StarTalk x The Film Theorists: Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains the Science of Rick and Morty
Wubba lubba dub dub! On this very special video of StarTalk Radio we’re teaming up with @The Film Theorists to explore the science of Rick and Morty! Neil deGrasse Tyson is joined by comic co-host Chuck Nice and MatPat of The Film Theorists to dive into some iconic science portrayed on one of the most popular animated shows in recent years.
Discover more about dark matter. Rick uses dark matter to power his spaceship but MatPat wants to know if that’s actually scientifically possible. Neil tells us why the show might say dark matter but actually mean dark energy. You’ll learn more about the differences between the two and why dark energy would be more capable of being used over dark matter.
We also dive into antimatter. On Season 2, Episode 2, Rick and Morty of have to destroy a gaseous being named Fart and they do so by using an antimatter gun. So, what exactly is antimatter? Neil explains why antimatter is the “favorite fuel of science fiction” and just how antimatter works in real life.
All that, plus, we explore the multiverse of Rick and Morty with The Film Theorists right here:
About the prints that flank Neil in this video:
"Black Swan” & "White Swan" limited edition serigraph prints by Coast Salish artist Jane Kwatleematt Marston. Please visit Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, for more information about this artist and her work.
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    neil is trying not to laugh

  • кееидп Гавдgo
    кееидп Гавдgo

    Master Class Neil Degrasse Ad on a Neil Degrasse video

  • Omni Potent
    Omni Potent

  • Rian Wademan
    Rian Wademan

    So, if the universe is constantly expanding, would dark energy just be the constant expansion between the dark matter and the pull of dark energy just an ever expanding vacuum of space?



  • Jeremy Jarvis
    Jeremy Jarvis


  • mathew nunez
    mathew nunez

    I'm sorry doc, i don't think i completely understand anti matter. are there different elements or subsets of antimatter. or will all different kinds of matter be converted to energy my the same, one, antimatter

  • Robert Duran
    Robert Duran

    Is it possible that dark matter is what's left over from matter and antimatter collisions? Without being able to detect it other than its gravity, how would could ever know if we're creating dark matter in a lab? Furthermore, could we possibly collide so much matter and antimatter that we increase the Earth's gravity?

  • Tim Carver
    Tim Carver

    baby loony tones made fun of this in one where they needed to walk across a cavern but they just didnt look down

  • Andrzej kretschmer
    Andrzej kretschmer

    wut happens if anti matter got shot or eaten by a person?

  • Bio Hazard
    Bio Hazard

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="868">14:28</a> Yes!

  • Moshe Hasson
    Moshe Hasson

  • Ananin Ki
    Ananin Ki

    Dark matter = absence of matter? Like cold / hot, light - dark ?

  • Grim Reaper
    Grim Reaper

    2 of my favorite people having a crossover. :)

  • ahmed jabnouni
    ahmed jabnouni

    finally someone smart enough to explain that crazy science !

  • Gersont

    Neil laughing is the best thing ever

  • Terry Sutherland
    Terry Sutherland

    Could dark matter be our three-dimensional view of a hyperdimensional object? Maybe dark energy is the force, and it's mad at EVERYTHING!

  • Cody C
    Cody C

    I get all my science from Cartoons.

  • NotAGoat

    So, if I'm understanding this correctly, there is a different type of antimatter for each type of matter, and each type of antimatter can only destroy its corresponding type of matter. Which is different from what most science fiction seems to say, which is that any antimatter will destroy any matter.

  • Heath Sims
    Heath Sims

    But Rick's car battery runs on energy produced by a trapped microverse, not by concentrated dark matter. Why didn't you address this?

  • Brian Hartman
    Brian Hartman

    My understanding is we can't produce enough antimatter to actually use it as a fuel. Is that not true?

  • Dark Side
    Dark Side

    Febreze is antimatter for farts

  • Sofia Santamaria
    Sofia Santamaria

    When he said all Tysons are coordinated across the multiverse, it reminded me of that episode where Rick was the only one acting the same while Morty and Summer where not. The one with the cats

  • Deep hug
    Deep hug

    Let's have MatPat record some questions and dialogue and pretend we're talking to him live!

