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(2013– )

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Sex & Nudity

  • A lot of sex related humor and references. There are many instances of objects/monsters resembling genitalia (primarily testicles or penises). No nudity (except rear-ends), all instances of characters being naked or revealing are censored by blurring or by other objects in the scene.
  • In the Pilot, Morty has a daydream that a female classmate shows him her breasts and asks him to touch them. No visible nudity, but the sound of Morty touching her breasts is heard.
  • In one episode Beth mentions that they wanted an abortion when Beth was pregnant with Summer, but they got a flat tyre on the way, so they didn't.
  • In one episode Jerry says he has an erection the size of an east coast lighthouse
  • Rick says to an alien that he made the carbon in his mother's ovaries, the alien then says he didn't ask to be born
  • In one episode the phrase 'someone's gonna get laid in college' is used 3 times

Violence & Gore

  • In the episode 'Pickle Rick', Rick turns himself into a pickle, hence the episode's title, and is forced to kill many things including rats and agents in order to survive. This includes Rick first biting off the head of a cockroach, with some blood spurting out before he finally kills it and Rick builds himself an exoskeleton from the dead cockroach, as well as a few others, and in another scene, he activates a guillotine that he also made himself and brutally decapitates a rat with the blade of the contraption, which is the shard of a broken glass bottle, with much blood spurting out and afterwards, Rick upgrades his exoskeleton with the severed head of the rat and afterwards, Rick is shown ripping apart, beating, stabbing, clawing, slashing, disemboweling, dismembering, impaling and decapitating the rats during his escape from the sewers and then he shoots, blows out, spears and practically obliterates the agents in the following sequence. This is all accompanied with a generous and vast amount of blood and gore, including spilled organs and viscera like intestines and stomachs. This is undoubtedly one of the bloodiest and most violent episodes in the series, going on par with 'Look Who's Purging Now', which is much gorier than this episode.
  • The opening includes a scene from episode 6, Jerry shooting mutants and causing their heads to explode.
  • Episode 1 - Pilot: Morty is shoved against his locker and threatened with a knife by the school bully. Rick appears and freezes the bully solid. Moments later, he is knocked over and shatters. In the next scene, Beth is shown in an operating room performing surgery on a horse. Morty breaks his legs in several places and is shown writhing in pain on the ground. There is also a chase scene in which several background characters are injured and/or killed while Rick and Morty flee from aliens with guns. Morty shoots several of the aliens, killing them. The episode ends with Morty writhing on the ground in pain again.
  • Episode 2 - Lawnmower Dog: One of the most surreal and bizarre episodes of the series. Here, Jerry is shown rubbing Morty's dog's face into urine on the carpet; Rick and Morty attempt to hi-jack an airplane and are attacked by Mr. Goldenfold first using Wheat Thins as throwing stars and then switching to automatic guns; a centaur attempts to execute Rick and Morty with a spear; Scary Terry decapitates a little girl, cuts a centaur in half, and shreds Mrs. Pancakes with his sword-fingers, then transforms into a rocket and blows up Mr. Goldenfold (no blood is shown, but the action is indeed graphic); Snowball rubs Jerry's face into a puddle of urine; dogs in mech-suits are seen taking over the United States; and it is implied they have forcefully neutered a large percentage of the humans.
  • Episode 3 - Anatomy Park: A majority of the episode happens inside of the body of a man named Ruben, with a lot of visible blood, organs, and other viscera. When Hepatitis A attacks, a man attempts to kill it with an automatic gun. He later attempts to deal with Tuberculosis in the same manner, damaging Ruben's lungs. A different man is forcefully ejected from the body by Ruben's coughing, stripping away his clothing and skin until he disintegrates. When Gonorrhea attacks, the man with the guns causes an explosion in order to destroy it. Shortly afterwards he takes a girl hostage, causing Morty to attack him, and then he falls to his death. Another man is crushed/washed away by a flood of feces (not shown). The body of Ruben begins decaying and falling apart with Morty and crew still inside. An E. Coli outbreak kills Dr. Bloom (off-screen). Hepatitis A attacks again, but is killed by Hepatitis C. Rick places explosives inside Ruben's body and then enlarges him. His gigantic body explodes over the United States, causing tons of blood and tissue to rain down. Overall, one of the bloodiest episodes and in general, one of the most bizarre episodes.
  • Episode 5 - Meeseeks and Destroy: Violence with implied blood (blue, alien blood) as a result of Morty being molested. There are a few other instances of blood in the episode. A group of non-human beings band together and find weapons in attempt to kill a character, resulting in a hostage situation. 3 characters are melted and killed, traumatizing Morty.
  • Episode 6 - Rick Potion #9: One of the goriest episodes of the series, as it has Rick and Morty accidentally turn the human race into horrific monsters they deem "Cronenbergs" (as they appear to be body horror, typically associated with David Cronenberg). This episode has a lot of gore and shows the humans ripping apart from the inside out to turn into said monsters, which can be very disturbing to some viewers. Later in the episode Rick and Morty are shown exploding, and it is uncensored with lots of blood splattering all over the room and their bodies mangled. This episode also has a zombie-apocalypse-esque side story in which survivors are using guns to kill the monsters.
  • Episode 7 - Raising Gazorpazorp: Rick murders aliens, there is some alien blood.
  • Episode 8 - Rixty Minutes: Has multiple brutal moments in the alternate TV and some surgery.
  • Episode 19 - Look Who's Purging Now: The goriest and most brutally violent episode of the whole entire series. Here, Rick and Morty arrive to an Amish style culture planet where its feline-like humanoid inhabitants (think of the Na'vi from the 2009 film "Avatar") commit all sort of crimes one night a year, from robbing to murdering, all without any consequence from this atrocities (a clear reference to the film "The Purge", something that Rick even addresses). Here, many civilians are gruesomely executed in a mass genocide by being brutally gunned down, blown up, split in half, thrown out, ripped apart, crushed, battered, burned, beaten, obliterated, decapitated, dismembered, sliced, clawed, impaled and stabbed, all of those executions being extremely graphic and also, all of this is accompanied by a very high amount of blood and gore. Also, there's a scene in which the lighthouse chief of the planet gets violently shoved down a long flight of stairs by Morty and subsequently lands on his neck, splitting it in half and we see a huge amount of blood pooling in on the ground afterwards. Rick is shown to enjoy committing mass genocide in this episode, mostly as a mean to defend himself from the civilians that try to kill him, something that Morty objects to until he commits manslaughter by killing the lighthouse chief (as said before), and then Morty goes on a massive rampage where he takes out his extreme rage on masses of civilians by brutally murdering them in a very graphic manner, with much blood spurting out, and the rampage begins with Morty exploding out of rage and proceeds to violently rip open the neck of a panicking civilian in an utterly gruesome fashion with lots of blood spraying out. One thing to notice is that the episode was rated TV-MA-V in its first broadcast, but however has been changed to a TV-14-LV in subsequent showings and also, this episode is undoubtedly the darkest episode of the series.

