Rick And Morty Origins: The Early Work Of Dan Harmon And Justin Roiland – Laser Time

Long before there was Pickle Rick and WUBBA LUBBA DUB DUB, we had Doc, Mharti, Cosbys, failed pilots, and crazy podcasts. We run through the long paths Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland took to cartoon immortality on Rick and Morty. Join us on the journey!

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14 thoughts on “Rick And Morty Origins: The Early Work Of Dan Harmon And Justin Roiland – Laser Time

  1. I’ve had trouble lately not feeling “over” Rick and Morty. Not because I dislike the show at all, it’s very good, I bought both Blu-Rays on release day and I was on board from the start. But the vocal fans have become an incredibly obnoxious mass of morons, and my encounters with them have left a really sour taste in my mouth. It certainly isn’t the show’s fault, it is just difficult at times to enjoy something and then find out most of the other people who enjoy it, or make it known that they enjoy it, are totally shitty. Makes me wonder if I’m not shitty also, and that feels bad. I should probably stop looking at Twitter, is what I am saying.

    Anyhow, Great show guys, thanks for posting it! Also want to say Matt Jay is a great addition to the network, he brings a slightly different (younger) perspective and has a lot of knowledge of things that I enjoy and care about. Keep it up.

    1. I’ve had that same experience with the fandom ruining some of the experience of watching a show for me, though instead of Rick and Morty / twitter, it was Supergirl / tumblr. Ignoring the fandom and trying to avoid reading their nonsense seems to be the best course of action.

  2. Yooo not to sound corny, but Van Halen is hella S-Rank (also Michael McDonald wrote a couple songs on 1984 which needless to say were kinda rough when performed by Diamond Dave) both frontmen brought something awesome to the table and if my life reaches a point where I’m living the Big Pimp’n video whilst “Ain’t Talkn Bout Love” plays then I’dve lived life right. Perfect balance of ultra talented guitarist and drummer with dry papper personalities and charismatic and lovable yet talentless frontman and bassist, although Hagar is a legit rockstar and ruined the formula is “Cool Dad” corny charm was endlessly endearing as well…hope you enjoyed “Talking Van Halen”

  3. So I’m one of those people where Rick and Morty just hasn’t clicked with me. This podcast was interesting because it exposed me to a lot of Dan and Justin’s background which I didn’t know much about beyond Community (another show I haven’t seen much of).
    I don’t hate Rick and Morty but I guess I just don’t really get it. I’m not actually bothered by Rick’s burping but the way characters all somewhat constantly yell over each other in a pretty incoherent matter just doesn’t do anything for me. It all just becomes annoying white noise. Outside of that a lot of the jokes just didn’t really land with me either. Having said all that, I’ve only seen two full episodes (maybe three?) so I’d like to give this show a fair shake before completely writing it off. So for someone like me what episodes would you all suggest I watch?

    1. If those two episodes include the pilot, absolutely carry on. I watched the pilot after LaserTime talked about Rick and Morty, HATED the pilot, and then a year later I gave it another go and now it’s my favorite show.

  4. I only recently got into Rick and Morty (like 2-3 weeks ago) despite loving Community, and I’ve been loving every second of it so far. This episode pretty much couldn’t have been better timed for me. And boy is it a GREAT episode. Good work for first hosting duties, Matt!

  5. I think the term “yacht rock” was coined way later than the music, not in the 70s or 80s.

    I didn’t care that much about the first few episodes of Rick and Morty much at first, but kept watching, and got more into it, just the way I did with Venture Brothers. And Community, for that matter.

  6. A few episodes of Rick and Morty ago I noticed in the animators section of the credits there was an animator apparently named “Anita Dekok.” I figured this was a joke name, but the next week I saw that another was “Jon Dekok,” which could still be a joke name, but seems less likely. Poor girl.

  7. Holy shit, my friends and I have been quoting the dead ale wives since elementary school. I never would have guessed Dan Harmon was behind it.

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