Rick and Morty is a show that hilariously captures the farce and meaninglessness of life, asserts Abhishek Tayal of The Tartan. Rick’s scientific knowledge means he can do anything he wants, setting up fantastical adventures for himself and his teenage grandson, Morty. Equally filled with wonder and death, they remind us of the futility of existence. But in accepting that there is no grander plan, we can acknowledge that we create meaning ourselves. Rick is consistently arrogant and selfish, giving his rare sacrifices that much more weight. The show’s humor is uniquely deadpan and disarming, offering plenty aside from the nihilistic plot.
Too depressing and without a proper narrative, Rick and Morty doesn’t manage to create something that is deeply engaging, argues Philip Bunn of The Federalist. Bathroom humor riddles the show, taking away from its attempts at addressing philosophical topics, such as the meaning of life. But it mainly fails to develop its characters. Initially interesting flaws in Morty’s parents’ marriage are never followed up. Themes are recycled without any growth, preventing viewers from becoming engaged in characters’ development. The fact that Rick has access to infinite universes makes any major event inconsequential, and therefore meaningless.