Profanity

  • As this is an adult cartoon, expect a lot of swearing.
  • Fuck and sometimes shit is censored on tv adult swim and on Hulu, but on dvd theses words aren't censored.
  • The episode Mortynight Run and Rest and Ricklaxation has probably the most f-words throughout the entire Rick and Morty episodes.
  • However on Hulu Seasons 1 and 2 were censored, however Season 3 is uncensored.
  • "Fuck" has been uncensored on Hulu for season 3
  • Language ranges from mild to strong.
  • "Bitch" and "shit" are used a few times in some episodes, though "bitch" is used excessively in episode 2. "Damn" and "hell" are used very commonly.
  • The first episode of season 2 has many strong profanities like "shit", "fuck", "pussy", "dick", "bitch", etc -- these profanities appear in almost every episode.
  • In the episode "Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate" the word "nigger" is used in the intro. The word shit is also used a lot uncensored.
  • In the episode "The Ricks Must be Crazy", thousands of aliens flip off Rick and Morty as Rick jokingly tells them all it's a symbol of peace.
  • "fuck" is censored on TV and Hulu, but uncensored on DVD/Bluray
  • "shit" is sometimes censored.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Rick abuses his control over his alcohol problem. He uses alcohol in every episode and is shown drinking frequently.
  • In the first episode, Rick gets off his spaceship and numerous empty bottles of alcohol spills onto the ground, Rick passes out moments later while trying to drink more. This is clear to the audience that Rick is a heavy drinker.
  • It's possible that Rick is drunk throughout the whole show and drinks more alcohol when he feels like it.
  • In episode 11 Rick crushes an unknown foreign drug from another dimension and snorts it, resulting in his hyperactivity. The actual scene is implied and does not show any graphic drug use. At the end of episode 2 Rick is shown with an alien smoking weed.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • In Pickle Rick rats get murdered and sometimes the rats jump out which could be intense.
  • Monsters and creatures from different universes are presented using bizarre imagery, some episodes include body horror which may be shocking to some viewers. In the episode "Look Who's Purging Now" Rick and Morty are seen showing committing mass genocide and enjoying murdering innocent people.

Spoilers

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Profanity

  • In one episode called Get Schwifty Rick has to sing a song to a floating head. Rick says in the lyrics of the song Take Off Your Pants And Your Panties. Then he says Shit on the floor about 2 or 3 times.

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