Fox created ADHD as Saturday night filler and to diversify their animation slate from Fuzzy Door cartoons and Zombie Simpsons. It was their answer to Adult Swim with the adult-targeted animated content and the programming supervisor Nick Weidenfeld was a former executive at Adult Swim.
ADHD earned an identity online as viral animations that gained a decent amount of attention. As a programming block, it was a joke. Fox barley marketed the fact it was even on TV and would air ADHD on Thursdays and Saturdays… half of the time, if there wasn’t a sports game scheduled to air instead. Now it’s been dumped on FXX with new cartoons airing there.
The initial aspirations for the channel was to create an “optimistic” alternative with “importance on youth, love, and friendship”. A lot of their TV programming was under heavy oversight from the FCC too, including pulling a porn-related episode.
Post-Oregon addition: Happened to catch a bit of Fox ADHD during a spring Oregon trip, including Stone Quackers, another “scientifically accurate” song, and High School USA. It indeed feels hopelessly misguided by people who didn’t know what they were doing. High School USA in particular is a complete waste of Dino Stamatopoulos’ creativity after Moral Orel. Although color me surprised when I heard “Keith Apicary” on a FOX cartoon though.