On this day in horror history, Rick and Morty premiered in 2013. Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon created the animated sci-fi sitcom for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.
Originating from an animated Back to the Future parody, Roiland created for Harmon’s short film festival Channel 101, the series follows the misadventures of mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his good-hearted but fretful grandson Morty Smith, who split their time between domestic life and interdimensional adventures.
Roiland provides the voices of both Rick and Morty. Meanwhile, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer, and Sarah Chalke voicing the rest of Rick and Morty’s family.
The more in-depth synopsis goes like this: After having been missing for 20 years, Rick Sanchez suddenly arrives at daughter Beth’s doorstep to move in with her and her family. Although Beth welcomes Rick into her home, her husband, Jerry, isn’t as happy about the family reunion. Jerry is concerned about Rick, a sociopathic scientist, using the garage as his personal laboratory. In the lab, Rick works on a number of sci-fi gadgets, some of which could be considered dangerous. But that’s not all Rick does that concerns Jerry. He also goes on adventures across the universe that often involve his grandchildren, Morty and Summer.
The first season sports a near-perfect 96% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes with a Critics Consensus that reads: Rick and Morty zaps onto screens and makes an instant impression with its vivid splashes of color, improvisational voice acting, and densely-plotted science fiction escapades — bringing a surprising amount of heart to a cosmically heartless premise.
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