Adult Swim will be turning frowns upside down with Smiling Friends, its newest animated comedy series premiering Sunday, January 9 at Midnight ET/PT with two new episodes.
Smiling Friends follows the employees of a small company dedicated to bringing happiness to a bizarre yet colorful world. The company consists of cynical Charlie and star employee Pim, each tasked with out-calls to cheer people up. There’s also meticulous Allan who keeps things in order, mysterious Glep, and the unpredictable billionaire Boss who founded the company.
The quarter-hour animated series is co-created by Michael Cusack (YOLO: Crystal Fantasy) and Zach Hadel (Hellbenders), who also voice star as Pim and Charlie, respectively (in addition to other characters). The cast also includes Finn and Nick Wolfhard, filmmaker Mike Stoklasa, Newgrounds founder Tom Fulp and Perry Caravello. Smiling Friends is animated by Princess Bento Studio.
The show’s pilot first debuted on the network in 2020 and surprised viewers during its annual April Fools’ Day stunt. Since then, the pilot has garnered 7 million views on YouTube and is one of the most-watched episodes on AdultSwim.com.