Hey TV.com, Should I Watch Dan Harmon's New 'Toon Rick and Morty?

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Rick and Morty, so this is a show about Rick and Morty?

Bingo! Rick and Morty is a half-hour animated series that follows a deranged, alcoholic grandpa scientist (Rick) and his cautious, somewhat-innocent, and dumb grandson (Morty) as they set out on inter-dimensional adventures, battle alien TSA agents, and smuggle contraband in their rectums. And just to be clear, all of those things happen in the first episode. Morty's mom and dad don't approve of their relationship, mostly because it usually involves grievous harm to Morty's well-being. Chillax, parents!


Whose show is this, and who's providing the voices?

The big draw here is that Rick and Morty was co-created by Dan Harmon, the mastermind behind NBC's Community (minus Season 4). Harmon's partner in animated weirdness is Justin Roiland, a voice actor (Fish Hooks, Gravity Falls) who knows Harmon from working with him on Harmon's Channel 101 monthly film festival in Los Angeles. Roiland provides the voices for both Rick and Morty, but you'll also hear Chris Parnell (ArcherSuburgatory), Sarah Chalke (Scrubs, the short-lived How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)), and Spencer Grammer (Greek, NBC's short-lived Ironside remake) as members of Morty's family. 


When does Rick and Morty pop out of a portal and into out our TV sets?

Rick and Morty premieres Monday, December 2 at 10:30pm on Adult Swim. 


Who might enjoy Rick and Morty?

Fans of the current wave of adult cartoons should dig this. But it has that immature Harmon twist, so expect a little more butt and poop humor than you might find on a show like Adventure Time. However, it's not quite as zany as some of the network's other fare. Think of it as living cozily between the imaginative fun of Adventure Time and the cloud of pot smoke that clings to Aqua Teen Whatever It's Called Now.


What's to like about Rick and Morty?

Dan Harmon's brain is like a National Park on another planet, and while Community has given us a decent peek inside it, the gates to his mind can only be fully opened with the power of wacky animation. And in that sense, Rick and Morty is glorious! Full of inter-dimensional portals, phallic-looking xenomorphs, and just the right amount of cartoon gore, the show should be fun for both kids and stoners. I also really like the animation style. There are weird testicle thingies on like every creature in sight; it's basically Harmon's teenage self getting control of a cartoon show.


What isn't so great about Rick and Morty?

I didn't care for the voices of either Rick or Morty, but maybe that's just me. And the jokes can be hit-or-miss, relying a little too heavily on lazy potty humor. The first few scenes are a bit of a slog, but once the pilot gets going, it takes off into pretty fantastic territory.


So, should I watch it?

If you're into cartoons and trippy, weird sh*t, then yes. This show has zero limitations, and knowing Harmon, it will probably take advantage of that.


Let's take a look at a trailer!

Okay! But if you want to watch the entire premiere episode instead, you can do that here.




Rick and Morty premieres Monday, December 2 at 10:30pm on Adult Swim.