Rick and Morty’s strange alchemy is what draws you in, what is it? This Adult Swim show is unlike anything else on the air, but it’s success can be attributed in part to Justin Roiland’s off-the-rails brand of gonzo comedy, which is tempered by Dan Harmon’s keen eye for narrative structure. Millions of people around the world are enthralled by the show these co-creators put together.
What are your options if you’ve already seen every episode a dozen times and are impatiently awaiting the rest of Season 4 but don’t want to wait?
Because we don’t know when Rick and Morty Season 4 will air, you’re probably looking for other things to stream that are similar to Rick and Morty. This is especially true now that the novel coronavirus has forced everyone to stay indoors and practice social distancing in order to protect themselves.
There are 10 other shows listed below if you enjoy Rick and Morty for whatever reason.
10. Big Mouth
A mature animated comedy about the upbringing of Morty’s character Rick, as well as those who enjoy… mature, intelligent, but utterly crude animated humor
If your favorite Rick and Morty episode is “Rick Potion #9” (without the apocalypse) or “Rest and Ricklaxation,” then you’ll enjoy this one.
Big Mouth is currently the only animated series that comes close to Rick and Morty in terms of wit and crude humor. Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin, and Jennifer Flackett created a bizarre animated series for Netflix that is loosely based on Kroll and Goldberg’s childhood in suburban New York. Kroll even takes on the role of a younger version of himself in a video game.
The awkwardness of puberty is made worse by hormone monsters who offer advice like horny shoulder angels and are willing to hump anything. Other anthropomorphized objects include talking animals, Duke Ellington’s ghost, pillows who enjoy having sex with humans, and a slew of other things that can be seen by a single character or many.
Though there are no rules in the show, the way Big Mouth deals with the most graphic aspects of puberty helps to normalize personal experiences that are otherwise taboo to discuss. There’s no denying that Rick and Morty on Netflix is more current and important, even if you prefer Big Mouth.
9. Doctor Who
The show’s dynamic of a brilliant god-like being taking a person who is somewhat stupid on sci-fi adventures will appeal to Rick and Morty fans.
Fans of “The Pilot” or “Close-Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind” will appreciate this.
Dr. Who is the wholesome grandfather of most modern science fiction shows. A riff on the nearly 60-year-old British sci-fi series about the alien who travels through all of time and space with ordinary people feels like Back to the Future, which was the original inspiration for Rick and Morty.
Although Season 12 of The Walking Dead was controversial, it was a welcome return to form. It concluded in early March of 2020. Rick and Morty fans who enjoy the show for its gritty nihilism may not enjoy Doctor Who, but if you enjoy Rick and Morty’s general dynamic but wish everyone was a lot nicer to one another, Doctor Who could lift your spirits quite a bit.
8. Adventure Time
This is a must-have for Rick and Morty fans who enjoy… the mind-bending and bizarre worlds, vibrant art style, and surprising wacky characters that make for a stoner’s paradise.
Those who enjoyed “The ABC’s of Beth” or “Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktim’s Morty” will enjoy this.
Adventure Time is a cartoon created by Pendleton Ward about a boy named Finn and his sarcastic shape-shifting dog brother named Jake. Their quest for adventure takes them through Ooo’s dystopian landscape, where they meet a wide variety of monsters, princesses, and other characters as well as encountering magic and otherworldly beings.
For the most part, it’s like watching an animated version of a 5-year-old kid whispering silly ideas for a D&D game to an adult.
When it comes to millennial stoners who are bored in the wee hours and want weird things to laugh at, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim have a niche market cornered. There are plenty of shows like Adventure Time and Rick and Morty that provide a lot of sensory delight, but they also manage to tell stories that are often sophisticated and mature despite the cartoon’s cartoonish aesthetic.
You love Dan Harmon’s weird brain and the tight Story Circle structure of Rick and Morty episodes? Then this show is for you.
If you enjoyed Rick and Morty’s “Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender,” you’ll enjoy this.
The showrunner of Community, a live-action ensemble comedy series about a group of adults attending community college in a fictional Colorado town, Dan Harmon, worked with Justin Roiland before creating Rick and Morty with him. Almost all of the characters in the show are stereotyped to fit into a specific archetype. There’s the jerk ex-attorney, the Christian single mother, the perfectionist, the awkward film student, and a few other types to choose from. However, as the story progresses, the ways in which these characters defy our expectations can be downright brilliant.
While Dan Harmon infuses Rick and Morty with plenty of pop culture references that may seem dated when viewed in retrospect, they’re frequently employed to heighten the meta-humor that parodies the cliches you’d expect from such a basic concept. To all the true Rick and Morty fans out there, watching Community is essential homework.
People who love all things sci-fi, but don’t mind if every character is a Morty on some level, like fans of Rick and Morty.
If “One Crew Over the Crewcoo’s Nest” from Rick and Morty is your favorite Rick and Morty episode, then you’ll enjoy this.
The beloved sci-fi series from The Simpsons creator Matt Groening follows the bumbling Philip J. Fry’s lazy and, quite frankly, stupid adventures. Just after the turn of the century, he is cryogenically frozen in an accident and awakens 1000 years later in a bizarre world full of mutant creatures and other strange things. Except that things haven’t changed much, and he’s still a bumbling idiot. Futurama is a must-see for fans of science fiction and comedy because it’s constantly inventive while also being downright hilarious.
