Rick and Morty (2013)
When I finished the first season of this show, few months ago, everybody I came in contact with had to hear about it. I would talk to my assistant in Rick’s voice INCESSANTLY. I became evangelical about getting people to watch, and I mean that in the worst possible way.
It’s just…man, this show hits me right in my sweet spot. It’s hysterical, touches on almost every single cultural touchstone I relate to, and, I think, most of all, it’s fucking bonkers.
Not in the way that too many shows/books/pieces of art would be considered bonkers. Not “doing it because whatever”. The insanity in this show is first and foremost, seemingly, because of an idea that it would be fun.
"Wouldn’t it be fun if we just started rattling off a description of this show and then animated it, no apparent editing? Wouldn’t it be fun to do Jurassic Park, but inside a human body?" I’d give more examples, but I suddenly realized I don’t want to ruin things that are fantastic.
The show is unafraid to be bonkers, but it’s always in service to the audience, never self-indulgent, never at the expense of the characters or the stories it’s trying to tell.
Which is probably the most surprising part, that all of the stories are well-structured, they don’t just bounce around willy-nilly. The characters grow over time, the stories become more and more interesting, it’s all crazy, but it’s smart and it’s trying to entertain, trying really fucking hard. There’s a lot of care that goes into this show, it radiates from every episode.
I love it. Watch it.