Ricktrospective

Author’s Note: 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.Adult Swim
DRAGONS

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Slut-shaming horny dragons as a bit gets old pretty quickly.

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A normal camping trip becomes a bland sci-fi spectacle.

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Rick and Morty's greatest troll sets up the biggest conflict of Season 4

The show is at its best when it's at its most nihilistic.

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Rick and Morty's greatest Season 1 adventure will feel essential in Season 4

"Meeseeks and Destroy" is a must-watch before the new season.

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Rick and Morty’s raunchiest parody is one of its all-time greatest episodes

"Vindicators 3" is a triumph.

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'Rick and Morty's most heartwarming early episode is one of its best

"We are not them."

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"Rick Potion #9" proves ‘Rick and Morty’ has the scariest multiverse ever

Seldom do sci-fi stories with a multiverse present such dire consequences.

Every Single 'Rick and Morty' Episode, Ranked and Reviewed

Searching an infinite, meaningless universe for finite meaning.

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This 'Rick and Morty' episode shows Rick at his worst — and inspired Elon Musk

A murderous car is funny, but only in the multiverse of 'Rick and Morty'.

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It also sparked one of the most disturbing fan theories of all time.

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'Rick and Morty' first achieved brilliance in this Season 1 episode

"Come watch TV."

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Is "Morty's Mind Blowers" in a different 'Rick and Morty' dimension?

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