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Looking at 'Rick and Morty's Meticulously-Crafted First Season

The inaugural season of Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland’s runaway Cronenbergian monster of a hit, Rick and Morty, wrapped last night, ending a nearly flawless season of ambitious animated television. The scope and complexity of Rick and Morty should be no surprise considering that Harmon is no stranger to ambitious, meticulously-constructed television on his other series, Community. What’s especially worth noting in Harmon and Roiland's collaboration this time around is that Rick and Morty is essentially your only hope to standing up against the unforgiving universe(s) and all of its bleakness.

It’s also a very, very funny show.

Dan Harmon Is Doing a QVC-Style Streaming Garage Sale

Community creator Dan Harmon is hosting a streaming garage sale in the vein of QVC with himself and friends from his podcast Harmontown auctioning off their valuables for charity. The event is happening this Sunday from 6pm to 9pm EST (livestream link), and all of the sales benefit LA-based educational nonprofit 826LA. Items like signed books, DVDs, and posters and items from Harmon and friends' closets will be (or already are) available for purchase.

Watch a Trailer for the Dan Harmon Documentary 'Harmontown'

Last year, after having been fired from his TV show Community, creator Dan Harmon took his live show/podcast Harmontown on a nationwide tour and it was filmed for a documentary by director Neil Berkeley (Beauty Is Embarrassing). Here's the trailer to that very documentary, featuring appearances from Sarah Silverman, John Oliver, Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Jack Black, and more. The movie is also called Harmontown, and it premieres at South by Southwest on March 8th.

Dan Harmon and His Writers Treated 'Community's Season Premiere Like "A New Pilot for a New Show"

When Community returns for its fifth season, it's going to be a pretty different show. Season 5 is bringing about the return of creator/showrunner Dan Harmon, who was fired following the third season and sat out the critically-maligned fourth. Harmon and his writing staff are approaching season 5 as if they're creating an all new show, in order to keep Community fresh amidst casting changes like Chevy Chase having left and Donald Glover's exit impending as well as the season four decision to have Jeff graduate. The first new episode, written by Harmon and seasons 1-3 right-hand man Chris McKenna, is even called "Repilot."

Here's Harmon explaining the [...]

Talking to Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland About Their New Adult Swim Show, 'Rick and Morty'

During Dan Harmon's Community exodus last year, he went and created another TV show, this one for Adult Swim. Called Rick and Morty, the new animated series was co-created by Harmon and Justin Roiland, and it premieres tonight at 10:30.

Based on a rejected pilot Roiland made for Harmon's monthly video competition Channel 101 in 2006 called "The Real Adventures of Doc and Mharti," Rick and Morty is a Back to the Future-inspired sci-fi comedy about a sociopathic scientist and his grandson going on wild adventures. I recently had the chance to talk to Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland about how the new show came to be, how they [...]

Diving Into the Cult of Dan Harmon in 'Harmontown'

When introducing the documentary Harmontown at the South by Southwest Film Festival, director Neil Berkeley (Beauty is Embarrassing) described his film's thesis, saying, “The point of this film is not about whether Dan Harmon is a good person or a bad person, but to understand why people are in that room listening to him.” The film follows Harmon on tour with his Harmontown podcast shortly after the embattled show runner's firing from Community in early 2013. Berkeley's remarks make clear it's less a tour doc than a character study, in a similar vein to Rodman Flender's doc, Conan O'Brien Can't Stop, which premiered in 2011 also at SXSW. And [...]

There's a 'Heat Vision and Jack' Animated Series in the Works; Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab Aren't Involved

During Community creator Dan Harmon's Reddit AMA today, he was asked about the future of Heat Vision and Jack, the rejected 1999 Fox pilot he created with Rob Schrab that starred Jack Black as an astronaut who befriends a talking motorcycle (Owen Wilson) and went on to become a cult hit online. Harmon replied:

"They're trying to develop a Heat Vision and Jack cartoon right now, I believe… Schrab and I kind of 'sold' the idea to a studio but after a while, we backed out of it creatively and they hired writers to take it over, because it felt like they wanted Bob's Burgers but with a motorcycle. [...]

