Following an agonising wait for fans, Adult Swim officially renewed Rick and Morty back in May 2018, promising not only a fourth series but an incredible 70 episodes, spanning several seasons. Though the animated series has always had a cult following, it was season 3 that catapulted Rick and Morty into the mainstream, and it’s not hard to see why.
Here’s all you need to know about Rick and Morty season 4, from when the second half of the season will air to episode information, returning cast members and the latest teasers.
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When is Rick and Morty coming back?
Not long now! The final five episodes of Ricky and Morty season four began airing in the US from Sunday 3 May on Adult Swim. Meanwhile in the UK episodes run a few days later, airing weekly from Thursday 7 May at 10pm on E4. If you can't bear to even wait three or four days, it is possible to watch Adult Swim from the UK, which would save you the wait.
The other good news is that Adult Swim renewed Rick and Morty not only for season 4, but for a whopping 70 episodes across several seasons, so there's a lot more to come (another 65 episodes, to be precise).
Watch the trailers and shorts
First up, watch the trailer for 'The Other Five' episodes of season four right here:
You may also want to check out some of the shorts and teases that Adult Swim dropped between the two halves of the season. The first was the actually-sort-of-amazing Pringles ad for the Super Bowl created by the Rick and Morty team:
Then there's Jerryfest, a short film created by animator Paul Robertson and comedian Tom Walker. It may not be official official, but it was shared on the Rick and Morty Twitter account, and it's well worth watching in its own right:
Best of all is Samurai & Shogun, an official five-minute animated samurai take on the show, created (in Japanese!) by a Japanese animation studio:
How many episodes are there in Rick and Morty season 4?
Despite the first season packing in 11 episodes, seasons two and three of Rick and Morty have both featured 10 episodes, suggesting that’ll be the format going forward.
Season four dropped five episodes in 2019, and we're getting another five to come in May 2020, to round it out to ten.
However, co-creator Dan Harmon discussed the idea of longer seasons during an interview with EW that suggests there could be a little more than that on the way.
“I would like to think I’ve learned enough from my mistakes in season three that we could definitely do 14 now, but then I have to say, ‘Yeah but you’re the guy who says we can do 14 who turned out to be wrong so we’re not listening to you now’,” Harmon remarked.
“The nice healthy way to approach this is I want to prove it with the first 10 of season four – prove it to ourselves, to production, to the network – that it’s so easy that we’ll earn additional episodes.”
So season 4 of Rick and Morty will still feature 10 episodes by the time it's done, but we’re hopeful that Harman can achieve the dream of a 14-episode season next time around.
Rick and Morty season 4 cast
The whole main cast returend for season 4, with Justin Roiland voicing both Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith and Chris Parnell taking on the role of Morty’s father, Jerry. Spencer Grammer is back as Morty’s sister Summer and, of course, it wouldn’t be complete without Sarah Chalke voicing Rick’s daughter, Beth.
The first half of the season also saw guest stars including Sam Neill, Taika Waititi, Justin Theroux, and Elon Musk, so we'd expect a similar calibre of guests in the back half of the season too.