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“Rick and Morty” heads to Channel 4

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American adult animated science fiction sitcom Rick and Morty, created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon for Cartoon Network’s late-night programming, is heading to Channel 4 in the UK.

This is good news for Titan Comics, who publish collected editions of the Oni Press Rick and Morty comics, whose creators include Marc Ellerby.

Producer Turner is “creating a branded destination” for Adult Swim content in the UK, and Channel 4 will exclusively air the fourth season of the hugely popular Rick and Morty as part of a new deal to bring the cult show to British TV, although an air date has yet to be announced.

The previous three seasons of the acclaimed animation will be shown on E4 from the start of February.

E4 will also launch an Adult Swim hour block with shows including Robot Chicken: The Walking Dead Special.

Revolving around the adventures of the members of the Smith household, particularly the eccentric and alcoholic mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his 14-year-old grandson, Morty, the series premiered in December 2013 in the US.

The adventures of Rick and Morty take place across an infinite number of realities, with the characters travelling to other planets and dimensions through portals and Rick’s flying car.

With an average of 26.1 deaths per episode, the much-loved animated show, which also aires on Netflix, is considered the ‘deadliest’ out of any show across streaming platforms – and its fast-established cult status quickly spawned spin-off comics, games and more.

Adult Swim announced a long-term deal with the creators in May 2018, ordering 70 new episodes over an unspecified number of seasons, in addition to the three seasons comprising 31 episodes already aired.

Rick and Morty‘s arrival on Channel 4 is just part of a deal that will see hundreds of hours of Adult Swim content being made available to stream for free on All 4.

A hit in the US and on Netflix, the show has delivered Adult Swim’s highest ratings in history and helped the show claim the title of number one comedy across all of television for 2017 with millennials.

Robot Chicken: The Walking Dead Special
Coming to E4 in 2019 – Robot Chicken: The Walking Dead Special

“Rick and Morty is one of the most anarchic, ingenious and original shows around and the breakthrough animated hit of recent years,” commented Ian Katz, Channel 4 director of programmes. “I am thrilled that it’s coming to Channel 4 and E4.”

“We are incredibly excited to be partnering with Channel 4 to bring Adult Swim’s eclectic mix of weirdly wonderful and surreal shows to audiences here in the UK,” said Pierre Branco, SVP and GM, Northern Europe for Turner. “In this unique collaboration with Channel 4, we are creating a branded destination that will reach fans, new and old, across TV and VOD, building on the huge success of Adult Swim in the US.”

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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