In 1997, three new original Cartoon Network cartoons premiere, Johnny Bravo, Cow and Chicken and I Am Weasel.
Cartoon Network Original Series
- A 3-hour 2 Stupid Dogs marathon, titled the Stupid Bowl, airs on Superbowl Sunday.
- A special 2-hour marathon of Animaniacs airs on Cartoon Network.
- A special weekend marathon, titled Superheroes Weekend, airs in preparation for the premiere of the new action programming block, Toonami.
- The action programming block, Toonami, premieres at 4/5c.
- A marathon of the 1944 Screwy Squirrel short "Happy-Go-Nutty" airs for 12 straight hours.
- Cartoon Network's 5th original series, Johnny Bravo, premieres.
- Cartoon Network's 6th original series, Cow and Chicken, premieres.
- The first I Am Weasel segment airs as part of the first Cow and Chicken episode. It would later be made into its own series.
- Scooby Doo and the gang meet Johnny Bravo in a crossover episode called Bravo Dooby Doo