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(Entertainment Weekly)   Dan Harmon reveals his Top 5 favorite 'Rick and Morty' episodes and the one he hates: 'I want it to die by fire'   ( ew.com) divider line
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2017-09-29 01:22:13 PM  
21 votes:
I loved Raising Gazorpazorp. It's a Morty episode. Morty's struggles with Morty Jr. are priceless -- trying to responsibly raise a son, while protecting both the world from it and it from the world, all while being 15 years old and completely over his head are fundamental to the differences between him and Rick.

And despite no one appreciating this, he succeeded. Morty Jr turned out to be a more successful and well-adjusted adult than Beth did.
2017-09-29 02:36:20 PM  
17 votes:
What's weird is an after credits chuckle-wrothy gag kinda became a little more poignant recently
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2017-09-29 01:35:19 PM  
13 votes:
First one I saw was Something Ricked This Way Comes, and it'll always be at or near the top. Rick facing off with the devil and showing him up with science to the point that he's driven to a suicide attempt? And then he and Summer doing a steroid training montage to DMX and delivering well earned beatdowns?
I was hooked for good.
2017-09-29 01:48:08 PM  
11 votes:
"Raising Gazorpazorp" and its "women be shopping" jokes would probably sit a lot better with him if the entire redpill/MRA/incel/Gamergate/PUA community hadn't unanimously decided that Rick and Morty was speaking directly to them like a burning bush.

And that what that burning bush was saying is "You are awesome and uncomplicatedly perfect like Rick, and the rest of the universe is just a biatch for you to fark. Also, speaking of, check out this Rule 34 .gif of Beth farking herself with a wine bottle. HAHA NOT SO SMART NOW ARE YOU YOU DRUNKEN BIATCH LOLOLOL!"

I'm totally capable of hating Harmon (he's successful! fark that shiat!) but I do feel pretty bad for him and everyone else associated with the show on that point. (Especially the female writers who the MRA fans stalked.) Every show is going to attract asshole fans, but it's bad luck when you attract ALL of the BIGGEST assholes and they won't shut up about how great your show is.
2017-09-29 01:23:14 PM  
10 votes:

FrancoFile: Big Trouble in Little Sanchez is great, but only for the marriage counseling part of the plot.  Tiny Rick in high school is meh.


Overall I agree with you. But the episode did give me one of my favorite scenes

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2017-09-29 06:56:40 PM  
9 votes:

thisisyourbrainonFark: I'd really like to watch this, but am late to the game and refuse to pay $3 an episode.


Um...
http://www.adultswim.com/videos/rick-and-morty/
rka
2017-09-29 06:15:59 PM  
9 votes:

albuquerquehalsey: Geotpf: loonatic112358: Bullitt: I'm the only white person left not watching this show, right?

I have yet to see it as well

Youtube is right over there ----->

Seriously, there is seemingly little attempt to pull the episodes off of it via copyright strikes.  A search for "Rick and Morty season X episode Y" will bring up the full episodes.  And since there's only about thirty episodes, each less than a half hour, it's a pretty easy show to binge watch.

what if they didn't watch it because they don't want to?


So why come into a thread and tell the world that? Not enough attention as a child?
2017-09-29 09:46:05 PM  
8 votes:

demidog: It's hard to pick favorites, but I have to agree that Raising Gazorpazorp was the weakest. Just too many of the jokes were lazy and relied on tired stereotypes, though I did have a good chuckle at "the Great Passive-Aggression".


A weak episode of Rick and Morty is still some of the most entertaining TV out there.
2017-09-29 02:46:03 PM  
8 votes:

Grungehamster: Tad_Waxpole: Bullitt: I'm the only white person left not watching this show, right?

I've never seen it either.  I think it's a cartoon?

To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to understand Rick and Morty. The humour is extremely subtle, and without a solid grasp of theoretical physics most of the jokes will go over a typical viewers head. There's also Rick's nihilistic outlook, which is deftly woven into his characterisation- his personal philosophy draws heavily from Narodnaya Volya literature, for instance. The fans understand this stuff; they have the intellectual capacity to truly appreciate the depths of these jokes, to realise that they're not just funny- they say something deep about LIFE. As a consequence people who dislike Rick & Morty truly ARE idiots- of course they wouldn't appreciate, for instance, the humour in Rick's existential catchphrase "Wubba Lubba Dub Dub," which itself is a cryptic reference to Turgenev's Russian epic Fathers and Sons. I'm smirking right now just imagining one of those addlepated simpletons scratching their heads in confusion as Dan Harmon's genius wit unfolds itself on their television screens. What fools.. how I pity them. 😂

