Few shows in television history have the scope of Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty. For one thing, most shows take place only on our planet. And then, even if they involve space exploration, it’s usually only in our dimension (Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica). Meanwhile, shows that do take place throughout time, dimension, and space (Doctor Who) tend to deal in universes that recognizably resemble ours.
Lucky for us, in this dimension, Rick and Morty exists. Not only do the Sanchez/Smith family’s high jinks extend beyond our planet and dimension, the show switches its standard timeline halfway through season one. This allows us to glimpse into the ways life is both radically and subtly different within alternate realities. We also come to learn that Rick and Morty themselves exist in just about every possible reality — but that this is the only universe in which Rick actually cares about Morty. So perhaps this really is the best of all possible worlds. (Then again, at least in some of those other realities, Beth and Jerry are happy …)
Rick and Morty juggles so many universes that keeping track of them is a fool’s errand ... but we attempted it anyway. Ahead, Vulture’s comprehensive list of every universe we know of in the world of Rick and Morty.
Note: These are only alternate realities, timelines, and dimensions, not other planets that exist within “our” reality. Also bear in mind that the show uses universe, world, and reality fairly interchangeably (we tried to stay faithful to whichever term the show used), but it uses timeline to refer to realities that were created when definitive decisions were made that created that reality (i.e., Beth not getting an abortion, Rick pressing the wrong button and causing the Ionic Defibulizer to explode).
• Dimension 35C: The universe with the Mega Trees.
• A universe that looks just like ours, but dogs are in charge.
"M. Night Shyamaliens"
• The universe within the Zygirion simulation.
• The universe within the simulation within the simulation.
• The universe within the simulation within the simulation within the simulation.
"Meeseeks and Destroy"
• The reality in which Jerry, Summer, and Beth are zombie-possessed aliens that Morty has to kill.
"Rick Potion No. 9"
• Earth C-137: The universe in which “our” Rick and Morty originated, which they abandoned after they “Cronenberg’d” it. This is the universe the original Jerry, Summer, and Beth currently inhabit.
• An alternate timeline where Rick and Morty die while fixing the Ionic Defibulizer (the universe in which the show currently takes place).
• A “Cronenberg” universe in which everyone was turned into normal humans.
• A universe where humans evolved from corn.
• A universe where people eat their own feces (possibly J-19 Zeta, where Doofus Rick is from).
• A universe with violent antiques shows.
• Reality C500-a: A timeline in which Beth is a real surgeon who never had Summer, and Jerry is famous.
• A universe in which bears make spiderwebs.
• A universe where all proper nouns begin with Schm-.
• Reverse Height Reality, with the version of Game of Thrones where Tyrion is taller than everyone else.
• A world in which at least one person has ants in his eyes and everything is on fire.
• A universe where it’s “Gazorpazorpfield,” not Garfield, and Lorenzo Music is still alive.
• A universe in which Two Brothers is a movie.
• A world in which SNL’s cast consists entirely of nonsense characters, a piece of toast, and Bobby Moynihan (who is feuding with the piece of toast).
• A world in which Ball Fondlers is a TV show.
• A world in which “Turbulent Juice” is either a movie or a product.
• A world in which cars sneeze.
• A world in which Baby Legs is a popular cop show.
• A dimension where some people have trunks and are discriminated against because of them.
• A world in which there is a whole store for doors, and an abnormally long commercial for it.
• A timeline in which the Smith family is currently playing Chutes and Ladders.
• A timeline in which the Smith family is playing Yahtzee instead of Chutes and Ladders.
• A world where people have hamsters living inside their butts.
"Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind"
• A dimension in which Rick and Morty are cowboys.
• A dimension where Rick is the “scientist formerly known as Rick,” and he was murdered.
• A dimension where Rick and Morty are green aliens with three eyes.
• The dimension where the Council of Ricks meet.
• The dimension where pizzas eat people.
• The dimension where phones eat chairs, and pizzas are chairs.
• The dimension of weird dodo birds (incidentally, this is the universe that proves Rick and Morty and Gravity Falls cross over, so Gravity Falls, Oregon, could be considered another Rick and Morty universe).
• The dimension where chairs sit on people, use pizzas as phones, and eat phones as pizzas.
• J19Zeta, the dimension Doofus Rick comes from. In this dimension, Rick never had kids, so he was forced to use a Morty from …
• A dimension in which everyone looks like Eric Stoltz in Mask.
• A dimension in which Rick, controlled by a genius version of Morty, has a scar and invented the slow-clap (this is the dimension with the Morty human shield).
• The dimension with the giant testicle monsters and Calaxia crystals.
"A Rickle in Time"
• The Uncertainty Timelines: Dozens of timelines created by slight uncertainties in the wake of time having been frozen for a long period.
• The Fourth Dimension, where the time-traveling testicle is from.
• The universe inside Roy.
• An interdimensional asteroid that houses Jerryboree.
• The Promethean Nebula (the dimension “Fart” is from).
• A universe where Beth remarries a man named Paul Fleischman, who doesn’t overstep his bounds as Morty’s stepfather.
• A universe in which giant heads gather planets to compete in an interdimensional music competition.
• Alpha-Betrium — where Ice-T is from.
"The Ricks Must Be Crazy"
• A version of Earth with a Ball Fondlers movie franchise, giant telepathic spider, 11 9/11s, and the best ice cream in the multiverse.
• The Mini-Verse.
• The Micro-Verse.
• The Tiny-Verse.