  • Jubei Kibagami Fez
    Jubei Kibagami Fez

    Wow. Congrats on 1 Million!!!!

  • Tye Wells
    Tye Wells

    YOU DID IT (currently 1.11 million) love you Neil! You're one of my biggest influences in my quest for scientific knowledge! I've got a copy of "Accessory To War" By: You and Avis Lang and I'm reading it along via audiobook

  • Slamurai Matt
    Slamurai Matt

    This video made me unsubscribe to "MattPatt"

    • Deep hug
      Deep hug

      that there is a brief moment when you appear to hover before you fall when running off an elevated surface, not as long as Wile E. Coyote would, but enough that you can figur

  • Amelia Bayha
    Amelia Bayha

    I can't watch this smart man be mean to my Rick

  • Super_Fox28

    Can your spirit or mind travel through the multi-verse or even time travel to different places?

  • Wyatt Sudbrink
    Wyatt Sudbrink

    if dark matter is on a plane that we can't see or interact with does that mean it's the 4th dimension?

  • qdllc

    RE: “Many Worlds” and “Infinite Universes,” why can’t it be both? If you see all of existence as a 3-dimension construct with the moment of origin at the very center, all possibilities stream out in all directions. So, in the very early universes, fundamental differences occur, and that subset of existence would effectively be cut off from other non-compatible universes. So long as the fundamental rules of physics are consistent, you could visit another version of our own world or an entirely different universe where we never existed.

  • Dio Joestar
    Dio Joestar

    Is it just me or does it seem really condescending

  • menace05

    nice combo of host and topic... love it

  • Ruben Rivera
    Ruben Rivera

    Tyson C-137 .... not C-138 ...... you Jerry

  • Island Carnivores
    Island Carnivores

    Neil “We don’t know much about it but I’m gonna tell you all about it” Tyson

  • K b
    K b


  • Ac Tenebras
    Ac Tenebras

    Hey I’m anti social and nice

  • meme-sama!

    Thanks matpat i have now a favorite channel to listen while traveling.

  • MrInformYou

    Chuck who's taking care of your hair during this shutdown? Whoever he is you're not paying him enough lol.

  • zijuiy wttuy
    zijuiy wttuy

    I’m just saying if I had a biography about me I want Neil to narrate it man has a voice

  • Paul Rice
    Paul Rice

    I am sorry 😐 really fat animals lurid me away from your video, but I will be back seriously 😳

  • Paul Rice
    Paul Rice

    Neil just send me a Tesla if I am your one million subscriber

  • madestmadhatter

    Interesting note, when I was like five I was curious about whether or not you would hover before a fall, so I thought I'd test it out, luckily I figured it didn't mater how high up off the ground you were so I just ran off of a chair I often jumped off of for fun at the time, and while I only did it like 10 times and haven't tested it again since, five year old me confirmed that there is a brief moment when you appear to hover before you fall when running off an elevated surface, not as long as Wile E. Coyote would, but enough that you can figure that's where the cartoon artist or possible original slapstick comedians got the idea, it's probably more like a slight arc than an actual hover, as you lose your forward momentum and gravity takes over, but it was enough for five year old me.

    • zijuiy wttuy
      zijuiy wttuy

      Never watch rick and morty but I had to watch to see these intellectuals have a conversation.

  • level of stress 99%
    level of stress 99%

    Antimatter is actually super hard to come by in large amounts. It might not be exact but I think it would take like a billion years to make a gram of antimatter with today’s technology.

  • Ryan Asbridge
    Ryan Asbridge

    ive never noticed Neil's hand tremor before... i hope he's healthy and that its not new

  • Hora Drakehart
    Hora Drakehart

    “Don’t get your science from cartoons” Really... really... Maybe Neil doesn’t know what MatPat actually does... He takes shows or games... Highlights something in them And does EXTENSIVE research to see if that something can be scientifically possible. He doesn’t get his “Science” from cartoons but from the research he does to see if an idea from that could possibly be fact. Neil is a very smart guy who understands and knows quite a bit about this kind of stuff but still, him saying that surprised me...

