Rick and Morty

Rick and Morty

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Rick and Morty is an animated television series created by Community executive producer Dan Harmon and writer Justin Roiland[22] and broadcast weekly on Cartoon Network's late-night programming block Adult Swim. The series is mainly centered around an alcoholic scientist-and-inventor named "Rick" and his long lost grandson "Morty" as they embark on dangerous and bizarre adventures together throughout space and time.


Season One

The show concept for Rick and Morty was first announced during Adult Swim's Upfront presentation in May 2012, followed by the commencement of the production for 10 half-hour episodes to be aired on Cartoon Network (not including the pilot) in October that year. On November 27th, 2013, the pilot episode of Rick and Morty was leaked via YouTube several days prior to its scheduled broadcast on Adult Swim, which premiered at 10 p.m. (ET) on December 2nd. In the episode, Rick takes his grandson Morty into another dimension to research “mega trees.”

Season Two

Rick and Morty season two premiered on July 26th, 2015 with the episode "A Rickle in time." The season ran for 10 episodes and concluded on October 4th, 2015.[20]

Season Three

The third season of Rick and Morty surprised audiences when it aired on April 1st, 2017 on Cartoon Network. Appearing without notice or advertising, the episode played on a loop from 8pm to midnight.[21] The episode turned a 1998 McDonald's promotion for the Disney film Mulan, szechuan sauce dipping sauce, into a viral sensation

Season 4 Rumors

On March 16th, 2018, Dan Harmon tweeted in response to a fan who called him a lazy alcoholic with the revelation that Season 4 of Rick and Morty had yet to be ordered by a network.[31]

Dan Harmon danharmon Follow I hear ya, tough spot. On one hand, it can be challenging, especially with crippling lazy alcoholism, to write a show that hasn't been ordered by a network. On the other hand, the thought that fans like you pay the price...l mean...l'm gonna grab a drink DJ Wise Pariah @DJWisePariah Replying to @danharmon Quit wasting time and go finish the next R&M season, you lazy alcoholic. Run the Jewels can get the animators to make a music video, but we're waiting on them for the next season? Nah, we're waiting on you to finish writing it, like that f----- book.

This fueled concerns among the fandom that there may not be a fourth season of the show. Some expressed that Cartoon Network may not be interested in renewing the show following the actions of the fandom during the third season of the show, particularly with regards to the Szechuan Sauce debacle.

kelly @kellatrix Follow After the Szechuan sauce b------- and the deeply misogynistic fans relentlessly harassing the female writers b-------, I wouldn't blame them if they just ended the show. Complex @Complex Dan Harmon says 'Rick and Morty' "hasn't been ordered" for Season 4: trib.al/pygTv2g GIF 1:15 PM-19 Mar 2018 Christian Sapienza @Whats Sappening Follow Maybe @RickandMorty was actually a giant scheme to get szechuan sauce back and now that they got it he's like "l got what l want so why make more episodes." 10:17 AM-19 Mar 2018

However, while fans expressed their dismay that Adult Swim had yet to renew the series, others warned against overreacting. Highsnobiety[32] wrote that Adult Swim was notorious for having an irregular airdate schedule, with shows on the network often having long periods between seasons. Highsnobiety also noted that show writer Ryan Ridley had previously openly hypothesized that should the show get a fourth season, it would likely not air until late 2019. Other media outlets including Twitter Moments[33] and Nerdist[34] covered the drama.

Season 4 Announcement

On May 15th, 2019, Adult Swim Twitter account tweeted a 30-second video announcement of season four of Rick and Morty, scheduled to begin in November 2019.[35] The tweet gained over 58,500 retweets and 108,000 likes within seven hours.

