What Do We Know About New Episodes of ‘Rick and Morty’ Season 4?

With its bizarre mix of surreal humor, science fiction tropes, and pop philosophy, Rick and Morty became one of the most beloved shows of the 2010s. The long-awaited first episode of the show’s fourth season will premiere tomorrow in the United States. Here’s what we know about the fourth season of Rick and Morty.

Rick and Morty season 4 is on the way | Charley Gallay/Getty Images for TBS

When Will ‘Rick and Morty’ Season 4 Premier?

Since it debuted in 2013, Rick and Morty has been widely praised by critics and fans alike for it’s clever writing that often manages to comment on contemporary issues through a sci-fi lens. The show’s fourth season is set to premiere on Nov. 10, over two years since the third season of the show ended. It’s perfectly understandable that the show’s creators, Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, would like to take their time with the fourth season.

Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland at the Rick and Morty | Charley Gallay/Getty Images for TBS

Each season of Rick and Morty has brought new fans into the fold. Anticipation for the new season is incredibly high. IGN reported the show’s fourth season will be split into two parts.

For British viewers, the wait will be especially taxing. The new season of Rick and Morty is scheduled to premier in Britain on Channel 4 in January 2020, two months after it premiers in North America. According to GamesRadar+, Channel 4 has yet to announce the precise day that it will begin airing the new episodes.

What we know about the upcoming episodes

To satiate their desire for more Rick and Morty content, British viewers will have to be content with the sparse details that Cartoon Network has released about the show’s new season online. Cartoon Network revealed the titles of five upcoming Rick and Morty episodes: “Edge of ToMorty: Rick Die Rickpeat,” “The Old Man and the Seat,” “One Crew Over the Crewcoo’s Morty,” “Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktim’s Morty,” “Rattlestar Ricklactica.” These titles respectively appear to be parodies of Edge of Tomorrow: Live Die Repeat, Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Battlestar Galactica.

Dan Harmon, Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell and Sarah Chalke of Rick and Morty fame | Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage for Turner Networks

It’s not clear if the titles give any inkling of what these new episodes will be about. Rick and Morty episodes have a penchant for referencing the titles of well-known movies without referencing the movies themselves. For example, the episode “The Rickshank Redemption” has nothing to do with the The Shawshank Redemption besides the fact that it is partially set in a prison. Other episode titles have been a bit more straightforward. For example, an episode called “Anatomy Park” is a loving spoof of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park.

It’ll be interesting to see if new episodes of Rick and Morty will feature parodies of The Old Man and the Sea and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; such parodies would see the show going outside of its comfort zone of science fiction and satirizing works that are a little more grounded. It’s certainly a tall order for Harmon and Roiland to live up to the legacy of the previous seasons.