Our staff have spent hours researching legal and safe ways to watch Rick and Morty online (the television show). We determined that Hulu is the best solution to watch the Rick and Morty from the beginning (season 1 episode 1) or to catch up on the first three seasons.
For anyone that is outside of the United States, Hulu will not work in your country and you have two options. Depending on your region, Netflix may offer the ability to watch Rick and Morty online within their streaming library. Rick and Morty is not able to be watched through the United States version of Netflix.
If it isn't available in your Netflix region, you can stream Hulu internationally using a VPN service like NordVPN. This is a legal loophole that will allow you to spoof your location to the US. This method requires a valid Hulu subscription along with an active VPN account. Additionally, those in the United States can use NordVPN to spoof their IP to the U.K. or France to access Rick and Morty via Netflix.
If you want catch up on some of the recent episodes from season 3 of Rick and Morty, you can watch them for free through the Adult Swim website. A cable or satellite subscription may be required for validation. If you are a cord-cutter and don't have any cable service then you can buy episodes or entire seasons of Rick & Morty through Amazon Instant Video. This is independent of Amazon Prime and does not require a Prime account.
Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon made a huge splash with the release of their adult animated science fiction comedy series, Rick and Morty. The initial episode premiered in December of 2013 on Adult Swim (which operates on the same channel as Cartoon Network and also airs Family Guy).
The show quickly gained a massive “cult-like” following especially among the millennial crowd. Fast forward to 2019, and the duo has finished airing the third season of Rick and Morty. There have been a total of 31 episodes up until this point.
Adult Swim has renewed Rick and Morty for a whopping 70 episode order. This news has come after the Season 3 finale delivered the highest ratings in Adult Swim history. It also claimed the title of the number one comedy TV series for millennials in 2017.
If you stumbled across this article from a search engine, then you likely haven't watched Rick and Morty or need to catch up. We scoured the web for legal and safe methods to watch the animated comedy show without breaking the law or using some shady website.
In the rest of this article, we will introduce you to several different methods for watching Rick and Morty online. Some of these ways will even allow you to stream Rick and Morty free online although there is usually a catch. Most often, you'll need to have an existing cable subscription or an active Hulu account.
Which Streaming Services Offer Rick And Morty? (US)
|Adult Swim||Hulu||Amazon||iTunes||Vudu||Hulu TV||Sling TV|
|Monthly Cost||Cable Required||$7.99||N/A||N/A||N/A||$39.99||$25|
|Episode Cost||Free||Free (HD)||$2.99 (HD)||$2.99 (HD)||$2.99 (HD)||N/A||N/A|
|Season Cost||Free||Free (HD)||$19.99 (HD)||$19.99 (HD)||$19.99 (HD)||N/A||N/A|
How To Watch Rick And Morty Online (Seasons 1-3)
You can watch Rick and Morty free by streaming the episodes via the Adult Swim website or their mobile app. As of right now, the Adult Swim website only offers access to a ten episodes from seasons 2 and 3. They also offer free streaming of the pilot episode from season 1.
Out of the nine episodes, five of them need you to log into an active cable or satellite subscription to begin streaming. Episodes 1-4 from season 3 are free to stream Rick and Morty without any cable verification.
If you don't need to start from the first episode of Rick and Morty, you could borrow a friend or family member's cable login to watch the cable-restricted content.
In the United States, Hulu's on-demand subscription service holds the streaming rights for past episodes of Rick and Morty. Some international regions do offer the show through Netflix.
Those with an active Hulu subscription can access the entire first two seasons of the show for immediate and unlimited streaming. This comes at no extra cost beyond the $7.99 subscription fee (a free 30-day trial is available).
Hulu's on-demand online library now offers the ability to watch up to the third season of the series as of June 23rd, 2018. Hulu is only available to stream online in the United States although a service like NordVPN will allow you to access it internationally.
Amazon Instant Video offers access to all three seasons of Rick and Morty if you don't mind spending some money. The digital video platform sells are 31 episodes. It will cost $2.99 per Rick and Morty episode for HD quality. An entire season in HD is discounted to $19.99.
If you don't need high definition, you can save money buying standard definition versions. An SD episode of Rick and Morty will run you $1.99 or $14.99 per season.
Keep in mind, Amazon Instant Video is not the same as Amazon Prime Video. No prime account is required for purchasing episodes or seasons. Unlike a series like Suits, an active Prime subscription provides no benefit to watch Rick and Morty.
We like Amazon Instant Video for its low pricing and high streaming device compatibility. We think Amazon is the best option if you plan to buy Rick and Morty episodes or seasons.
iTunes is one of the most common media distribution channels for Apple customers. They allow you to buy both individual episodes and full seasons of Rick and Morty through this online store.
