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It's back after a long hiatus
Rick & Mortyfans will finally get to see new episodes this fall.
Adult Swim announced during the WarnerMedia upfronts presentation on Wednesday that Season 4 of the animated comedy will air starting in November. The show, from creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, last debuted new episodes in 2017.
Fans have long awaited fresh Rick and Morty episodes to obsess over -- especially after Adult Swim gave the comedy a 70-episode renewal order in 2018. That's an absurd amount of content that could extend the show's lifespan for a literal decade or more. Consider: Rick and Morty premiered in 2013 and through its three seasons so far has only amassed 31 episodes in total. The episode count for Season 4 remains unannounced, but Season 3 clocked in with 10 episodes.
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In the years since its debut, a segment of Rick and Morty fans have come under fire for their toxic behavior toward the show's female writers. Speaking at the Television Critics Association winter press tour earlier this year, Jason DeMarco, senior vice president at Adult Swim, said one of the ways to keep the pernicious segment of Rick & Morty fans on the margins is to ignore their behavior.
"There is a segment of Rick & Morty fans that's toxic," DeMarco said. "They're the minority."
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly in 2017, Harmon was a bit more critical of the toxic element. "These knobs, that want to protect the content they think they own -- and somehow combine that with their need to be proud of something they have, which is often only their race or gender. It's offensive to me as someone who was born male and white, and still works way harder than them, that there's some white male [fan out there] trying to further some creepy agenda by 'protecting' my work," he said. "I've made no bones about the fact that I loathe these people. It f---ing sucks. And the only thing I can say is if you're lucky enough to make a show that is really good that people like, that means some bad people are going to like it too. You can't just insist that everybody who watches your show get their head on straight ... And I'm speaking for myself -- I don't want the show to have a political stance. But at the same time, individually, these [harassers] aren't politicians and don't represent politics. They represent some sh-- that I probably believed when I was 15."
Catch up with Rick and Morty episodes on Hulu.