Are you jonesing for more Rick and Morty? While you’re waiting for season 4, here’s a list of other Rick and Morty-esque entertainment you’ll be sure to like, from obscure British comedy gems to classic sci-fi hits.
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[I am pleased there is no emergency.]
[Oh, there’s an emergency, all right.]
It’s going to be way too long
until the new season of Rick and Morty.
[See you for season 4 in-]
[a really long time!]
So what do we do in the meantime?
We’ve compiled a short list of shows
to help get you through your Rick and Morty withdrawal
with some other shows to get hooked on.
And because our specialty is analysis,
these aren’t just general recommendations.
We’re looking at what exactly you like about Rick & Morty,
and trying to point to other shows, movies or entertainment
that capture those specific attributes.
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So to start with.
If you like Rick and Morty because you enjoy Rick–
you know that guy who just totally acts like a Rick —
[I’m sorry you think you deserve an apology.]
you’ll like other shows starring that smart asshole,
doesn’t give a Rick type.
There’s n’er do well father of 6 Frank Gallagher
[The best gift you can give is neglect.]
or womanizing writer Hank Moody of Californication.
[So, not only are you a cadaverous lay,]
[you also have shitty taste in movies.]
If you like the insufferable genius
coupled with a sweet-hearted sidekick,
a great bet would be BBC’s Sherlock.
[Why didn’t i think of that.]
[’cause you’re an idiot.]
[No no no don’t be like that,]
[practically everyone is]
And of course there’s Hugh Laurie’s Dr. House,
with sidekick Dr. Wilson.
[You alienate people.]
[I’ve been alienating people since I was three.]
You can see a kind of inverse of this coupling
in Jeeves and Wooster,
the 90s british comedy series
based on the PG Wodehouse’s writings,
starring Hugh Laurie (in a very different role)
together with his Cambridge buddy Stephen Fry.
Here the sidekick butler is the genius,
and the ostensible boss is a total idiot,
and the results are delightful.
[This was all your doing, wasn’t it, Jeeves?]
[You worked the whole thing,]
[didn’t you? With the gloss-ups?]
[If you’ll pardon the liberty, sir,]
[I doubt if the young lady]
[would be entirely suitable for you.]
If you love surreal comedy
and over-the-top wacky weirdness,
[Yes, I’d like to order one large sofa chair]
[with extra chair, please.]
[No, no, no, no.]
There’s Adult Swim’s Aqua Teen Hunger Force,
about fast food items who live together.
[You know this book is self-published.]
[Yes, like many ancient text.]
[On the back of a hunch of pharmacy labels.]
[Do not blaspheme the Book of Clozapine!]
For more vintage surreality in comedy
there’s the beloved Monty Python:
[Look, you stupid bastard,]
[you’ve got no arms left.]
[Yes I have.]
[Just a flesh wound.]
[Look, stop that.]
[Look, I’ll have your leg. Right!]
Or from the 2000s check out The Mighty Boosh,
[Wind’s my only friend.]
[I hate you.]
which shares Rick and Morty’s bickering
between the two protagonists,
[You’re the least dark person I’ve ever met.]
[You’re like candy floss.]
[You cut me open and I’m made of Black Jacks.]
[You’re Fruit Salad, Vince, everyone knows that.]
unexpected musical numbers.
[Soup, soup, a tasty soup,]
[soup, a spicy carrot and coriander.]
…and knack for super-memorable zany side characters,
[When you are the moon,]
[you pretty much split people down the middle.]
[Some people go, “Ah, look at the moon.”]
[“He’s all gentle, he has a nice white face,]
[hanging in the sky. He’s nice.”]
[And the other half go,]
[“Ugh, he’s a vanilla rapist!]
[Get him away from my kids!”]
Python and Boosh and some of the others we’ve named
are obviously British comedies,
and Rick and Morty has
a British sense of humor in some ways-
it’s got the sarcasm,
[Really, you don’t say.]
the deadpan delivery,
[Why don’t you ask the smartest people]
[in the universe, Jerry?]
[Oh, yeah. You can’t. They blew up.]
the darkness, the feeling sometimes
that involves from a sketch show,
[Starring a piece of toast!]
[Two guys, with handle-bar mustaches!]
[A man painted silver who makes robot noises!]
the social critique.
[Same old story. Mortys killing Mortys.]
So if you like that British comedy style,
you should also check out the cringe-tastic Peep Show,
which also features the odd couple,
and very memorable side characters.
[It’s a snake!]
[Yeah, there are snakes.]
[There are quite a few snakes in your room.]
[It’s hard to keep count.]
[They’re very good at hiding.]
[Sneaky like that.]
[Not to be too la-di-da,]
[but is there a room with fewer snakes available?]
And the way that nothing really
improves or changes in these characters’ lives.
[Zahra says we have only one thing to fear,]
[and that’s fear itself.]
[It’s a clever saying, isn’t it?]
[And what about losing all your money?]
