These guys don’t go fishing. They don’t spend time with a stamp collection. They don’t watch baseball.
Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith, title characters of the animated comedy “Rick and Morty,” give a different look to the grandpa-grandson relationship. Think of it like this — the duo is one part kindhearted teenager while the other is an alcoholic mad scientist. The third season of the show begins in earnest on July 30.
Title: “Rick and Morty”
Year it began: 2013
Where it can be seen: Adult Swim (Cartoon Network), adultswim.com, Hulu, Amazon
Who's in it: Voices of Justin Roiland (Rick Sanchez, Morty Smith), Chris Parnell (Jerry Smith), Spencer Grammer (Summer Smith), Sarah Chalke (Beth Smith)
Typical episode length: 30 minutes
Number of episodes to date: 22
Brief plot description: Rick and Morty go beyond Earth to tackle interplanetary and interdimensional problems and then come back to find some at home, too.
Why it's worth watching: Our two heroes wield an arsenal of sci-fi gadgets and encounter otherworldly beings from wildly alien civilizations. But it’s a lot deeper than that. And often darker.
The show’s gut-busting laughs also come with an ample dose of social commentary. In between belches and tossing empty beer cans on the floor of his space cruiser, Rick pretty much pulls out a tool for every feasible situation. He can transfer his consciousness from his own body into a teenage-sized self or concoct a love potion Morty can use on his high school crush.
A lot of the time, Rick borders on a self-centered jerk. The messy marriage of Rick’s daughter and son-in-law (Morty’s parents) is an ongoing theme in the series. In addition to family dysfunction, the show tackles social roles and even deliberates on the significance of existence. The show is smart, funny and dark. In 2015, The Washington Post called the show “a cross between ‘Back to the Future’ and ‘Community.’ ” That make sense since show co-creator Dan Harmon also created and produced the latter, a former NBC sitcom.
Fans have been dying for Season 3 of the show to start. Season 2 ended in October 2015 and die-hards were left wondering when it would return. The show's creators gave a little nibble when they put out the first episode of Season 3 in April with little notice.
It may be animated, but it's not for young kids (see the word “adult” in “Adult Swim”). IMDB's parents guide gives it 7/10 for sex & nudity; 8/10 for violence & gore and 9/10 for profanity. With the arrival of bulk of Season 3, go ahead and get schwifty. (Watch the show and you'll understand.)
Here's the Season 3 trailer: