Shows like Family Guy, Archer, South Park, and The Simpsons proved that adult-themed animated shows could not only survive, but thrive. Rick and Morty is one of the newer additions, with its second season wrapping in October 2015. Created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, Rick and Morty is about a boy (Morty) and his scientific genius of a grandfather (Rick) as they work their way out of numerous interdimensional conflicts. Joining them are Morty's sister, Summer, and his parents, Jerry and Beth.
The show is filled with clever and hilarious humor and plenty of fourth wall breaking jokes as a cherry on top. Each episode is filled with laughter and enjoyment, making Rick and Morty a worthy addition to adult animation.
Now I know what you're thinking. Where can you watch this magnificent show? Well, unlike Family Guy and Archer, Rick and Morty cannot be found on Netflix. You have two choices: You can check out adultswim.com to find a handful of episodes from each season, or you can watch all 21 episodes on Hulu.
When you start watching, there's going to be a fresh buffet of episodes to pick from. Sure, you could always start at the beginning, but if you just want to scan a few of the best, I have the episodes for you.
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"Lawnmower Dog" — Season 1, Episode 2
When Morty's family want their dog to behave, Rick gives them a device to better control Snuffles while he and Morty go off to act out their own little Inception. Snuffle's intelligence grows out of hand, and he becomes a new canine overlord that terrifies the family.
Not only does "Lawnmower Dog" give us a fun subplot with Morty's family, it also gives us a taste of Rick and Morty's tendency to parody popular movies. This episode riffs on both Inception and A Nightmare on Elm Street, which foreshadows later parodies of movies like Jurassic Park and The Purge.
"Meeseeks And Destroy" — Season 1, Episode 5
Rick and Morty is a show well known for coming up with random, hilarious characters to fill each episode, and few characters are memorable as the Meeseeks. When Rick and Morty go on yet another adventure, the rest of the family want some kind of gadget to help with mundane tasks. Enter Mr. Meeseeks. When the Meeseeks find that bettering Jerry's golf game is impossible, they turn on him and become a group of blue, squeaky-voiced murderers.
"Meeseeks and Destroy" is an episode that proves that not all episodes are about the titular characters. While Rick and Morty's adventure is entertaining, the secondary family members get a chance to shine, along with hilarious yet insanely homicidal creatures to sweeten the pot.
"Rixty Minutes" — Season 1, Episode 8
When Rick grows tired of watching boring reality shows, he hooks up interdimensional cable to the house to get every show and commercial from every possible universe. He also gives a pair of goggles to Jerry, Beth, and Summer so that they can see what their life would be like in other universes.
One of the best parts of Rick and Morty is the use of improvisational comedy, and no episode shows off Justin Roiland's improv skills better than "Rixty Minutes." Each show and commercial is all Roiland's improvisation, which is sure to have you busting a gut. His unpredictable humor shines in every moment, and you can tell he is even cracking himself up when you hear him break into laughter in a few of the clips.
"A Rickle In Time" — Season 2, Episode 1
After Rick freezes time in the Season 1 finale, time resumes and Rick, Morty and Summer have to be extra careful to not split their timeline into two or more pieces. Of course nothing goes as planned, and Rick, Morty and Summer are forced to deal with an unforgettable ordeal with multiple timelines at once.
"A Rickle In Time" does an amazing job of showing off the sci-fi heart of the show. Each episode delves into different sorts of interdimensional peril, but the time-shattering theme of this episode takes a basic science-fiction trope and adds classic Rick and Morty flavor. Watching Rick try and shoot different versions of himself on multiple timelines is one of the most memorable moments of all 21 episodes.
"Total Rickall" — Season 2, Episode 4
When shape-shifting parasites show up in the house and start implanting false memories in the family, Rick, Morty, Summer, Jerry and Beth have to struggle to determine who around them is real and who is just a lovable character concocted by the parasites. Things get even trickier when the memories become more and more frequent, making the house filled with characters that the family has to root through.
"Total Rickall" is without a doubt one of the most interesting and creative episodes of Rick & Morty. The entire episode almost seems like a Dr. Who episode, with conflict upon conflict that requires a clever resolution. The episode also displays the showrunners' creativity, with dozens of different random creatures and characters that are all given their own personality.
"Get Schwifty" — Season 2, Episode 5
When a giant head arrives at Earth and starts changing the weather, the world if forced to play a musical number for the head's amusement. Unfortunately, all of the world's musicians are unavailable, so Rick and Morty have to perform an impromptu song to entertain the head. Their success saves the planet, but it also means that the stakes are raised when Earth is teleported to a giant-head reality show, where failure means obliteration.
Other than giving us a new classic Rick and Morty catch phrase to hold on to, "Get Schwifty" shows the necessary teamwork between Rick and Morty. Even though Rick is a genius who can invent practically anything (especially dangerous things), he discovers that he needs Morty to get through their wild misadventures.
"The Wedding Squanchers" — Season 2, Episode 10
The finale of Season 2 was full of drama that started out with Rick, Morty and the family being invited to Birdperson's wedding. After the wedding goes terribly, terribly wrong, the family is sent on the run from intergalactic law, and they find refuge on a tiny planet. While the family discusses their options, Rick starts to feel guilty about the position he put the family in.
While "Wedding Squanchers" isn't the most comedy-filled episode in the bunch, it holds important character development for Rick. Throughout the previous 20 episodes, he has always been a cocky, overconfident know-it-all who never showed any real remorse. However, when the finale comes to a close, we see Rick actually regretting his actions and decisions, and his following choices are sure to change the direction that the show goes from here.
If you haven't yet witnessed the majesty of Rick and Morty, be sure to check out adultswim.com or Hulu to stream their hilarious episodes before Season 3 starts up later this year. I promise you won't regret it.