20 Things You Never Knew About Rick and Morty

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Aside from its philosophical and scientific themes, the programme is well-known for its references to pop culture and the many crossovers it's had with other shows. Below we've gathered some of the most fascinating facts about the series - scroll down to another dimension to find out more!

1. They were originally supposed to be called 'Doc and Mharti'

The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti. In turn, Doc and Mharti were meant to be spoofs of Doc Brown and Marty McFly from the Back to the Future

2. They both appeared in a really cool Simpsons crossover

Rick and Morty earned a really cool crossover with that other (fairly) well-known animated series, The Simpsons. Everybody knows that the opening credits of The Simpsons 

3. Rick and Morty featured in a Carl's Jr. Commercial

American fast food chain Carl’s Jr. released a television commercial in 2015 featuring Rick & Morty in starring roles! Rick brings some walking, sentient Carl’s Jr. burgers into Morty’s room while Morty is sleeping. Unfortunately things go awry when the burgers run amok and steal things from Morty’s room. Again you can find a clip of the programme here.

4. Creator Justin Roiland voices both characters!

You might be surprised to learn that Roiland actually voices both of the main characters in the series! We hope he has a bottle of water handy because that's quite a lot of dialogue to record for each episode. Roiland also occasionally voices fan favourite Mr. Poopybutthole, as well as other minor characters such as Fake Door Salesmen and 'Dream Aliens'. 

5. Sarah Chalke, aka Beth, can burp on command.

Roiland has previously revealed that Sarah Chalke, who plays Rick’s daughter, Beth, can burp on command. Fans of the show will understand Roiland's jealousy since he is responsible for voicing Rick, a character who famously belches almost constantly. 

6. Rick was in a very questionable college band...

In the episode 'Get Schwifty', it was revealed that Rick was once in a college rock band with old friends Birdperson and Squanchy. The band's name? .... 'The Flesh Curtains'. We're not sure how successful they'd be in the charts today, and it seems that people in the Rick & Morty universe weren't fans either as the band is now defunct.

7. There's a really cool reference to Arrested Development in the show

Arrested Development will know David Cross for his memorable role in the series as repressed actor Tobias Funke. In Rick & Morty Cross voiced Prince Nebulon, who was the leader of the Zigerion aliens. As well has harbouring a massive grudge agai

7. There's a really cool reference to Arrested Development in the show

Arrested Development will know David Cross for his memorable role in the series as repressed actor Tobias Funke. In Rick & Morty Cross voiced Prince Nebulon, who was the leader of the Zigerion aliens. As well has harbouring a massive grudge agai

8. Rick is fluent in Bird Person language

Rick’s catchphrase, “wubba lubba dub dub” actually means “I am in great pain. Please help me” in Bird Person’s language.

9. Co-creator Dan Harmon was fired from his previous show

Community. Since then, many members of Community 

10. Rick & Morty was originally meant to be a much shorter programme

Roiland initially wanted the show’s run time to be around eleven minutes, but the TV channel Adult Swim pushed for a half-hour program. We're really glad they did! Sometimes the television executives know best after all.

11. Roiland is the king of improvisation

When recording dialogue, Roiland does a considerable amount of improvisation, which he feels makes the lines sound more natural. For example, all of the fake commercials in the series are single audio takes of Roiland laughing and stuttering as he improvises.

12. Rick’s burps are real.

Yes that's right. All of them.

13. The theme song is a mixture of two other TV themes

Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad

15. Does Rick & Morty exist in the same universe as Futurama?!

Rick and Morty and the hit series Futurama 

16. Roiland has an interesting way of preparing for his role as Rick

Roiland does all of the burps himself, but how does he actually manage to do this? In fact, Roiland achieves Rick’s burps by sipping a tasty combination of low calorie beer and water. We have to praise his dedication to the role, since his belches do always sound 100% authentic.

17. Rick isn't a massive fan of car safety

Rick never wears a seatbelt in vehicles, whilst all the other characters do. Hardly surprising considering Rick's endless catalogue of reckless, nihilistic behaviour!

18. The series is massively influenced by British TV

Doctor Who and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

19. Fans are dying for a Rick & Morty film to appear

Fans started a petition in 2016 to try and convince Adult Swim to green light the production of a feature-length movie! We'll keep our fingers crossed.

20. Mr Meeseeks was originally supposed to be another colour entirely

The original colour for the Mr. Meeseeks characters (who are also voiced by Justin Roiland) was a neon taupe. However, the concept did not go over well with viewers, so the producers changed the handy characters to blue.

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