Rick and Morty

Photograph: Channel 4
Rating 9.1
Streamer All4
Seasons 5
Episodes 45 x 20 mins

Let’s get Schwifty! And drunk, and irreverent, and downright weird. It’s time for another season of foul-mouthed intergalactic adventures with Rick and Morty. Wubba lubba dub dub.

Those of you who have not yet watched this show probably have absolutely no idea what any of that meant, but for the masses of Rick and Morty mega fans, you know exactly what we’re on about. Since this Adult Swim animation debuted in 2013, it has become a cult favourite among teens, stoners and people whose humour got mixed up with some childhood trauma. And we can see why – this ridiculous cartoon is weirdly hilarious.

It follows the sociopathic scientist and interdimensional drunk Rick, who one day turns up on his daughter Diane’s doorstep and asks to move in with her, her wet flannel husband Jerry, and their two kids, Summer and Morty. Whilst Summer is mostly busy texting boys and bitching at her mum, Rick drags the oft reluctant Morty on his dangerous drunken missions across space and time, featuring some of the oddest characters you’ll see on TV – Birdperson and Mr Poopybutthole, we’re looking at you. But there’s fun down on earth too, with Diane and Jerry’s marriage on the rocks, and Summer’s apathetic teenage years in full swing, every character’s story is built out and hilarious, with just the right amount of weird thrown in for good measure.

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And we’ve now had five seasons of this show, with the latest getting fans so excited there were entire sites dedicated to release date speculation, with countdown clocks when the official date was finally announced. So whether you understand it or not, this show is insanely successful. But we really can understand it – it’s got that wry, abrasive sense of humour that millennials go mad for, and the sci-fi elements which made Futurama such a hit. It’s silly, yes, but it’s also smart, and makes poignant statements about modern society and the nature of TV watching. It really is brilliantly written, wonderfully twisted and laugh-out-loud funny. We love it.

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Somewhat surprisingly, so do the critics. In The Guardian, Abigail Chandler says “Rick and Morty has made an artform out of dancing along the offensiveness line, keeping the humour sharp and savage without making it cruel, even when Rick himself is behaving cruelly.” Meanwhile The Telegraph’s Jonathan Bernstein says the show is “redefining the notion of what makes a hit TV show,” whilst The New York Times’s Neil Genzlinger calls it “Grandparenting at its unhinged finest.” It’s universe-al then, this is must-see TV.

First shown September 2015. You can watch the trailer for season five by pressing the play button on the show image, or by clicking here.

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