Looks like The Venture Bros. have had their last adventure.
Show creator Jackson Publick (AKA Christopher McCulloch) announced the Adult Swim show’s cancellation on Twitter, informing fans that the series would not be returning for its eighth season.
“Unfortunately, it’s true: Venture Bros has been canceled,” tweeted Publick (below), who created also writes for the show. “We got the highly disappointing news a few years ago, while w 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.”
The show’s seventh season ended on Oct. 7, 2018, with the series having been renewed by Adult Swim for an eighth and final season. However, rumors about the show’s cancellation began on Sept. 6, 2020 following a tweet by Ken Plume, the author of the Go Team Venture!: The Art and Making of the Venture Bros, in which he replied to another tweet about shows that were unnecessarily cancelled, in the form of a quote tweet naming The Venture Bros. as his choice.
The Venture Bros. revolved around the titular Venture Brothers, Hank and Dean, as well as their loving but evil super-scientist father Dr. Thaddeus ‘Rusty’ Venture (Difficult People‘s ), and their bodyguard (and secret agent) Brock Samson as they went on wild adventures, and faced off against their (self-appointed) archnemesis, The Monarch.
The action-adventure themed animated series was meant to be a satire of similar-themed cartoons from the 1960s like The Adventures of Jonny Quest that focused on a young boy adventurer. Though, Hank and Dean are also a nod to the Hardy Boys, with Hank Venture’s primary outfit and character design even evoking Fred from Scooby-Doo.
The Venture Bros. has the distinction of being one of Adult Swim’s longest-running shows, having been in production for 17 years, for a total of seven seasons and a total of 81 episodes.
Publick wrote for the series along with musician and actor Doc Hammer. He also voiced several characters, including Hank Venture and The Monarch. Also lending their talents to the show’s primary voice cast were Michael Sinterniklaas (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), James Urbaniak (Difficult People), and Patrick Warburton (A Series of Unfortunate Event).
Following Publick’s announcement, Urbaniak tweeted his disappointment regarding the show’s cancellation: “So, as it must to all, cancellation has come for The Venture Bros. The pilot aired 17 years ago, which means the show as almost old enough to vote. It was one of the greatest gifts of my life & career. The fans were, quite simply, the best. Thank you, everybody. Go. Team. Venture!”