‘Rick and Morty’ Renewed for Season 2

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Kick up your feet, cease your internet campaigns, and delete your petitions Dan Harmon fans, Rick and Morty has sailed to a season two renewal without the kind of drama and frustration that fans of Harmon’s other series, Community, usually have to deal with.

Why the full faith from Adult Swim and Cartoon Network for the animated sitcom – from the mind of Harmon and producer Justin Rolland – about a mad, dimension hopping scientist and his useful, but incompetent grandson as they calamitously go on adventures?

According to the press release announcing the renewal, Rick and Morty is a ratings juggernaut for the network in its 10:30PM Monday night slot, but can the show keep building and eventually become Adult Swim’s first original series to get broad attention since Robot Chicken? Can it climb even higher and help Adult Swim wrestle away FOX’s title as the top source for zeitgeist occupying animated shows, especially at a time where Family Guy seems to make headlines for the wrong kind of reasons.

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It’s clear that Adult Swim is trying to build something, extending its hold on Cartoon Network’s schedule to cover the 8PM hour of primetime starting in March (right around the time when Rick and Morty returns from its hiatus for the final four episodes of its first season). At the outset, that hour will be filled with reruns from FOX shows – often Adult Swim’s bread and butter – but one has to wonder if Rick and Morty‘s success provides a blueprint for a network that has dedicated itself to more fringy fare like Superjail!, Eagleheart, Children’s Hospital, The Eric Andre Show, and China, IL.

By no means tame or fully mainstream, Rick and Morty still feels out of place among those other shows. Really, it could nestle in between the more staid shows on FOX’s animation domination block on Sunday nights and chug along competently as the most edgy show of that night (seriously, the mid-season premiere may have featured one of the bleakest and most daring moments in animated TV history), but that’s probably the point.

With Rick and Morty, Adult Swim has a hybrid, a spoonful of sugar, and the kind of show that can pull eyeballs to a programming slate that might mature and reach out to a broader audience over time. How about that, an entire network that could be influenced by Dan Harmon’s influence as opposed to one that – at one point – felt resistant to his presence.

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Rick and Morty returns to Adult Swim on March 10th @10:30PM

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  1. rick and morty forever please

  2. Please continue with this endeavor. I long for more Rick & Morty.

  3. Rick and Morty are BETTER than Robot Chicken and Family guy. Barring a major – unexpected – dropoff, this show is destined to be a true classic. The only way to disagree with either of these statements is if you a) haven’t seen it but want to pretend you have, b) have no taste at all, or c) just like being a contrary hipster.

    • Rick and Morty is*

  4. i can see this show taking over adult swim

  5. RICK AND MORTY A THOUSAND TIMES RICK AND MORTY

  6. Best adult cartoon I have seen in a long time. I hope they continue for a long, long time.

  7. This is absolutely my favorite television show. It’s creative, exciting, dirty, romantic at times, and just downright fun. I haven’t enjoyed or related with a cartoon this much since.. Well, never. I cannot wait for the second season!

  8. The voice of rick narrates my life… Like everything…. Even as I write this

    • oh come on morty now mine too mor*uhhght*ty

  9. The difference between Rick and Morty and every other Adult Swim shows is that Rick and Morty is actually good. Every other show tries too hard to be funny. I mean, Robot Chicken for example was never funny in my opinion. Maybe 5-10 of their hundreds of 15-second skits were funny to me. You can’t just make up profanity like they did and it just be funny. The profanity must be used artistically… Like in Rick and Morty… This show’s just beautiful and hilarious. A second season should follow up immediately!! :DDD

    • While I agree it’s awesome that adultswim finally had a new show that is hilrious, but Venture Bros is still the tops for me. But I could watch either show non-stop.

  10. You can run but you can’t hide b****!

  11. If I were rich, and television shows were strippers, I would make it thunderstorm on Rick and Morty.

  12. This article, I think, really misunderstands Adult Swim.

    Rick and Morty is a perfect, natural fit. Yeah, they have psychedelic shows like Superjail! and, well, whatever you’d call Squidbillies, but it’s also the only place that could ever be home to a show like the Venture Brothers. There’s clearly a fondness for smart, character-driven humor, but it just doesn’t have as many to show off, compared to the crasser stuff. I mean, who does?

    A lot of their syndicated shows also fall in line with that sort of sensibility, like Home Movies, Bob’s Burgers, or King of the Hill.

    And although this isn’t quite along the same lines, don’t forget Futurama. The reruns that ran on Adult Swim arguably revitalized the show – FOX’s treatment of the show on its original run was terrible. Adult Swim showed what kind of a following it could build up, until the movies happened and Comedy Central came a knockin’.

    I love the living hell out of Rick and Morty, but it certainly wasn’t some sudden miracle baby that saved the network.

  13. tHE BEST SHOW EVER