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Cartoon Network Orders At Least 13 More VENTURE BROS.!!

I am – Hercules!!

It was announced at the channel’s “upfront” presentation to advertisers. The bad news is they won’t start airing until early next year.

“The Venture Bros.,” for those who haven’t seen it, may actually be the best half-hour series in production right now. Which is to say it rivals even the likes of “South Park” in terms of its genius. It’s about robots and sorcerers and scientists and bodyguards and superheroes and space-travel and pissed-off grown-ups dealing with it all. I believe they’ve made 14.5 episodes so far, and I’ve not seen one I didn’t love.

“Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” the show about the meatwad, got another season too, also to air in 2006. With the new season, there will eventually be a total of 75 “Aqua” episodes for you to buy and treasure on DVD.

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  • March 26, 2005, 1:19 a.m. CST


    by Drworm2002


  • March 26, 2005, 2:08 a.m. CST

    Second... you know, this show kind of reminds me of the Tick

    by Craiggers

    Not that that is a bad thing. The Tick is probably one of the greatest animated shows ever. As for the live action version? Well, the less said the better. Anyway, great to hear that Venture bros. is still going strong. So how great is Robot Chicken by the way?

  • March 26, 2005, 3:05 a.m. CST

    It reminds you of the Tick ...

    by Creamery Butter

    because Venture Bros creator Jackson Publick III used to write for The Tick (under an assumed name, of course). Tick creator Ben Eldund also had a hand in writing at least one episode of the Venture Bros.

  • March 26, 2005, 4:11 a.m. CST

    I really want to like this show...I've seen every episode, and w

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    ...I'm not going to rag on why I find myself sort of lackluster toward the Venture Bros.. Instead I'll point out things that really made me laugh: The episode with the $6 Million Man parody; the parody of the Fantastic Four which has forever ruined my impression toward the Reed Richards character; and the episode in which Dr. Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend penetrated Dr. Venture's laboratory -- and how disappointed Dr. Monarch was by the utter lameness of his arch nemesis' digs. The dialogue in that scene was hilarious, recalling the style of the Tick animated series.

  • March 26, 2005, 4:11 a.m. CST

    Best News I've Heard All Day!

    by ZeroCorpse

    The Venture Bros is easily the best show in the Adult Swim block, and it's my current favorite thing on TV right now. This is how animation should be... This beats the hell out of that forumlaic, barely-animated, poorly-written anime crap. Cartoon Network need more shows like this, and less stuff like "Super Milk Chan"

  • March 26, 2005, 7:22 a.m. CST

    The first episode of Robot Chicken showed great promise...

    by Wungolioth

    but it has since gone downhill, with only very seldom moments of amusement. My favorite Adult Swim cartoons will always be SGC2C, with Sea Lab 2021 being a close second, and Birdman: Attorney At Law bringing up the third.

  • March 26, 2005, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Robot Chicken is lame

    by BurlIvesLeftNut

    And thanks for the info about Venture Brothers! That show is the funniest show on tv... ever. And I am not exaggerating.

  • March 26, 2005, 10:14 a.m. CST


    by MasterShake

    I was a big Johnny Quest fan growing up, and The Venture Bros is like Quest on crack. Warburton's Brock Samson is a god among men. Bring on season 2!

  • March 26, 2005, 10:39 a.m. CST

    "I'm not going to flush!"

    by criderman

    "Let them SEE the fury of the Monarch!" I'd almost given up on Adult Swim until I heard this wonderful news--my favorite ep is "Tag Sale, You're It!", which reminded me of the best of "Seinfeld" and "The Tick"--I am VERY disappointed in "Robot Chicken", I am a big fan of both Seth Green and "Twisted Toyfare Theater" (which Green had previously been involved in) and was expecting the same quality of humor, but so far I have not seen it, except for the "super-villian car pool stuck in traffic jam" bit last week which showed some promise (I still can't believe the major talent Green has brought into the series, which, unfortunately, has been wasted up to now)--I'm not happy with having to wait so long for new ep's of TVB, but them's the breaks--GO TEAM VENTURE!

