So in light of tonight's Season 3 finale of Adult Swim's animated hit series Rick and Morty and with the understanding that it might be quite some time before we see a fourth season, show co-creator Dan Harmon was asked to list his five favorite episodes from the series' run. Interestingly enough, Harmon was easily able to come up with one he'd give a "scorched earth" treatment to; but deciding on his top five was much tougher on him, making no apologies for letting fans influence his choices:
"Like the bad parent I am, I choose children that the public chooses. That's how I was raised — if you're funny to the company when they come over for dinner, then you're a good son."
So in what Harmon would like to stress is no particular order, here are his highlights:
"Pickle Rick" (S03E03) and "The Ricklantis Mixup/Tales from the Citadel" (S03E07)
"I watched those two with a crowd of 200 fans so I know they're good episodes. If they booed or was silent I'd know they were a piece of garbage. I don't care how hard I worked on an episode, if fans hate it, it's bad, and I hate it too."
"Rick Potion #9." (S01E07)
"It's not only a good episode, it also so represents what's possible and unique about the show itself. [Co-creator Justin Roiland] and I had thought to do that episode idea maybe for the finale, where they abandon all of reality and Rick teaches you can just reboot. Instead, we said, 'Let's move it up so early in the season that it feels suicidal creatively and jump every shark imaginable.' And that's been the pulse of Rick and Morty in its best moments."
"Auto Erotic Assimilation" (S02E03) and "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez" (S02E07)
So which episode has the honor of being the one Harmon wishes would die a slow, painful death? Before the reveal, see if you can figure it out based off of his quote:
"I can give you the least favorite. It's the one with the Amazonian women. I was so proud while I was writing it and then I read people's comments on it how it felt stale and '80s in its observations about gender. And now I hate it and want it to die by fire. But that's because of people's reactions or I would love it."
"Raising Gazorpazorp" (S01E07)