Rick and Morty season 4 to debut on Channel 4

...and seasons 1-3 will begin airing on E4 in February

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The long-awaited fourth season of Rick and Morty will air exclusively on Channel 4 in the UK, with viewers able to catch up with the previous three series of the animated comedy on sister channel E4 where they will begin showing in February.

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The acquisition is part of a major deal with US network Adult Swim, which will also see hundreds of hours of its shows – including Robot Chicken, The Eric Andre Show and Aqua Teen Hunger Force – released on Channel 4’s streaming service All4 next month.

It’s a major coup for C4, who were competing with the big bucks of Netflix for UK distribution rights to the new series (Netflix streamed the third season back in 2017).

Last year, the sci-fi animation, which follows the intergalactic adventures of a mad scientist and his grandson, was renewed for an unprecedented 70 further episodes by Adult Swim.

There have traditionally been significant gaps between each season – a point that was referenced in the season three finale, which saw a character called Mr Poopy Butthole break the fourth wall and tell the audience that he will see them in “season four in like, a really long time”.

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Rick and Morty seasons 1-3 will begin airing on E4 in February