Ricktrospective by Inverse

Searching an infinite, meaningless universe for finite meaning.

Inverse’s Rick and Morty Ricktrospective series takes a critical look at every episode of Rick and Morty ever, working backward from the worst to the best based on a chaotic ranking system we think Rick would approve of. Because sometimes science is more art than science.

We launched this ranking ahead of Rick and Morty Season 4's premiere in November 2019, and we'll be publishing more during the hiatus as we wait for the back-half of the season, so there’s no better time to re-examine the 31 episodes that aired over the last six years, introducing us to fantastical worlds, weird sci-fi concepts, and countless drunken Rick burps.

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The worst 'Rick and Morty' episode has incest jokes and gender problems
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Yes, it's "Raising Gazorpazorp."
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"Get Schwifty" is ironically 'Rick and Morty' at its most tone-deaf
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Is that irony the entire point?
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In 'Rick and Morty's spoof on 'Jurassic Park', every joke is the same
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Hey, at least it's Christmas.
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'Rick and Morty's first episode goes way too far way too soon
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The foundations were solid, but the episode's biggest joke was not.
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'Rick and Morty' failed to make us hate capitalism with Pluto and the Devil
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And does anybody still care that Pluto isn't a planet?
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'Rick and Morty' used the layered simulations gimmick better in Season 3
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'Rick and Morty' was still finding its voice in Season 1, so the Season 2 alternative is much better.
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'Rick and Morty' Season 1 finale reveals a traumatic secret you might miss 
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Does 'Rick and Morty' go too far here?
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'Rick and Morty' tests Rick's atheism by breaking time itself
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The Devil exists on the show, but does God?
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'Rick and Morty' Season 3 finale predicted Trump and the presidential alert
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Including Presidential Alerts you can't refuse.
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'Rick and Morty' Season 1 should've ended with "Close Rick-Counters"
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What if the Season 1 cliffhanger was that Evil Morty reveal?
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‘Rick and Morty’ Season 3 has one of the most important TV moments ever
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Remember when Rick's love of some sauce created an IRL phenomenon?
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'Rick and Morty's raunchiest episode still raises a deep moral question
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What would you sacrifice to save the most important man in the universe?
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'Rick and Morty' launched a secret Jerry trilogy with this Season 3 episode
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Jerry finally became a fleshed out character in Season 3.
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'Rick and Morty's Tiny Rick episode explores what it means to be whole
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And how teen angst brings out the worst in us.
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'Rick and Morty' and 'The Purge' Is a match made in parody hell
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Morty gets VERY into Purging.
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The greatest 'Rick and Morty' theory ever is in "Mortynight Run"
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Have you ever heard of the Ticket Theory?
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'Rick and Morty' Season 4's biggest mystery began in "The ABC's of Beth"
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Do you think Beth is a clone?
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'Rick and Morty' peaked when Summer was a queen — do it again in Season 4
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Making Summer the protagonist made 'Rick and Morty' even better.
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'Rick and Morty' Season 4 spoilers: S3 episode may show Evil Morty origins
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One big clue could be hiding in plain sight.
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Is "Morty's Mind Blowers" in a different 'Rick and Morty' dimension?
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The one Season 3 episode that almost broke 'Rick and Morty'.
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'Rick and Morty' first achieved brilliance in this Season 1 episode
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"Come watch TV."

A note from the author

I was a huge fan of Rick and Morty long before it became a bigger than Big Bang Theory and somehow forced McDonald’s to resurrect a 20-year-old McNugget sauce. It was even before I began working at Inverse, where I now write regularly about the series.

I have fond memories of bingeing the first season in my tiny corner of a small three-bedroom apartment in Providence, RI somehow shared between four, sometimes five, people. It was 2014, before Season 2 premiered, and Rick and Morty’s cynical humor resonated with this frustrated 20-something balancing three random jobs and grad school.

Rick and Morty caters to despairing millennials like myself in a way that’s almost uncanny, wearing its nihilism like a badge of honor in a chaotic world. It makes you feel special and smart to a meme-worthy extent, like it’s an exclusive privilege to ride along with Morty and Rick on their adventures.

Like everyone else, I get dismayed by the lengthy delay between seasons, so in the uncertain era after Season 3 ended, I couldn’t think of a better project as an entertainment journalist than to look back at every Rick and Morty episode ever to analyze, rank, and wax philosophical about one of my favorite television shows. Because going chronologically felt too bland for a zany show like Rick and Morty, I decided to review each episode according to the incoherent, arbitrary order in which I’d ranked them.

I’ve always urged fans to join us as we “search for finite meaning in an inherently meaningless infinite multiverse” because that’s the same challenge that Rick and Morty presents to its viewers, and it’s one that’ll continue throughout the next 70 episodes and beyond.

Read that original ranking here: “Ranking Every Episode of Rick and Morty Ever”