10 Best ‘Rick and Morty’ Episodes of All Time
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rick and morty is an animated television series for adults. The sitcom was created for Cartoon Network’s late-night lineup and is in its sixth season. It follows the misadventures of mad scientist and anarchist Rick Sanchez and his lovable grandson, Morty, as they travel the universe at Rick’s will. They get into all sorts of trouble, often at Morty’s expense.
It’s a crude, offensive, and utterly hilarious show that’s well worth watching, especially if you’re the existential type who likes to enjoy a late-night show that will make you think about existence and the metaphysics of the universe. So, without further ado, here are the 10 best episodes of Rick and Morty.
10. “Look Who’s Purging Now” (S2:E9)
Rick and Morty and fly their ship through space when Rick decides to stop on an alien planet for windshield washer fluid. They soon discover that this planet is a purge planet, which means that once a year they have “The Festival”, during which crime is tolerated. Citizens engage in open warfare, murder and anarchy.
Unfortunately, Rick’s morbid curiosity gets the better of him, and he offers that he and Morty stay to watch. Although Morty refuses, Rick ignores his pleas and stays. These careless actions result in their downfall as they are stranded on the planet and must survive until they return home or the festival ends.
9. “Anatomy Park” (S1:E3)
It’s Christmas at the Smith house, and the regular shenanigans continue. Jerry has to deal with the fact that his parents have brought a third person, James, into their relationship.
As Jerry tries to figure out his parents’ unorthodox new love life, Rick shows up with a homeless man in Santa Claus gear, whom he briefly introduces as Ruben, then takes him to the garage. Rick then shrinks Morty and sends him on a boat into Ruben’s body. Morty finds a Jurassic Park-style amusement park where the attractions are the various parts of Ruben’s body.
However, after Ruben’s death, Morty and a team of those building the park must escape before his death causes their deaths.
8. “Lawn Mower Dog” (S1:E2)
Jerry complains that the family dog, Snuffle, is stupid, so Rick creates a device that will increase Snuffle’s intelligence. However, Jerry didn’t get what he bargained for as the dog’s sentience causes him to rise up against the family and overthrow the humans.
Simultaneously, in a Creation-like fashion, Rick and Morty enter the dreams of Morty’s math teacher, Mr. Goldenfold, to convince him to give Morty an A in math. They dream and encounter bizarre characters such as Mrs. Pancakes, a strong black woman who is a television character, and Scary Terry, a parody of Freddy Krueger. But when they’re stuck in Mr. Goldenfold’s deviant dreams, they must go to great lengths to get out alive with their lives, and Morty’s “A”, intact.
7. “Meeseeks and Destroy” (S1:E5)
After a particularly perilous adventure, Morty tries to forgo all future excursions with Rick until Rick agrees to embark on a fun, lighthearted adventure. However, before Rick and Morty can set off on their whimsical getaway to a fantasy land, the Smith family begins pestering Rick to help with mundane tasks he considers inferior to him. To offload his responsibilities, Rick gifts the family with a Meeseeks Box, which can produce in form of Meeseeks whose primary purpose is to solve the user’s problem. It goes awry when Jerry asks the Meeseeks to help him take two strokes off his golf game. When the Meeseeks cannot help Jerry with his sub-par golf skills, mayhem and mayhem ensue as more and more Meeseeks are brought up and grow increasingly disillusioned with their situation.
Meanwhile, Rick and Morty embark on their “fun” adventure where Morty fantasizes about a pleasurable experience that didn’t end in pandemonium. As usual, things don’t go as planned, and Rick and Morty find themselves in much hotter water than expected.
6. “Interdimensional Cable 2: Temptation of Fate” (S2:E8)
Jerry eats a pint of Cherry Garcia from Rick’s freezer drawer, discovers it contained dangerous bacteria, and is rushed to an alien hospital for treatment. While waiting for Jerry to be treated, Rick breaks the decoder in the waiting room and plugs in the interdimensional cable. The following are ridiculous scenarios such as Man against cara TV show in which a man fights a car and a “Lil’ Bits” commercial advertising a restaurant that specializes in serving small dishes to people with small mouths.
Meanwhile, Jerry makes the mistake of agreeing to help a man named Shrimply Pibble by donating his penis, which suits Shrimply Pibble’s failing heart perfectly. Once he realizes his blunder, he tries to get out of the situation by imploring his wife Beth for her interference and using medical information from Shrimply Pibble to try to turn the mob against him.
