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  • Adored by the Network:
    • In May 2018, Adult Swim picked up the series for an additional 70 episodes, the largest episode order ever given by the network. For comparison, it took The Venture Bros. over a decade to reach 70 episodes over six seasons.
    • An entire Couch Gag featuring Rick and Morty was dedicated by The Simpsons.
    • The show gets many creative commercial bumps even when there isn't a new season being explicitly ready to debut.
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    • It has gotten several special non-canon special episodes on Toonami from eastern productions. None of these are even dubbed.
    • The promotional commercials for Season 5 tend to be numerous and show different scenes between each other to hype up the season.
  • Approval of God: A fan of the show is currently making a Mr. Meeseeks Skyrim mod. Justin Roiland has not only voiced approval of this but he has also personally offered to make voice lines for the mod.
  • Casting Gag: A live action Rick & Morty episode was teased in early September of 2021, with Christopher Lloyd cast as Rick, coming full circle with how Rick was conceptually pitched as a more deranged and cynical parody of Doc Brown from Back to the Future.
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  • Colbert Bump: "For the Damaged Coda" by Blonde Redhead got a huge boost in popularity from this show, and has become the iconic and unmistakable Leitmotif of Evil Morty.
  • Content Leak: The seventh episode of Season 5, "Gotron Jerrysis Rickvangelion", was accidentally placed on Amazon Prime in Canada in place of the fourth episode, "Rickdependence Spray".
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Dan Harmon's said that he feels "Raising Gazorpazorp" is among the weakest episodes in the series and is especially disappointed with the "battle of sexes" Cliché Storm in that episode, noting that he agrees with critics who saw it as an 1980s holdover.
    • Harmon has also expressed regret for "Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender".
    • Judging from the "Inside the Episode" commentary for "Rickdependence Spray", the production staff weren't pleased with the episode, admitting that the plot was too tasteless even for them.
  • Creator's Favorite Episode: Dan Harmon regards Pickle Rick and The Ricklantis Mixup as his favorite episodes of Season 3 and is thrilled that those were the ones with the best reception among the public.
  • Defictionalization:
    • The balloon-popping game that Jerry plays on his iPad was made into an actual mobile game titled "Jerry's Game".
    • The sad robot that passes butter is now officially a thing too!
    • The plumbus
    • Played with when it comes to the Schezuan Sauce. While it was a real thing, a promotional sauce like that doesn't usually get rereleased post-promotion. That said, McDonalds has considered bringing it back because of it allegedly being Rick's Trademark Favorite Food.
      • Now it's played straight due to the fact that McDonalds bringing the sauce back on October 7th 2017 for one day! ...And bringing it back again for a longer term, due to a severe underestimation of demand that caused a truly absurd backlash.
    • Apparently, Strawberry Smiggles are on their way to becoming a real cereal.
    • There are two versions of Inter-dimensional Cable now.
  • Descended Creator: Justin Roiland voices both Rick and Morty, all versions of them, as well as several side characters.
  • Development Gag
    • In "Big Trouble In Little Sanchez" Rick draws a self-portrait. It looks a lot like Doc.
    • Throughout the series, there is a box in the garage labeled "time travel stuff" that sits on the shelf in Rick's workshop. Word of God says that this is supposed to allude to a distaste for time travel plots and how those particular story ideas will forever be on the shelf.
  • Died During Production: Producer J. Michael Mendel died on September 22, 2019.
  • Doing It for the Art: It's clear from the commentaries that Justin Roiland has a tight grip on exactly who the show's audience is, regularly checking Reddit, /co/, and Tumblr for feedback, and makes sure the staff go out of their way to appease them.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Dan Harmon has admitted to occasionally getting Justin Roiland drunk to record his dialogue for Rick.
  • Executive Meddling: A positive case. In their initial pitch to Adult Swim, Dan and Justin had Morty written to be much more of a Buttmonkey who was there merely to absorb the abuse Rick throws at him. Some AS executives didn't like this version of Morty, so Dan and Justin completely rewrote his character into the current Morty, who's not afraid to stand up to Rick if the need arises.
