Rick and Morty season 4 release date, cast, trailer, episode count, and everything else you need to know

Rick and Morty season 4
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Rick and Morty season 4 isn't far away. With the November release date closing in, now is a good a time as any to put down the Szechuan sauce and get plugged into all the latest Rick and Morty season 4 news that has trickled out over the past weeks. That includes cast announcements, an episode count reveal, a full list of guest stars, and even the return of a fan favourite character.

But the big question mark surrounding Rick and Morty season 4 is, still, its release date. We know the month, but don't know the date. Yet. Below, we've done some digging and narrowed down the possible air date in the US and UK for those looking for some new Rick and Morty episodes.

Elsewhere, we've even got news from the Rick and Morty San Diego Comic-Con 2019 panel, featuring some choice quotes from show creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. Be on the lookout for those, as well as everything else you need to know about Rick and Morty season 4.

Fast Facts

  • Rick and Morty season 4 release date: November 2019
  • Rick and Morty season 4 showrunners: Dan Harmon, Justin Roiland
  • Rick and Morty season 4 cast: Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer, Sarah Chalke, Paul Giamatti, Taika Waititi, Sam Neill, Kathleen Turner

Rick and Morty season 4 release date

With 2018 being entirely Rick and Morty-less, many fans were holding out hope for a  2019 release date. Luckily, they got what they wanted as the first announcement video (which you can watch below in the trailers section) revealed that the Rick and Morty season 4 release date is set for November 2019. However, it’s been months since that reveal and we’ve show creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon have yet to reveal an exact date.

Chances are, there’s not long to wait. Deadline previously reported that attendees of the Adult Swim Festival will be able to watch a season 4 episode on Saturday, November 16. As of writing, it’s not been confirmed whether Rick and Morty season 4 will debut worldwide following the episode’s airing, or whether the premiere release date will come before November 16. Whatever the case, season 4 will be there.

We do, of course, have an idea of when it could land, judging by what has come before. Rick and Morty episodes usually air on Sundays and, should that be the case yet again, we can look forward to the Rick and Morty season 4 release date being on one of the following days:

  • November 3, 2019
  • November 10, 2019
  • November 17, 2019
  • November 24, 2019

Our best guess? November 17, which would give those at the second annual Adult Swim Festival a chance to see the premiere a day early as well as providing ample hype for the show’s worldwide release 24 hours later.

So, why has it taken so long to get season 4 out of the door? Roiland said at San Diego Comic-Con: “There was a lot of stuff that happened between [seasons 3 and 4] that will never have to happen anymore so we’re good to go [for future seasons]” Season 5 in 2020? It’s looking likely.

Rick and Morty season 4 trailers

There are currently no Rick and Morty season 4 trailers to speak of  – at least not in the traditional sense. Instead, there are two brief clips that have been released to the public.

In the first, shown off on Adult Swim’s official YouTube channel in May, Rick and his grandson Morty stand in front of a black background. Morty, of course, is reluctant to say too much, and passes over to Rick who reveals the season 4 release window of November 2019. It’s only 30 seconds long and packed with the awkward, semi-improvisational Rick and Morty-style humour, so why not watch it now?

The second clip involves what essentially amounts to a full scene from an upcoming Rick and Morty season 4 episode, and is the closest we’ve come to a proper trailer. In it, squishy purple alien tech guru Glootie (voiced by Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi) is confronted by Morty after he refuses to take Jerry’s app off the internet. Just a normal day in the Smith household, it seems.

An enraged Morty then takes a baseball bat to Glootie’s monitors. Waititi’s character, though, has an app up his sleeve: the ominous beeping app sounds like a bomb and gives Glootie an opportunity to escape through the window. Unfortunately, the rotund intern doesn’t quite make it out of Morty’s clutches in time and that’s where the clip ends. Watch the short scene below.

 Footage from the opening of another season 4 episode, which Roiland calls “insanely good,” also debuted at San Diego Comic-Con 2019. Unfortunately, the clip has not been made officially available to the wider public, so we’ll have to wait until later this year to see it for ourselves. Bah. 

Rick and Morty season 4 cast

Judging by the line-up at the San Diego Comic-Con 2019 panel, all the series regulars are back. That includes Justin Roiland as Rick and Morty; Spencer Grammer as Summer; Sarah Chalke (of Scrubs fame) returning as Beth, and Chris Parnell is back to voice Jerry.

Some guest stars are also set to appear, too. After all, it wouldn’t be a Rick and Morty season without some special cameos tucked away somewhere. Previous years had the likes of Christina Hendricks and Keith David, while season 4 has guest cast members Taika Waititi (as Glootie), Sam Neill, Kathleen Turner, and Paul Giamatti.

And what of Rick and Morty’s laundry list of iconic characters and one-off quote machines? While the likes of Noob-Noob and Mr. Poopy Butthole haven’t been mentioned when it comes to season 4, Roiland has confirmed that the ever-peppy Meeseeks (also voiced by Roiland) will be in an episode this year. He told EW: “There’s going to be a couple of Meeseeks popping up here and there.” He later doubled down on a Meeseeks return at San Diego Comic-Con 2019. Let’s just hope they’re not back to help Jerry improve on his golf game. Nobody needs to see that again.

Rick and Morty season 4 images

We may not have fully-fledged trailers, but we do have a sprinkling of Rick and Morty season 4 images to tide us over until November. Again, there are just two of these bad boys (sensing a theme?) online, and they only tell us a small amount about what to expect in the upcoming run.

The first season 4 image, which was released in July, sees Rick peacefully walking through a picturesque field on what looks like an alien planet.

Rick and Morty season 4

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Don’t expect things to be all sunshine and idyllic vistas, though. As the second Rick and Morty season 4 image proves, there’s plenty of evil-doers around to butt in on the intergalactic adventures of a drunk, irresponsible grandpa and his timid grandson.

Rick and Morty season 4

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If you thought those robotic crocodiles looked familiar – you’d be right. The superhero group The Vindicators can count Crocubot among their ranks, and we could be seeing more of the augmented reptile race causing trouble for Rick and Morty.

Rick and Morty season 4 episode count

The Rick and Morty season 4 episode count is set at 10, which puts it on par with season 2 and 3’s efforts, while slightly lagging behind the first season’s 11-episode run.

It could have been oh-so-different as series co-creator Dan Harmon went back and forth on getting more episodes in season 4 but ultimately relented. He told EW in 2017: “I would like to think I’ve learned enough from my mistakes in season 3 that we could definitely do 14 now, but then I have to say, ‘Yeah but you’re the guy who says we can do 14 who turned out to be wrong so we’re not listening to you now.’”

Beyond season 4, there are dozens more episodes already confirmed. Yup. Dozens.

Season 4’s run will take us into 41 episodes total, and there’s plenty more to come. Justin Roiland confirmed another 70 episodes were coming back in 2018, meaning the show officially has 60 more episodes in the pipeline.

That’ll take Rick and Morty past the magical 100-episode syndication mark (which means the show can be licensed on other networks for more money) and, who knows, maybe Rick will find the McDonald’s Mulan Szechuan sauce he’s been so desperately craving.