[Or shitting yourself in public?]
[Or the tabloid press mistakenly outing you as a paedo?]
[Or all of those things, plus you’re drowning?]
Or, if you’ve never seen it,
watch the iconic Alan Partridge,
starring Steve Coogan.
[Interesting thing about news and current affairs â€“]
[Would it be terribly rude]
[to stop listening to you]
[and go and speak to somebody else?]
And we’d highly recommend the wacky humor of Father Ted,
[Down with this sort of thing.]
about three Irish priests living on a remote island.
[That’s the great thing about Catholicism.]
[It’s so vague and nobody really knows what it’s about.]
If you love Justin Roiland’s vocal performance
and his trademark loose, improvisational style,
[I’m Mr. Meeseeks, Look at me!]
check him out in the new Adult Swim show
Hot Streets created by Rick and Morty writer
Roiland produces the show
and voices the dog Chubby Webbers,
so we can officially say
Roiland’s on another level now, creatively,
seeing what he can do in extended sequences
of not even saying any words.
[It doesn’t matter what kind of these guys.]
[Just distract him!]
Or maybe, the part you love best about Rick and Morty
is co-creator Dan Harmon’s brand of humor.
There’s basically an endless supply
of Harmon’s cerebral, wordy, self-aware jokes
and rants on his podcast, Harmontown.
You’ll hear all about what Dan’s therapist tells him
because he records his sessions with this therapist:
[My therapist told me I’m sitting on this script]
[because this is my last chance to be miserable.]
there’s a lot of rapping of uneven quality
[I got a blue head and blue fists]
[But then come on separately]
[You can’t put them on a list]
[of things you want for Christmas]
[It’s 1986 and your dad just pissed in this fruit punch]
and a bevy of creative insights into our world.
[Insurance has to be one of the like]
[That’s like the dorsal fin on the shark of capitalism.]
And If you like Rick and Morty’s pop-culture referentiality
and the way the characters seem aware they’re in a show,
[Roll the credits. Go!]
[Just shake that ass! That’s the end of season 1!]
try out Harmon’s previous series– Community.
[Well, I didn’t realize we were really good friends.]
[I figured we were really more like Chandler and Phoebe.]
[They never really had stories together.]
[Sure, I’ll do it, Chandler.]
And the show features another Rick type
learning to care for others in spite of himself.
Justin Roiland even gets a cameo
in the show’s last episode as a character
who sounds suspiciously like Mr. Meeseeks.
[Hey what about me!]
[Hey everybody, look at me!]
[I’m Ice Cube Head!]
[I’ve got an ice cube for a head!]
[I also eat cell phones,]
[so you better be careful with those cellphones around me,]
[because they taste like prime rib where I’m from.]
[I’m Mr. Meeseeks, Look at me!]
One thing you might love about Rick and Morty
is that it has really imaginative science fiction â€œwhat ifs.â€
Episodes are like thought experiments
that the show follows through
to their wild and crazy conclusions,
to unflinchingly stare at the problems of human existence.
[Rick, what about the reality we left behind?]
[What about the reality where Hitler cured cancer, Morty?]
[The answer is don’t think about it.]
So, If you’re interested in sci-fi
that’s deeply philosophical
and carries through to dark conclusions,
try Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror.
[I’m talking about taking]
[Carrie’s consciousness from]
[that broken shell and putting it in there.]
[What? Um Like a voice inside my head?]
[Like the whole of her inside your head.]
[Like a hitchhiker.]
[Like a passenger.]
or Electric Dreams,
another anthology series that’s based on
the short stories of Philip K. Dick.
[But there’s only me, Ed,]
[and I’m running out of time.]
Sometimes it can also be enjoyable
to watch science fiction scenarios
play out without the ultra-serious
dramatic tone of most sci-fi.
So if you love the science fiction
with a comedic tone,
you can always look back to Futurama.
[Tonight at 11]
It had Rick & Morty’s smarts
and dedication to following through on jokes.
The writers once went as far as to invent
a mathematical theorem to solve a plot point.
For even more classic sci-fi comedy,
go for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,
by Douglas Adams.
[It’s a tough galaxy]
[If you want to survive out here]
[You’ve got to know where your towel is.]
Dan Harmon has said that for Rick and Morty
he was really inspired by Hitchhiker’s Guide,
as well as by another British classic —
sci-fi show Dr. Who,
which began all the way back in 1963.
[Do you use it to shrink the surgeons]
[so they can climb inside the patients?]
[Fantastic idea for a movie.]
[Terrible idea for a proctologist.]
So hopefully one of these shows
or other entertainments
can be the Rick-otine patch you need
to get you through the wait for a new season.
And in the meantime,
you’ve also got our whole
Rick & Morty analysis playlist
to help you relive the magic.
[Rick and Morty forever a hundred times.]
[Over and over Rick and Morty adventures dot com]
[W W W dot Rick and Morty dot com]
[W W W Rick and Morty adventures all hundred years.]
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