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Since 2013, “Rick and Morty” by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon have been taking us on sci-fi exploits that are both comic and ominous. Thanks to pop culture allusions, world-building, and traditional nihilism, this program never runs out of stories to tell.
And with the start of Season 5 on Sunday, June 20, we decided it was the ideal opportunity to compile our list of the top ten “Rick and Morty” episodes. Here are our recommendations for the top 10 Rick and Morty episodes, ranking them from the show’s endless universes and finest episode possibilities.
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Best Rick and Morty Episodes
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“Meeseeks and Destroy” (Season 1, Episode 5)
For once, Rick lets Morty choose the adventure in this episode of Rick and Morty, which results in a scary jellybean scenario that isn’t amusing. But don’t worry; there is some “light” added by the family plot from Earth. It is one of the best Rick and Morty Episodes because it is nuanced.
In this episode, Mr. Meeseeks and the Meeseeks Box are introduced, and we also first witness Jerry’s sad personality, which has persisted throughout the series. Moreover, this is the time that Rick coined his slogan, “Wubba Lubba Dub-Dub!”
“Morty’s Mind Blowers” (Season 3, Episode 8)
Believe it or not, Rick deemed some memories too traumatic for Morty to remember – enter “Morty’s Mind Blowers“! You’d think that this wouldn’t be so bad after all the other awful things Rick has done to him.
But of course, there’s more to it than that. Just like with “Never Ricking Morty” and “Paradigms of Human Memory” from Season 2 of “Community,” “Morty’s Mind Blowers” really hits it home with its fake clip show of all the terrible memories – and the memories of Rick looking like a fool.
When we talk about the best Rick and Morty Episodes of all time, it makes their place due to community. Apparently, the writers of the episode had originally come up with around a hundred mind-blowers, narrowed it down, voted, and then wrote even more!
“Auto Erotic Assimilation” (Season 2, Episode 3)
It’s a wild ride for Rick, Morty, and Summer as they end up on a planet ruled by Unity, Rick’s ex! Things get out of hand quickly as Rick brings the party down to his level, and it quickly devolves into a full-blown race war.
Thankfully, Unity realizes it can’t be with Rick – no matter how much it loves him – and decides to leave the planet. We see firsthand how Rick’s self-centered and destructive nature has consequences, even when it comes to someone who loves him romantically.
Who knew that Rick was capable of so much emotion?
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“The Wedding Squanchers” (Season 2, Episode 10)
The famous tv show shouldn’t make you feel things, right? I mean, it’s a pretty absurd show! But somehow, it works. Take Birdperson and Tammy, for example. No one saw THAT coming! But it worked.
And then there was the wedding toast Rick gave and Birdperson’s reaction when Tammy betrayed him. It was so heartbreaking! But then, in the end, Rick sacrificed himself to protect his family – even if Beth thought he was abandoning her again.
It was a sad ending to a sad season, but things are gonna be different in Season 03 of Rick and Morty Episodes!
“Pickle Rick” (Season 3, Episode 3)
Who would’ve thought a pickle could be the star of a blockbuster Emmy-winning episode of Rick and Morty? But that’s what happened with “Pickle Rick.” After transforming himself into a pickle to avoid family therapy, Rick finds himself on an unexpectedly violent adventure.
And while he eventually makes it to therapy, it only serves to drive a wedge between him and the rest of the family – furthering the bond between Rick and Beth. It’s a wild ride that reminds us that sometimes the craziest ideas can be the most rewarding.
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“The Ricklantis Mixup” (Season 3, Episode 7)
Remember when Rick and Morty had that life-changing trip to Atlantis? That episode was also known as “Tales from the Citadel.” We didn’t see our Rick and Morty in the lost city, but we did get a glimpse of the Citadel of Ricks after the Council of Ricks’ death.
Believe it or not, the Citadel was thriving, and Evil Morty was on the rise! This con artist was able to become the Citadel dictator, which still has major implications for the future of all Ricks and Mortys. It is one of the best Rick and Morty Episodes.
It’s also co-creator Justin Roiland’s most impressive episode yet. He was the near sole voice actor of the episode (Jeff B. Davis and Sarah Chalke had minor appearances). Pretty impressive, right? This easily makes the top of the list of best episodes of Rick and Morty.
“Lawnmower Dog” (Season 1, Episode 2)
If you’re new to Rick and Morty, the pilot episode might be a bit of a head-scratcher. But don’t worry, those who hang in there will be rewarded with one of the show’s best episodes – “Lawnmower Dog.”
It’s a strong and, more importantly, inviting second outing for the series and gives us a real taste of just how wild things can get – both in the A-story, a mash-up of Inception and Nightmare on Elm Street, and in the B-story, a take on The Lawnmower Man featuring a certain canine by the name of Snuffles/Snowball. It’s also one of the darkest Rick and Morty episodes.
So strap in and let the cosmic ride begin!
“Rick Potion #9” (Season 1, Episode 6)
Whoa! Things just got real for Rick and Morty! In the first season, the show pulled a major twist when Rick and Morty had to abandon their own reality and take over another one. They even had to kill the other Rick and Morty and bury them in the backyard!
Talk about an intense episode. And this was all after they had just given us the iconic “Wubba Lubba Dub Dub!” catchphrase. Rick and Morty sure know how to keep us on our toes! It was one of the most played Rick and Morty Episodes at that time.
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