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Rick and Morty Season 2: Not Just The Best Animated Series of 2015 – One of The Best TV Shows Period [Review]

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From creators Dan Harmon (Community) and Justin Roiland (Adventure Time) comes the brilliant Adult Swim animated series Rick and Morty. The show will return for its third season in 2016.

Rick Sanchez (Justin Roiland) is still living with his daughter Beth’s (Sarah Chalke) family and causing more trouble than ever. This season the rest of the family, his son-in-law Jerry (Chris Parnell), grand-daughter Summer (Spencer Grammer) and grand-son Morty (Roiland) are dragged into Rick’s intergalactic adventures, as he faces new threats and mysteries of his secret past are revealed. Can the family survive Rick’s insanity and all the chaos the universe throws at them?

It’s time to get schwifty… Take off your pants and your panties… Take a shit on the floor.. Time to get schwifty in heeeeere. Rick and Morty season 2 has come to a close after dominating televisions everywhere with a stellar 10 episodes unlike anything else currently on the air. Funny, moving and downright absurd, Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland have put everything they have into this series and have done such a tremendous job that simply calling Rick and Morty an animated comedy isn’t good enough — you should all be referring to it as the best animated comedy series OF ALL TIME.

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Well, maybe I’m overreacting, but I dare you to point out another comedy series in general, live action or animated in 2015 that is as original or funny. POINT – there’s fucking nothing. Rick and Morty is the supreme champion. Whether it’s the infamous Get Schwifty episode where Rick and Morty are forced to represent Earth in an intergalactic American Idol inspired competition hosted by a planet destroying race or the horrific Purge debacle which sees Rick dancing in a pool of blood after decimating a dining room full of people – the show is next-level hilarious crazy shit. Rick and Morty is hands down the funniest television series of 2015.

What I love most about the series is how Harmon and Roiland occasionally interject some seriously dark and twisted undertones that transcend the animated comedy genre in which Rick and Morty is based in. There’s a moment where Rick, drunk and depressed tries to commit suicide as an episode winds down but accidentally misses the elaborate self-kill setup that he’s constructed in his garage. Or, how about that use of Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Hurt’ in the season finale? Who the fuck uses Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Hurt’ in a cartoon?!?! Nobody! This is next level shit and it’s genius.

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The second season actually ends on a legit cliffhanger and proposes some serious questions about these characters, making Rick and Morty an ongoing and evolving series as opposed to just stand-alone episodes typically found in a cartoon like this one. There’s a serious underlying theme here where Rick is facing life-changing decisions not just for himself, but the family that he has to keep leaving behind for their own safety.

Rick and Morty is able to transition with ease from serious moments like the epic Bird-Person wedding turned violent shoot-out to the strange seasonal gimmick where Rick and family watch intergalactic cable and check out the insane and nonsensical commercials or TV shows. It does this seamlessly and executes both the dramatic and hilarious bits to perfection. Rick and Morty isn’t just the best animated series of 2015, it’s one of the best shows of 2015 period. Now to eat a delicious bowl of tasty eyeholes….

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