Rick and Morty are part of a family nobody wants to be a part of, like mid-era sitcoms. The parents are dissatisfied with their marriage and are constantly fighting, the grandfather Rick as an arrogant, drunken genius, Morty is the academically challenged son and daughter Summer is as close to normal as the family gets. This show is like mid-era sitcoms where people feel better about themselves and their families by watching one as dysfunctional as this one, who somehow manages to forgive each other and stay together by the end of the episode.
“Rick and Morty, “Lawnmower Dog” (Season 1, Episode 2, 2013.) Image from [http://giphy.com/search/beth-smith]
This show is also cool and HILARIOUS. Rick takes his grandson Morty on adventures around our universe and other universes, even other dimensions, such as a dimension where Rick’s from other dimension gather and have their own society. Their adventures together always get out of hand and Rick manages to save the day with his genius, even with the family managing to get in his way and wreck his plans. Like all geniuses however, Rick is not as together as he wants people to think he is. There is one scene where Rick, realizing his like is actually terrible, tries to commit suicide, but fails to do so when he passes out in a drunken stupor. Many shows also have this theme of a tormented genius who cannot relate to anyone around him and can only rely on his genius to keep his will to live. It is saddening to think that there are people who have these same thoughts and feelings, such as one of my friends from high school that, while brilliant, never committed himself to education and thus has yet to achieve the success his smarts should have helped him acquire. This inspires me to work even harder so that, even though I am not genius level, I will attain success.
“Rick and Morty, “The Ricks Must Be Crazy,” (Season 2, Episode 6, 2015.) Image from [http://uproxx.com/tv/rick-and-morty-the-ricks-must-be-crazy-gifs/2/]
This show also likes to torment viewers by releasing seasons with one year between each one. The anticipation builds up and the need to watch this fantastic show gets larger every time I think of it. As I right this I have the urge to binge watch both seasons right after I post this. It is a brilliant tactic to ensure that viewers will continue to watch the show, as I most certainly will.