|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||1000+ (as of July 2019)|
|Running time||11 minutes (television)|
|Original network||AdultSwim.com (online)|
Adult Swim (television)
|Original release||September 22, 2014 -|
FishCenter Live (also shortened to FishCenter or FC Live or just FCL) is an American talk show hosted by Dave Bonawits, Andrew Choe, Matt Harrigan, and Max Simonet. It premiered on the official website of Adult Swim in September 2014; it started airing on the network proper in February 2015.
FishCenter Live is presented as a weekday call-in talk show narrating over footage of tropical fish swimming around in a fish tank. The fish are ranked according to their points, which are awarded when the fish complete a number of challenges. These challenges include "Coin Quest", floating over coins that are superimposed on the video feed. The show is hosted by Dave Bonawits,Andrew Choe,Matt Harrigan,[a] and Max Simonet, employees from the digital department room of Adult Swim. An original incarnation of the show involved a straight video feed of the fish tank, without narration. Commentary and a phone number for call-in segments were later added. Initially, callers were mostly other Adult Swim employees; when the competition portion was added, the hosts saw an increase of outside callers. Later, both David Bonawits and Max Simonet co-created Tender Touches.
The callers, fish, and guests compete for points in various games:
Games created for guests have included:
|Bijou||Marine Betta Grouper||One tank|
|Ed Keshem||Bird Wrasse||One tank|
|Green Chicken formerly Midoritori or Gunboat Diplomat||Bird Wrasse||One tank|
|Hamburgeror Eel Hamburger||Zebra moray||One tank|
|Hot Steveformerly Lupin the Third||Foxface rabbitfish||One tank|
|Jeremy Legg||Cuban hogfish||One tank|
|Mimosa||Queen coris||One tank|
|Slider||Sailfin tang||One tank|
|Th'Lump||White-spotted puffer||One tank|
|TZ2||Pinktail Triggerfish||One tank|
|Wei||Emperor Angelfish||One tank|
|Tabitha Pillows||Short-nosed unicornfish||Quarantine tank|
|Name||Species||Reason for departure|
|Dottie||Clown triggerfish||Death (February 19, 2016)|
|Long Donovan||Yellow-brown wrasse||Death (August 26, 2016)|
|Mammoth||Harlequin tuskfish||Death (September 6, 2016)|
|Ronside||Majestic angelfish||Death (September 21, 2016)|
|Sir Squirt||Lagoon triggerfish||Death (October 3, 2016)|
|"Yo Hal Look At That Tang" Tang||Sohal surgeonfish||Removed from tank due to size and aggression|
|Ol' Blue||King angelfish||Removed from tank due to size and aggression, sold at fish store|
|David Anderson||Crayfish||Death (May 11, 2015) Live food fed to Hamburger|
|Hoagie Kush||Sea urchin||Death (June 28, 2016) eaten by Th'lump|
|Ale||Squirrelfish||Death (July 16, 2018)|
|Styletoy||Flame Angelfish||Death (October 29, 2018)|
|Mom||Arothron meleagris (or "Golden Puffer")||Death (February 3, 2019)|
|Greenbird (or "Greenberg")||Bird wrasse||Death (February 11, 2019)|
|Tan||Fake plant||Removed due to aggression (August 26, 2019)|
|Top Xander Cupper||Pinktail Triggerfish||Death (September 3, 2019)|
|2018||Hot Steve||Ale+||Mimosa||Hamburger||TX Cupper|
^* Sir Squirt was represented by Hamburger in the 2016 Galaxy series. Due to Sir Squirt's death the second place fish for the Winter season, being Hamburger, was declared the Super King representative.
^+ Ale was represented by TX Cupper in the 2018 Galaxy series due to Ale's untimely death earlier in the year.
