It's one of the most popular shows on the planet, and now Rick & Morty will finally air on terrestrial channels in the UK.
Channel 4 has acquired the rights of the show, being chosen as the selected broadcaster for the upcoming fourth season. The partnership extends further, with E4 acquiring the rights for the first three seasons, which will be shown on the channel from the start of February.
This comes from a wider agreement between Adult Swim, the producers of the show, and Channel 4, with multiple productions from the American network being available on All 4, Channel 4's streaming service. These shows include Robot Chicken, Tim & Eric's Awesome Show, The Eric Andre Show and The Venture Bros.
In a statement, Ian Katz, Channel 4's Director of Programmes, said; "Rick and Morty is one of the most anarchic, ingenious and original shows around and the breakthrough animated hit of recent years. I’m thrilled that it’s coming to Channel 4 and E4”. Karl Warner, the controller at E4, said of the deal; "Adult Swim’s amazing mix of original ideas and anarchic comedy is the perfect brand partner in E4’s evolution.”
Rick & Morty first aired in 2013, proving to be a huge hit with critics and audiences alike. The most recent season, the third overall, premiered in 2017, and did gain some more negative reviews from fans. Following the conclusion in December of that year, it was announced that 70 additional episodes would be produced, though the number of extra seasons was unspecified.
There is currently no release date for the fourth season of Rick & Morty, with producers also remaining tight-lipped on plot details.