Rick and Morty has been renewed in a big way by Adult Swim, with a bumper order given for another 70 episodes.
The irreverent, dark, twisted, dark, hilarious, dark, disturbing, dark animated comedy, which was created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, follows the misadventures of an alcoholic scientist and his grandson – think Back to the Future, but with more time-travelling, universe-hopping portals, aliens and rude jokes. The series has been one of the adult animated channel’s most popular shows in the US, and has since found an equally large following internationally – Netflix UK is now the exclusive home of the comedy on British soil, with Season 3 arriving last year hot on heels of its American broadcast.
“It has surpassed new heights of surreal comedy,” we wrote in our review of the third season. “Production belches aside, Rick and Morty is still the most wildly imaginative sitcom going and even while the season overall veers between the ridiculous and the sublime, it always looks good and gets laughs doing it. At certain points, it looks as if they can’t all be winners, but in the main, it’s only getting better and better.”
Now, fans have another 35 hours to look forward to, with Adult Swim’s renewal commissioning more than double the number of episodes that already exist. The order marks a long-term deal, though, as Roiland and Harmon have resisted the urge to rush out episodes, with long spaces between each season, in which case you can expect Rick and Morty to be around for another 10 years – not quite the 97 years that some may wish for, but certainly a run that’s rare in today’s competitive, cancellation-heavy TV landscape. Indeed, the news arrives as some of the small screen’s best comedies – Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Last Man on Earth – have been given the chop.
Rick and Morty Season 1 to 3 are available on Netflix UK, as part of an £8.99 monthly subscription.