The first trailer for Rick and Morty season 5 has been unveiled ahead of its return but when will the new season be released on Netflix?
Rick and Morty has been hugely popular since it first appeared on our screens in 2013.
Now, at long last, the first trailer for Rick and Morty season 5 has been released, sparking huge amounts of excitement for the next batch of episodes.
The question on the minds of many fans, however, is when Rick and Morty season 5 will be releasing on Netflix.
Rick and Morty season 5: Release date and plot
Season 5 of Rick and Morty arrived on Adult Swim on June 20th, 2021.
Following the conclusion of season 4, Adult Swim officially announced Rick and Morty season 5 in July 2020 which came after the network agreed a long-term deal to air the show two years prior.
News of season 5 was thin on the ground until the first trailer was released in March 2021 which revealed the animated show’s June 20th release date..
The new 10-episode season began in typically chaotic fashion as Rick and Morty have a run-in with Rick’s never-before-seen nemesis, Mr Nimbus, the King of the Ocean.
Will season 5 be on Netflix?
The availability of Rick and Morty on Netflix depends on the country you’re in.
In the US, for example, Rick and Morty will categorically not be returning to Netflix as the show has existing deals with Adult Swim (where new episodes air) as well as HBO Max and Hulu where episodes arrive after their initial broadcast (more on that below).
Here in the UK, meanwhile, season 5 is expected to make its way onto Netflix after first being shown on E4 alongside the show’s US release on Adult Swim.
However, Netflix fans could have a long wait if Rick and Morty’s previous release schedules are anything to go by.
For example, there was a seven-month gap between season 4b’s release on E4/Adult Swim in May 2020 and its arrival on Netflix in December 2020.
If season 5 follows the same pattern, we could see Rick and Morty return to Netflix here in the UK in January 2022, potentially around January 21st but as mentioned, the release date is yet to be confirmed.
Rick and Morty season 5 on HBO Max
As alluded to above, Rick and Morty is no longer available on Netflix in the US with the animated series now on HBO Max instead.
Like with Netflix, no HBO Max release date has been announced at the time of writing.
However, Ricky and Morty season 4 was added to the streaming service in November 2020, six months after the second half of the season began airing on Adult Swim.
If HBO Max follows the same pattern then Rick and Morty season 5 could potentially arrive in December 2021, although that is not confirmed.
Rick and Morty season 5 began airing on Adult Swim in the US on June 20th, 2021.