Alvvays, George Clinton, Carach Angren, Consider the Source, Dying Fetus, Billie Eilish, Daughters, Hard Working Americans (HWA), Colin Hay, Le Butcherettes, Los Lobos, Morbid Angel, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, David Sedaris, Tower of Power, and Trampled by Turtles played on FishCenter Live. Alvvays' played the song "Not My Baby" from their sophomore album Antisocialites. HWA played the songs "Burn Out Shoes" and "Half Ass Moses". HWA was on tour promoting their live album We're All In This Together.Post Malone was also a guest but got bitten by Hamburger.Waka Flocka Flame and DJ Whoo Kid played on FCL as well. Fish-themed Joy Division cover band, Koi Division, said their dream is to appear on FishCenter Live.
In 24 October 2019, American rock band Cage the Elephant's released a music video for the song "Social Cues" from their album Social Cues. It was shot at FishCenter Live with additional direction from Matt Shultz.
FishCenter Live was originally released in September 2014 on Adult Swim's official website. The show came about when staff decided to film the tropical fish swimming around their aquarium as an idea for developing content for the website's online streaming channels. New episodes are presented on weekdays. The show was added to the network proper in February 2015, broadcast at 4 a.m. These airings are condensed versions of the live version, consisting of 11-minute highlights from each day.[b]
In the first week of its televised broadcast, the show garnered 2.6 million viewers in total. In a press release, the network ranked the program first place across all targeted demographics in its time slot during the second week of March 2015. The network observed some of these viewers as confused Twitter users, wondering if the show was a prank. After these airings, live viewership rose from 120 to 5,000. The success led to the creation of a separate live stream dedicated to the network's Toonami block.
Critical reception has been positive. Adweeks Jason Lynch called FishCenter Live "its flagship livestreaming show."The Comedy Bureau received the series favorably with "you'll find, while giggling the whole way through, that you do get sort of invested in the individual fish."Deciders Kayla Cobb said "[i]t's weird, but it works." Ranked sixth in their list of best "unknown" television series of 2015, Newsdays Verne Gay reviewed ""FC Live" is insane -- as such, a perfect distillation of all that is Adult Swim."The Outlines Samuel Argyle said "FishCenter border[s] on the avant-garde.JamBases Andy Kahn called it "wacky."The Guardians Mark Lawson critiqued "Ambitiously, this is a phone-in show, although disappointingly, the fish don't take the calls, but swim in tanks that surround the presenters."The A.V. Clubs Erik Lindvall said FishCenter "the latest weird thing" to come from the network "in a streak of really weird things", describing it as a "wonderful, web-based world of piscine sports".
Live for Live Musics Ming Lee Newcomb described FishCenter Live as "eccentric" and "bizarre." Ranked fourth in their list of "[t]he 26 Weirdest Adult Swim Shows Ever," Deadspins Sheldon Pearce commented "Adult Swim employees came up with this one, which means it's definitely on-brand if nothing else." In reviewing Tender Touches, Geeks Jose Rodriguez said the pilot had "more in common with Xavier: Renegade Angel or FishCenter." Reviewing their Alvvays performance, Uproxxs Derrick Rossignol declared "every band should be on it, because at the very least, it's one of the most bizarre live internet shows you can possibly watch." Later, while reviewing the Post Malone episode, Rossignol followed-up with "a totally bizarre, daytime, aquatic, call-in web show that doesn't make much sense, and that's what makes it great." In an interview with host Max Simonet, Sonoma Index-Tribunes David Templeton remarked "[it's] a bizarrely simple cult-hit web-and-television show."
In 2016, two Dragon Con cosplayers, claiming an association with Adult Swim and Cartoon Network and wore "Make FishCenter Great Again" hats, dressed as the World Trade Center during the September 11 attacks. Images of the cosplay were widely shared on social media sites as Facebook, Reddit, and Twitter.Bleeding Cools Rich Johnston speculated they were cosplaying as the game Rampage, while Facebook commenters drew a connection with the anime Terror in Resonance.
Australian channel 9Go! promoted their Australian adaption of Fishcenter airing at 12:00 on the channel along with the Adult Swim block they have on the channel.