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Rick and Morty — One of the Greatest Animated Series Ever

Currently, there are thousands and thousands of great, animated TV series. Rick and Morty is not just one of the greatest TV series currently — but of all time.

Strange catchphrases, constantly breaking the fourth wall, weird alien names, a multiverse — Rick and Morty has everything a raging pop culture fanatic like me wants in a sci-fi, animated series. However, the series has so much more content to offer than that, it’s nearly perfect.

After debuting nearly ten years ago, the popularity of Rick and Morty has skyrocketed. In fact, the series has gained such an enormous following since its debut it’s quite incredible — it’s one of the most popular shows on TV.

Furthermore, the content in the series is not mainstream whatsoever. Yes, a series involving a genius, mad scientist explore the galaxy and alternate dimensions with his grandson comes off as an expert idea. However, the adventures that the duo embark on are incredibly twisted and somewhat fucked up. Rick, the scientist, is an emotionally unstable alcoholic and Morty, the grandson, is a trauma-ridden, anxious high school student.

The best thing about Rick and Morty is the tone and visuals. The animation style is eye-catching and appealing, yet at times, very grotesque and unnerving. Another great time about the series is the deep, philosophical questions it asks. For example, Morty claims that “nobody exists on purpose. Nobody belongs anywhere. Everybody’s going to die. Come watch TV.”

Furthermore, one of the more compelling aspects of the hit animated series is the dynamic and relationship between the two titular characters, Rick and Morty. Throughout the series, Rick has done the following: wiped Morty’s mind thousands of times, forced Morty to shove giant, alien seeds up his butt, and turned Morty’s home-reality into a zombie invested society. Meanwhile, Morty continues to accompany Rick on crazy, horrorstruck adventures.

Aside from the brutality, the dark and twisted humor of Rick and Morty is one of the best components of the series. Rick has extremely controversial, questionable views. However, the cynical views of the main character are oftentimes contradicted or mocked within an episode, oftentimes by Rick himself.

Currently, the series is continuing its hot streak. From the writing, to the vocal performances, to the gut-wrenching visuals, Rick and Morty has established itself as one of the greatest, long-lasting animated series ever. The series is always introducing strange, outlandish alien species — Cronenbergs, a man comprised of ants, and floating farts are some of my personal favorites.

With many, many more episodes primed for future-airing, Rick and Morty will continue producing high-quality, humorous sci-fi content. As Rick once claimed in the season three premiere, “Nine more seasons, Morty. I want that McNugget sauce.” I hope he’s right.

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