‘Adventure Time’ set to end in 2018

The cult Cartoon Network show will come to an end after its ninth season

Adventure Time is set to end in 2018.

The cult Cartoon Network show has aired since 2007, and is set to premiere its eighth season later this year. The Pendleton Ward-created cartoon follows the adventures of Finn the Human and his adopted brother Jake the Dog in the magical Land of Ooo. Its popularity has enabled the show to attract a host of big-name guest stars, including Andy Samberg, George Takei and Neil Patrick Harris.

But, as Deadline reports, the show is set to end after its ninth season, which is expected to conclude in 2018. Rob Sorcher, chief content officer for Cartoon Network, praised Adventure Time for “changing the definition of what a kids’ TV series could be.”

“It’s had a resounding impact upon popular culture around the world,” Sorcher said. “Cartoon Network Studios is proud to have brought together this group of brilliant artists and animators who helped make Adventure Time one of the most critically acclaimed TV series of a generation.”

Its creator Ward, meanwhile, praised the crew behind the hit show.

Adventure Time was a passion project for the people on the crew who poured their heart into the art and stories,” Ward said. “We tried to put into every episode something genuine and telling from our lives, and make a show that was personal to us, and that had jokes too! I’m really happy that it connected with an audience for so long. It’s a special thing, I think.”

The final season of Adventure Time is currently in production, while a small number of specials and miniseries will also be made before the show finishes in 2018.

Last week, Adventure Time was honoured by The Simpsons as the inspiration for the long-running cartoon’s couch gag, which opened the first episode of its 28th season.