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Adult Swim Cancels ‘The Venture Bros.’

The Animated Series, Which Debuted in 2003, Ran for Seven Seasons

Adult Swim has opted against an eight season of veteran animated series “The Venture Bros.” The adult animated cartoon spoofed many superhero and pop culture tropes, and the main characters were a riff on the “Johnny Quest” crew. The show followed the Venture family, made up of incompetent teen brothers Dean and Hank, their insecure scientist father Rusty, their family bodyguard Brock Sampson and a colorful cast of supervillains, like The Monarch, Dr. Girlfriend, Sergeant Hatred and Phantom Limb.

“Unfortunately, it’s true: ‘Venture Bros.’ 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,” wrote creator Christopher McCulloch, who uses the pseudonym Jackson Publick on the show and on Twitter.

“The Venture Bros.” was one of the longest-running original series on Adult Swim, spanning seven seasons over 17 years. The pilot episode aired on Adult Swim in 2003, and the first season premiered in 2004. Fans typically had to wait between two and three years between seasons, and the now final one ended in 2018.

Adult Swim, on Twitter, said that it is looking into continuing “The Venture Bros.” in another way.