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Rick & Morty Season 7’s Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score Tanks In Post-Justin Roiland Era-TGN

Summary

  • Rick and Morty season 7 has received a disappointing audience reaction on Rotten Tomatoes, with a low score of 33%, the lowest for any season of the show.
  • This low audience score is considerably lower than the season 7 critic score of 73%, which was already the lowest for any season of the show.
  • Despite its popularity and critical acclaim, the recent season 7 premiere has not been well-received by viewers on Rotten Tomatoes.


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Rick and Morty season 7 has had a grim audience reaction on Rotten Tomatoes. The Adult Swim animated show follows the adventures of mad scientist Rick and his 14-year-old grandson Morty, who travel through the multiverse in Rick’s flying saucer. The irreverent comedy show has aired for a total of 62 episodes at the time of writing, with October 15’s season 7 premiere being the most recent to hit the airwaves. Over the years, the widely popular cartoon has been nominated for four Emmys, winning two.

Now that Rick and Morty season 7 has premiered, Rotten Tomatoes has been able to aggregate an audience score from more than 250 audience submissions. At the time of writing, the score is a dismally low 33%, which is the lowest audience score for any season of the show, and the only audience score out of all seven seasons that is considered Rotten (below 60%). The audience score is considerably lower than the critic score of 73%, which was already the lowest critic score any season of the show has gotten.


What’s Going on With Rick and Morty Season 7?

Rick with Spaghetti in Rick and Morty Season 7

Over the past few seasons of Rick and Morty, the audience score has already naturally started to trend downward. The first few seasons have a strong positive consensus, with seasons 1 and 2 earning 97% apiece before a slight drip to 95% for season 3. Seasons 4 and 6 then experienced a larger drop with 84% and 87% apiece, with a huge dip down to 60% for season 5 in between.

However, this unnatural leap downward for season 7 comes after a controversial period in the history of the show. In the wake of allegations of domestic battery and false imprisonment, the show’s co-creator Justin Roiland (who also voiced both Rick and Morty in addition to other characters) was fired from the show in January 2023. The Rick and Morty characters voiced by Roiland were then recast with soundalikes, with Ian Cardoni stepping into the role of Rick and Harry Belden playing Morty.

Indeed, nearly all of the audience reviews of the season mention a spark that is missing with the recasting of Roiland. However, most of the reviews take issue with the comedy more than the voices, comparing it negatively to more familiar adult animation like The Simpsons or Family Guy. As only the premiere has aired so far, it remains to be seen if the next Rick and Morty season 7 episodes can recapture the audience’s admiration, but so far the state of this season is looking grim.

Source: Rotten Tomatoes

Rick and Morty airs on Adult Swim Sundays at 11PM.

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