Rick and Morty is already confirmed to return for season six (and more seasons beyond that), but fans still have a while to wait before the show's return.

After an up-and-down fifth season that included a few of the show's best episodes ever - plus a few definite duds - there's plenty of appetite for more Rick and Morty, but when will creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland return the unlikely duo to our screens?

You can also check out Solar Opposites, another animation from co-creator Roiland. And if that doesn't scratch the itch, the Rick and Morty team is still dropping brilliant shorts every now and then to keep us entertained, with the second part of the Samurai & Shogun anime adaptation the latest to be released.

When does Rick and Morty season six start?

The show's fifth season aired in summer 2021, with the double-bill finale airing in early September.

Adult Swim hasn't yet confirmed anything official about the start of season six, but you should expect it in summer 2022 at the earliest. Long-term fans will know that we sometimes have to wait years between seasons, so there's no guarantee that we'll only have a year to wait.

When season five started airing, we thought the wait was over - but it's never that simple with this show.

Whenever the show does return, it will continue airing on Adult Swim in the US, and is likely to stick with E4 in the UK. If you live somewhere else and there's no official broadcaster, it is possible to watch Adult Swim from outside the US if you want to catch up, or make sure you're ready to go whenever the next season starts.

The good news is that Adult Swim is so confident in the show that in 2018 it renewed the show for 70 episodes, so we're all but guaranteed years and years of Rick and Morty to come.

Is there a trailer for season six?

We're still too far out to have an actual trailer for the upcoming season, but that doesn't mean that we don't have anything for you to watch.

We've rounded up the best Rick and Morty shorts below, so check those out if you haven't already.

How many episodes will there be in season 6?

Despite the first season packing in 11 episodes, the other seasons of Rick and Morty have all featured 10 episodes, and season 6 is likely to be no different. 

However, co-creator Dan Harmon discussed the idea of longer seasons during the interview with EW that suggests there could be a little more than that on the way in the future eventually.

“I would like to think I’ve learned enough from my mistakes in season three that we could definitely do 14 now, but then I have to say, ‘Yeah but you’re the guy who says we can do 14 who turned out to be wrong so we’re not listening to you now’,” Harmon remarked.

“The nice healthy way to approach this is I want to prove it with the first 10 of season four – prove it to ourselves, to production, to the network – that it’s so easy that we’ll earn additional episodes.”

Whilst neither season 4 nor 5 broke the 10-episode barrier, there is still hope that season 6 could pull off the trick.

Rick and Morty season 5 cast

The whole main cast should return for season six, with Justin Roiland voicing both Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith and Chris Parnell taking on the role of Morty’s father, Jerry. Spencer Grammer will be back as Morty’s sister Summer and, of course, it wouldn’t be complete without Sarah Chalke voicing Rick’s daughter, Beth.

Watch the best Rick and Morty shorts

The gap between seasons can be frustrating, but it does bring a few bonuses: some great Rick and Morty shorts, which drop sporadically.

One of the best is Samurai & Shogun, an official five-minute animated samurai take on the show, created (in Japanese!) by a Japanese animation studio:

If you enjoyed that, then you may enjoy... Samurai & Shogun Part 2! That's right, this follow-up picks up (and concludes) the anime adventure, and is just as good.

After season five we were treated to another anime short, Rick and Morty vs. Genocider. This one is even longer, from Tower of God director Takashi Sano, with a bit more plot to it than the last.

Perhaps weirdest of all is Bushworld Adventures, an 11-minute Australian epic from YOLO: Crystal Fantasy creator Michael Cusack. Don't expect to understand anything, but it's one hell of a ride.

If you want something more closely linked to the show's own creators, it's definitely worth watching their crossover Simpsons couch gag:

And finally, we couldn't round this list off without including Adult Swim's trio of live-action Rick and Morty starring none other than Christopher Lloyd - whose Doc Brown was the inspiration for Rick in the first place.