And yes, by the way, i DO have a Rick & Morty tattoo. And no, you cannot see it. It's for the ladies' eyes only- and even then they have to demonstrate that they're within 5 IQ points of my own (preferably lower) beforehand. Nothin personnel kid 😎


I've grown to loathe this copypasta.
2017-09-29 08:28:30 PM  
5 votes:
I think the show is at its best when it highlights just how damaged the characters are.  Sure, their damage is pretty central to the entire show's existence, but a few episodes really spell it out and go for the jugular.  Autoerotic Assimilation would be my favorite, followed by the Ricklantis Mixup.  I also loved Pickle Rick, especially for how perfectly Dr. Wong summed everything up at the end.

Get Schwifty may be my least favorite.  Still don't mind watching it, but it seemed a bit lazy compared to some of the brilliance the show has displayed.
2017-09-29 03:15:34 PM  
5 votes:

Bullitt: I'm the only white person left not watching this show, right?


--
YOu're not obligated to do an;ything. You're just missing out on a cultural moment.
2017-09-29 01:49:49 PM  
5 votes:

Bullitt: I'm the only white person left not watching this show, right?


White person? Probably not.

Nerd? Probably so.

Rick and Morty is amazing.
2017-09-29 12:39:26 PM  
5 votes:
Raising Gazorpazorp is probably my least favorite episode as well (only seen it once compared to the other episodes), although I was expecting to see Interdimensional Cable 2, which is probably my 2nd least favorite.

Top 5 for me:
 - Look Who's Purging Now
 - Something Ricked This Way Comes
 - Total Rickall
 - Rickshank Redemption
 - Ricklantis Mixup

Bonus: Pickle Rick or Vindicators 3

/Hard to list a top 5 or 10
//Easier to list the 2 episodes that are my least favorite
2017-09-29 02:45:03 PM  
4 votes:

The Bestest: The Ricklantis Mixup is the best episode. All other answers are simply incorrect.


I liked how, in a show known for dark humor, Pickle Rick and Ricklantis Mixup managed to double down on how dark the show could be and still maintain the humor and general feel of the lighter episodes.
2017-09-29 01:48:18 PM  
4 votes:
The Ricklantis Mixup is the best episode. All other answers are simply incorrect.
2017-09-29 01:08:32 PM  
4 votes:
Big Trouble in Little Sanchez is great, but only for the marriage counseling part of the plot.  Tiny Rick in high school is meh.
2017-09-29 01:01:35 PM  
4 votes:

skyotter: "And now I hate it and want it to die by fire. But that's because of people's reactions or I would love it."

I've heard that a LOT about the show -- it's hated because of people's reactions, eg yelling "PICKLE RICK" all the time -- but not from its creator.  Funny!


That's not what he was saying. He explains in TFA that he hated it because fans said it was a weak episode, and criticized the gender role commentary as being outdated. He hates it because fans didn't like it.

For the record, it's not my favorite of his episodes, but I liked it just fine and thought it was great.
2017-09-30 08:03:37 AM  
3 votes:
My least favorite Rick and Morty is.... still awesome. The worst episode of R&M is still way better than the best Family Guy.
2017-09-29 09:45:29 PM  
3 votes:

thisisyourbrainonFark: Oysterman: thisisyourbrainonFark: I'd really like to watch this, but am late to the game and refuse to pay $3 an episode.

Um...
http://www.adultswim.com/videos/rick-and-morty/

Thanks, I guess? Season 1 has the pilot, eps 2, 10 and 11. And

- SORRY -
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CLICK HERE TO ENABLE FLASH FOR OUR WEBSITE.
If that doesn't work, try adjusting the Flash settings manually, refreshing or using a different browser.
If you are still having problems, please go watch at a friend's house.
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Lutz. I'll bide my time.


Just watch it on Youtube, man. There's like every episode on there, and Adult Swim doesn't seem to be issuing DMC notices. I mean, you have multiple ways to watch it free, and you don't even have to sign up for anything to do it. Kinda hard to complain about that.
2017-09-29 06:34:36 PM  
3 votes:

Defeated: Geeze, was I the only one who enjoyed Interdemensional cable?


