‘Rick and Morty’ rises to fame through growing following

The animated comedy “Rick and Morty” (2013) made its debut five years ago gaining a small cult following, but in its third season, it became one of the most watched adult cartoons on the air.

Season 3 of “Rick and Morty” created buzz with its surprise April Fool’s episode, “The Rickshank Rickdemption,” its quotable “Pickle Rick” and voice acting features from Susan Sarandon, Danny Trejo, Logic and others.

Its finale, “The Rickchurian Mortydate,” made the most headlines after its fans forced the hand of McDonald’s to rerelease its discontinued Szechuan sauce, which made many wonder what all of the “Rick and Morty” fuss was about.

“I started watching probably August of 2017,” said Jonathan Nakamura, junior mechanical engineering major. “It was interesting because it has adult humor in the sense that there are actual scientific and engineering topics that come up.”

Most recently “Rick and Morty” made headlines after teaming up with Grammy nominated rapper Logic to provide the intro track on his latest album, “Bobby Tarantino II.”

“I love Logic. It’s superdope he got them to do that,” said Adrianne Canady, junior marketing major. “It was fitting because although his songs can be serious, he’s a goofy dude that can still roll with some ‘Rick and Morty.’”

Although the popularity of “Rick and Morty’s” has grown in the past year, the show’s creator Dan Harmon took to Twitter to announce that Adult Swim has yet to order Season 4 because of contract negotiations.

Canady said she finds it surprising that Season 4 hasn’t been ordered given its recent success, however, she has little doubt it will be taken off the air.

“It really blew up within the last year or two so they would have a lot of disappointed viewers,” Canady said. “Not to mention it would be super-lame to have all this recent popularity just to not have a fourth season. I’m not too worried.”

There was a nearly two-year gap between Seasons 2 and 3 until “Rick and Morty” returned with an April Fool’s surprise last year, debuting season 3’s premier on Adult Swim’s website announcing its return.

For this year’s April Fool’s, the show released a new surprise special featuring Rick and Morty with heavy Australian accents and a whacky off-brand animation style.

Season 4 of “Rick and Morty” has no set premiere date as of April 10.

However, seeing that the show continued its April Fool’s tradition and released a new installment through Adult Swim, it might not be too long before the inter-dimensional duo make their return to television.

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