4:13pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Rick and Morty' to Stream on HBO Max
Rick and Morty has a second streaming home.
The Adult Swim animated favorite from creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon will stream on both Disney-owned Hulu and WarnerMedia-backed HBO Max. The news was among the many announcements made Tuesday during WarnerMedia's formal HBO Max unveiling.
The first three seasons of the beloved series will be available when the streaming service launches in May. (It's unclear if the HBO Max deal covers domestic only or global rights.) Additionally, Hulu has extended its agreement with WarnerMedia and will continue to stream Rick and Morty through its previously announced massive 70-episode renewal. The Disney-owned streamer will continue to have rights to all three seasons and the additional content coming, for a total of 101 episodes. As part of the new partnership, new seasons of Rick and Morty will now be available sooner on Hulu. Previously, they were posted 11 months after a season finale. They will now be available at the same time they land on HBO Max, about five months after the finales. Hulu also now has download rights, so subscribers to its ad-free plan will be able to take the series on the go.
"Rick and Morty exploded onto the scene in 2013 and quickly drew a legion of rabid followers from both critics and young fans,” Kevin Reilly, chief content officer at HBO Max and president at TBS, TNT and truTV, said in a statement. “The jokes come fast and frenetically in a smart comedy concoction we are so happy to deliver on HBO Max.”
New episodes of Rick and Morty — which is set to return for its fourth season Nov. 10 on WarnerMedia-owned Adult Swim — will continue to launch on the linear network and join HBO Max at a later date to be determined. The pact covers all future episodes for the series.
Rick and Morty is the latest library title to land a new streaming deal. (Financial terms of the pact were not immediately available.) The series joins the Viacom-owned Comedy Central hit South Park as well as Warner Bros. TV hits Friends and The Big Bang Theory on HBO Max. While South Park was produced by an outside supplier, the Rick and Morty deal represents the latest show that is owned by WarnerMedia to join its own streaming platform. Such has been the case with mega-hits like Friends and The Office, which are both leaving Netflix to go to a streamer that is owned by the studio who produced the comedies (HBO Max and NBCUniversal's Peacock, respectively).
Library titles continue to remain in high demand as the streaming wars kick into high gear with four new services launching in the next six months. Disney+ and Apple TV+ are set to arrive in November, while NBCUniversal's Peacock and HBO Max are slated to debut in April and May, respectively.
Animated series including Rick and Morty, South Park and Seth MacFarlane's Family Guy are among the most-watched library titles on Hulu. South Park, meanwhile, will leave Hulu in June and stream exclusively on HBO Max.