I've never spoken about Rick and Morty.
I have Netflix, a son just turned 18, and a general fondness for science fiction comedy - of course I've watched it. But I'm not a huge fan. Anyone who knows my tastes in pop culture could probably understand why.
Nihilistic or dark comedy has never done it for me in a big way. Short bursts of it can be OK, but I don't think anyone should dwell on it as being a meaningful reflection on life - that's corrosive to the soul and society.
There are occasions in the show where the joke genuinely surprise me and gives me a good laugh, but to be honest, it's not that often. And thematically, with its use of the multiverse as a continual basis for its stories (as well as its own type of dysfunctional family), I thought the show had pretty much run its course at the end of the third season.
So why do I write this now? It's because of the news that its been renewed for 70 episodes!
This is surely a bad idea for it creatively. At a time when it seems universally acknowledged that The Simpsons should have ended more than a decade ago, we have another creative team thinking they can keep milking a comedy set up for, what? another 8 to 10 years?
The truth is, any comedy show has trouble maintaining quality for more than about (I reckon) 7 seasons. Some die faster than others. I just think it is obvious that Rick and Morty cannot maintain its output with the same "quality" that fans like for that amount of time.
Update: quite separately from this, I was thinking recently when scrolling through Spotify, is 7 also the accurate number for "great albums any one band is ever likely to produce" before diminishing returns set in?