FYMP Podcast #8 – Rick & Morty, Dirk Gently, and the Existential TV Boom

Khemit and Matt dig deep into modern TV to find the best examples of existential, nihilistic, and absurdist inquiry including Rick & Morty and Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. This episode explores why many of these shows resonate with us and what that means for our own lives. Recommendations galore, plus the introduction of the Grudge Match segment!

Timestamp Recap
(02:55) What we’re talking about
(07:15) The nihilism of Rick & Morty: why it works
(14:05) The Rick conundrum: unchecked meaninglessness
(16:25) The fantastic existentialism of Dirk Gently
(25:45) The Philosophy of The Good Place
(28:45) Existential comedy
(35:15) True Detective and dark nihilism
(40:35) Character driven nihilism
(48:55) Utopia and the villains who crave it
(56:45) Nihilistic anime tangent
(59:40) Grudge Match!

Stories Discussed
Manga – Monster
Movies – Dumb & Dumber, Lethal Weapon
TV – The Good Place, Rick & Morty, Dirk Gently ’s Holistic Detective Agency, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Louie, Utopia
Creators – Elijah Wood, Mpho Koaho, Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Louis CK, Woody Harrelson, Matthew Mcconaughey, Mel Gibson, Naoki Urusawa

Dis/Honorable Mention
Anime – Godzilla, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Serial Experiments: Lain, Ghost in the Shell, Ergo Proxy, Gantz, Inuyashiki, Berserk, Devilman: Crybaby
Comics – Watchman
Movies – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, The Shape of Water, Lost, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Reservoir Dogs, Fargo, Armageddon, Zodiac, Se7en
TV – Mr. Robot, Breaking Bad, Fringe, The Flash,  The Leftovers, Lost
Creators – David Fincher, Steve Buscemi


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