Rick and Morty has found a new UK TV home, with Channel 4 snapping up the rights to Season 4.
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 Adult Swim’s most popular shows in the US, and has since found an equally large following internationally, with Seasons 3 arriving on Netflix UK hot on heels of its American broadcast.
Now, Channel 4 has snapped up the exclusive UK premiere rights to the show’s fourth season. The deal follows a bumper renewal by Adult Swim, with another 70 episodes of Rick and Morty ordered. As part of the agreement, the first three seasons will be broadcast on E4 from this February – the first time ever on free-to-air UK TV. Rick and Morty will be accompanied by the UK premiere of the Robot Chicken: The Walking Dead Special on E4. This will be the first of a regular new ‘Adult Swim hour’ block on E4, featuring episodes from different Adult Swim shows.
Ian Katz, Channel 4 Director of Programmes, says: “Rick and Morty is one of the most anarchic, ingenious and original shows around and the breakthrough animated hit of recent years. I’m thrilled that it’s coming to Channel 4 and E4.”
A huge catalogue of Adult Swim shows will also be arriving on-demand on All 4. Over 300 episodes of Adult Swim content will be made available next month, sitting in an Adult Swim-branded channel alongside VICE and Walter Presents. Hundreds more will be added over the next three years, with the E4 Adult Swim hour showcasing box sets available to stream exclusively on All 4.
Seasons 1 to 3 of Rick and Morty are currently available on Netflix UK. We have reached out to Netflix to confirm whether the streaming giant will still have the second-run rights to the programme going forwards.
Here’s the rundown of programmes arriving on All 4 this February:
Sketch show Robot Chicken (including specials on Star Wars, DC Comics and The Walking Dead)
Super-villainous The Venture Bros
Meme-generating surrealist wonder The Eric Andre Show
Andre’s new show Mostly 4 Millennials (UK premiere)
Satanic good boy Mr. Pickles
Everyone’s favourite band of sentient fast food Aqua Teen Hunger Force
Hilarious and bizarre Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, with Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories
Backwoods redneck nonsense from Squidbillies
Crime fighting capers with Hot Streets
Suit up for The Game with Ballmastrz 9009