For a show that spawned from a deeply unsettling Back to
The Future parody, Rick and Morty has done pretty well for itself. The
show has become an internet sensation, with merchandise infiltrating
malls and high streets across the globe. As the show gets more and more
popular, it opens itself up to scrutiny and its influence can have some dire consequences.
Despite having aired less than forty
episodes (at time of writing), the show has hit the headlines for all
the wrong reasons on more than one occasion. As they head into
production on season five, creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland need to think carefully on the impact the show is having.
The two are no strangers to controversy, both have been fired from their previous ventures and aren't exactly known for their politically correct sensibilities.
was famously removed from Community after a very public situation
involving Chevy Chase, alongside sexual misconduct allegations with a
co-writer on the show. While Roiland
was renowned for creating questionable material for shock value,
including having Marty McFly perform oral sex on Doc Brown in that
parody we mentioned earlier.