In an old, classic episode of The Simpsons, a group of kids are asked what sort of cartoon they want to watch: something that deals with day-to-day life problems, or something escapist and far-out? The kids enthusiastically say they want both, confusing network executives who can't see how one thing can be both things at the same same.
Well, if you've ever wondered, Rick and Morty is that show. Both a fantastically creative science-fiction series and a nihilistic take on contemporary domestic life, Rick and Morty is about an alcoholic genius and his non-genius grandson's time-travelling, dimension-hopping adventures. Helmed by Dan Harmon (the guy who made Community good in seasons 1-3 and 5-6) and Justin Roiland, it's brash, occasionally crass, and powered by supremely sharp writing. And now, two years on from its season two cliffhanger, it's coming back.
Season 3 will be debuting—sort of—on July 30th. I say "sort of" because the show did originally air the first episode of season 3 in a weird double bluff April Fool's joke. But now it's going to TV.
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