August 25, 2017
“Nobody exists on purpose. Nobody belongs anywhere. Everybody’s gonna die. Come watch TV.” —Morty
Rick and Morty is one of the strangest hit shows to come out in quite a while. The Back to the Future parody sci-fi cartoon series takes audiences along on the adventures of a slobbering mad scientist and his anxiety-ridden grandson, and though the journies of these twisted Doc Brown and Marty McFly characters may be absurd in content, they’re anything but in structure.
In this video, James Hayes of FilmInTheMaking breaks down how Rick and Morty creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland approach telling some of the wildest stories on TV by using a simple story structure concept called the “story circle” inspired by Joseph Campbell’s monomyth.
Harmon and Roiland’s approach to storytelling looks a lot like Campbell’s monomyth—and not just because they’re both depicted as circles. They both have: