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The Venture Bros. Season 1
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Once a child prodigy, Dr. Venture now fails as both a scientist and father. Luckily, his twins, Hank and Dean are too stupid to care. And they've got their vicious, macho bodyguard, Brock, looking out for them. Together they'll get in all sorts of situations involving wild alligators, street ruffians, and booby traps. Brock really likes the booby traps.]]>
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It is a spoof on the "Superscientist and His Family of Adventuresome Heroes" genre. Instead of being the pre-eminent superscientist, however, Dr. Thaddeus "Rusty" Venture has been, in the words of one character, "riding his father's corpses' coattails for 30 years."
Basically, he's not a very successful superscientist. In fact, he's more adept at getting himself kidnapped, which is why he has Brock Samson, his blonde, rage-prone bodyguard.
His kids, Dean and Hank (who I maintain is a spoof on Freddie from Scobby Doo), are more interested in irritating one another than anything their father wants, and the family is completed by H.E.L.P.E.R., a robot who never once lives up to his name.
Aside from Brock, the Venture clan is pretty much a sad lot, which makes it difficult for The Monarch, Dr. Venture's arch-nemesis, to really hate him properly.
"Here I am, in the belly of the beast, and I don't even care," the Monarch says when he sneaks into Venture's laboratory in one episode. "I don't even want to take a whiz on this... I used to DREAM of taking a whiz on this!"
Essentially, the series is about a bunch of marginal superheroes and supervillains with modern concerns and problems.
One of the best episodes involves Dr. Venture's tag sale, where, natch, he is selling used atomic death rays and other assorted superscience weaponry.
There is a lot of low-key, but hilarious humor throughout the whole season. I love it, but judging by the reaction from a lot of my friends, I guess it's not for everyone.
I was never really a big fan of Adult Swim; until I got to college, the only show on the block I had seen was Futurama, which debuted on FOX. While I still don't like overall, it does have its gems, such as Cowboy Bebop (best anime ever!), Aqua Teen Hunger Force (when it was in its prime), and The Venture Bros. The Venture Bros. is a show that most heavily parodies Johnny Quest, though it also draws from Star Wars, DC and Marvel Comics, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and even Kafka's The Metamorphosis.
The plot is as follows; Dr. Thaddeus "Rusty" Venture is the son of Dr. Jonas Venture, one of history's greatest inventors and adventurers. Jonas built up a successful science industry and led a team of heroes known as Team Venture. Unfortunately, Rusty was never able to live up to his father's image. He never completed college (thus the fact that he calls himself a doctor is called into question a couple times), and he is pretty incompetant at most everything he does. Most of his inventions don't even work, and when they do, they always malfunction. He is also a pill-popper who suffers from dreams involving his dead father and a weird flashback to his mother's womb. However, he is a genius compared to his two sons. Hank and Dean Venture redefine naive. Even though they see themselves as cool and brave, they are anything but.Read more ›
What can be said about Venture Bros. that hasn't been said before? Its basically the funniest show on tv right now. The funniest tv show I've seen in years. Essentially a smart, sardonic, hipsterific, geektastic comedy geekfest; an endlessly inventive gonzo-transgressive parody of Johnny Quest and other action cartoons of the 60s and 70s that also, oddly, manages to be both hilarious and exciting (gotta love it when the ridiculously hyper-manly testosterone-fueled Brock clears the room of men in butterfly suits, ninjas, mummies, or tries to castrate giant living statues; all the while covered in blood and screaming; then later on talking about how much he loves Led Zepplin and a russian superspy named Molotov Cocktease). Then theres the Doctor Strange inspired Doctor Morpheous who declaims all of his lines in a booming voice dropping with gravitas while a bombasticly grim music cue blares in the back ground -- "DON'T GO IN THERE! I had TACO BEELLLLL for lunch!" Yeah, this is pretty much a must-buy for fans of avant-retardo subgenius style wackiness.
Did I mention that Jim "Foetus" Thirwell supplies the soundtrack? (Which basically sounds like his STEROID MAXIMUS project; the theme song is an edited version of an early SM track entitled "Fighteous.") Yeah, you need this. Its basically the greatest thing in the world. Go buy it. BUY IT NOW!
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The Venture Bros. is the best show on television. The special features make this DVD worth it alone. The only draw back, there isn't audio commentary for every episode.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Ever since Netflix took this off, I knew I needed to give some Venture Brothers love by beginning my quest to buy the entire set of episodes and seasons! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ian Manning
The "Ghosts of the Sargasso" episode alone is worth the price of season 1.Published 5 months ago by Jon T.
The Venture Bros is an acquired taste. You have to be an adult with a good sense of humor and a tolerance for the absurd. Read morePublished 10 months ago by GM
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