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Why Rick and Morty Is One of the Most Emotional Shows Ever

Updated January 6, 2021 7.5k votes 1.5k voters 83.9k views22 items

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Rick and Morty is a groundbreaking sci-fi comedy series that not only satiates our desire for a weirder version of Back to the Future, but it’s also strangely adept at helping people work through their personal trauma. Everyone has their favorite Rick and Morty scenes. Whether they’re of the depressing ilk, or they’re more of the whimsical “what the heck just happened?” variety probably says something about how fun you are at a party. This list counts down the Rick and Morty emotional scenes that still continue to kick you in the stomach even after you’ve watched them a hundred times. Keep reading to find out why Rick and Morty is one of the most emotional shows on TV, let alone Adult Swim.

It takes almost no time for the conceit of Rick and Morty to wear off, and for the series to start burrowing into the viewer’s emotions. It’s almost as if the creators of Rick an Morty, Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, want to find what makes you cry and push your tear button until you’re all out of saline. Or what fills you with existential dread. With Rick and Morty, Adult Swim has capitalized not just on fun sci-fi entertainment, but on what is one of the the most strangely emotionally draining shows that’s ever been produced.

Vote up the most emotional moments from Rick and Morty, and if there’s a scene from the show that pulls on your heartstrings, tell us about it in the comments.
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    Wubba Lubba Dub Dub

    You know, Rick's catchphrase that means everything's going great and everybody should party so, so hard? Just kidding, it's his secret code that means, "I am in great pain, please help me." 

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    Snowball Trying to Save Morty

    When Morty's dog Snowball (once known as Snuffles) gains his sentience, he does what any dog would probably do: builds a robot body for himself and tries to enslave humanity. But when Snowball learns that Morty is dying of kidney failure, he spends every penny he has to save the boy. Any pet owner who wasn't touched by this scene probably doesn't pay enough attention to their pet. 

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    Beth Panic-Pouring Wine After Shooting Mr. Poopybutthole

    Throughout the series, Beth is one of the only characters that doesn't get as wrapped up in her dad's science BS as the rest of her family. She's a successful veterinarian and doesn't have time to deal with all of Rick's nonsense, so when she gets dragged into figuring out whether or not she actually knows Mr. Poopybutthole (a longtime friend of the family that no one can quite remember) and ends up shooting him through the chest, the only way she can deal with her actions is by drinking them away - just like Rick. 

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  • 8

    King Jellybean Sexually Assaults Morty

    In "Meeseeks and Destroy, " Morty goes on what he thinks is a wholesome adventure, but he finds that the universe is a dangerous place. This uncomfortable scene is right in the middle of an already stressful episode that only offers relief once the credits begin to roll. 

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