Jackson Publick, the creator of The Venture Bros., confirmed on his personal Twitter account that the acclaimed animated series has been canceled.
Christopher McCulloch (also known as “Jackson Publick”) tweeted out a confirmation of the show’s fate on his personal Twitter account on Labor Day evening, noting, “Unfortunately, it’s true: #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.”
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The series, which was written by Publick and Eric Hammer (using the name Doc Hammer), debuted on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim in August of 2004, following a pilot episode that aired in February of 2003. The series was about Dr. Thaddeus “Rusty” Venture, a former boy adventurer like Jonny Quest, who now takes his own two teenage sons, Hank and Dean Venture, on adventures along with their bodyguard, Brock Samson. Venture’s arch-nemesis is the butterfly-themed supervillain known as The Monarch.
While initially a parody of Jonny Quest (basically, “What if Jonny Quest was a total disappointment as an adult?”), the show grew to become a satire of many different types of action series, including superheroes and G.I. Joe. Most importantly, though, it served as a study in the effect of failure. Nearly all of the major characters on the series are failures of some sort. However, the show is that much more relatable because of it.
The series famously takes a long time between seasons (the first four seasons took place over six years while the next three took place over eight years), so with Season 7 ending in October 2018, most fans weren’t expecting the previously announced Season 8 until 2021. Recently, though, in a discussion on Twitter about shows that were canceled too soon, Ken Plume (a friend of the show who did the officially approved art book, Go Team Venture!: The Art and Making of the Venture Bros., back in 2018) tweeted out, “The Venture Bros.”