The Venture Bros.

TV review by
Scout Davidson, Common Sense Media
The Venture Bros. TV Poster Image
A reminder of how good cartoons can be for adults.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Sharp social commentary.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Brock is a bodyguard with no boundaries and a deviant sexual appetite; Dr. Venture is a manic depressive with a nasty disposition.

Violence

Guns, bombs, swords, beatings, torture -- you name it. All animated, but still quite graphic.

Sex

Bare butts, partial breasts, implicit (and sometimes explicit) sex.

Language

"Damn," "hell," the occasional "son of a bitch," bathroom humor, etc.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Brock always has a cigarette clenched in his teeth; Dr. Venture is addicted to prescription painkillers and drinks a lot.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Venture Bros. is a violent, sexualized cartoon that's in no way intended for children. It's a parody of a cartoon style that was popular in the late '60s/early '70s (particularly Jonny Quest), and as such will probably hold little interest for younger kids. The humor is usually either tongue-in-cheek or overtly absurdist, with clever dialogue and over-the-top situations. For grown-ups into smart writing, biting social commentary, and sharp animation, it's one of the funniest cartoons out there. Just wait until the kids are asleep.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byutonium4 April 9, 2008

The Best Show on TV

Again, I am frustrated with the CS review--its inexcusable to have factual errors on the official review page (Dr. Venture is addicted to diet pills, not painki... Continue reading
Adult Written bybestvideo April 9, 2008

Incredible Show

The Venture Bros. is a fantastically funny cartoon, but for a fairly narrow slice of the American Viewing Public. Here's the checklist: Did you like Jonny... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bymoviemogul 2.0;... April 9, 2008

A reminder of how good cartoons can be for teens, too

In its second season, "The Venture Bros." shows no sign of weakening or slowing down. Amidst "Family Guy" and "South Park", this s... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old October 26, 2015

Rick and Morty's older brother.

The Venture Brothers.......holy crap! I was just introduced into this show by my parents (they have the DVD sets) and wow. Just wow. It's crude, violent an... Continue reading

What's the story?

In parody cartoon THE VENTURE BROS., which is part of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim line-up, the titular brothers, Hank and Dean Venture (voiced by Christopher McCulloch and Michael Sinterniklaas, respectively), are a pair of bumbling, naive teenagers whose father, Dr. Venture (James Urbaniak), is a world-renowned super-scientist. Actually, he's the son of a world-renowned super-scientist, constantly cowering in his late father's shadow and trying to live up to the Venture name -- the more he fails, the more he retreats into a fog of prescription painkillers and booze. Brock Samson (Patrick Warburton) is a shadowy figure, a former government agent gone seriously homicidal, who has sworn to protect the boys at all costs. The Ventures' primary nemesis is The Monarch (McCulloch again), a megalomaniac intent on taking over the world while wearing a butterfly costume, who is assisted by Dr. Girlfriend (Doc Hammer), who has the body of a supermodel and the voice of a Bronx wrestler.

Is it any good?

For a certain segment of the population, there's simply no funnier cartoon on television than The Venture Bros. The jokes are fast and furious, the tone is very mature, and the animation recalls a bygone era when people actually cared about the look of cartoons. That said, with its edgy content and mature tone, this isn't one for the kids.

Early episodes were self-contained genre parodies, since the cartoon was initially seen as a short-lived effort. But as the series progressed and it started to look like there was long-term potential, some continuity began to creep in. Plot lines developed that required attention and, strangely, a sense of caring.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why networks air cartoon series like The Venture Bros. that aren't intended for kids. Why do people automatically tend to associate animation with children? Is that assumption as strong now as it used to be? What are the differences between cartoons made for kids and those aimed at adults?

  • What do you think about the violence in The Venture Bros.? How does the comic tone affect how you react to it? Does it make the showfunnier? What's the impact of media violence on kids?

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