When filming the show after Mendel’s death, Harmon said, “During Season 5, there was a transition period, we had to focus on the job itself.” He seemingly concludes that she didn’t focus her energies on writing, performing, and other purely creative things aspects of the production of “Rick and Morty” rather than giving priority to the day-to-day operations. This probably left little room to cultivate a coherent fifth season. “I would compare [making Season 5] to a shopping spree after the death of a loved one,” he continued, “where you’re determined to make life normal, but are actually acting kind of crazy.”
On online review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the 10-episode series’ fifth season has a series-low critic rating of 86%, while the lazy viewer rating is 58%. The site’s critical consensus summarizes: “‘Rick and Morty’ is beginning to show signs of exhaustion with an uneven supply of adventures that are often more clumsy than clever…” “content, but there’s also a surprising number of users who fretted at the season’s perceived “immature” sense of humor. This could refer to the dragon fetish adventure Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktim’s Morty or the bizarre liquid-focused episode Rickdependence Spray – both of which are among the bottom five Rick and Morty episodes reviewed on IMDb .
“I think Season 6 is better than Season 5, to use cynical fan language…” Harmon admitted to Newsweek. “You can feel that energy in Season 5, and it’s not there in Season 6. She has a stability and we’re moving forward again.” Thankfully, season 6 of Rick and Morty has received generally positive reviews.