The show revolves around the adventures of the members of the Smith household, which consists of parents Jerry and Beth, their kids Summer and Morty, and Beth's father, Rick Sanchez, who lives with them as a guest. The adventures of Rick and Morty, however, take place across an infinite number of realities, with the characters travelling to other planets and dimensions through portals and Rick's flying car.
According to Justin Roiland, the family lives outside of Seattle in the U. Rick is an eccentric and alcoholic mad scientist, who eschews many ordinary conventions such as school, marriage, love, and family.
Nevertheless, Harmon took a liking to his humor and the two began collaborating.
In 2006, Roiland was fired from working on a television series he regarded as intensely creatively stifling, and funneled his creative energies into creating a webisode for Channel 101.
Roiland, then a producer on reality programming, began submitting content to the festival a year after its launch, in 2004.
His pilots typically consisted of shock value—"sick and twisted" elements that received a confused reaction from the audience.
The series has received universal acclaim for its originality, creativity and humor.
Harmon and Roiland later clarified that the contract negotiations were prolonged because they wanted to have assurance that there would be many more seasons of the show, so that Harmon could dedicate himself full time to it; this would thus prevent him from having to split his attention between Rick and Morty and other projects to maintain his career.
At Channel 101, participants submit a short film in the format of a pilot, and a live audience decides which pilots continue as a series.
He frequently goes on adventures with his 14-year-old grandson, Morty, a kind-hearted but easily distressed boy, whose naïve but grounded moral compass plays counterpoint to Rick's Machiavellian ego.
Morty's 17-year-old sister, Summer, is a more conventional teenager, who worries about improving her status among her peers and sometimes follows Rick and Morty on their adventures.