Once in a generation, a show or movie will come along that will define and shape those years. In the ’80s and early ’90s, we had The Simpsons, in the late 90’s we had Beavis and Butthead, the 2000s gave us South Park, and the 2010s to today have been dominated by Rick and Morty. From the hilariously twisted minds of Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, Rick and Morty quickly became one of the most popular shows in the world, building a cult following that matches the likes of any fanbase. It’s impossible to whittle a show with as many good episodes as Rick and Morty to a list of just ten, but we gave it our best effort. Here’s to 100 years of Rick and Morty.
From Space Snakes to Vats of Acid, These Are The 9 Best 'Rick and Morty' Episodes, Ever
9.) Season 1 Episode 3: Anatomy Park
IMDB Rating: 8.3/10
"Anatomy Park" was a simpler time when Rick was really focused on building passion projects. This episode revolves around the amusement park that Rick and his team are building inside a homeless man. His ‘Magnum Opus,’ Pirates of the Pancreas, is a must-see attraction. This episode also gives us the legendary guest voice appearance from John Oliver as Dr.Bloom.
8.) Season 1 Episode 4: M. Night Shaym-Aliens
IMDB Rating: 8.7/10
What if you were in a simulation, inside a simulation, that was actually inside a simulation? Sounds complicated, but it makes for some entertaining sci-fi adventuring. Not only does this episode have a solid A plot, but the B plot is just as strong. Jerry is accidentally sent into the simulation with Rick but has no idea. This gave us classics like human music, "hungry for apples?", and overall really began the downfall of Jerry Smith.
7.) Season 2 Episode 4: Total Rickall
IMDB Rating: 9.5/10
In this parody of the 90s Paul Verhoeven classic Total Recall, Rick is tasked with figuring out who in the house are parasites and who is a part of the family. Many weird and hilarious characters make cameos throughout this episode, and it happens to be the first time we meet Mr. Poopy Butthole. The post-credit scene for this episode is not only hilarious but darkly sad and real.
6.) Season 2 Episode 2: Mortynight Run
IMDB Rating: 8.8/10
Every great cartoon must be able to produce hit songs. I didn’t make up the rule, it’s just facts.
In "Mortynight Run," the brilliant Jemaine Clement plays a singing and talking fart that can essentially poop gold and read minds. Krombopulos Michael, an intergalactic assassin, is hunting him down, but Morty decides to save the fart in Morty fashion. Rick and Morty must avoid the galactic federation and return the fart to its home as it sings through the galaxy. There are so many good moments and one-liners throughout this episode and a hilariously catchy song which is good enough for 6th on our list.
5.) Season 4 Episode 8: The Vat of Acid Episode
IMDB Rating: 9.4/10
Something that the show Rick and Morty does exceptionally well is build-out character arcs. You can see a clear pattern of evolution (sometimes devolution) of characters from season 1 on, and "The Vat of Acid Episode" is one of its truest signs.
After Morty thinks Rick’s fake vat of acid is a stupid escape plan, Rick goes into an ultimate petty mode to prove to his grandson he is right. We get one of the greatest punchlines to end a Rick and Morty episode ever. This episode also was awarded an Emmy for "Outstanding Animated Program."
4.) Season 3 Episode 7: The Ricklantis Mixup
IMDB Rating: 9.8/10
"The Ricklantis Mixup" is not only a fan favorite but is also critically acclaimed, receiving a near-perfect 10 on IMDB. What’s incredible about this episode is that our Rick and Morty are only on-screen for the first minute. In this episode, we are formally introduced to evil Morty with one of the most epic soundtracks we’ve ever seen come out of the show. So many canon storylines emerged from this episode, and it still stands the test of time on a rewatch.
3.) Season 2 Episode 8: Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate
IMDB Rating: 7.6/10
The duo of interdimensional cable episodes in Rick and Morty display the true creative chaos that goes on inside the brain of Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. These episodes run in clip-show format, quickly bouncing from short to short with a storyline in the background. We get great shorts, such as "The Personal Space Show," "how did I get here?", "The Adventures of Stealy," How a Plumbus is made," and more.
2.) Season 4 Episode 5: Rattlestar Ricklactica
IMDB Rating: 8.8/10
If only Morty stayed in the car, then we wouldn’t have gotten the masterpiece that is "Rattlestar Ricklactica." A parody of Terminator 2, "Rattlestar Ricklactica" begins with Morty getting bitten by a snake in space. How are there snakes in space? There is literally everything in space!
After Morty listens to snake jazz and becomes depressed over the fact that he killed a snake astronaut from a planet of snakes (If you don’t like snakes, maybe stay away from this one), he flies back and returns a snake he bought from a pet shop. A time-traveling war is set in motion, and Rick must once again save the day. Just stay in the car next time, Morty.
1.) Season 3 Episode 1: The Rickshank Rickdemption
IMDB Rating: 9.6/10
It was a special era in the Rick and Morty timeline when season 3 debuted. The show was finally starting to take off and become nationally recognized. Season two left us on a cliffhanger with Rick turning himself into the galactic federation in exchange for his family's safety, and on April 1, 2017, "The Rickshank Redemption" would premiere. This episode is jammed with iconic moments from Shoneys, SEAL Team Ricks, and even a monologue from Rick that influenced McDonald’s to bring back Szechuan sauce.