Watch The Venture Bros.

From the outside looking in the Venture Bros. appears to be a parody of popular adventure cartoons from the sixties, but is actually much smarter than the content would imply. The titular brothers are actually not the focal point of the show at all. The main character is Dr. Thaddeus 'Rusty' Venture, a middle-aged balding scientist desperately trying to escape the shadow of his father. His two sons, Hank, and Dean are naive and adventurous, which often gets them into trouble, but it doesn't matter, they're just clones anyway. Brock Samson is the muscle of the group, and while he cares deeply for the boys safety and has a genuine friendship with Dr. Venture, there is an intriguing air of longing and sadness around him. And don't forget H.E.L.P.e.R., the robot built to be a mother figure for the boys.

As for actual plot, things get a little blurry. The Monarch is the self-proclaimed 'arch-nemesis' of Dr. Venture. He dresses as a monarch butterfly, complete with wings and antennae, as do his seemingly limitless lackeys, and flies around in a giant hive of some sort. His partner, Dr. Girlfriend, a gorgeous woman with quite a distinct masculine voice, sits at his side as they try to infiltrate the Venture Laboratory for reasons never really made clear. Although the Monarch bases his entire life around destroying Dr. Venture, to the point of a frenzied obsession, Rusty thinks of him as nothing more than an annoying crazy man who tries to break into his house from time to time.

You'll frequently hear characters refer to The Guild of Calamitous Intent. This appears to be some sort of secret society that creates rules and laws by which super-villains and heroes alike must abide. Although talked about casually, as a viewer, you want to know what secrets are to to be told, and what mysteries lies ahead. It lures you in subtly and once you're hooked, you're never going to want to let it go until you know all of the answers.

Sunday 11:30 PM et/pt on Adult Swim
6 Seasons, 78 Episodes
February 16, 2003
Action & Adventure, Adult Cartoon, Animation & Cartoons
Cast: Christopher McCulloch, James Urbaniak, Michael Sinterniklaas, Doc Hammer
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The Venture Bros. Full Episode Guide

  • Join the Ventures-and pretty much everyone they've ever crossed paths with-as they rocket to the Gargantus-2 space station for an epic, hour-long adventure that will change the Ventureverse as we know it.

  • The Guild unites with O.S.I. to search for a common threat and use Dr. Venture as bait.

  • The Guild marks Dr. Venture for assassination, which spoils a celebration thrown for his fancy new friend.

  • Avant-garde supervillains attempt to arch Dr. Venture while Hank seeks for love in a cave of ninjas.

  • A super-widow arises and makes Dr. Mrs. The Monarch's responsibilities harder while a felonious genius attempts to coy Dr. Venture.

  • Doc finds a strange invention that could help or harm Dean's college aspirations and The Monarch puts out a bad first impression.

  • White and Billy contend with their enemy from their old community; Doc recognizes he won't be able to take on his responsibilities without help.

  • In the sixth season premiere, the Ventures move to a deluxe apartment in the sky.

  • Reflect, refresh and prepare for Season 5 as Henchman 21 walks you through a play-by-play for four previous seasons.

  • Halloween Special of The Venture Bros.

  • When Dr. Venture disappears, it's assumed he's dead.

  • Brock and the O.S.I. launch an unusual surveillance mission against one of the Council of 13's top members.

  • A friendship tests Rusty's sanity; Hank and Henchman 21 find themselves in a pickle; and Dean's relationship with a mystery woman gets more serious.

  • Brock and the O.S.I. come under fire from the higher ups when they misplace two high value super-criminal prisoners. Somebody helped them escape, and everyone aboard the hover-quarters is a suspect.

  • During Dr. Venture's annual trip to Spanikos, a dark secret from his past could destroy his vacation.

  • Henchman 21's command of Team SPHINX is starting to get under the O.S.I.'s skin, and his new recruits are even worse.

  • When an old invention develops a mind of its own, Manhowers sends it to Central America; the Ventures must survive the dangers of the jungle.

  • In the fifth season premiere, Rusty recruits an army of interns to help with a project, but multiple hiccups threaten to bring the whole operation down. Elsewhere, Dean finds love.

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Serve Your Master Well Clip (00:46) Those Were Sleeping Bags Clip (00:27) Rubber and Glue Clip (00:30) Runs With Scissors Clip (00:56) Anne Frank vs. Lizzie Borden Clip (00:30) Magical Dracula Powers Clip (00:51) He Started It Clip (00:35) After the Lecture Clip (00:40)