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Rick and Morty Voice Cast Pick Season 6 Favs; S06 Episodes 1-6 Ranked

With only hours to go until Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland's Rick and Morty returns to Adult Swim for the first of its finale four Season 6 episodes, we're passing along our thoughts/rankings of the first six episodes as well as a preview for tonight's adventure, S06E07 "Full Meta Jackrick." But before we get to that, Roiland, Sarah Chalke (Beth), Chris Parnell (Jerry), and Spencer Grammer (Summer) took some time to share with EW their favorite episodes and aspects of the sixth season so far. And along the way, we even get a tease from Parnell about an episode that hasn't aired yet.

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Chalke Appreciates the Opportunities Episodes Like "Bethic Twinstinct" Bring: "One of my favorite parts about 'Rick and Morty' is getting to play Domestic Beth and Space Beth. When we record them, we record all of one character and then record the other. So we do all of Domestic Beth, and then we do Space Beth second because she's got a little more edge. So I make my voice a little more raspy towards the end of the session. I just try to find a way to differentiate them a little bit from each other but also keep them grounded in the same person."

Parnell's Favorite Jerry Episode This Season Hasn't Aired Yet: Parnell revealed that one of the episodes of the remaining run finds "Jerry being a little different than he is most of the time," with Parnell sharing that the episode was "a particularly fun one to record."

Roiland Appreciated the Fragmented Beauty of "Rick: A Mort Well Lived": "It's different than 'Interdimensional Cable,' but it's kind of got that same kind of fun energy. That episode's definitely a highlight. There's been some cool stuff this go-round."

Grammer Appreciated Playing a Darker Summer in "Night Family": "I've been wanting Summer to be a little bit more dark [laugh]. I enjoy that stuff because it's a challenge for me as a performer. I also think it's really fun to see female characters that we like doing things that are unlikeable. Male characters, in general, get a lot more leeway to do things like that, and we just like kind of accept that. So to be able to do a little bit of that with some female characters empowers women to have a little bit more variety in how they can behave and act in the world."

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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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!!!

A Look at S06E07 "Full Meta Jackrick" Cold Open

Adult Swim was kind enough to share the cold open for the seventh episode of the season, "Full Meta Jackrick" (which already offers a pretty hefty clue as to where this is all going), that recaps what went on earlier this season. Like when the duo met Jack the Ripper? Or Summer announced she was pregnant? How about when it was raining meatballs? Or attending Jerry's funeral? What about that time Rick and Morty helped Tony Hawk solve that murder? Of course, you remember! If you don't, that's okay… because neither does Rick. And that spells huge trouble as the duo finds themselves stuck in a "Previously On" trap that's keeping them from moving forward. Yeah, we know. Our head hurts, too. So to have your brain bleed ever so slightly, check out the following cold open for this Sunday's return of Rick and Morty (which is close to becoming our favorite cold open of the series run so far):

And here's a look back at the official teaser trailer released earlier this month for the return of Harmon and Roiland's Rick and Morty, hitting Adult Swim screens tonight:

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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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