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

Rick and Morty season 4
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Rick and Morty season 4 is back… but not for everyone. While many tuned in to Adult Swim to catch the premiere on Sunday, those holding out hope for a UK release date might be left waiting a short while. More on that below.

But it’s not all bad news – we’ve got a round-up of all our current reviews, a story recap, post-credits summary, plus we’ll be continually updating this page to add any Rick and Morty season 4 news, cast additions, guest stars, and anything else that may crop up over the next five weeks. There's even 2020's second half to consider. To bust a myth: the Rick and Morty season 4 episode count is not five. As you'll soon find out, the second half of the new season will air in 2020. Now, it's time to get schwifty!

Fast Facts

  • Rick and Morty season 4 release date: November 10, 2019 (first half); 2020 (second half)
  • 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

Rick and Morty season 4 returned at 11:30 PM EST on Adult Swim on November 10, 2019. A new episode will premiere every Sunday at that time until December 8. Then, the show goes on hiatus.

No Rick and Morty season 4 release date for the second half of the season has been given, though we can expect it to be around early 2020. Here's when you can expect each currently-announced episode, though.

  • "Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Repeat" (November 10)
  • "The Old Man and the Seat" (November 17)
  • "One Crew Over the Crewcoo's Nest" (November 24)
  • "Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktim's Morty" (December 1)
  • "Rattlestar Ricklactica" (December 8)

A Rick and Morty season 4 UK release date, meanwhile, is set for Wednesday, November 20. It will air on Channel 4 instead of Netflix, with all episodes available to stream after airing using on-demand service All 4. Repeats will also be shown on E4.

So, why has it taken two years to get five episodes of 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 late 2020? Possibly.

Rick and Morty season 4 reviews

Rick and Morty season 4, episode 1 review: "Definitely not a simple, classic Rick and Morty adventure"

Rick and Morty season 4 episode count

The Rick and Morty season 4 episode count is set at 10 (as confirmed in July by Justin Roiland), which puts it on par with season 2 and 3’s efforts, while slightly lagging behind the first season’s 11-episode run. However, only five will air in 2019. The rest will come at a later unconfirmed date.

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 means that we'll never stop seeing Pickle Rick jokes. Ever.

Rick and Morty season 4 trailers

Need a sneak peek at the upcoming run of episodes following the premiere? The first Rick and Morty season 4 trailer was released earlier this year, and while it doesn't reveal much about the over-arching plot it does clue us into a few of the adventures the grandpa-and-grandson duo will be having this year. 

Morty appears to get a dragon in one episode, while he also befalls an unfortunate fate in another (or possibly the same episode, poor Morty) by turning into a hideous creature. We even catch a glimpse of the returning Meeseeks, who appeared in the premiere alongside the store-brand Kirkland variety, and Mr. Poopybutthole. 

There are also two brief teasers 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 a few more weeks to see it for ourselves. Bah. 

Rick and Morty season 4 cast

The Rick and Morty season 4 cast remains steadfast: the series regulars are back, as shown by the premiere. 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, though none of them have yet appeared as of writing.

And what of Rick and Morty’s laundry list of iconic characters and one-off quote machines? While the likes of Noob-Noob 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, later confirmed to be the show's premiere in a series of meta gags about classic Rick and Morty adventures. He told EW: “There’s going to be a couple of Meeseeks popping up here and there.” 

Mr. Poopybutthole is also back, having graduated to a professor. Instead of tenure, though, he seems to be content with kicking ass, as evidenced by the first Rick and Morty season 4 trailer.

During the premiere, Roiland also voices Fascist Morty, Fascist Rick, Wasp Rick, Teddy Rick and even Fascist Shrimp Morty.

Elsewhere, the Rick and Morty cast might also include Evil Morty (yet again voiced by Roiland), returning from his season 3 episode "Tales from the Citadel." A tweet from the official Rick and Morty Twitter account includes an image of Evil Morty's face in a copy-and-pasted group of Mortys. The caption "Black, white, and dread all over" adds to the suggestion that we're likely to see Morty's evil doppelganger from an alternate universe crop up again at some point in season 4.

Want to buy some of the new alternate universe Ricks?  Wasp Rick and Teddy Rick are part of a new wave of Funkos, while Hologram Rick's presence is also welcome.

Rick and Morty season 4 story recap

**Spoilers for Rick and Morty season 4 in this section**

The opening of Rick and Morty season 4 saw Morty keep a death crystal (which shows you a vision of your death) and, believing it to be showing him a life well-lived with his crush Jessica, he goes off the beaten path after accidentally killing Rick.

But don't worry, Rick isn't dead! His clone ends up in several alternate universes, and he eventually makes his way home with Wasp Rick to help defeat Morty, who has been overcome by the death crystal.

A post-credits scene also reveals that the whole episode was for naught: Jessica had plans to become a hospice worker and comfort old, lonely people on their death bed. Poor Morty.

What next? There could be the return of a fan-favourite mini-series-within-a-series. Much like how The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror is anticipated every Halloween, improvisational comedy Interdimensional Cable was going much the same way, but ultimately didn't make it into season 3 after being part of the first two seasons. The threequel could be in the works, though, as co-creator Justin Roiland posted an image on Instagram earlier this year with the caption "Idc3 (maybe)."

Idc3 (maybe) @rickandmorty Justin Roiland

A photo posted by @justinroiland on Feb 8, 2019 at 4:05pm PST

Rick and Morty season 4 episode titles

The first five episode titles for Rick and Morty season 4 have been released by Adult Swim. They are as follows:

  • "Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Repeat"
  • "The Old Man and the Seat"
  • "One Crew Over The Crewcoo's Morty"
  • "Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktim's Morty"
  • "Rattlestar Ricklactia"

Each of the upcoming five episodes also have an attached synopses which, in typical Rick and Morty fashion, tell us absolutely nothing and are more of a meta commentary on vague descriptions than anything else. 

Rick and Morty season 4 images

We also have a sprinkling of Rick and Morty season 4 images to tide us over until next week. Again, there are just a handful of these bad boys (sensing a theme?) online, and they only tell us a small amount about what to expect for the rest of season 4.

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.

A third and final image has also been released (via IGN), showing Jerry, for once, standing up to his father-in-law. 

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