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By the finale, the show has so elegantly set up real physical and emotional stakes... It almost plays like Hammer and Publick intend it as a sick joke, but there's something real, raw, and horrible underneath it.
The first season can be a trial. If the references fail to grab you at all, then this probably isn't going to be a show worth investing in, even if it does get substantially better.
The performances have yet to grow into the slightly manic energy that every character touches on in later seasons... The jokes here seem more stilted in general.
It doesn't help that the humor is more cliched, and more broad, at this early stage.
Beginning as a relatively straightforward Johnny Quest parody, over the course of its first two seasons The Venture Bros. developed a mythology as deep and rewarding as that of the comic books and sci-fi series that it was spoofing.
The writing really works on multiple levels. There are a ton of pop-culture references if you're looking, but... the show doesn't rely on them for the humor.
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.
The episodes veer from brilliant to funny to stupid, but Jackson Publick and Doc Hammar -- the driving forces behind the series -- never play it safe.
Audience Reviews for The Venture Bros.: Season 1
Sep 08, 2020A blend of super-science, super-villains, and family. Comedy-driven and story-laden in a well-built satirical modern world. The animation is beautiful and the perfect media for this parity of the comic books. Voice casting/acting is superbly done. The Venture Bros. have my attention. Go Team Venture!
Oct 02, 2018The venture bros got off to a mixed start with its debut season.
Mar 02, 2016Expertly navigates the vast sea of popular culture focusing on what was considered fringe at the time but has catapulted to the forefront of public appeal.
Feb 01, 2016The Venture Brothers has been Adult Swim's best series for over a decade now, and it started off extremely strong right from the get-go.