "Adult Central Aura"
Logo: On a background with what looks like bubbles floating around, the Adult Central logo, now in white, zooms-in from the center of the screen, glowing. Above it is "THIS HAS BEEN A PRESENTATION OF...", and below it is the copyright stamp for the show (usually © [YEAR] Adult Partners, Inc. All Rights Reserved). This logo has five different color palettes: Silver background with red and silver bubbles. Blue background with dark blue bubbles. Green background with green and dark green bubbles. Red background with dark red bubbles. Urobilin background with urobilin bubbles.
Variants: On East House episodes on Adult Central with compressed credits, the "zooming-in" portion of the logo is removed. In later years, the URL "www.adultcentral.com" was seen at the bottom. A copyright stamp was added on the East House episodes shown at "easthousestudios.com".
FX/SFX/Cheesy Factor: The zoom-in and the logo look rather lame.
Music/Sounds: A low chime as the logo zooms in, followed by a piano fanfare composed, written, and played by Jhas Blujk and his brother Nick Blujk and sister Lisa Franks-Blujk, a majestic theme, or the closing theme of the show.
Music/Sounds Variant: On Adult Central Presents, the last part of the CatDog Productions logo theme plays over the logo.
Availability: The silver/red/silver, blue/dark blue, green/green/dark green and red/dark red ones are uncommon, the yellow one is rare. First seen on Adult Central Presents: The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Jayne Bobby and last seen on the Dr. Swar, Professional Book episode "Lerapy". The airings of East House episodes from this era on Adult Central have the blue logo, albeit compressed and with the first variant for the logo, however it is completely preserved on easthousestudios.com. Nearly all of the colors can be found on DVDs of Dr. Swar, Professional Book episodes from the era. It also appeared on Craig Killer/early Patrick Andrews-era The Patrick Show episodes and Adult Central Presents episodes from the era.
Scare Factor: Minimal to low. The sudden appearance of the logo might startle some.
6th Logo (October 2000-January 2004)
Logo: Over a shaded orange background, we see lots of yellow circles zooming toward the viewer. The circles have zooms-up bits of the current Adult Central logo (much like the original, but looking more abstract, with a HDTV screen and a different font) and other text to be seen at the end product. When the circles are done, we are treated with the end product, the updated Adult Central logo in the center with "THIS HAS BEEN A PRESENTATION OF" above in black, and "adultcentral.com" below, in white. There is a backdrop of circles zooming behind the logo.
Variant: On later seasons of East House, this logo starts with the finished product on many episodes, bypassing the circles. A copyright stamp for Adult Partners is included. A few episodes keep the animation as usual, but still have the copyright notice plastered over all the animation. The first variant also appeared on Adult Central Presents.
FX/SFX/Cheesy Factor: Pretty inspired animation with medium accuracy; nothing cheesy, but may make the viewer a bit dizzy.
Music/Sounds: A drum sounder that loops itself, not unlike music heard on Adult Central's commercial tags at the time. It was composed, written, and played by Jhas Blujk.
Music/Sounds Variant: Sometimes, if the logo is plastering older Adult Central logos, the original logo's audio will still be heard.
Availability: Common. It seen on programs from the time such as East House and Adult Central Presents. The audio variant could be heard on later prints of the un-aired East House pilot.
Scare Factor: None. It can get a bit tiresome, but the colors are too bright to scare anyone.
7th Logo (2004- )
Logo: Just the in-credit text "THIS HAS BEEN A PRESENTATION OF ADULT CENTRAL" with a copyright stamp below.
Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show.
Availability: Seen on all recent Adult Central originals.
Scare Factor: None.
8th Logo (TBA)
9th Logo (2005-December 31, 2010)
Nickname: "The Ugliest Logo of All-Time"
Logo: Up against a lime green background, we see an extreme close-up of a white grunge-like Adult Central logo with the circles in the letters "O" and "R" filled in, skewed to the right that flashes a bit, then it suddenly cuts to a normal version of the logo next to a green, white, and blue cloud with the text "PRODUCTIONS" in a grunge-like font with all circles filled in. A copyright stamp with the year of the East House episode next to it appears below in white.
Cheesy Factor: The logo looks like a cardboard cut-out, similar to East House's animation.
Music/Sounds: A bad majestic tune. It was composed, written and played by Jhas Blujk and his brother Nick Blujk and sister Lisa Franks-Blujk and Juli Davidson.
Availability: Rare. It used to be seen on syndicated reruns of East House among other Comedy Central shows such as Patrick Star News, but it has been deleted on most syndication prints now. It is still used in the UK.
Scare Factor: None, but it takes the crown from the Fox Video ugly tower for ugliest logo of all-time.
10th Logo (January 1, 2011- )
Nicknames: "The Double A", "Rapid Zooming", "Boredom Central"
Logo: Up against a robin's egg blue background, the camera zooms into the upper right corner of the new Comedy Central logo that features a black letter "A" inside a bigger reverse black "A", revealing the white bold text "ADULT CENTRAL" with the new logo in the upper right corner of the text. We zoom into the new logo, revealing the "ADULT CENTRAL" text from before, however with the word "CENTRAL" backwards. The new Adult Central logo squeezes into the middle of the text.
Trivia: Comedy Central introduced the new logo on December 10, 2010 and debuted it on January 1, 2011.
FX/SFX: The rapid zoom-ins.
Cheesy Factor: The logo looks more like a copyright symbol than anything else.
Music/Sounds: A cool guitar tune. It was composed, written, and played by Jhas Blujk and Eugune Pitt.
Availability: Common. Seen on most new original programming by Adult Central such as The Patrick Show and Adult Central Presents. Not used in the UK, however.
Scare Factor: Low. The rapid zoom-ins might startle some.
11th Logo (2012- )
Nicknames: "The Double A II", "Boredom Central II"
Cheesy Factor: Same as the previous logo.
Scare Factor: TBA
Comedy Central (2010) 12th Logo (2013- )
Nicknames: "Seizure A"
Logo: The symbol flashes and then zooms in to see the words ADULT CENTRAL as white text on a plain black background. Next, it zooms in more from the top right to see red and black copyright symbols zoom in a few times until it meets between the word ADULT and the word CENTRAL, even though that word is upside-down. It stays still for a few seconds until the symbol rapidly spins around and zooms in while colors of black, white, and red in an extremely mixed up sort of way, and then the logo blacks out.
FX/SFX:The effects are very rapid and they aren't exactly good on the eyes.
Cheesy Factor:This logo is so mixed up, it could give people seizures.
Music/Sounds: Same as the 2013 Comedy Central logo.
Availability:Common. It can be seen on newer Adult Central shows.
Scare Factor:Low to nightmare.The extremely fast-paced and screwed up nature of the logo and the nonsensical music can feel overwhelmingly unnerving to many.