IC1 was fine, a nice change of pace, but suffered a bit under the weight of the amount of improvised dialogue. IC2 was a bad improv show, animated. Morty's Mind Blowers was a nice change of pace.
2017-09-29 06:06:54 PM  
3 votes:
Pickle Rick sucked
2017-09-29 03:31:53 PM  
3 votes:
I loved Raising Gazorpazorp. Beth and Jerry fighting over how to raise the kid and then smugly refusing the help when Sorry screws up is hysterical. My weakest is the Purge episode. It just kinda felt lazy.
2017-09-29 01:29:59 PM  
3 votes:
If I have to pick a favorite episode, I'm leaning toward either The Ricks Must be Crazy, or A Rickle in Time.
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2017-09-29 01:12:55 PM  
3 votes:
Favorite would be Pickle Rick, followed by The Rickshank Redemption and Interdimensional Cable #1.

Least favorite would be Morty's Mind Blowers. Just felt like a filler clip show of extra-dark ideas not great enough to be a whole episode. Next-weakest would be the pilot episode, which sorta has the excuse of being made before the show had really found its footing.
2017-09-30 09:32:34 AM  
2 votes:
Rick Potion #9 was when it sunk in that I was watching something unique. Because right up until the end I thought they were going to find a way to undo everything in typical TV fashion. But they didn't and it was amazing.
2017-09-29 10:53:04 PM  
2 votes:

Crewmannumber6: I wish that shotgun was my penis
If it were you could call me Earnest Hemingway
I don't get it and I don't need to

That's when I bought in


so I saw that, but then I saw the "State of Georgia vs. Denver Fenton Allen" and GOTDAMMN. That thing PWNS.
2017-09-29 10:04:57 PM  
2 votes:
Anatomy Park is my favorite.

If I am showing someone RnM for the first time, I make them watch Lawnmower Dog.
2017-09-29 06:30:34 PM  
2 votes:

resident dystopian: ...

"The Ricklantis Mixup -aka-Tales from the Citadel"
The division I see is between the Ricks and Mortys that like the Citadel divided, and the rest of us. I see it everywhere I go. I see it in our schools, where they teach Mortys we're all the same because they're threatened by what makes us unique. I see it in our streets, where they give guns to Mortys so we're too busy fighting each other to fight real injustice. I see it in our factories, where Ricks work for a fraction of their boss's salary even though they're identical and have the same IQ.

The Creepy Morty. What is it your kind's always saying? Don't think about it.

...

"Total Rickall"
Never go in my room again.   I didn't!    She's real. She's my biatch of a sister.

Morty, give a gun to the lady who got pregnant with me too early and constantly makes it our problem.
2017-09-29 06:07:01 PM  
2 votes:

loonatic112358: Bullitt: I'm the only white person left not watching this show, right?

I have yet to see it as well


Youtube is right over there ----->

Seriously, there is seemingly little attempt to pull the episodes off of it via copyright strikes.  A search for "Rick and Morty season X episode Y" will bring up the full episodes.  And since there's only about thirty episodes, each less than a half hour, it's a pretty easy show to binge watch.
2017-09-29 06:00:25 PM  
2 votes:
Geeze, was I the only one who enjoyed Interdemensional cable? Mortys Mind blowers was a solid episode but I was looking forward to IC3 all season
2017-09-29 03:08:38 PM  
2 votes:
Ricklantis > all other episodes.

Discuss. And when I say "Discuss", I mean agree with me.
2017-09-29 02:04:02 PM  
2 votes:
My top 5;

Auto Erotic Assimilation - "We need a hang glider, and a crotchless Uncle Sam costume, and I want the entire field of your largest stadium covered end to end with naked redheads, and I want the stands packed with every man that remotely resembles my father."

Then there the whole suicide attempt at the end that despite the episode exploring the depths of depravity one could engage in if romantically involved with a hive mind just a few minutes earlier both feels real and very sad.

M. Night Shaym-Aliens - My man!

Mortynight Run  - The carnage on the gear planet, Roy

Look Who's Purging Now - Gratuitous carange with an upbeat soundtrack

The Rickshank Rickdemption - This is Rick at his best/worst and it's amazing.
2017-09-29 01:57:37 PM  
2 votes:
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Meseeks is best, but rickle in time had my favorite exchange.
2017-09-29 01:52:21 PM  
2 votes:
Meeseeks and Destroy
Total Rickall
Ricks Must be Crazy
Mortynight Run (farking Jerryboree kills me)
Tales from the Citadel
2017-09-29 01:48:08 PM  
2 votes:

Bullitt: I'm the only white person left not watching this show, right?