In the following hours, numerous memes celebrating the announcement appeared on Twitter and in /r/rickandmorty subreddit (examples shown below).

when Rick and Morty S04 finally gets a release date Cheers tothat m------------ hy Aw,jeez, here we go again. that moment when you hear that Rick and Morty is getting another season u/NIGHTFURY-21


On May 19th, 2012, a few days after the announcement by Adult Swim, a subreddit community titled /r/rickandmorty[2] was launched, which gained over 16,900 subscribers in the following two years. On November 27th, 2013, Redditor theroboticdan submitted the leaked pilot episode to the /r/videos[1] subreddit, where it garnered upwards of 2,100 up votes and 220 comments in the first two months. As the series progressed over the next several months, subsequent episodes reached the front page of Reddit as well. Also on November 27th, a page for the show was created on the trope database website TV Tropes.[8] On December 10th, a Rick and Morty wiki[7] was created. On January 21st, 2014, /r/rickandmorty ranked in as the fastest growing non-default subreddit.[3] As of February 2014, Rick and Morty's official Facebook page has accumulated more than 10,000 likes.

Rick and Morty graph of popularity on Reddit

Rich and Morto

On November 15th, 2016, Redditor TheNiceBiscuit posted a message proclaiming an appreciation for the show "Rich and Morto," followed by the phrase "wooba looba dick duck" (shown below). Within 72 hours, the post received upwards of 8,700 votes (87% upvoted) and 350 comments on the /r/rickandmorty[15] subreddit.

Emily Levy posts onto reddit the famous Rich and Morto misquote

That day, Redditor Wyntersun uploaded a "Rich and Morto" illustration to /r/rickandmorty,[18] where it garnered more than 5,600 votes and 130 comments in three days (shown below, left). On November 16th, Redditor MC_Labs15 posted a traced version of Wynersun's drawing (shown below, right).[19]

Rich and Morto crude penci drawing crude rich and morto drawing fan art

That day, Redditor ElderCunningham submitted a post asking about the origin of "Rich and Morto" to /r/OutOfTheLoop,[16] where Redditor finnegar cited TheNiceBiscuit's post. Also on November 16th, the official Rick and Morty Twitter[17] account posted a tweet referencing the "Rich and Morto" meme (shown below).

the official Rick and Morty twitter account responds to the Rich and Morto meme going around

Fan Art

On Deviant Art[10][12] and Tumblr,[11][13][14] fans of the series have featured original fan made artwork inspired by the series.

Fan art of Rick and Morty pointing those blasters right at ya Rick and Morty looking very stoned out in fanart Anime style Rick and Morty fan art
Goofy and cool Rick and Morty fanart dancing rick and morty fanart Fan art of Rick and Morty with a lab vile

What is Rick and Morty?

On December 10th, Twitter user @sadgirlkms[25] posted a tweet which read "isnt rick and morty that thing you get when you die and your body gets all stiff". The tweet gained over 68,000 retweets and 181,000 likes (shown below).

common sad girl @sadgirlkms Follow isnt rick and morty that thing you get when you die and your body gets all stiff 7:54 PM-10 Dec 2017

This started a lengthy Twitter thread where a person would correct the above poster while offering another definition for Rick and Morty. For example, the top comment to @sadgirlkms, posted by poketrainer7[26] read "You're thinking of rigor mortis. Rick and morty is when you get trolled into watching "never gonna give you up"." This continued for dozens of posts. The following day, Twitter user @Matt__nelson[27] tweeted several screenshots from the thread, saying "I’d like to personally congratulate each and every individual involved," gaining over 26,000 retweets and 59,000 likes (screenshots shown below).

