Do You Watch Rick and Morty?

I’m not into animated TV shows.

There’s no good reason for this. I fully acknowledge that there are quality animated shows for adults. I watched a lot of The Simpsons in college, and then I just stopped. Admittedly, I did pick up South Park a few years ago.

A few friends have been recommending Rick and Morty to me for a while, and this season I finally decided to give it a try. And man, was I missing out.

Now having watched Season 3 (but not the first two seasons), I understand why it’s a difficult pitch. My best attempt to describe the show is: A mad scientist and his mild-mannered grandson get into trouble and eventually outsmart everyone.

That sounds fine, but what really elevates the show is that the main characters talk about the world as if they’re in a TV show, kind of like Abed in Community. In fact, the Community reference is no coincidence, because Rick and Morty is created by Dan Harmon, the creator of Community.

One of my favorite episodes of Community was a clip show episode that showed short scenes from a bunch of previous episodes…except those previous episodes didn’t exist. Community, like all live-action shows, is limited by its budget, but this is where Rick and Morty shines: There was a similar clip show episode this season, and there must have been at least 20 clips–maybe more–throughout the episode. It was stunning.

Perhaps the biggest surprise for me about Rick and Morty is that in a relatively lighthearted 22-minute comedy, I’m engaged to the point that I want to know what happens next and I want to know what happened in the past. I’ll soon be signing up for Hulu to remedy the latter problem, and I can’t wait for Season 4.

Have you watched Rick and Morty? What do you think? Do you watch any animated shows?