After almost 16 years and seven seasons, Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer’s series The Venture Bros. has amassed quite the following. The show follows the adventures of Dr. Thaddeus “Rusty” Venture, his sons Hank and Dean and their on-and-off again bodyguard Brock Samson.
Over the years, the show has introduced more characters, comedy, mysteries, connections to past episodes, as well as a plethora of pop culture references. With the show’s eighth season currently in development, fans are eager to see what comes next for the Venture family. Let’s look back at some of the show’s funniest and most impactful moments.
Here are the 10 Best episodes of The Venture Bros. Fair warning, there are spoilers ahead.
10 "A Very Venture Halloween" (Season 5 Special)
The events of “A Very Venture Halloween” tie into several episodes throughout season five. It has plenty of comedic moments thanks to both Rusty and Dr. Byron Orpheus as they get up to their respective antics alongside their peers.
It is also the episode where Dean finally learns that he is a clone. This causes him to suffer from a severe existential crisis throughout the season. Dr. Orpheus also takes charge as he berates his fellow magic users for almost causing a zombie apocalypse. The part where he describes the true magic of Halloween and how it allows us to discover our true selves is a message that still resonates with fans today.
9 "Twenty Years to Midnight" (Season 2, Episode 5)
“Twenty Years to Midnight” is a classic episode that puts the Venture family into a classic race against time scenario. With the help of their allies, the Ventures must find Jonas Venture’s “greatest invention” before midnight in order to save the world from an alien threat.
This episode also features the appearance of The Grand Galactic Inquisitor. A character that parodies cosmic beings like Marvel’s Galactus, the Inquisitor only appears in this episode. Despite it being a one-off character, it ended up making quite the impact. After all, it’s impossible to forget a giant alien that yells “IGNORE ME” to people while trying – and failing – to remain inconspicuous.
8 "Powerless in the Face of Death" (Season 2, Episode 1)
“Powerless in the Face of Death” draws you in with one of the show's best opening sequences. Set to the theme of Everybody's Free, we witness the aftermath of events from the season one finale. Essentially, The Monarch is still in prison, Hank and Dean are dead and Doc tries to escape his issues at home by galivanting all over the world.
By the end of the episode, Rusty reveals that his sons are clones. A secret that had been teased in previous episodes like “Are You There, God? It’s Me, Dean”. It’s also amusing how nonchalant Brock and Rusty act throughout the whole thing since they’ve been in this situation at least 14 times.
7 "Showdown at Cremation Creek (Part II)" (Season 2, Episode 13)
In the finale of this two-part episode, the Monarch’s wedding to his fiancée Dr. Girlfriend is interrupted by her ex, Phantom Limb. With Limb making his move to usurp the Sovereign and retrieve his lover, this episode shows just how villainous he can be.
What follows is an intense aerial free for all where the Ventures and the Monarch put aside their differences to take on a common enemy. With the perfect balance of action and comedy, “Showdown at Cremation Creek” surpasses the previous season finale by a landslide. We also get to see Dean have his own adventure in the form of a hallucination.
6 "The Family That Slays Together, Stays Together (Part II)" (Season 3, Episode 13)
In the season three finale, Brock and the Venture family's fight against the Monarch and the Office of Secret Intelligence (O.S.I.) culminates in a three-way battle between the Monarch’s forces, the O.S.I., and Rusty’s army of clone slugs. In the end, Brock learns that he had been deceived into believing the O.S.I. was trying to hunt him down.
Fed up with his current lifestyle, he decides to quit both the agency and the Ventures. Before he can leave, he is injured in an explosion which also decapitates Henchman 24, traumatizing Henchman 21. The episode's traumatic ending leaves several characters broken. As a result, these events force them to undergo intense character development in preparation for the show's next chapter.
5 "The Unicorn in Captivity" (Season 7, Episode 7)
Throughout the series, Rusty has always been depicted as failure living in his father’s shadow. In the “Unicorn in Captivity”, he breaks free of this stigma by inventing a teleporter. This gets the attention of a secret society that seeks to invite him into their inner circle in exchange for destroying his teleporter to preserve the social order.
We also get a hilarious subplot featuring the Monarch who joins a team of villains to help steal the teleporter, with disastrous results. Although Rusty’s adventure turns out to be a simulation, the use of elements that parody scenes from films like The Shining and Eyes Wide Shut adds a unique twist to the show’s already bizarre universe.
4 "Arrears in Science" (Season 7, Episode 3)
In the final episode of the “Morphic Trilogy”, the long thought deceased Jonas is confronted by the real Blue Morpho. The latter of whom turns out to be Vendata, a former member of the Council of 13, as well as the Monarch’s father.
The episode does a brilliant job of taking elements from previous episodes and flawlessly integrating them into the present. We also discover Jonas’ true nature as a truly terrible person who ruined the Blue Morpho’s life. As the episode ties-up several loose ends, both Rusty and the Monarch finally move away from the shadows of their respective father’s. Thus, allowing them to grow and develop on their own terms.
3 "Operation P.R.O.M." (Season 4, Episode 16)
“Operation P.R.O.M.”, celebrates more than just the Venture Brothers homecoming prom. It also addresses the theme of growing up as several characters are forced to confront their own personal issues. Several characters, including Brock, Henchman 21, Hunter Gathers, and especially Dean, all experience sudden life-changing shifts.
As a result, they are forced to abandon their former selves and embrace their new identities, both for better and for worse. The episode ends with Brock rushing to save his friends while in perfect synchronicity to Pulp’s Like a Friend. For years to come, that song will forever be linked to one of The Venture Bros. best episodes.
2 "The Saphrax Protocol" (Season 7, Episode 10)
“The Saphrax Protocol” starts off with operatives from the Guild of Calamitous Intent kidnapping Rusty. He is taken to a space station as part of the Monarch’s final test to become a level 10 villain. The episode also covers several subplots involving Brock, Hank, and Dean.
From the start, the episode quickly picks up momentum and never stops even as it jumps between 4 different subplots. In the end, every character comes to the realization of who they really are or what they want to become. Furthermore, the episode confirms a theory that the show's been hinting at for years. The revelation that the Monarch and Rusty are blood-related.
1 "All This and Gargantua-2" (Season 6 Special)
“All This and Gargantua-2” holds nothing back as it gives fans everything the series has to offer. The episode features a plethora of appearances from both major and minor characters. Each one fulfilling their own unique purpose. It is jam-packed with double crosses, hilarious moments, intense action scenes, as well as major character deaths.
One of the best moments in the episode was the final battle between Dr. Henry Killinger and the evil trio known as the Investors. It successfully ties up several loose ends and the Venture clan survives yet another chaotic adventure, as well as sets the stage for the next phase of their journey.