Futurama deconstructs our preconceived notions of what friendship and love in science fiction should look like, much like The Simpsons does with the nuclear family. To put it another way, Futurama ended up dying so that Rick and Morty could continue their adventures. When Futurama was originally scheduled to air on Fox, it was abruptly cancelled due to low ratings. The show then aired again on Comedy Central several years later. A few months before Rick and Morty debuted on Adult Swim, the series finale aired in September 2013, signaling a significant shift in the zeitgeist of what we expect from sci-fi.
5. The Good Place
It’s for fans of Rick and Morty who want to… think deeply about existential questions while laughing heartily at endearing characters.
The Rick and Morty fans will enjoy this if they enjoyed “Rest and Ricklaxation” or “The ABC’s of Beth.”
I thought The Good Place’s premise was too ridiculous to work, but here it is, one of the best shows in recent memory and a personal favorite of mine. Every corner of the town has a yogurt shop, and Ted Danson in a suit is grinning and twirling his way through every scene. Eleanor Shellstrop, who is described as a horrible human being, wakes up there in the afterlife. However, without giving away the series’ major twist, let me just say that nothing is quite what it seems. The core cast of characters go on a four-season journey that contemplates existence in deep ways and deals with ethical issues as well as helping people deal with death in a dignified manner.
To put it another way, the world of The Good Place often feels like a dream that’s really a nightmare in disguise, and the way it presents complex philosophical ideas in a way that’s both digestible and totally adorable has a resonant frequency similar to Rick and Morty.
4. BoJack Horseman
It’s recommended for Rick and Morty fans who enjoy the wry exploration of depression through the eyes of characters who are odious yet utterly lovable in spite of their pessimism.
Look Who’s Purging Now or Pickle Rick will be your favorite Rick and Morty episodes, so you’ll enjoy this.
Talk about Rick and Morty often includes references to the Netflix series BoJack Horseman. This is due to the fact that Rick and Morty and BoJack Horseman are both ridiculous animated series targeted at adults with a dark sense of humor and both feature cat people. BoJack Horseman is the only show on this list that deals so deeply with the (potential) misery of existence.
In a world where anthropomorphic animals and humans coexist, BoJack is a down-and-out horse actor.. The first few episodes are a little grating, but by the end of the first season, the show really gets going. It resonates with you on a deep, deep level because of the way it deals with heavy themes like trauma and addiction and how they can manifest in various forms of self-destructive behavior. Never before had a gigantic horse been found to be as relatable.
For Rick and Morty fans who… love the main character being an asinine alcoholic, but what if he was super-dumb?
The Rickchurian Mortydate or One Crew Over the Crewcoo’s Nest will be your favorite Rick and Morty episodes if you like this.
When compared to Rick and Morty, you could say that Archer is the antithesis of that show. Archer, the animated series on FX, is one of the most ridiculous and offensive things I’ve seen in a long time. As a farcical alternative to a super-spy like James Bond, the show debuted in 2009 with Sterling Archer as the lead character. However, Archer is more upfront about being a drunk and a womanizer, and we’re not supposed to admire him for it. There are plenty of inside jokes and references in Archer’s rapid-fire quips, and even when the show is moving too fast, it’s still entertaining.
Through a number of soft reboots, the show took on a more anthological approach later on, using the same characters in new situations. Many of the shows on this list rely heavily on meta-comedy, and Archer is no exception. Sterling mistreats his poor butler and all his hapless coworkers in the same way that Rick treats everyone around him in a terrible way.
2. Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet
It’s for Rick and Morty fans who appreciate… self-centered lead characters with feelings.
For fans of “M. Night Shaym-Aliens!” and “Something Ricked This Way Comes,” this will be a treat.
Be crazy, but in some ways it reminds me of a more humane Rick and Morty, which is set in a video game development studio with megalomaniac creative director and quirky supporting cast. The game’s name, Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet, alludes to a popular fantasy MMORPG that’s similar to World of Warcraft but has a little more oomph.
When Ian Grimm, played by Rob McElhenney, is in charge, he can be as obnoxious and dismissive as Rick Sanchez’s ego, but Grimm also has a keen awareness of his own humanity as well (like Rick at his best). A Jerry/Morty-like executive producer is in charge of the game, and he’s always a hoot to watch. As Poppy Li, the lead engineer, Charlotte Nicdao’s Poppy is both brilliant and dorky, often being the smartest person in the room. A lot more meta-analysis about the gaming industry as a whole is covered in the series than meets the eye at first glance.
1. Avenue 5
For fans of Rick and Morty who enjoy… the number of jokes per minute, foul language, and laughing at Jerry mess up the situation. Rick and Morty
The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy or Rest and Ricklaxation will be your favorite Rick and Morty episodes if you’ve seen them.
However, Armando Iannucci’s new show, Avenue 5, is closer to hard sci-fi than his previous one, Veep, which shares a creator with Armando Iannucci. Something goes horribly wrong on a luxury space cruise ship, and a journey that was supposed to take a few months turns into a few years. That’s just the beginning of a string of blunders that will send passengers in the upper-middle to upper-class demographic into a rage.