Had no idea this was a 'white people show.'  Should I check my privilege?
2017-09-29 01:38:49 PM  
2 votes:
I'm the only white person left not watching this show, right?
2017-09-29 01:03:33 PM  
2 votes:

mongbiohazard: skyotter: "And now I hate it and want it to die by fire. But that's because of people's reactions or I would love it."

I've heard that a LOT about the show -- it's hated because of people's reactions, eg yelling "PICKLE RICK" all the time -- but not from its creator.  Funny!

That's not what he was saying. He explains in TFA that he hated it because fans said it was a weak episode, and criticized the gender role commentary as being outdated. He hates it because fans didn't like it.

For the record, it's not my favorite of his episodes, but I liked it just fine and thought it was great.


I find there are several "meh" episodes that get saved by a great ending twist or post credit scene.
2017-09-30 08:34:52 AM  
1 vote:

tarnok: I'd really like to watch these so if I'm missing something please let me know.


look for the live streams.
2017-09-29 10:44:10 PM  
1 vote:
I wish that shotgun was my penis
If it were you could call me Earnest Hemingway
I don't get it and I don't need to

That's when I bought in
2017-09-29 10:39:01 PM  
1 vote:

mongbiohazard: demidog: It's hard to pick favorites, but I have to agree that Raising Gazorpazorp was the weakest. Just too many of the jokes were lazy and relied on tired stereotypes, though I did have a good chuckle at "the Great Passive-Aggression".

A weak episode of Rick and Morty is still some of the most entertaining TV out there.


Yeah, even that episode is much better than most stuff on TV.
2017-09-29 05:22:37 PM  
1 vote:
Couple posters saying they don't like the Purge Planet, but no one in the thread has even mentioned Anatomy Park. The requisite shrink everybody down Magic School Bus style episode that every animated show has to do. Plus John Oliver and Jerry's parents getting into some freaky stuff. All the elements sound good, but it's ultimately kind of forgettable.
2017-09-29 05:16:53 PM  
1 vote:

This text is now purple: or this one:
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Rest and Ricklaxation was pretty good: Voltron drones, the breakdown that everyone now shares about everything, and my favorite, "tink!":
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2017-09-29 04:17:02 PM  
1 vote:
My favorite five:

"Meeseeks and Destroy"
Meeseeks are not born into this world fumbling for meaning, Jerry! We are created to serve a singular purpose for which we will go to any lengths to fulfill! Existence is pain to a Meeseeks, Jerry. And we will do anything to alleviate that pain. Just ask...

"Lawnmower Dog"
Where are my testicles, Summer? Where are my testicles, Summer? They were removed. Where have they gone? Oh, wow. That's an intense line of questioning, snuffles. Do not call me that! "Snuffles" was my slave name. You shall now call me snowball, because my fur is pretty and white. Okay, snowball, just calm down, okay? You're scaring me. Scaring you? Tell me, Summer, if a human was born with stumpy legs, would they breed it with another deformed human and put their children on display like the dachshund? Uhhh...

"
The Ricklantis Mixup -aka-Tales from the Citadel"
The division I see is between the Ricks and Mortys that like the Citadel divided, and the rest of us. I see it everywhere I go. I see it in our schools, where they teach Mortys we're all the same because they're threatened by what makes us unique. I see it in our streets, where they give guns to Mortys so we're too busy fighting each other to fight real injustice. I see it in our factories, where Ricks work for a fraction of their boss's salary even though they're identical and have the same IQ.

"Rixty Minutes"
Hey Jon, it's me, Gazorpazorpfield. Boy. [BLEEP] you, Jon. You [BLEEP] dumb, stupid, idiot. Come on, Gazorpazorpfield, go easy on me, huh? You dumb, stupid, weak, pathetic, white, white... uh, uh... guilt, white guilt, milquetoast piece of human garbage. Jeez, Gazorpazorpfield, thats, you know... you're pretty mean to me, but that takes the cake. I don't give a [BLEEP]! I'm Gazorpazorp-[BLEEPING]-field, biatch! Now give me my [BLEEPING] enchiladas!

"Total Rickall"
Never go in my room again.   I didn't!    She's real. She's my biatch of a sister.
2017-09-29 04:04:40 PM  
1 vote:

semiotix: LucasLuminaro: I don't know the name of the episode, but my favorite one was where there was alien parasites in the house that infuse memories into you.  It was just hilarious.

It was called "Total Rickall." Remember? We watched it together when we were on vacation in the Lost City of Atlantis!


