Schwiftiest show on TV
Firstly, I would like to say that CSM needs to watch more than just the Pilot episode in order to gain a better understanding of the content in some shows. There ARE positive messages in Rick and Morty, which are shown through character development. And also the show improves a lot after you get past the first episode. I feel as though it has potential of being rated higher on here. Also, there is iffy content in other episodes that isn't mentioned in their "expert review" that I will mention here.
Overview: Basically, this is an animated sci-fi comedy show about a genius scientist, Rick and his fourteen year old grandson Morty. It started as a parody of Back To The Future, but is a lot different. Their relationship starts off very emotionally abusive and although it DOES kind of stay that way, there is improvement.
Age rating- 13+: Obviously this is going to be different for everyone, but I am thirteen myself and can handle this show fine. There is swearing, sexual content, alcoholism (which is portrayed NEGATIVELY, CSM) and violence, but there is actually consequences shown for some of these behaviours.
Star rating- 5 stars: I LOVE this show. It’s very funny. There is a lot of dark humour, it isn’t just about comedy. There are some extremely sad moments, such as (SPOILER) when Morty buries his body in the back garden and some of it really makes you think (“Nobody exists on purpose. Nobody belongs anywhere. Everybody’s gonna die. Come watch TV?”) Also the sci-fi sequences and world-building are awesome. Character development is well done and Justin Roiland is a terrific voice actor, as he plays both Rick and Morty.
Positive messages-2/5: There are some, ignore Common Sense Media. There’s stuff about standing up to controlling people (Rick and Morty’s relationship), courage and the fact that nothing in life really matters; you have to find your own meaning.
Postive role models-2/5: Although they aren’t the best parents, Jerry and Beth don’t try to intervene when they hear Morty (am i allowed to say this on here?) masturbating (??) upstairs because they know it’s natural and that they show allow their son to… eXperImEnT. Uhm, moving on, Rick is a bad role model. He is an alcoholic, but he certainly doesn’t promote drinking. There IS other stuff: the gender representations between main characters at least are pretty good. In one episode, Summer and Rick beat up a guy holding a “God hates f*gs” sign, which does paint homophobia badly (I’m gay myself) and maybe beating him up isn’t the best way to deal but hey, as long as you’re not showing extremely impressionable kids, then it’s fine.
Violence-4/5: One episode shows a planet where they have a purge (yeah, like the movie…) and Rick and Morty happen to show up on the day it hapens. Blood splatters everywhere, people are shot, decapitated, in danger, guns and other weapons brandished. In one episode, they go inside a man to a theme park called Anatomy Park and in another, Rick turns himself into a pickle and he ends up murdering a LOT of people. Rick attempts suicide, some dark jokes, the devil appears in one episode. Punching, cannibals in one episode where they visit a post apocalyptic place, weird aliens.
Sex-3/5: Morty fantasies about touching Jessica’s boobs, but is actually touching his teacher who disturbingly doesn’t seem to mind all that much. Morty gets sexually assaulted by a jellybean, there is kissing, a failing marriage between Beth and Jerry followed by divorce. Morty frequently masturbates “everywhere” and one time Summer catches him in the kitchen where he claims to be thinking about her friend. Morty buys a sex robot and accidentally conceives a child whom he maturely takes responsibility over and refuses to kill, although it only lasts a few days. A love potion that goes horribly wrong in another episode results in mutated people who lust for Morty and also want to kill him because of the preying mantis side of them (uh you’ll see i guess). Tammy dates this guy called Birdperson who is around 40 and she is a high school senior. Regardless of the paedophilia and beastiality, they get married. Almost fortunately, however, it turns out Tammy was a spy trying to arrest Rick.
Swearing-3/5: Sh-t, d-ck, b—ch, damn, hell, ass, f-ck t-ts/t-tt-es said frequently. However, sometimes words are bleeped (f-ck is always bleeped out) except on the uncut DVD version. These words are said by both adults and teenagers, sometimes to each other, without many consequences (i don’t really care about this stuff, i’m just sayin’). One character called Scary Terry in the second episode says b—ch all the time. Morty's catchphrase is "aw geez" and Jesus/ Jesus Christ/ Oh my God in all its variations is said a lot. (if you're religious which i'm not, so again, I'm not bothered but for those who are: there's your warning)
Consumerism-1/5: Started as a Back To The Future parody. Oh my god, just remembered they play Minecraft at the end of season three and it is shown and mentioned a lot. Maybe it advertises pickles or whatever, like does consumerism even matter? Why? Lots of Rick and Morty merch, especially in places like HMV.
Drinking, drugs and smoking-5/5: Rick is an alcoholic. He is always drinking vodka and blacks out from it and ends up jeopardising the Vindictator’s adventures from his wild, drunk thoughts from the previous night (i.e: a Saw-Style puzzle where almost everybody dies). His drinking is shown as bad. I certainly don’t want to drink. All of Rick’s burping and slurred words and the near-constant dribble on his lip REALLY puts me off. Beth drinks wine sometimes, once she gets really drunk while crying. Social drinking etc. As for drugs, one time they have this massive house party, end up trashing the place and accidentally teleporting the house to another dimension. Morty, being the only responsible one (and not for the first time… or the last) tries to help by risking him and a couple of people’s lives (Abradolf Lincler dies kinda) to get these crystals that Rick made him think would get them home. However, Rick sniffs them, his eyes go blue and he starts dancing. So… drugs basically. This annoys Morty though, so if you were siding with him, it shows drugs badly. In a way. I guess.
And finally, smoking. I have seen a couple of cigarettes that I recall, but it’s not an issue with anybody besides background characters.
Overall, this is an awesome show and I absolutely love it. I highly recommend. It breaks a lot of sci-fi tropes and sometimes the fourth wall.
This title contains:
Positive role models
Violence & scariness
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking