Rick and Morty Season 6 was the strongest season of the sequence in years. Wanting again on the ten episodes launched all through 2022, there was quite a bit that truly went down. It was a really ahead momentum wealthy season, and on the similar time, made certain to take its time with smaller, episodic tales that also had loads of the enjoyable that followers love the Grownup Swim animated sequence for. All of it relies on what you are on the lookout for in a Rick and Morty season, and fortunately there’s loads of issues this time round for any fan to actually dig into.
Season 6 was teased as a really canon stuffed season, and that is fairly true when wanting again on the episodes as a complete. Whereas it isn’t a blatant serialization by means of connecting every episode’s occasions to at least one one other, there is a sneaky continuation all through as Season 6 actually makes certain to emphasise that every member of the Smith Household remembers every considered one of these wacky adventures they undergo. There isn’t any sitcom reset this time round.
That component of the sequence has been going away, and Season 6 thus will get to develop into a really character wealthy kind of season where we not solely get to have these hijinks, however see new (and compelling) sides to every of the characters. It is made for a tricky season to rank how profitable every of the episodes had been in that regard.
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With that stated, learn on for our rating of Rick and Morty’s Season 6 episodes from “worst” to finest. It is such a robust season that “worst” actually means like “not as wonderful,” however what we imply. Tell us your favourite episodes or Rick and Morty Season 6 within the feedback, and you may even attain out to me straight about all issues animated and different cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!
#10 – Fullmeta Jackrick
Followers can normally depend on not less than one episode a season that breaks out of the system seen in the remainder of the sequence. Breaking its narrative world in such a manner that always leads to a meta commentary on the sequence itself, this turned extra more true than ever with Season 6’s model of it in “Fullmeta Jackrick.” This episode fairly actually noticed the duo get away of the bounds of the fourth wall, and even crossed paths with a earlier time the sequence has performed it with Story Lord from Season 4’s “By no means Ricking Morty.”
The one problem this time round is that in follow it’s kind of muddled. When the sequence has experimented with its format previously, it was capable of keep grounded both due to the power of its general jokes or the core story tying all of it collectively. Neither the writing workforce’s commentary on their very own writing or the trope jokes all through had the mandatory punch to maintain the wild premise leveled. It is nonetheless a lot enjoyable, however when its strengths in fan callbacks, character work, and teases for the long run are stacked in opposition to the others within the season, one thing needed to be on the backside.
#9 – Juricksic Mort
It was an episodic story stuffed season general, so it will get harder from this level on to rank where all of them stand. One factor to take a look at first is the power of the primary premise of the episode. On the subject of the inherent intrigue of the primary plot alone, “Juricksic Mort” takes a stable and enjoyable premiere of dinosaurs coming again to Earth and delivers a stable expertise. It is simply that the opposite episodes on this record take their concepts even additional by way of growth for every of the characters.
“Juricksic Mort” gave us hints at what Rick acts like when he is straight challenged intelligently, and that was the a lot wanted growth for his character followers had been hoping for after Rick Prime was poised as a significant villain with the premiere. The sixth episode of the season is useless middle by way of that growth for Rick, so he type of takes a step again in a whole lot of methods. The episode serves the aim of snapping Rick out of his funk and setting the ultimate episodes of the season in movement, however the increased episodes on this record took that and ran with it in comparison with this extra calm episode.
#8 – A Rick in King Mortur’s Mort
Following the premiere episode, Morty had two huge focus episodes in Season 6. The later of which sadly is nowhere close to the power of the primary one. Serving because the penultimate episode of the season that finally ends up planting a shocking seed for the finale, Morty breaks away from Rick as soon as extra and shortly finds that Rick is way more in settlement with him about issues than anticipated. It results in extra of the exploration of this extra outspoken model of Morty teased by means of the seasons to date, and his response to an agreeable Rick actually was a enjoyable shift of their dynamic.
All of it results in a basic Morty ruins issues the extra he makes selections form of episode, and even wraps up with a enjoyable callback to considered one of Season 4’s finest episode with its “vat of lava.” At this level within the record the rankings are actually splitting hairs since it has been such season general, and the explanation “A Rick in King Mortur’s Mort” on this spot is as a result of it is such a late entry within the season. It is an journey that actually would have hit tougher early on within the Season 6 run.
#7 – Ricktional Mortpoon’s Rickmas Mortcation
It is all the time powerful to determine where the season finale matches on a listing like this as a result of not solely do it’s a must to weigh its successes as a narrative in opposition to the opposite episodes, however you even have to take a look at the way it works at bringing the season to an finish. Very similar to the Season 3 finale, “Ricktional Mortpoon’s Rickmas Mortcation” brings again the President to reveal why he is Rick’s greatest rival in some ways. This time round it’s kind of totally different, nevertheless, as he’s largely preventing with Morty in the primary core of the episode.
The episode itself encompasses a largely disconnected story from the primary narrative by way of what it covers, nevertheless it succeeds in tying again the entire character and emotional threads we’ve seen develop all through Season 6. Its give attention to Morty returns to the early season’s dissection of how he feels about Rick, and Rick’s reveal that he was so distressed by Morty selecting to disregard him an episode prior that he resorted again to his previous methods.
It had the massive character beats becoming of a season finale, and has a concrete tease for Season 7, nevertheless it’s powerful to actually rank this one excessive when weighed in opposition to a few of the different greater finales within the sequence general. Particularly when this character stuff is completed higher in earlier episodes this season.
#6 – Bethic Twinstinct
“Bethic Twinstinct” is Beth’s huge focus episode of the season as not solely will we get to see extra of the fallout of Area Beth changing into a extra concrete a part of the Smith Household dynamic, nevertheless it’s a return to the central debate Beth was having with herself and her emotions about her present life and selections. Right here it turns into fairly literal as each Beths develop into infatuated with the variations of themselves that selected totally different choices.
It really works on each the stunning floor stage of Beth having a bodily and romantic relationship with herself, and on the metaphorical stage as each Beths are actually simply loving their respective potentials and reaching a brand new stage of self love in consequence. The episode gave the characters house to discover, and whereas it is one of many strongest in that regard, it is right here as a result of it lacks a few of the punchier jokes and motion in consequence.
#5 – Closing DeSmithation
“Closing DeSmithation” is simply a whole lot of pure enjoyable. Very similar to “Bethic Twinstinct,” it is Jerry’s huge focus episode of the season as he and Rick look into why a fortune cookie informed him he will have bodily relations together with his personal mom. It is one of many wildest chilly open jokes in the complete season, and it turned out to actually solely be the begin to an episode that has distinctive ideas comparable to a Panda Categorical shoot out, a monster that eats chaos, and essentially the most unusual of all, a friendship brewing between Rick and Jerry.
Whereas earlier seasons have teased the deeper connection between Rick and Jerry earlier than, Season 6 actually leaned into how their dynamic had modified. Not solely did Rick deal with Jerry a lot better all through, however “Closing DeSmithation” noticed them connecting on a a lot deeper stage than ever earlier than. Certain, Rick began the episode principally simply curious why he was overlooked of the primary plot by the fortune cookie firm, however quickly he ended up going all out to avoid wasting Jerry. The 2 of them even share a particular second on the finish, and Rick’s slapping Jerry’s face following quickly after was the coldest one-two punch of Season 6 general.
#4 – Rick: A Mort Effectively Lived
The opposite main Morty targeted episode was someway the episode with the least quantity of Morty straight in it, but the episode with essentially the most of him all through. “Rick: A Mort Effectively Lived” was actually an odd episode to look at at first as a result of there’s a whole lot of Justin Roiland in it in comparison with the whole lot else we have seen to date, nevertheless it’s a really attention-grabbing deep dive into Morty’s character. Very similar to we had seen within the fifth season, Morty was pulling away from Rick increasingly.
This episode actually fragmented him into his basest components, so listening to a few of the characters like Marta Morty reveal how he actually feels about Rick was one of the best look into his character in an extended, very long time. It is sadly not increased on the record as it could possibly really feel prefer it stays in a single form of narrative rhythm as a result of the entire Roiland, nevertheless it will get as excessive as it’s right here due to how we get to see Morty. And naturally, Summer time’s doing a Die-Laborious in a really enjoyable and light-weight B-plot and it makes for an excellent comply with up after such an intense premiere.
#3 – Analyze Piss
“Analyze Piss” was such a tough episode to position on this record, and that is why it was finally as efficient because it was. On the one hand, it is the one episode of the sequence where Grownup Swim aired a content material warning as a result of its references to suicide, and on the opposite, it is all balanced out as a result of it is centered on a urine based mostly villain named “Pissmaster.” It is such an encapsulation of the whole lot Rick and Morty does properly. It is obtained the arduous hitting, actual emotional beats, it is obtained the awkward comedy of Jerry changing into an entitled hero jerk, and it is showcasing a Rick who has begun confronting the entire modifications he is gone by means of in the previous couple of seasons.
It was simply one of the crucial thematically wealthy episodes of the season as a complete, and as soon as once more, it has a man named “Pissmaster” (voiced by the all the time wonderful Will Forte) in it who shoots urine. It is only a nice instance of why Season 6 as a complete was so sturdy, and actually earned a spot as probably the greatest within the sequence general. However there’s nonetheless two extra to go on this record that edge it out only a bit extra.
#2 – Solaricks
Simply as how one has to take a look at “Ricktional Mortpoon’s Rickmas Mortcation” and stack it in opposition to not solely the entire different episodes of the season, however as a finale, “Solaricks” needs to be examined from a number of angles because the season premiere. Fortunately, it succeeds on each fronts. It began out Season 6 with one of many strongest opening salvos of the previous couple of years where followers not solely obtained to see a serialized continuation from the tip of the fifth season (one thing that actually solely occurred a few instances earlier than), nevertheless it launched some main new components to the general canon.
It is what followers had been asking to see for a very long time, and “Solaricks” does an admirable job in utilizing its callbacks to arrange the remainder of the season. Each Rick and Morty are set on new emotional growth paths that we see play out over the course of the season, and that is what finally ends up being the primary serialized thread in Season 6 general. Story sensible it is one of many stronger premieres, and wound up as probably the greatest tales seen play out. However there’s nonetheless one left to go that manages to beat out all of this fan service.
#1 – Evening Household
Even with the entire huge story components that occurred within the premiere, the largest and finest episode of the season was truly one of many episodic adventures. “Evening Household” is as near an ideal episode of Rick and Morty which you could get. It is not solely a standalone journey that anybody can simply bounce into without having to know the rest concerning the sequence, nevertheless it’s additionally obtained a whole lot of character growth threads that followers like me who pore over this stuff consistently all the time discover. In a season where Rick and Morty go away the fourth wall, this was nonetheless essentially the most experimental episode.
Taking inspiration from many Horror film and TV initiatives, “Evening Household” makes use of what we all know concerning the Smith Household dynamic to make a enjoyable character wealthy Horror. The shift in presentation to darker tones, lighting, and a killer synth soundtrack makes it stand out from the whole lot else in Season 6. It is not only a visible improve both because it’s the one episode of the season where the Smith Household takes on a problem altogether from its starting to finish, so we get a whole lot of enjoyable twists on how they relate to at least one one other.
And sure, whereas “Solaricks” introduces Rick Prime, “Evening Household” introduces the way more intriguing potential future villain, Evening Summer time. Increasing on the altering dynamic between Rick and Summer time over the seasons, Evening Summer time is the proper form of villain that not solely had a correct victory over Rick, however goes to point out that Summer time does see her grandfather negatively (which is one thing explored within the different episodes as properly). “
Evening Household” sits on the highest of this record as a result of it is one of the best commercial for Season 6 as a complete. An episodic journey with a number of enjoyable smaller character moments that takes some wild swings with its concepts. Let’s hope this continues in Season 7.