  • Harpo Does Something Funny: Most of Justin Roiland's lines are retroscripted, with him ad-libbing off of a loose description of what the character is supposed to say. Played for Laughs in the interdimensional cable episodes, where the In-Universe programming is all improvised in a purposefully awkward way for the sake of comedy.
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  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine: Various actors from Community who previously worked with Dan Harmon guest-star in the show, among them Jim Rash as Glaxo Slimslom in Season 2, Joel McHale as Hemorrhage and Gillian Jacobs as Supernova in Season 3, and Alison Brie as Planetina in Season 5.
  • Lying Creator: Dan Harmon did a guest appearance in a Film Theory episode about Rick and Morty, in which he strongly implied that the season 3 finale would reveal new information about Evil Morty. Evil Morty did not appear and was not mentioned.
  • Name's the Same: Rick Sanchez shouldn't be confused with a Fox News correspondent.
  • Old Shame: Justin Roiland considers "Interdimensional Cable II: Tempting Fate" to be this. He even told people several weeks in advance to not get their hopes up for that episode.
  • Playing Against Type: Sapient jellybean or not, Tom Kenny playing a rapist is, uh... different. Between this and his role as a kids' show host with evil intentions towards bullies ("Uncle Howee"), you'll never look at SpongeBob SquarePants the same way again. In "Total Rickall" he also voiced a Nazi in one of the gang's "flashbacks."
  • Production Posse:
    • Dan, Justin, and the initial four other writers (Eric Acosta, Wade Randolph, Ryan Ridley and Tom Kauffman) are all Channel101 alumni. (Later writers who have joined such as Mike McMahon aren't.) The show's composer, Ryan Elder, is too.
    • Many people who worked with Justin Roiland on Fish Hooks have also worked for this series, including Jessica Gao, Ryan Ridley, Jackie Buscarino, Alex Hirsch, Kari Wahlgren, Chelsea Kane, Tara Strong, and John DiMaggio.
    • Some of the guest stars were cast regulars on Community. In order of appearance, we have John Oliver (Dr. Duncan) as Dr. Xenon Bloom, Jim Rash (Dean Pelton) as Glaxo Slimslom, Joel McHale (Jeff) as Hemorrhage, Gillian Jacobs (Britta) as Supernova, and Alison Brie (Annie) as Planetina.
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  • The Red Stapler: After the Mulan McNugget sauce was greatly mentioned in the Season 3 premiere, it caused lots of fans to demand McDonald's revive the sauce, and possibly also in promotion for the upcoming live-action remake of the movie. Only two days after the episode aired, a top chef at Micky D's has already responded with interest in bringing the sauce back.
  • Shrug of God: On the DVD Commentary, Dan Harmon recalled an experience where he met a fan who theorized that Rick was the only character in the show who ever broke the fourth wall because he was the one one aware that he was in a TV show (like Deadpool). Harmon's response was more or less "Sure, Let's Go with That."
  • Talking to Himself: Both Rick and Morty are voiced by Justin Roiland. Taken Up to Eleven in "Meeseeks and Destroy" when Roiland plays about forty Meeseeks and again in any episode with the Council of Ricks, in which the characters Roiland plays are literally different version of the same person talking to himself. The ultimate example has to be "The Ricklantis Mix-up" which is entirely composed of dialogue between multiple Ricks and multiple Mortys and as such only has a single voice actor carrying an entire episode, and somehow conveying that two particular voices with slight inflections are somehow multiple characters.
  • Throw It In: Rick's parody of a catchphrase "Wubalubadubdub!" originates from Justin Roiland misreading the script. It called for Rick to channel Curly from The Three Stooges and run on the ground in a circle while making the "Woobwoobwoob!" sound. Roiland says he skips over most stage directions and just blurted out the sound. Everyone thought it was funnier than what was written.
  • Trolling Creator: "Never Ricking Morty" is an episode that seems to mock fans who think there will be resolution for longstanding dramatic plotlines involving Tammy and Evil Morty with their vendettas against Rick. Come the season 4 finale, Tammy did make a dramatic return and her storyline was settled and then the season 5 finale also gave closure to the Evil Morty storyline.