madison @@mtaucoin 21h That's rigatoni. Rick and Morty is the study of rheumatism, arthritis, and other disorders of the joints, muscles, and ligaments. 176 992 donna @bornofcorn 19h that's rheumatology. Rick and morty is an isopod crustacean of the family Armadillidiidae festive lexi @toastmama 19h that's roly poly. rick and morty is the character will ferrel plays in talladega nights 2 Matthew Walker @MatthewLW...-18h ﹀ Thats Ricky Bobby. Rick and Morty is a show about a pawnshop where you never know whats coming in through the door ロ130 820 skiddypappap @lunaresnoce 18h that's rick harrison. rick and morty is the guy who sang super freak 91 570 zac @zacdeni 18h thats rick james. rick and morty is the wwe guy who goes "woo" a lot liz is meeting dp !!! @hellyeahd...-18h that's ric flair. rick and morty is the guy who ruled england for the third time ロ77 500 2 Geo @StarlitGeode 11h that's king richard. rick and morty is kenny chesney's---- country song, featuring inspiring lyrics such as "green grass, help the cows graze, hedgefund 401" 2 ロ62 443 s--- "no more nazis" prince @s...-10h ﹀ you're thinking of "rich and miserable" rick and morty is a wetland bog in aberdeenshire, scotland ロ53 385 Noah Jorstad @nJorstad 10h That's Red Moss. Rick and Morty actually refers to the physical presence or a business or organization 58 470 pinned! @8teenstyles 10h that's brick and mortar. rick and morty is the 2007 american comedy starring will ferrel and jon heder. 64 495 Sarah @ticktockready.9h You're thinking of blades of glory. Rick and morty is a cattle herding dog breed which originated in Pembrokeshire, Wales 2 1247 361

A thread about the Twitter thread was posted to Reddit's /r/rickandmorty, gaining over 20,000 upvotes.[28] The Twitter thread was also covered by Salon[29] and Twitter Moments.[30]


On January 28th, the entertainment news blog Vulture[4] reported that Rick and Morty had beaten NBC's late night comedy programs in ratings. On the following day, Rick and Morty was renewed for a second season on Adult Swim.[5]

After season 2, a 3rd season was released unannounced on April Fool's Day and then fully released between July 31st 2017 thru Oct 1st 2017.[23] Deadline magazine published that Rick and Morty Season 3 set record ratings for Adult Swim.[24]

Search Interest

External References

[1] Reddit – Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland released the pilot

[2] Reddit – /r/rickandmorty

[3] Reddit Metrics – /r/rickandmorty

[4] Vulture – Dan Harmons Rick and Morty is a Ratings Hit

[5] Splitsider – Adult Swim Renews Dan Harmons Rick and Morty for Season 2

[6] Facebook – Rick and Morty

[7] Wikia – Rick and Morty

[8] TV Tropes – Rick and Morty

[9] YouTube – Rick and Morty pilot

[10] DeviantArt – rick morty

[11] Tumblr – rick and morty

[12] DeviantArt – My Little Morties

[13] Tumblr – Morty and Rick

[14] Tumblr – Having Changed

[15] Reddit – Rich and morto

[16] Reddit – Ive been seeing a bunch of rich and morto posts

[17] Twitter – @rickandmorty

[18] Reddit – my rich and morto sketch

[19] Reddit – I traced wyntersons drawing

[20] Wikipedia – Rick and Morty

[21] Vox – Rick and Morty actually, for real, dropped its season 3 premiere on April Fools’ Day

[22] IMDB – Rick and Morty

[23] Wikipedia – Rick and Morty Season 3

[24] Deadline – ‘Rick and Morty’ Season 3 Sets Ratings Records For Adult Swim

[25] Twitter – @sadgirlkms

[26] Twitter – poketrainer7

[27] Twitter – matt__nelson

[28] Reddit – Whats a Rick and Morty?

[29] Salon – The Twitter asks “What is Rick and Morty?” and gets the best answers

[30] Twitter Moments – What exactly is Rick and Morty?

[31] Twitter – @danharmon

[32] Highsnobiety – People Are Still Not Calming TF Down Over ‘Rick and Morty’ Season 4 & There’s Now a Petition

[33] Twitter Moments – Rick and Morty creator says fourth season hasn't been ordered yet


[35] Twitter – @adultswim's Post

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Jack the Dipper

Is there a name for this style of drawing/animation? You know, with the rounded lines, simple shapes, large circular eyes, and let's not forget the…

I've been seeing it everywhere since Adventure Time (even though their eyes are dots most of the time).


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