Show creators Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick discuss tackling season five of The Venture Bros. for Adult Swim, and what keeps fans coming back for more.
Back in 2003, as Adult Swim viewers were enjoying spoofy recycles of defunct toon heroes in shows like Space Ghost Coast to Coast, The Brak Show and Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law and the irreverent mayhem of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, a new toon stepped on to the late-night block. A sort of homage to old school action series Jonny Quest, Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick’s The Venture Bros. brought fresh, half-hour adventures, a modern design sense, high production values and an impressively in-depth, character-driven sense of humor to the schedule. And viewers responded.
Now in its fifth season, Venture Bros.—for the uninitiated—follows the adventures of the Venture family: father Rusty, a morally challenged super scientist; sons Dean and Hank, equal parts heart-of-gold do-gooders and bumbling Hardy Boys; “reformed” child molester Sgt. Hatred, their bodyguard; and the scheming, butterfly themed super-villain The Monarch, who is joined in his evil plots by his life partner in crime Dr. Girlfriend (now Dr. Mrs. The Monarch) and inept Henchmen. Over the course of the last 10 years, the Ventures’ world has grown exponentially to encompass dozens of characters, nemeses, relationships and inside jokes—many of which fans can expect to encounter again in the new 10 episode season.