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Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland on How Doctor Who, Beer, and Their Moms Influenced Rick and Morty

On 14, Sep 2015 | In Press & News | By

Pinning down the influences for a show as densely allusive as animated sci-fi-comedy Rick and Morty is a challenge. This is partly because co-creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon avoid Family Guy–style winking throughout their series, which follows the adventures of supergenius/dick Rick (Roiland) and his pubescent grandson Morty (also Roiland). Instead, Roiland and Harmon take The Simpsons‘ approach to pop-culture name-dropping: references to other works are never the punch line, but rather the setup to rich, silly commentary. Vulture talked to Roiland and Harmon about the show’s various influences, an eclectic list that includes Roiland and Harmon’s mothers, Doctor Who, and rap music. Read more

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