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The Venture Bros.



A reminder of how good cartoons can be for adults.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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


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


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


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

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this violent, sexualized cartoon is 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.

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why networks air cartoon series 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?

TV details

Premiere date:February 16, 2003
Cast:Christopher McCulloch, James Urbaniak, Michael Sinterniklaas
Network:Cartoon Network
TV rating:TV-MA
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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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 show is a welcome change of pace and humor (although the aforementioned shows are still funny). The content is described well by CSM, though the language isn't as much of a problem as in other shows (like in "South Park" when they said "sh*t" 169 times [the show counted]). I will admit that the show is an acquired taste, and not all people will find its humor appealing. Here is a little idea of what to expect from the show (at least from the actual Venture brothers): (while talking to someone in a jail cell) Hank: "You _______" Dean: "Hank! We never say bad words like that! Do you know how many baby angels you just killed?" Like I said acquired taste; although the doc, his bodyguard, and his evil twin/clone guy provide different humor, so you might want to watch the show anyways.
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 and very reckless. There are numerous strong sexual references and some non-sexual nudity (penis and breasts). There is also violence that is sometimes graphic but always comical and also some strong language (f**k, c**k, d**k, c*m, pr**k) but all of this is all toned down in Seasons 4 and 5. There are many moments of thought provoking themes, and mature themes as well. If you are able to handle strong language, sexual references, and graphic violence, watch this. Like right now. Watch it. It has to be one of the most awesome shows that are running right now.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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 painkillers. Duh!) Regardless, absolutely the best show on TV today. Funny, gorgeously animated, surprisingly poignant, the Ventures are a terrific case study of failure as a family value! Again, I'm a liberal parent and treat my kids like humans rather than adorable idiots, so I let them watch this show. Despite the reviewers insistence that there is nothing to keep kids entertained, its my little (11 and 8) guys favorite show. The fighting, the jokes, the gadgets! They love the dorky, naive twins and constantly quote the show. Watching this as a family requires vigilance and the stomache to discuss whatever depravity might show up, but in the end, we have bonded via Team Venture, and I think that time shared wathing the Venture Bros. is more valuable than dodging issues of transexuality and homicidal mothers, but hey, its an individual thing, of course.