Rick and Morty have returned to our screens for their long awaited third season which has been two years in the making. Creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon wanted as long as possible to develop this season and the results are evident, it is the best-animated show on television today.
Rick and Morty follows the titular characters in their day to day life in middle-class American suburbia. The catch is Rick is a dimension crossing super genius and Morty is his sheepish, desk wetting grandson. Together they travel the universe through a series of scientific mishaps, the repercussions of which can end worlds or galactic governments.
This is how sci-fi comedy should be done… looking at you The Big Bang Theory and Futurama.
Adult Swim, who set the world alight by commissioning Rick and Morty, consider it their prime time champion, the show that consistently rates highly and has huge global viewing figures. Its success is based not just on Rick who is one of the most interesting television characters of all time but the supporting characters and the bizarrely deep and touching probing of our humanity.
Rick lives with his daughter, Beth, who he was estranged from for years and her family, Morty, Summer her teenage daughter and Gerry. Each episode features a mad scientific escapade but also a family drama thus taking what The Simpsons did and much fresher as the family dramas explode and are entangled with the mad experiments. This formula has created so many classic moments but also moments in which characters consider their lives.
Who would have guessed turning yourself into a pickle could spark a battle with a South American assassin and the worst family counselling session ever?
Rick resultingly has been named as one of the best examples of existentialist philosophy yet it is not rammed down your throat and the show isn’t being ‘too clever’. Instead, it adds to the rich fabric of this show. It is far funnier than any other animated series yet more intelligent than all of them. Rick and Morty is a refreshing kick to a genre that has become slow and tired, with shows like The Simpsons and Familly Guy well past their expiry date.
So with season three well underway now is the time to get on Netflix and watch season one and two to catch up. You can watch season three in the US on Adult Swim on Sundays at 11.30 ET. In the UK Netflix will be releasing each episode of season three a week after US broadcast.
By Arran Byers