By The Way, The Season Premiere Of ‘The Venture Brothers’ Is On YouTube

Every now and then you run across an adult human being who, for one reason or another, tells you that they “just aren’t into cartoons.” Everyone’s entitled to an opinion, unless it’s this one, which is just flat-out wrong. From Archer to Bob’s Burgers and even some shows H. Jon Benjamin isn’t on, cartoons represent some of the best grown-up sitcoms on the air. Or would you prefer something with three cameras and a laugh track? Anyway, The Venture Brothers, arguably the best cartoon going today, is back—and Adult Swim went and uploaded the triumphant return on YouTube.

For the uninitiated, The Venture Brothers is a brilliant satire of Johnny Quest and countless other adventure shows out of the Hanna-Barbera universe. Unlike, say, Space Ghost, it doesn’t use stock clips—instead it’s an independently illustrated, twisted world of bitter mad scientists, ridiculous villains and over-exotic locales, a series that reveals the violent, seamy underbelly of all those seemingly innocent Saturday mornings.

I daren’t spoil what transpires in last night’s season five kickoff, a double-length episode that hurls us back into this darkly hilarious alternative universe where magic and superpowers are a mundane fact of life. And viewers should be cautioned that each installment tends to assume a familiarity with the densely detailed story up to that point—we’re talking the Arrested Development of animated set. Still, they’re just as often on to the next thing, so jumping right in isn’t a bad call either. You’ll get your bearings soon enough, and by then you’ll be hooked.   

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