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This warped and darkly comic animation about a mad scientist and his dim-witted grandson may seem two-dimensional on the surface, but within the fart jokes and buffoonery lies an intelligent, highly-conceptualised gem.

The brainchild of Justin Roiland, ‘Rick & Morty’ was created alongside ‘Community’ creator Dan Harmon, initially under the guise of Doc and Mharty (taking heavy influence from the classic ‘Back to the Future’ characters). But after development, the alcoholic, emotional-stunted Rick Sanchez and the sweet, moronic Morty (both voiced by Roiland) were established.

Despite ‘Rick & Morty’s’ adventures taking them all over space, the show is set in the backdrop of a dysfunctional family home. Having abandoned his family for years, Rick now lives with his daughter Beth (Sarah Chalke), whining son-in-law Jerry (Chris Parnell) and moody granddaughter Summer (Spencer Grammer), as well as his mindless sidekick Morty.

The cast is outstanding and the setting manages to ground the audience with some surprisingly accurate issues, from marital problems and alcoholism to unplanned parenthood and existential crises, all brilliantly mixed clever comedy and inspired sci-fi plots.

It may fall prey to the odd fart joke and someone clearly has a musical bug that keeps spilling into the format, but with words like ‘Squanch’ and ‘Schwifty’ entering into my vernacular it definitely deserves a recommendation. Even if it doesn’t seem like it, there’s something for most people, but it definitely helps if you enjoy talking dogs, flying cars, portals, alien babies, bird-people, mind-altering parasites, TV from alternate realities, theme parks built inside a human body . . .  (you get the idea).

Wubba Lubba Dub Dub!

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