The Venture Bros.

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  • TV-14
  • 2003
  • 7 Seasons
  • 8.6  (28,218)

The Venture Bros. is an animated science-fiction comedy that aired on Adult Swim from 2003 up to 2018, and became one of the network's most beloved and longest-running series. Created by Christopher McCulloch, who goes by the pseudonym "Jackson Publick," the show follows the eccentric lives and antics of the titular Venture family, as well as their arch-nemeses, and a host of colorful characters who populate their strange, fantastic world.

The Venture Bros. takes place in a warped, alternate version of the United States, where superheroes, villains, and mad scientists live and compete against each other. The series mainly focuses on the titular family, consisting of Professor Thaddeus "Rusty" Venture, a former boy adventurer-turned-scientist, his twin sons Hank and Dean, and their bodyguard, Brock Samson, a superhuman agent who is as skilled at killing as he is at protecting.

The show is notable for its strange, offbeat sense of humor and clever references to classic science fiction, comic books, and popular culture. It also features a complex and richly detailed history and mythology, which reveal themselves gradually over the show's many seasons. As such, it's both a parody and an homage to the geek culture it draws from, and it is not uncommon for fans to become fascinated with the world-building and character development that the series provides.

The Venture Bros. is also known for its deep and intricate storyline that spans across seven seasons, taking the audience deep into the lives of its many characters, their motivations, and the strange desires that motivate them. Each episode is a self-contained story in its own right, but the overarching plot grows more complex and intriguing with every passing installment. It cleverly turns the tropes of superhero stories on their heads, and creates a dense, interconnected universe of its own making.

Part of what makes the show so relatable and engaging is its cast of dynamic, multi-dimensional characters. Hank and Dean Venture, the show's primary duo, are both hapless and bumbling, but are earnest and loyal to a fault. Brock Samson, their bodyguard, is a fearsome, ultra-competent fighter who is saddled with the task of keeping the Ventures alive despite their own recklessness. Then there is the family patriarch, Rusty Venture, who is at once pathetic and arrogant, a man-child who struggles to break free from the shadow of his own father and his past as a boy adventurer.

In addition to the Ventures, the show is laden with a rich rogues gallery of villains, each with their own quirks and motivations that make them unique and fascinating. From The Monarch, the Ventures' most persistent foe who is obsessed with butterflies and arching his nemesis, to Doctor Thaddeus "Rusty" Venture's own grotesque creations, such as the mutated, zombie-like "moppets," the show brings to life some of the most memorable and entertaining villains ever seen on television.

The Venture Bros. also features a cast of recurring supporting characters, who add to its rich tapestry of personalities and motivations, such as Baron Underbheit, a European nobleman with a metal jaw who seeks vengeance on the Ventures for his terrible facial injury; Pete and Billy, two washed-up former boy adventurers who frequently cross paths with the Ventures, and Doctor Jonas Venture Jr., Rusty's long-dead brother, who is revealed to have created many of the amazing technology and creatures that populate this warped universe.

Overall, The Venture Bros. is a witty, inventive, and entertaining series that never quite fit into any one box, making it difficult to summarize in a few short paragraphs. Equal parts parody, satire, and homage, it has a unique voice and point of view that make it one of the most beloved animated series of all time. Behind the comedy and the chaos, the series is suffused with heart, insight, and genuine emotion, making it a must-watch for anyone who wants to experience a bit of the weird and wonderful world of The Venture Bros.

The Venture Bros. is a series that is currently running and has 7 seasons (89 episodes). The series first aired on February 16, 2003.

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The Venture Bros.: Radiant Is the Blood of the Baboon Heart
11. The Venture Bros.: Radiant Is the Blood of the Baboon Heart
July 21, 2023
A nationwide manhunt for Hank Venture leads to untold dangers and unexpected revelations, while The Monarch is literally out for Dr Venture's blood. An imposing evil from the past reemerges to wreak havoc on the Ventures, The Guild, and even the Monarch marriage—it will take friends and foes alike to restore the Ventures' world to order… or end it once and for all.
The Saphrax Protocol
10. The Saphrax Protocol
October 7, 2018
Deep inside Guild Headquarters, The Monarch and 21 face their ultimate ordeal. Meanwhile, the Venture Brothers face one of their own.
The Forecast Manufacturer
9. The Forecast Manufacturer
September 30, 2018
The city is hit with a mysterious blizzard that launches Team Venture into action. The Monarch and 21 are sent on a deadly mission to a secret island fortress.
The Terminus Mandate
8. The Terminus Mandate
September 23, 2018
The members of Guild Council must face their archrivals for one last time, while Doc happily falls into a black widow's deadly web.
The Unicorn in Captivity
7. The Unicorn in Captivity
September 16, 2018
Dr. Venture's latest invention is a real game-changer. And the new game is deadly!
The Bellicose Proxy
6. The Bellicose Proxy
September 9, 2018
The Monarch and 21 play a deadly game of tutoring an inexperienced villain. A hot plate of danger is served up with a side of hilarity.
The Anamorata Consequence
5. The Anamorata Consequence
September 2, 2018
The Venture family returns to their old compound where intrigue, danger, jackets, and diplomacy await.
The High Cost of Loathing
4. The High Cost of Loathing
August 26, 2018
The Monarch tries to rebuild his organization despite financial difficulties.
Arrears in Science
3. Arrears in Science
August 19, 2018
The conclusion to the Morphic Trilogy.
The Rorqual Affair
2. The Rorqual Affair
August 12, 2018
Deadly waters surround the Monarch when he becomes Wide Wale's prisoner.
The Venture Bros. & The Curse of the Haunted Problem
1. The Venture Bros. & The Curse of the Haunted Problem
August 5, 2018
The Venture headquarters is possessed! Or maybe it's just regular haunted. Or it could just be a computer glitch. Whatever it is, only Orpheus and his Order of the Triad can unlock the mystery in this first installment of the Morphic Trilogy.
Where to Watch The Venture Bros.
The Venture Bros. is available for streaming on the Adult Swim website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Venture Bros. on demand at Max, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Microsoft Movies & TV, Sling, Google Play, Apple TV and Adult Swim.
  • Premiere Date
    February 16, 2003
  • IMDB Rating
    8.6  (28,218)