  • March 26, 2005, 11:40 a.m. CST


    by Eshu

    I do agree that it's not as funny as the Tick but it's pretty damned funny. More episodes is a good thing and the DVDboxset in the Fall is even better!

  • March 26, 2005, 12:16 p.m. CST


    by NeoAngelus

    Thank christ! It TOOK them long enough to sign another season.

  • March 26, 2005, 12:40 p.m. CST

    I should add that I hope the next season will be funnier, more T

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    DarkHawke summed up my own feelings about TVB to a tee. Every time I watch, I really want to burst out laughing -- after all, the characters and situations they are put in are absurd -- but most of the episodes fall flat. Maybe the problem is that there is way too much "clever" dialogue and very little actual "adventuring" in the plot to keep things moving along. It's like, they come up with absurd, great premises for an episode, but then the characters spend the 20 minutes doing more funny-cute yammering than in taking part in the action. That's where the difference between TVB and Tick lies: The Tick and his fellow characters talk funny, too, but first and foremost they are action-oriented. Their dialogue underscores the ridiculousness of their situations.

  • March 26, 2005, 12:53 p.m. CST

    ...And the writers can easily, and naturally, transition TVB int

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    Have Dr. Venture in the premiere finally getting over his daddy issues -- this in itself would be a good basis for an entire episode. Then in the end he has a renewed interest in adventuring, carrying on his father's legacy, to the level of obsessive ridiculousness. Otherwise, what has become a formula for this series (establish absurd premise, kidnap one of the Venture family members, have characters talk about the absurdity of it all for 20 minutes till Brock gets fed up, goes psycho, knocks heads, blows something up, then quick cut to end credits) is getting tiresome.

  • March 26, 2005, 1:53 p.m. CST

    So help me God...

    by Darkman

    I just know I'll go to my grave not knowing how and why this show is so popular. Saw a couple of episodes. Absolute nothing. (If Patrick Warburton and Stephen Colbert can't make it work...) In partial response to DarkHawke, it goes way beyond 'meh', in my case.

  • March 26, 2005, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Isn't that the guy from Depeche Mode?

    by TheAllSeeingEye

    Fucking brilliant. Brock Samson is 'da man and i think the Monarch is perhaps the best thought out shit villain in the history of TV.

  • March 26, 2005, 2:37 p.m. CST

    The first two episodes of Robot Chicken were hilarious; third ok

    by Jim Jam Bongs

    Adult Swim gave Green & co. a 26-episode order, but it already felt like they were running out of ideas starting in the last episode. Let's hope Episode 4 was an anomalie.

  • March 26, 2005, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Herc, you kill me with your awful taste YET AGAIN. It could be t

    by Grabthars_Hammer

  • March 26, 2005, 5:42 p.m. CST

    And Aqua Teen is crap now too. And SeaLab has been done since be

    by Grabthars_Hammer

  • March 26, 2005, 6:27 p.m. CST


    by IRuleAll

    Now that, my friends, is the stereotypical talkback geek. Bravo, my liege, bravo. You made me a believer in cliche...

  • March 26, 2005, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Re: IRuleBalls

    by Grabthars_Hammer

    Because I am being honest it is cliche? I guess that makes sense since people all over the web tell lies and exaggerate. Like someone who would name themself IRuleAll, when you probably can't even rule cutting your steak into smaller bite-size pieces since your mom probably does it for you.

  • March 26, 2005, 7:01 p.m. CST


    by IRuleAll

    Why did I not change your name? Because it's pretty homoerotic to begin with. Hey, I'm proud of you, though. You managed to figure out how to post in the comment section as opposed to the run-on subject routine. You get a gold star! still won't get a girlfriend, though.

  • March 26, 2005, 9:29 p.m. CST


    by cannedpasta

    I am so excited to see new Eps of this show... it IS the funniest new(er) show on TV... for me it rivals Family Guy.

  • March 26, 2005, 10:35 p.m. CST

    What About Sealab 2021

    by BlackBeltJones

    Any news on if they are getting new episodes?