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Rick and Morty

Ribald, drunken animated comedy is too edgy for most teens.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show leans on edgy content and at least one morally despicable character to get laughs. It's a successful ploy, but it downplays the realistic repercussions for the characters' behavior. Death, violence, lust, and alcoholism are meant to be comical rather than worrisome, and some racial and gender stereotypes exist as well. Rick's influence over Morty is emotionally scarring, and he bullies him into doing some pretty dangerous things. Little is sacred in the show's content, so expect to hear and see it all.

Positive role models

Rick teases and torments Morty into submission, subjecting him to extreme emotional abuse until he complies. He mocks the value of school, encourages his grandson's lustful thoughts about his crush, and is a raging alcoholic. Morty is unable to stand up for himself around his domineering grandfather. Although Morty's dad is aware of Rick's bad influence, Morty's mom encourages the damaging relationship. Of course, this is all meant in fun.


Many scenes are violent, though the animation style lessens the content's impact. Humans and otherworldly creatures exchange gunfire, and those who are hit (usually the nonhumans) spurt blood, explode, are dismembered, and often die. Broken bones, bloody surgical scenes in a vet's office, and violent bullying are common. When humans die, it's usually in a semicomical way, like being frozen and then shattered.


Morty's unrequited lust for a classmate is common fodder for sexually driven content. In one scene, he dreams about Jessica showing him her boobs (the top half of which are shown) and asking him to squeeze them and "knock them around." Background visuals such as wall decor show scantily clad women in suggestive positions. A lesser character's name is Principal Vagina.


"Hell" and "damn" are frequent flyers.  

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Rick's alcoholism is central to the plot and drives his erratic and dangerous behavior, all of which is meant to be funny rather than concerning. He's often seen drinking and wears a permanent splotch of booze spittle on his lip.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Rick and Morty is intended for mature viewers who can take the copious violence, alcohol consumption, and sexual content in stride. The show centers on a degenerate relationship between an anxious, socially marginal teen and his lunatic lush of a grandfather who drags him into absurd schemes through time and space. In other words, there are no positive role models here; in fact, the show's foundation is the sadistic emotional control Rick wields over Morty. Violence is graphic albeit in a cartoon way, so you'll see body explosions, gushing wounds, weapon use, and some death. Expect some sexually suggestive stuff as well, with hints at nudity (a girl flashes Morty, although only the top part of her breasts is visible) and some bawdy talk about sexuality.

What's the story?

RICK AND MORTY follows the misadventures of a socially awkward teen and his alcoholic grandfather as they travel through various dimensions carrying out bizarre schemes. For Morty (voiced by Justin Roiland), high school is a minefield of social traps, from him hiding his crush on the school hottie to fending off pressure from bullies. Still, when it comes down to it, he'd rather be there than riding shotgun with his grandfather, Rick (Roiland again), a scientific genius who's dangerously off his rocker but determined to have Morty along for ride...and to do the grunt work for him.

Is it any good?


Nurturing, supportive, caring -– these are the markers of grandfathers at their very best, and they're polar opposites to those that describe Rick. He's narcissistic, indulgent, and crass, not to mention a raging alcoholic with no sense of moral judgment. His schemes always spell disaster in some form for his unfortunate grandson, who nevertheless continues to be victimized by Rick's verbal abuse and falls in line time and again.

Rick and Morty does a decent job of putting the fun in a dysfunctional relationship, but it comes at the cost of common decency. It boasts an impressive voice cast, including Sarah Chalke and Chris Parnell as Morty's parents. Still, obviously this isn't one for tweens, and its rampant sexuality and violence make it iffy for most teens. On the other hand, adults could find a guilty pleasure in the characters' bizarre adventures and sci-fi mishaps.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the market for shows such as this one. Is this the kind of entertainment adults want? What is the appeal of animated series for grown-ups?

  • Is this series controversial? Does any of its content cross the line? Do TV ratings do enough to warn viewers about a show's content?

  • How much of what we see in entertainment do we internalize? Is it important that the characters be good role models or not? What shows do you watch that have positive behavior models?

TV details

Premiere date:December 2, 2013
Cast:Chris Parnell, Justin Roiland, Sarah Chalke
Network:Cartoon Network
Topics:Adventures, Space and aliens
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD

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Parent of a 15 year old Written byleafinthewind November 13, 2014
This website is always concerned with sex jokes so let me give you an example of how this show handles the topic. In one episode, Morty's (14) family hears him jerking off, and the dad asks what they should do and the mom says it's normal and to let him experiment, and the whole scene's no big deal. Now that right there's a positive message about sex. It tells the kid that the parents know what he's doing and are ok with it AND reminds the parents that this is normal. This is the right way to address sex in teen media. For those worried about the drinking, Rick the alcoholic genius grandpa pukes, drools, and burps enough to paint alcohol in a negative light. It's a solid show. Written by Dan Harmon, who writes for Community. Your kids will love it and it's clever enough for adults.
Teen, 14 years old Written byDr. Zoigberg 97 December 7, 2013


Do not skip over this because I'm a teenager. Out of the entire adult swim line up nothing beats Rick and morty. This show is clever, creative, original and most of all just straight up funny. This show has a wonderfully grim sense of humor. You won't find another show with this type of humor. It was created by the creator of community and influenced by back to the future and British sifi. I encourage you to watch this. That being said this show does include some raunchy material. Violence: cartoon sifi violence honestly no big deal. Language: mild swearing is appearant but not offensive. Sex: basically the only thing parents find unacceptable . Pretty raunchy, innuendo is infrequent but pretty crass. Drinking drugs and smoking: I don't really think it's a big deal. Rick drinks, belches (a lot), slurs his words and so on.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old December 7, 2013

What the

Give it a chance, I know there is some violence but not graphic, you guys gave South Park iffy 13-17, this iffy 14-17, South Park is 10 times worse than this, fix the review, and ik there was a scene when Rick was rubbing Jessica's t1ts parents would find that innapropriate for their yong ones, swearing is not too bad, drinking Rick can be severely alcoholic
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking