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The Venture Bros. is an American animated television series that premiered on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim on February 16, 2003. The series mixes action and comedy together while it chronicles the adventures of the Venture family: well-meaning but incompetent teenagers Hank and Dean Venture; their emotionally insecure, ethically challenged super-scientist father Dr. Thaddeus "Rusty" Venture; the family's bodyguard, originally the ultra-violent and macho secret agent Brock Samson and his later replacement, reformed super villain and "cured" pedophile Sergeant Hatred; and the family's self-proclaimed arch-nemesis, the Monarch, a butterfly-themed super villain.

The Venture Bros. - Netflix

Type: Animation

Languages: English

Status: Running

Runtime: 30 minutes

Premier: 2003-02-16

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The Venture Bros. is an American adult animated television series that was created by Christopher McCulloch (also known as “Jackson Publick”) and premiered on Cartoon Network's late night programming block Adult Swim with a pilot episode on February 16, 2003 and its first season beginning on August 7, 2004. It is considered to be an action/adventure series with comedy-drama elements. It has been renewed for a seventh and eighth season, with the seventh season to premiere on August 5, 2018. The Venture Bros. chronicles the lives and adventures of the Venture family: well-meaning but incompetent teenagers Hank and Dean Venture; their emotionally insecure, unethical and under-achieving super-scientist father Dr. Thaddeus “Rusty” Venture; the family's bodyguard, secret agent Brock Samson, or his temporary replacement, the reformed villain and pederast Sergeant Hatred; and the family's self-proclaimed arch-nemesis, The Monarch, a butterfly-themed supervillain.

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The show has received critical acclaim over its run. The Venture Bros. ranked at #56 on the IGN “Best 100 Animated Series” list. Slate's Chris Wade called The Venture Bros. “one of the best shows on television” and praised the detailed serial nature of the humor with a favorable comparison to Arrested Development. The Atlantic's Armin Rosen compared the show favorably to The Simpsons, noting that the two shows held the same “slacker optimism” and great comedy. The A.V. Club's Zach Handlen felt that the show had evolved over its seasons into a “meta-commentary on a whole sub-section of male nerd culture” and that it had become one of the funniest contemporary shows. Critical reception to the first season was more mixed than later seasons, but was still mostly positive. The A.V. Club's Todd VanDerWerff felt that the pop culture references of the first season fell flat, especially in the beginning of the season, but grew better and funnier as the show's emotional core took hold. IGN's Mike Drucker, in a positive review, criticized the predictability of some first-season episodes, but noted that the show was “a refreshing cartoon because it willingly indulges in the sitcom fad of the '90s”. In 2013 IGN placed The Venture Bros. as number 14 on their list of Top 25 animated series for adults.

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