The most intelligent high-concept science fiction show currently running is an animated half-hour comedy that you can watch for free on Adult Swim. I don’t come to these conclusions lightly. My thirty year career of being a sci-fi fan means that there’s very very little around that I’m not at least a tiny bit jaded with.
Don’t get me wrong – Rick & Morty isn’t coming up with anything all that new conceptually. What it is doing however is indiscriminately grabbing handfuls of complex sci-fi concepts and mashing them all in together while setting the notch to extreme at the same time. Better yet, the writers are doing this assuming that the audience is intelligent and doesn’t have to have any of it explained to them.
Oh yeah, did I mention that Dan Harmon is one of the principal writers?