A big deal has been inked today which spells massive change for both Adult Swim and Channel 4. UK fans of Adult Swim shows, including Rick and Morty and The Eric Andre Show, have struggled to access the US content over the years. Netflix did eventually pick up the rights to Rick and Morty in the UK, but only after two seasons.
Now the immensely popular, meme inspiring, sci-fi adventure show will be getting a new home. What’s more, Channel 4 will have exclusive rights to Rick and Morty season 4 once it airs. R&M won’t just be sticking to Channel 4 either, it’s being distributed on E4 and All 4 as well. This means that from February seasons 1 – 3 will be available for catch up both on TV and online.
“Rick and Morty is one of the most anarchic, ingenious and original shows around and the breakthrough animated hit of recent years, I’m thrilled that it’s coming to Channel 4 and E4.”Channel 4 director of programmes, Ian Katz
The new deal between Adult Swim and Channel 4 also means a whole raft of exclusive series’ will be now be available in the UK. The picks of the bunch include Robot Chicken, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and The Eric Andre Show. This is on top of Rick and Morty Season 4.
Upon airing season 1 of Rick and Morty on E4, a new ‘Adult Swim’ block is to be created on the channel. Accompanied by the UK premiere of Robot Chicken: The Walking Dead Special. This hour long block is to be a regular feature on E4. It will showcase different Adult Swim shows, the entire box sets of which will be available to stream in full on All 4. How exciting!
“Adult Swim is a fantastic brand with a clear proposition and a devoted fan base. I’m delighted to have it join VICE and Walter Presents as a featured channel on All 4.”Charlie Palmer, Managing Editor All 4
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Over 300 episodes of Adult Swim content will be accessible upon launch. It coincides with Channel 4’s concerted approach to target a younger audience, as seen in their acquisition of VICE box sets. This is another big move to tap into the ‘cable cutting millennial market’ – who also coincidentally seem to be very excited about Rick and Morty season 4. All 4 is available across a huge range of platforms, so nobody is set to miss out.