If you're a longtime Adult Swim viewer, you've probably seen a bunch of amazing and hilarious cartoons over the years, from a huge collection of dubbed anime to original ideas unlike anything else on TV. While Rick and Morty is now synonymous with Adult Swim for being their critical and commercial darling, back in 2003, The Venture Bros. was a smash hit with fans. So, why was it canceled?
Why was 'The Venture Bros.' ultimately canceled on Adult Swim?
If you're not familiar with the show, here's the skinny: It began as a parody of Johnny Quest and followed the exploits of the Venture family. Hank and Dean were Hardy Boys-esque figures who always found themselves in some sort of trouble thanks to their emotionally insecure and quasi-brilliant father, Dr. Thaddeus, aka "Rusty," and his trusty bodyguard Brock Samson. Thaddeus always lived in the shadow of his brilliant adventurer/scientist dad.
The show played with the tropes of "good guys vs. bad guys" and humanized even the baddest of baddies by harping on all of their foibles and imperfections. Thaddeus' arch-nemesis is the Monarch and the Guild of Calamitous Intent, but the plots of "good vs. evil" always seemed to take a backseat to jokes and the interpersonal relationships between its characters, not to mention off-the-wall references and side conversations between henchmen.
The series officially had a solid 15-year run with some seven seasons. While that may not seem like a lot, there's a ton of work that goes into producing animated shows — they take forever, especially with an artistic style as detailed as The Venture Bros. Christopher McCulloch, the show's creator who also goes by the pen name Jackson Publick, confirmed that the news of the show's cancellation is all too real.
"Unfortunately, it's true. #VentureBros has been canceled. We get the highly disappointing news a few months ago, while we were writing what would have been season 8. We thank you, our amazing fans, for 17 years of your kind (and patient) attention. And, as always, We love you."
Unfortunately, it’s true: #VentureBros has been canceled. We got the highly disappointing news a few months ago, while we were writing what would have been season 8. We thank you, our amazing fans, for 17 years of your kind (and patient) attention. And, as always, We Love You.— Jackson Publick (@jacksonpublick) September 7, 2020
Will Adult Swim add more 'Venture Bros.' content to its long list of episodes?
Interestingly enough, the network had posted that although the show is canceled, it still wanted "more Venture Bros." and even said that they've "been working with Jackson and Doc to find another way to continue the Venture Bros. story."
We also want more Venture Bros. and have been working with Jackson and Doc to find another way to continue the Venture Bros. story.— adultswim (@adultswim) September 8, 2020
So, what would that look like? Would there by one-off movies? A graphic novel series? Maybe putting the show on different streaming platforms? It seems like putting it on TV isn't viable for Adult Swim anymore for whatever reason but if the network does want to indeed continue The Venture Bros. story, then what would that be?
Fans of the longtime show were disappointed to hear of its cancellation.
whose decision was it, [as]sholes? I've got a frog suit and a bag of bricks that need chucking!— Matt #SaveVentureBros Wirth (@tb_matt) September 8, 2020
I blame how society is now and everyone is easily offended. Hopefully someone some day will pick your show back up but here’s to positive thinking and many laughs The Venture Bro’s gave us all. ❤️— Garou ガロウ🛸 (@CrimsonKagura) September 8, 2020
Maybe the show could become a Hulu original? After all, its seven seasons and 83 episodes are available on the streaming platform and perhaps Adult Swim could work out a deal with the NBC-owned property to get more content.
It wouldn't be the first time a major show got a new lease on life after going to a major streaming giant.
Well that's the shit icing on the cake that has been 2020.— NukeTheMoon (@nuke_moon) September 8, 2020
(Community came back after being cancelled. How much do fans need to get season 8 back on the table?)
So, as it must to all, cancellation has come for The Venture Bros. The pilot aired 17 years ago, which means the show was almost old enough to vote. It was one of the great gifts of my life & career. The fans were, quite simply, the best. Thank you, everybody. Go. Team. Venture! pic.twitter.com/MPMAvWS6Z4— James Urbaniak (@JamesUrbaniak) September 8, 2020
You got a second season on Netflix, and Lucifer is currently enjoying strong numbers on the platform. Plus, whenever there's buzz about a show being gone forever, people tend to re-binge it after getting all nostalgic.
What do you think? Will Venture Bros. find new life on Hulu?