The Venture Brothers is one of the funniest shows on TV right now and the best Adult Swim has to offer. Later this summer they're showing a 15 minute special, but here are three of the funniest episodes from each of their four seasons so far:
“Ghosts of the Sargasso.” While searching for the wreck of his father’s experimental space ship, Doctor Venture leaves Hank and Dean at the mercy of fake pirates who get haunted by the ghost of Major Tom, whom Doc has accidentally awakened.
Epically hilarious moment: The cold open, which acts out “Space Oddity” using lyrics from that song and “Ashes to Ashes.” Major Tom: “Tell my wife I love her very much—“ Jonas Venture: “She knows!”
“Tag Sale—You’re It.” Things get pretty rough when super-science and arch villainy meet at Doctor Venture’s yard sale.
Epically hilarious moment: Henchman 21 uses the Monarch’s money to buy a real working light saber and tries to use it on Brock Samson. Uh-oh….
“Return to Spider-Skull Island.” The boys, thinking that their father is having a baby, run away from home. But it turns out they’ve just got a new uncle, as Doctor Venture’s twin brother Jonas, Jr. whom he absorbed in the womb decides it’s time to come out and take what is rightfully his. Meanwhile Henchmen 21 and 24 cross items off the imprisoned Monarch’s to-do list—with deadly consequences.
Epically hilarious moment: What could possibly top the boys’ ignorance of basic biology and homages to Rocky Horror and Easy Rider? The Monarch’s “scared straight” prison speech, that’s what.
“Powerless in the Face of Death.” As the Monarch plans his escape from prison, Dr. Orpheus discovers why he cannot find the boy’s souls in the afterlife: They are clones.
Epically hilarious moment: Death scene montage.
“Escape to the House of Mummies Part II.” With Brock and the boys in the clutches of the evil Osiris cult, Doctor Venture helps them… by getting into a science versus magic shrinking contest with Dr. Orpheus.
Epically hilarious moment: Doc, Billy Quizboy, and Pete White make “guilty pleasure” lists. Billy misunderstands the question.
“Showdown at Cremation Creek (Part 1 and 2).” The Venture family gets roped into attending the Monarch’s wedding to Dr. Girlfriend. Phantom Limb crashes the ceremony and kidnaps Dr. Girlfriend as part of his ploy to bring down The Sovereign (a.k.a. David Bowie), so Brock and Hank help him get her back as Dean has a Neverending Story-inspired freak-out.
Epically hilarious moment: Where to begin? The Star Wars references? Bowie? How about Hank’s little disguise as “how you say, Russian Guyovitch?”
“Shadowman 9: In the Cradle of Destiny.” While the Guild of Calamitous Intent holds a hearing to see if the Monarch was arching Doctor Venture without permission, 21 and 24 get a little help dealing with Dr. Mrs. The Monarch’s Murderous Moppets.
Epically hilarious moment: Phantom Limb reveals his true self to Dr. Girlfriend. “You eviled your legs?”
“The Invisible Hand of Fate.” After hitting his head in the toilette, Billy finally remembers how lost his hand.
Epically hilarious moment: The Nozzle.
“The Buddy System.” Doctor Venture opens up the compound as a day camp for boy adventurers. Naturally, things don’t quite go to plan.
Epically hilarious moment: Brock asks the disguised Moppets to beat up annoying teen Dermot for him, and they get a little carried away. “F—ing knife.”
“Handsome Ransom.” Hank, angry at his father, runs off with Captain Sunshine when the Monarch’s ransom plan goes awry.
Epically hilarious moment: Every single time Captain Sunshine gets just a little too creepy.
“Everybody Comes to Hank’s.” While Dean’s off in New York for his internship, Doc orders Hank to get a job. So he opens his own detective agency and investigates the mystery of Dermot’s real father.
Epically hilarious moment: The whole thing’s a brilliant film noir parody, but you gotta love a low-speed cart chase.
“Operation: P.R.O.M.” As Sphinx gets ready to hand Monstroso over to the O.S.I., the boys have their homeschool prom. Will Dean win Triana back? Will Hunter Gathers find the mole? Will 21 find out who killed 24? Will anyone get laid?
Epically hilarious moment: A Rusty Venture.