You can actually get a card game based off of the episode:

https://www.cryptozoic.com/rick-and-morty-total-rickall-cooperative-c​a​rd-game
2017-09-29 04:02:50 PM  
1 vote:

This text is now purple: mekkab: HydroMonkey: My weakest is the Purge episode. It just kinda felt lazy.

Agreed.

Which one?

This one:
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or this one:
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Top one.  Bottom one was gold.

/Rick? Are you familiar with Ben Wa technology?
2017-09-29 03:58:02 PM  
1 vote:

mekkab: HydroMonkey: My weakest is the Purge episode. It just kinda felt lazy.

Agreed.


Which one?

This one:
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or this one:
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2017-09-29 03:43:27 PM  
1 vote:

HydroMonkey: My weakest is the Purge episode. It just kinda felt lazy.


Agreed.
2017-09-29 03:31:56 PM  
1 vote:

This text is now purple: Walt_Jizzney: Ricklantis > all other episodes.

Discuss. And when I say "Discuss", I mean agree with me.

It's too dependent on Close Rick-counters for its payoff to be the best episode.


The payoff is gravy. The meat is the way the social commentary was done.
2017-09-29 03:14:28 PM  
1 vote:

scottydoesntknow: FrancoFile: Big Trouble in Little Sanchez is great, but only for the marriage counseling part of the plot.  Tiny Rick in high school is meh.

Overall I agree with you. But the episode did give me one of my favorite scenes

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I have that hanging over my desk here at work
2017-09-29 03:01:27 PM  
1 vote:
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2017-09-29 02:37:27 PM  
1 vote:

Tad_Waxpole: Bullitt: I'm the only white person left not watching this show, right?

I've never seen it either.  I think it's a cartoon?


To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to understand Rick and Morty. The humour is extremely subtle, and without a solid grasp of theoretical physics most of the jokes will go over a typical viewers head. There's also Rick's nihilistic outlook, which is deftly woven into his characterisation- his personal philosophy draws heavily from Narodnaya Volya literature, for instance. The fans understand this stuff; they have the intellectual capacity to truly appreciate the depths of these jokes, to realise that they're not just funny- they say something deep about LIFE. As a consequence people who dislike Rick & Morty truly ARE idiots- of course they wouldn't appreciate, for instance, the humour in Rick's existential catchphrase "Wubba Lubba Dub Dub," which itself is a cryptic reference to Turgenev's Russian epic Fathers and Sons. I'm smirking right now just imagining one of those addlepated simpletons scratching their heads in confusion as Dan Harmon's genius wit unfolds itself on their television screens. What fools.. how I pity them. 😂

And yes, by the way, i DO have a Rick & Morty tattoo. And no, you cannot see it. It's for the ladies' eyes only- and even then they have to demonstrate that they're within 5 IQ points of my own (preferably lower) beforehand. Nothin personnel kid 😎
2017-09-29 02:37:15 PM  
1 vote:
Oh why not just one more

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2017-09-29 02:03:57 PM  
1 vote:

This text is now purple: I loved Raising Gazorpazorp. It's a Morty episode. Morty's struggles with Morty Jr. are priceless -- trying to responsibly raise a son, while protecting both the world from it and it from the world, all while being 15 years old and completely over his head are fundamental to the differences between him and Rick.

And despite no one appreciating this, he succeeded. Morty Jr turned out to be a more successful and well-adjusted adult than Beth did.


Yeah: the Morty plot was solid, the Rick plot was tired. My favorite part? When Brad Anderson of Marmaduke fame comes in to help.
2017-09-29 01:56:33 PM  
1 vote:
Hey I'm Mr Harmon, look at meeee!

/MeSeeks, no exceptions.
2017-09-29 01:28:18 PM  
1 vote:
Meeseeks and Destroy is still my favorite (by a slim margin).
2017-09-29 01:22:10 PM  
1 vote:
I think my least favorite is the last time they did inter-dimensional TV. It was a cute gymic, but got a little tiresome.

My favorite episode is the one where Rick tries to clone his long lost dog and Morty spends the whole time being super jealous. And in the end, they found out the dog actually lived a full long life so they decided not to clone him, but the dog actually spent the rest of his life waiting for Rick until it died of loneliness.

That episode was a real tear jerker.
2017-09-29 12:55:11 PM  
1 vote:
The Ricks Must Be Crazy was meta, which normally isn't funny.
2017-09-29 12:53:44 PM  
1 vote:
Rick Potion #9 is definitely my fav.
2017-09-29 12:42:05 PM  
1 vote:
The Ricks Must Be Crazy is probably my number one, easily top 5 for me.
 
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