Rick and Morty, Smiling Friends & More Honor Adult Swim's Thanksgiving

Even with a new episode of Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland's Rick and Morty to look forward to this weekend (more on that below), for some of you, there's still the not-so-small matter of Thanksgiving and all of the family "pleasantries" you'll have to struggle through first. Thankfully, Adult Swim feels your pain and wants you to turn that frown upside down by sharing what Cartoon Network's late-night programming block is thankful for when it comes to Thanksgiving. And they've enlisted our dimension-hopping duo along with Bob's Burgers, King of the Hill, Smiling Friends, Robot Chicken, and The Boondocks to help demonstrate their point.

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So to see why Adult Swim is thankful for family, food, the gift of song, and (of course) The President of the United States of America (and to have something to distract you from embarrassing pre-family dinner conversations), check out the following featurette from Adult Swim (followed by a look ahead to this weekend's Rick and Morty):

And in the following promo for S06E08 "Analyze Piss," Cookie Magneto looks to take on our dimension-hopping duo. One problem for Cookie Magneto, though? Rick's really stopped having time for all the s**t he's been getting from "wacky characters," as you're about to see. Something tells me this might be Dr. Wong's (Susan Sarandon) episode:

Rick and Morty: Let's See How Episodes S06E01-S06E06 Stack Up

With Harmon and Roiland's Rick and Morty set to return to Adult Swim screens tonight with what may be its most meta outing yet (and that's saying something considering we have S04E06 "Never Ricking Morty"), we're taking a look back to see how the previous six episodes stacked up. But first, a couple of things to put on the table right up front. Since the episodes all rated between 8 and 9 in our reviews, we're basically ranking a pool of excellent episodes in their own right. So it's kinda weird to assign numbers or do it as a countdown. Instead, we're ranking them more from a "playlist"-like perspective. What follows is how we would prefer to run them (top preference, first) but, as they say, "mileage may vary." Also, I'm linking to our past reviews but offering a quick thought on each one that may have come to mind since the original review, or building on a previous thought.

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Image: Adult Swim

So with this in mind, here's a look at the first six episodes of Adult Swim's Rick and Morty Season 6:

Season 6 Episode 4 "Night Family" (directed by Jacob Hair and written by Rob Schrab): The only thing more shocking than the depths of Rick's stubbornness? That "Night Summer" is not only a badass not to be messed with but has also been biding its time in Summer's mind, waiting to strike. It feels like there's more to come with this one…

Season 6 Episode 5 "Final DeSmithation" (directed by Douglas Einar Olsen and written by Heather Anne Campbell): Holy s**t! A Rick & Jerry adventure that doesn't end with us wanting to punch Jerry! On a number of levels, a nice personal game-changer between the two that sees them becoming… friends? Because this might be the first time I felt bad for Jerry after Rick hit him… and interestingly enough, so did Rick. Big difference compared to what went down with Cronenberg Jerry and Rick Prime…

Season 6 Episode 3 "Bethic Twinstinct" (directed by Douglas Einar Olsen and written by Anne Lane): This might've been the strongest spotlight on Beth & Jerry's toxicity yet. Because instead of focusing on the couple, we got to see the impact it has on Morty and Summer, sadly bonding them closer in the process. But being able to see Rick as the caring figure trying to distract them from their parents' drama was a bit of a mind-blower, especially that moment when even "The Man with All of the Answers" couldn't figure out how to help his grandkids.

Season 6 Episode 1 "Solaricks" (directed by Jacob Hair and written by Albro Lundy): We saw clues that it was going to happen in the previous season, but this was the one where the show decided to stop worrying and learn to love its own canon. And they did an impressive job of tying a number of previous storyline threads together in some very intriguing ways. And with Rick Prime on the scene… Evil Morty? Who's that again?

Season 6 Episode 2 "Rick: A Mort Well Lived" (directed by Kyounghee Lim and written by Alex Rubens): Do you like your "Die Hard" satire with a healthy serving of "punch to the feels"? Well, this is the one you've been waiting for. From Peter Dinklage as the alien terrorist group leader Chans and Summer turning "Die Hard" into her own version of "Squanch," this episode would've been fine just on those points. But the "Roy" storyline that finds Morty fragmented into the game did a beautiful job of examining Morty and his role with his grandfather, and how much of himself he gives away with every adventure.

Season 6 Episode 6 "Juricksic Mort" (directed by Kyounghee Lim and written by Nick Rutherford): Look, we love smartass, know-it-all Rick. But we also love those moments when he gets schooled by someone (in this case, uber-brilliant dinosaurs) who might actually know as much (if not more) as he does. And bonus points for the wonderfully passive-aggressive ways they help each other out as a way of spiting each other. But the best part? Interdimensional travel's back, baby!!!

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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