Unless, that is, you didn’t like it. In which case neither did he. Wait, what? Harmon recently explained his thought process in a conversation in The Wrap.
“I make no bones about that I’m a little bit of a sociopath creatively, in that if the audience doesn’t like something, then I don’t like it,” said Harmon. “I follow my bliss and try to go with my own definitions. I don’t operate in the writers room in terms of what I think is going to make people happy. I make myself happy because I know if I don’t do that, I’ll fail.
“However, the entire time I’m doing that, following my own bliss, I’m thinking, ‘Geez, is anyone going to like this?’ And if they don’t, then I blew it because it’s TV, not a personal massage device that there’s going to be one consumer for — weird metaphor. ‘Pickle Rick’s my favorite because it’s everyone else’s favorite.”
He admitted that the hype levels for “Pickle Rick” went through the roof after they teased it and released some test footage, perhaps setting expectations too high.
“That one got kind of hyped because we mentioned it at Comic-Con a year before it premiered,” Harmon said. “Tattoos of Pickle Rick were being Instagrammed before the episode aired, so certainly those people knew they were going to like it. If I say I’m not surprised [by its popularity], then I sound like a tool.”
Harmon added that he’s also proud of the bait-and-switch known as “The Ricklantis Mixup,” which was actually a collection of stories from the reconstructed Citadel of Ricks.
“I’ve seen articles that have said the fans have decided, ‘OK, now [‘Ricklantis’] is the best episode of all three seasons’ — part of my brain goes, ‘What, so was 'Pickle Rick' chopped liver? F– you?'” Harmon said. “I would be way more proud if that’s the best episode we ever did because it’s almost a full-blown drama. That brings me back to my Community days of genre defying… I don’t know — whatever, man. Whatever people like, I’m like, ‘That’s my favorite, too!'”
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