It’s time to get RICKETY-RICKET-WRECKED SON! After two-long years, Rick and Morty fans can rejoice and GET SCHWIFTY as the beloved Adult Swim comedy returns Sunday night at 11:30p.m. EST on Cartoon Network. The show did warn fans of the long wait, as the season 3 post-credit scene featured fan-favorite character Mr. Poopybutthole telling viewers there would be a long wait until Season 4.
Premiering in 2013, Rick and Morty became an instant hit for the network’s Adult Swim lineup. What started out as a crude joke and parody of Universal Pictures’ Back to the Future, ended up turning into a global sensation and mutli-platform phenomena across digital, gaming, livestreaming, retail, and fan experiences. Much to creator Justin Roiland’s surprise, rather than receiving a cease and desist order from Universal, the dark time-traveling comedy turned into a series that now airs on every continent and is a consumer products success.
Rick and Morty follows a sociopathic genius scientist with a slight alcohol problem, who drags his inherently timid grandson on insanely dangerous adventures across the universe. Rick Sanchez is living with his daughter Beth’s family and constantly bringing her, his son-in-law Jerry, granddaughter Summer, and grandson Morty into intergalactic escapades…which yields a ton of trouble for everyone involved.
“Rick and Morty exploded onto the scene in 2013 and quickly drew a legion of rabid followers from both critics and young fans,” said Kevin Reilly, chief content officer, HBO Max and president TBS, TNT, truTV. “The jokes come fast and frenetically in a smart comedy concoction we are so happy to deliver on HBO Max.”
As the battle for TV streaming rights continues, WarnerMedia announced last week that Rick and Morty will join the library over at HBO Max, but the first three seasons and new episodes from Season 4 will continue to be made available to Hulu in the immediate future. HBO Max has been an absolute baller, picking up a number of extremely successful shows, including but not limited to The Big Bang Theory, Friends, The Office, and many more.
So what can Rick and Morty fans expect for the upcoming season?
- The return of fan-favorite characters including, confirmed characters—Mr. Meeseeks, Mr. Poopybutthole, and Gearhead;
- A shorter season with only five episodes, but the series has been confirmed for another 70 episodes in the upcoming future; and
- The plot line is still unknown.
While fans would love to see the return of fan-favorite Pickle Rick, some new characters are being introduced, with the Season 4 teaser hinting towards an…Evil Morty…Morty’s eyepatch-wearing doppelganger? It would make sense that Evil Morty is Rick’s original Morty he created?
Either way, get ready to sit back, crack open a beer at 11:30pm at night, and get absolutely RICKITY RICKITY WRECKED SON. Walking into the office tomorrow hungover will be absolutely worth it.
Rick and Morty stars Justin Roiland (Adventure Time), Sarah Chalke (Scrubs), Chris Parnell (Saturday Night Live), and Spencer Grammer (Greek). The series is co-created by Dan Harmon (Community) and Roiland, who also serve as executive producers.
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