Rick and Morty fans can sleep easy tonight knowing that their favorite sci-fi animated comedy will live to fight another day. After months of speculation and cryptic tweets, Adult Swim has announced in a press release that its runaway hit about a Doc Brown-like mad scientist (Rick) and his grandson (Morty) has been renewed for a fourth season, which, given the show's success, isn't that surprising. What's shocking is that they ordered 70 episodes.
A 70-episode order is unprecedented from Adult Swim, which doesn't have that many shows that have ever run past the 50-episode mark. (Networks like FX and TBS have done huge renewals like this in the past to guarantee a show will hit the 100-episode mark commonly associated with syndication deals.) It's definitely a sign that Rick and Morty, the brainchild of co-creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, is a priority for Adult Swim.
And why wouldn't it be? Anyone who followed the bizarre Szechuan Sauce incident from last year knows that the series has a legion of super-fans who will do anything for it, including bothering the co-creators about when they'd finally get an official Season 4 announcement. Roiland playfully chided those very fans in his tweet about the announcement.