Rick and Morty season five is coming – that we know for sure. Back in 2018 Adult Swim renewed the show not only for its fourth season but for a whopping 70 episodes, guaranteeing we’ll get their rude and crude space adventures for years to come.
What we don’t know is when we’re getting the fifth season of the show. Season four took years to arrive, eventually rolling out in two blocks of five episodes. We can only hope that the team will be working a little faster this time around.
Of course, that might not be helped by the fact that one of the co-creators also has another show to worry about: Solar Opposites. And it doesn’t hurt that the team is still dropping brilliant shorts in the meantime to keep us entertained.
When is Rick and Morty season five?
We have no idea. There was a two-year gap between the third and fourth seasons, so it’s easy to imagine we might have to wait that long again for the fifth too.
If you want a more optimistic outlook, creator Dan Harmon has previously told Entertainment Weekly that the wait for season four “will be the longest and last time that it’s ever so long that it’s ridiculous.”
“I don’t know how fast we can do it, but I know it will never be this long again,” he added, explaining that the team was writing season five while the fourth was in production to help things move quicker. Similarly, they’re currently writing season six while season five goes through the animation process.
When season five arrives it should air on Adult Swim in the US, and most likely on E4 in the UK. Going by season four it will air a few days late for the UK, but if you can’t bear to even wait three or four days, it is possible to watch Adult Swim from the UK.
Is there a season five trailer?
Not yet. Adult Swim hasn’t released any footage at all from the fifth season, but we’ll add the first trailer in here the moment it drops.
How many episodes will there be in season 5?
Despite the first season packing in 11 episodes, the other seasons of Rick and Morty have all featured 10 episodes, suggesting that’ll be the format going forward.
However, co-creator Dan Harmon discussed the idea of longer seasons during the 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.”
Of course, season four never made it beyond 10 episodes, but there is still hope that season 5 could pull off the trick.
Rick and Morty season 5 cast
The whole main cast returned 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.
We’re expecting all of them back for the fifth, but there’s been no specific confirmation of that, or word on any of the guest stars or cameos we should expect.
Watch the best Rick and Morty shorts
The gap between the two halves of season four was frustrating, but it did bring a few bonuses: some great Rick and Morty shorts, which have now continued after the end of season 5.
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:
“Stay cool” – Jerry #rickandmorty @probzz pic.twitter.com/eYHBIkA8dO
— Rick and Morty (@RickandMorty)
March 11, 2020
Best of all is Samurai & Shogun, an official five-minute animated samurai take on the show, created (in Japanese!) by a Japanese animation studio:
After season five that was followed up by yet another anime short, Rick and Morty vs. Genocider. This one is even longer, from Tower of God director Takashi Sano, with a bit more plot to it than the last.