“Rick and Morty”: UK Gets Early Squanch – E4 Sets November 20th Premiere

Fans of Adult Swim‘s Rick and Morty have been counting down the months and days until Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland‘s animated mayhem returned to their screens once more (with five episode airing in 2019, beginning Sunday, November 10, at 11:30 p.m).

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Well, that wait is now officially over with season premiere “Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat” (which we reviewed here) – and now UK fans have learned that there two month wait to check it out for themselves has now been reduced to nine days.

Harmon and Roiland’s animated juggernaut is now set to premiere on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at 10 p.m. on E4 (and available to stream on All 4). That puts it at less than two weeks after the series’ US return, and well ahead of the previously-announced Channel 4 debut in January 2020.

“When we announced we would be airing Rick and Morty Series 4 on free to air TV in January we thought fans would be delighted. Instead they told us – in their droves – that it wasn’t nearly soon enough, so we’ve listened and brought forward the UK premiere to November 20th on E4 and All 4. Enjoy!”

– Ian Katz, Director of Programmes, Channel 4

From the Upfronts earlier in the summer, there was the announcement of season 4 with an accompanying video (see below), and red carpet interviews with Harmon and Roiland that teased (jokingly?) a Rick and Morty future with Daniel Radcliffe and Kanye West in it. In late June, Adult Swim announced a second addition of its two-day festival in Los Angeles – which will be of particular interest to fans (more below).

And then? Things got serious with the season 4 trailer…

Buckle in for disappointment because there’s no way these episodes will be good enough for how long you waited. But maybe they will be? It’s season four! It’s sexy and smooth. Buckle in! Did I already say that? Definitely stay buckled in.

Rick and Morty is the Emmy-award-winning half-hour animated hit comedy series on Adult Swim that follows a sociopathic genius scientist who drags his inherently timid grandson on insanely dangerous adventures across the universe. Rick Sanchez is living with his daughter Beth’s family and constantly bringing her, his son-in-law Jerry, granddaughter Summer, and grandson Morty into intergalactic escapades.

Rick and Morty stars Justin Roiland (Adventure Time), Sarah Chalke (Scrubs), Chris Parnell (Saturday Night Live), and Spencer Grammer (Greek). The series is created by Dan Harmon (Community) and Roiland, who also serve as executive producers.

In October, fans learned the titles of this season’s opener as well as the following four episodes via an Adult Swim reveal video.

Fair warning: Harmon and Roiland’s Rick/Morty “Pun Fu” is strong this season… let the speculation begin!

“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”

To coincide with the show’s Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) appearance during the summer’s ultimate “geekfest” (and only days after two images from the upcoming season were released and the creators discussed the new season), Rick and Morty fans were given their first look at the upcoming 10-episode season – and it involves apps, matching jumpsuits, what looks like a bad start-up, and a ton of slapping around:

About Ray Flook

Proudly serving as TV Editor, Ray started with Bleeding Cool in 2013 as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought aboard as staff in 2017. Counting John Cusack as his pop culture "spirit animal," his "word fu" stays strong as he continues trying really hard to be the sheppard...

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