Wubba lubba dub dub! In other words, it's a good day to be a Rick and Morty fan as we finally have confirmation that the long-awaited season 4 is on the way. We've still got a handful of months to wait, but it's coming before the end of 2019. At the very least, we now know roughly when to expect some more cosmos-traversing, science gone horribly wrong adventures, as Adult Swim has announced that the beloved animated series is returning this November.
The announcement for Rick and Morty season 4 was initially made during WarnerMedia's upfront presentation in New York. Not long after, a poster and teaser were both released online which confirmed the release window. The teaser doesn't give us anything in the way of actual footage from the new season. Instead, it's the titular characters, both voiced by series co-creator Justin Roiland, aimlessly hyping up the "big announcement" that they're going to be back in our living rooms, as Morty puts it, "in 2019 of November."
While we still don't have an exact release date set. Even if it debuts on November 1, this will mark the longest gap between seasons of the show since the show's inception. The season 3 finale initially aired in October 2017, meaning it will be just over two years between seasons. The break between season 1 and season 2 was just over a year. However, the gap between season 2, which concluded in October 2015, and season 3, which debuted a surprise new episode on April Fools Day 2017, before properly returning in July 2017, was just shy of two years.
In the break between season 3 and season 4, much has happened. For one, in May of last year, it was revealed that Cartoon Network's Adult Swim has picked up the series for an additional 70 episodes. At the current rate, that means seven more seasons. That sort of pickup is virtually unheard of, but it speaks volumes about how the show's popularity has exploded since its initial debut.
Co-creator Dan Harmon also was subject to a very public sexual misconduct scandal, as he admitted to committing sexual misconduct against Megan Ganz, a former writer on his series Community. Harmon also got in some hot water when an offensive video he made in 2009 resurfaced. Dan Harmon publicly apologized for both the video and his sexual misconduct. At one point, it wasn't clear if the network was going to take any action or distance themselves from Harmon as a result. Clearly, they didn't.
At the present time, it hasn't been revealed how many episodes season 4 will consist of, though it's likely going to be ten, just as it has with previous seasons. We'll be sure to keep you posted as further details on Rick and Morty season 4 are made available. Be sure to check out the teaser from the Adult Swim YouTube channel below.