Pricing matches Amazon's with HD content starting at $2.99 an episode and $19.99 per season. Going with SD quality discounts the pricing by $1 per episode and $5 per season.
Unlike Amazon, iTunes does offer bundle containing seasons 1-3. This costs $54.99 for HD thus saving you $5 of sale price of all three seasons individually.
Keep in mind, iTunes is designed for use by consumers who plan to stream the digital content through Apple devices. We wouldn't suggest iTunes as the ideal method to watch Rick and Morty on a streaming device outside of the Apple ecosystem.
Many of you have probably never heard of Vudu. They are an online video distribution platform owned by Walmart. Vudu operates much like Amazon Instant Video and is supported more than iTunes on non-Apple devices.
Pricing for Vudu matches Amazon and iTunes for Rick and Morty episodes in both HD and SD. We aren't quite sure of the reasoning for this, but it is worth noting that they charge an extra $1.99 for both their HD and SD versions of the full seasons.
Don't be fooled, the listing page for Rick and Morty displays the cheaper standard definition pricing. Their HDX (a fancy marketing term for HD) pricing is hidden in a drop-down option.
How To Live Stream Rick And Morty (Seasons 4 & Reruns)
If you want to stream premiere episodes of the newest seasons or catch reruns of Rick and Morty, then you can subscribe to a live TV streaming service. Hulu's Live TV service offers access to Cartoon Network where Adult Swim plays at night.
The Live TV subscription costs $39.99 per month (40+ channels) yet it offers a free 7-day trial. The huge benefit is that Hulu includes full access to their video-on-demand library included with their Live TV service.
This means is that you'll be able to stream the five three seasons of Rick and Morty included with live TV streaming package. A subscription also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage to automatically record season 4 episodes of Rick and Morty for later viewing.
With a lower price-point of $20 a month, Sling TV is another live TV streaming service to consider that is owned by DISH. At the base plan, you get access to around 25 channels, but that includes Cartoon Network so Adult Swim can be streamed live.
Unlike Hulu's Live TV subscription, you do not have on-demand playback of Rick and Morty so you'll need to watch episodes live. You can also use their Cloud DVR feature to record reruns of Rick and Morty after they air. This costs an extra $5 bringing the total cost up to $25 per month.
Is Rick and Morty On Netflix?
For anyone in the US, you probably already know that Rick and Morty is unavailable to stream through Netflix. If you are located outside of the United States, there is a chance that the series will be available for free streaming through your Netflix region.
The terms of licensing deals for video streaming services are sophisticated and can often start or end abruptly. Since Hulu has the exclusive rights for US streaming, Netflix US will not be offering it in their on-demand streaming library anytime soon.
However, Hulu is a service that is only available in the United States. This means the licensing agreements for streaming Rick and Morty internationally differ. If you want to watch Rick and Morty online through Netflix and are fortunate to live in one of the supported regions, this could be possible:
Those in the United States with Netflix accounts can use a virtual private network (we recommend NordVPN). This is a legal loophole that falls into a grey area. Using a VPN, you can spoof your location to a region where Rick and Morty is able to be watched through Netflix. Our testing worked best for Rick and Morty when connected to France or the Netflix UK.
There are other VPN services out there that could work. We prefer NordVPN for its competitive features, low pricing, double encryption and compatibility with video streaming services such as Netflix or Hulu.
While we can confirm this approach is currently working, there are some potential downsides to using a VPN for accessing region-blocked Netflix content:
- Speed/Resolution – streaming through a VPN means that you'll be going through another remote network before reaching your own. This means the speed of the connection will be often slower than your native connection.You could experience longer buffering times or lower-resolution viewing. Much of this will depend on the VPN provider you choose and how close you are to the servers from the server location you connect to.
- Availability may change overnight – Netflix knows about VPN use and doesn't want to violate their licensing agreements so they try to stop it. A robust service like NordVPN works hard to keep this from happening. You may get the occasional blocked message. You can bypass this limitation throug a quick clearing of your browser cache, changing VPN servers or rebooting your computer. We can't guarantee this method will work forever nor do we know how long Rick and Morty will be available on Netflix in these other regions. It likely will work for the extended future, but you do take the risk that it could stop working before you watch the entire series.
As a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and our Managing Editor, Colt loves testing out the newest tech products/services. His goal is to help better educate other consumers to ensure the most satisfying purchases decisions on consumer electronics and services. When he is not working on creating new content, Colt enjoys spending time with his two Australian Shepherds, Mia and Zoey.