The Venture Bros cancelled by Adult Swim
James R | On 11, Sep 2020
The Venture Bros has been cancelled by Adult Swim after seven seasons.
Created by Doc Hammer (Eric Hammer) and Jackson Publick (Christopher McCulloch), the adult animation began as essentially a spoof of Johnny Quest, following the Venture family years after the patriarch has hit middle age. His two teenage sons, and their bodyguard, go on adventures where they cross paths with a number of super-villains.
With a cast that includes Patrick Warburton and James Urbaniak alongside McCulloch and Hammer, the show won fans across 17 years, making it one of the longest-running original series on Adult Swim – not least because there were gaps or two or three years between most seasons. This week, though, Adult Swim decided that it would not renew the series for an eighth run.
“Unfortunately, it’s true,” Publick confirmed on Twitter . “#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.”
“So, as it must to all, cancellation has come for The Venture Bros,” James Ur The pilot aired 17 years ago, which means the show was almost old enough to vote,” Urbaniak added. “It was one of the great gifts of my life & career. The fans were, quite simply, the best. Thank you, everybody. Go. Team. Venture!”
Variety reports that the show could potentially move to HBO Max to continue, but that this possibility is “far from becoming a reality”.
In the meantime, all seven seasons are all on All 4, as part of Channel 4’s exclusive deal to make it the home of Adult in the UK.
“This gem is an under-seen, under-valued priority in the Adult Swim catalogue,” we wrote in our review of the show, praising its “commitment to heartfelt, belly-laughing, thoughtful and grand animated sitcom storytelling”.