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  • What Could Have Been:
    • An alternate scene for 'Rick Potion #9' has alternate Rick and Morty explode into pieces, unlike in the completed episode. Rick also has to scrape his scrotum off of the ceiling.
    • An episode where Morty has to enter Jessica's bloodstream in an attempt to save her from an injury was storyboarded, but not produced for unknown reasons. "Anatomy Park" was probably inspired by this episode.
    • Season 3 was originally supposed to consist of 14 episodes until production issues made them cut it down to 10. Dvd Commentary revealed a lot of unused plans for season 3:
      • The original idea for "Vindicators 3: The Return Of World Ender" was Rick and a girlfriend sleeping with a superhero. The B-plot of this story that was cut was Morty wanting to revisit the power suit from the episode "Look Who's Purging Now" because he has a crush on a Vindicator that was cut out of the episode, Arrowgirl/Quiver, who matures into Arrowwoman. The power suit gets upgraded with an AI. Morty, the AI and Arrowgirl/Quiver would have a love triangle that ends with Arrowgirl/Quiver choosing the suit because Morty could not keep up with her sexually. More scrapped members of the Vindicators include: Dr. Reach, the man with stretching powers; Siamese twins, where one is very fit and attractive, and the other one isn't; and a knitting grandma. At one point, the Vindicators all had sidekicks. Million Ants' sidekick was named Three Ants, and Morty and the sidekicks saved the day. Another storyline was a pneumatic tube that moves World Ender's body.
      • The original idea for "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy" was for Rick and Jerry to go to this bar and bond over a fake adventure they make up, then a real adventure happens. Then the writers came up with the idea of an immortality resort.
      • The original idea for "Rest and Ricklaxation" was this concept called Shallow Morty, which was this evil version of Morty that was floating around and haunting him. Also, Jessica originally had a bigger role in this episode and was even split into positive and negative personalities.
      • "The Ricklantis Mixup" was originally going to be 21 short stories about the Citadel. Originally, the Rick that runs the Citadel was going to be the Rick in the garage scene in "The Rickshank Redemption". Slick Morty was going to be shown alive on a garbage pile on a planet that Rick refuses to leave a tip on.
      • "Morty's Mind Blowers" originally was going to show a memory where Rick was with baby Morty, and as he leaves, Summer sees him and tells her parents she saw an old man.
      • In "The ABCs of Beth", originally Tommy was going to think he was Beth.
      • "The Rickchurian Mortydate" was not originally going to be the season 3 finale, but when the season was cut down from 14 episodes to 10 episodes, it was re-written as the finale.
      • The animatic for "A Rickle in Time" shows Shleemypants as customer service for the time-freezing device rather than just a cop trying to arrest Rick for stealing time crystals who hoped to be promoted for it. In addition, he even carried a "synchronisation sphere" that allowed Rick, Morty and Summer to see all the other possibilities at once before they were synchronized.
    • According to the Inside the Episode video for "Mort Dinner Rick Andre", Mr. Nimbus was originally going to appear much sooner in the series and play a big part in Rick's backstory, explaining why Rick apparently knows the guy. However, Mr. Nimbus' original introductory episode got scrapped and it wouldn't be until Season 5 that he was finally introduced, albeit differently then intended.
  • The Wiki Rule: Rick and Morty Wiki.
  • Word of Gay: Rick was confirmed to be pansexual by Justin Roiland.
  • Word of God:
    • Stacy from the episode "Rest And Ricklaxation" is confirmed to be either 22 or 23 years old. Also, it was confirmed that Morty unconsciously left his phone on.
    • The US president in "The Rickchurian Mortydate" guesses that he was dealing with the same Rick but decides to play dumb for the sake of his ego.
  • Write What You Know: Beth and Jerry's self-destructive marriage was based on several of the writers' own parents, who stayed together for years despite constantly being on the brink of divorce. In the DVD Commentary, Justin Roiland says he can usually tell which fans are millennials if they're genuinely confused as to why Beth and Jerry stay together.


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