The absurd nature and the fact that this episode was improvised makes it worthy of being one of the top 10 episodes.
5. “Total Rickall” (S2:E4)
Rick follows a villainous infestation of aliens capable of implanting memories in people’s minds. As a result, the Smith house is locked down until they can eliminate them. What follows is violence and the Smith family wonders if any of it is real. But the ones that aren’t real are humorous characters like Sleepy Gary (Beth’s fake husband who’s engaged in an affair with her real husband, Jerry), an interesting take on Frankenstein’s monster, and Mr. Beauregard, the “butler ” of the family. ”
The concept was based on adding the character of Dawn in buffy the vampire slayer. One of the writers found the idea of implanting memories disturbing, and so this episode was created.
4. “Big Trouble in Little Sanchez” (S2:E7)
One morning over breakfast, Morty reveals that one of the school lunch ladies was found dead, her body drained of blood and her neck showing bite marks, indicating a vampire attack. After Summer asks Rick to transport her spirit into a teenager to come to school and apprehend the vampire, Rick derisively rejects the call. However, after careful consideration, Rick complies with Summer’s pleas and transports his mind to a younger version of himself whom he gave the nickname “Little Rick”. Rick, Morty and Summer then go in search of the vampire, throw parties and attend a school dance as Rick grapples with the consequences of being an anxious teenager.
Simultaneously, Beth and Jerry go “off-planet” for marriage counseling where they don a helmet that makes their perception of each other real. The results are hilarious with Jerry’s perception of Beth looking like the xenomorph queen of the Extraterrestrial candor, and Beth’s perception that Jerry is a spineless worm who cowers at the slightest provocation.
3. “The Ricks Must Be Crazy” (S2:E6)
Rick, Morty and Summer are on an alien planet for a movie showing when Rick discovers a problem with his car battery. As a result, he and Morty enter the battery and visit its inhabitants who create energy by stomping on Gooble Boxes. Meanwhile, Summer stays in the car after Rick orders the vehicle to “keep Summer safe”. This turns out to be more complicated than expected, as the car takes its mission very seriously and kills and maims people in the process.
Back in the microverse, Morty is reluctant to tolerate the practices Rick employs to keep the occupants powering his car battery. Morty describes the practice as “slavery with extra steps”, which Rick denies even after finding the individual who created technology similar to Gooble Boxes that renders them obsolete.
This is an existential episode that invites us to reflect on the question “what if we were in a simulation”. Indeed, the entire show wrestles with many hypothetical questions related to human existence. That alone makes this episode one of the best.
2. “Get Schwifty” (S2:E5)
After giant heads named Cromulons appear in the sky asking Earth to “show me what you got”, Rick and Morty go to the Pentagon to help. They must team up with Ice-T to produce a hit single that will win the Cromulon game show Earth has been unwittingly selected to participate in. The pressure is palpable since an earthquake struck the Grammy Awards, killing all of Earth’s most prominent musicians. . Rick, Morty, and Ice-T are Earth’s only possible contestants for the song contest. And the stakes are high, with the fate of the world resting on their shoulders.
They’re not exactly a dream team, but they must make it work to save the world despite Rick’s flippant attitude to the situation, Ice-T’s apathy, and Morty’s lack of trust in Rick.
1. “Pickle Rick” (S3:E3)
In this episode, Morty’s desk bedwetting and Summer’s pottery glaze prompted the Smith family to seek school-advised family therapy. To Morty’s amazement, he discovers that Rick turned into a pickle to get out of the therapy session. The family sets off to teach Rick a lesson before he’s tossed into the sewers after an unexpected storm. On his journey, he must create an exo-suit from the body parts of various vermin he encounters, battle enraged rodents, and engage in a helicopter fight-and-escape scene that looks suspiciously like die hard. Simultaneously, Morty, Summer and Beth are cross-examined by the insightful Dr. Wong, who suggests that the family’s problems stem from Rick. Who would have guessed?
The episode encapsulates the family dynamic perfectly: Summer and Morty’s engaging behaviors typical of troubled minors, Rick’s blatant disregard for the responsibility he has to his family, Beth’s denial of her father’s indifference, and even the absence of Jerry who is stereotypical of an absent parent.