Adult Swim Renews Dan Harmon's 'Rick and Morty' for Season 2

Community creator Dan Harmon's new series, the animated Adult Swim sci-fi comedy Rick and Morty, has been renewed for a second season. Adult Swim has yet to confirm the renewal, but one of the writers who was added for Season 2, Matt Roller (Community), posted a picture of the show's Season 2 writing staff on Twitter earlier this week that has since been removed. There's no word on how many episodes the new season will be.

Co-created by Harmon and Justin Roiland and loosely based on Roiland's failed Channel 101 pilot and subsequent web series The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti, it's a Back to the Future-esque story about [...]

Here's the Trailer for 'Community' Season 5

Community is set to return for its fifth season on January 2nd, with back-to-back episodes airing that night. Here's the brand new trailer for the first episode, giving us our first glimpses of the Chevy Chase-less version of the show with creator Dan Harmon back in the driver's seat after a season off.

You Can Watch the Pilot for Dan Harmon's New Adult Swim Show Online Now

Here's the first episode of Community creator Dan Harmon's new show, Rick and Morty, which Adult Swim uploaded online this week ahead of its December 2nd premiere. Co-created by Harmon and Channel 101 regular Justin Roiland, Rick and Morty is a Back to the Future-esque animated sci-fi comedy featuring the voices of Chris Parnell, Sarah Chalke, Spencer Grammer, and Roiland as both lead characters.

Amazingly, 'Community’ Might Actually Get Those Six Seasons and a Movie

For years now, Community fans and the show's cast and crew have been using the phrase "six seasons and a movie" as a half-joking mantra about the show's future, but now, it looks like the show might actually be getting a sixth season and a movie.

TV Guide reports that plans for the movie are in the early stages and that Justin Lin is being considered to direct. Lin directed the last four Fast and the Furious movies and three episodes of Community, including the show's famed paintball episode. TV Guide adds that "NBC and Sony insiders say they're optimistic" and that if NBC passes on another season, [...]

Dan Harmon and Mitch Hurwitz Are Working on a Mysterious Project Together

Community creator Dan Harmon did an interview with Rolling Stone out today, and in it, he mentioned that he and Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz are working on a mysterious new project together.

Here's what Harmon said, although he deliberately didn't give a lot of details:

I've begged him to come to the writers' room on Community, but he has wisely declined. I don't think he'd be able to stand being on someone else's thing. He and I have talked about doing a project together, so that every time I see him, I'm like, "We weren't just drunk, we're really gonna do that?" And he's like, "Yeah." … I don't [...]

'Community' (and Dan Harmon) Returns with a Vengeance in Season 5

After being fired from Community in 2012, creator Dan Harmon used his live-show-turned-podcast, Harmontown, to build a cult of devoted followers. It became the platform for him to air his grievances about basically everything in his life from problems with Sony to his family to negative comments on the internet and provide a hyper intensive glimpse into the madness of his creativity. It was on Harmontown where he first announced that he would be back on Community and then proceeded to tear apart season 4 to much public backlash. He’s gone through his process coming back to the show, let secrets for season 5 slip, and used his weekly presence [...]

What's on TV This Week: Dan Harmon's New Show 'Rick and Morty', and Paul Rudd Hosts 'SNL'

As 2013 winds down, the TV season is doing so too, but there's still some exciting stuff happening this week. Dan Harmon's new show, a Back to the Future-inspired animated series called Rick and Morty he co-created with Channel 101 cohort Justin Roiland, premieres tonight on Adult Swim. SNL also returns this week with Paul Rudd hosting for his third time. Besides Rick and Morty's premiere and SNL's return, there aren't any other big TV happenings with this looking like just a regular week, with new episodes of Colbert, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Key & Peele, and all the rest.

Check out the week's full listing of comedy shows below: