In the list of things that I didn’t like at first, but later fell in love with, ‘The Venture Brothers’ has to be right near the top.  My initial thought was that it was dude-bro nonsense that mocked ‘Jonny Quest’, but in truth, it’s a thoughtful parody that takes a hipster eye to the music, movies comics and pop culture, sharply poking at the metatextual webbing that holds it all together… and mocks ‘Jonny Quest.’  Still, each successive season has built upon the narrative, examining the nature of failure, of family, coming-of-age and the ridiculous parts of superhero stories, making an incredibly dense and well-knit narrative, leading to today’s AstroBase query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is at the point where it’s the only part of ‘Adult Swim’ that I feel has aged well at all, except maybe reruns of ‘Mission Hill’, asking: The Venture Brothers: Great Cartoon or The Greatest Cartoon?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Like Matthew, I initially hated this show until I really sat down and watched it, then I fell in love with it.

    Due to the erratic release schedule for new seasons, I fell off somewhere around season 3-4. I need to get back to it one day, it’s fantastic.

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