  • ISAFMobius18

    I hope Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon are watching this and take notes

  • Camaron Mazyck
    Camaron Mazyck

    Broooo the eendddingggg😂😂😂😂😂<a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="955">15:55</a>

  • Michał Zakrzewski
    Michał Zakrzewski

    I love smart people's humour. I don't understand it, but I love it.

  • Mean Bean Productions
    Mean Bean Productions

    This is classic NdGT, and I love it. Great to see his spirits up and his brain a-churning.

  • Aleksandar Ivano
    Aleksandar Ivano

    He knows so much, yet he doesn't know not to talk over others.

  • Gameinstein 999
    Gameinstein 999

    Please give some suggestions for a game called "No Man's Sky" to make it more scientifically accurate. I mean it's the only game where you can explore 18 quintillion planets!

  • Mean Bean Productions
    Mean Bean Productions

    Who else had to rewind this one a couple times?? 🙋🏼‍♂️🙋🏼‍♂️🙋🏼‍♂️

  • Mean Bean Productions
    Mean Bean Productions

    I haven't seen this show before, but does anyone know why Lionel Richie's nephew is on here? Is he a scientist too?

  • Armand Ciocoiu
    Armand Ciocoiu

    So, what if dark matter is just the 4th dimension form of gravity? It would make sense why we can't feel, touch or comprehend it, it's like a 2d triangle drawn on a paper trying to experience gravity. The triangle won't even notice it. And why does dark matter only make up 80% of the universe? What if black holes absorb black matter, that means 20% of our universe is made out of black holes. ( I don't know if that is true, I am just talking shiet,it probably makes no sense) BUT THAT'S JUST A THEORY, A RANDOM THEORY!

  • ThatLaprAss

    What is this? A crossover episode?

  • feh meh
    feh meh

    I was almost repelled by how clickity clickable this is.

  • Madi Lee
    Madi Lee

    Never watch rick and morty but I had to watch to see these intellectuals have a conversation.

  • Emily An
    Emily An

    I’m just saying if I had a biography about me I want Neil to narrate it man has a voice

  • Always LuvedToBeLuved
    Always LuvedToBeLuved

    Degrasse survived going in a church without going up in flames? Maybe is not a sith lord

  • Always LuvedToBeLuved
    Always LuvedToBeLuved

    Dark matter is ahead of it's time and has been practicing social distancing from the beginning

  • Jacob Nicholson
    Jacob Nicholson

    Is dark matter doesn’t react with itself then could you possibly put an infinite amount of dark matter into and infinitely smaller area ? Like an atom in the same position as another

    • Emily An
      Emily An

      He said “beelzeboson be gone” 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • Bruce Lee
    Bruce Lee

    Um I thought Ricks car ran on a little mini civilization he tricked into walking on treadmills? 🤔

  • Mr Monster
    Mr Monster

    Mattpat: Is dark matter the gasoline of the future? Neil deGrasse Tyson: *wheezing with laughter*

  • Litingwa Kelesia
    Litingwa Kelesia

    Anti matter revival church😂😂😂😂

  • dj jackeyson
    dj jackeyson

    I thought we where dimension B248, because I would ask my class mate everyday he would always say that number and letter

  • Sidharth H
    Sidharth H

    I can't stand him laughing over every possible thing in this universe.

  • Giovanni Tagliabue
    Giovanni Tagliabue

    they remind me of Shrek and Donkey ahah love them

  • Julio C Ponce
    Julio C Ponce

    Can we please take a moment in honor of Mr. Michael, Krombopulos Michael. :'|

  • вιииу'ѕ lιfє
    вιииу'ѕ lιfє

    I didn’t realize how much I needed this before I found it

  • Matthew Brooks
    Matthew Brooks

    is it possible that dark matter could be matter that has entered a black hole and been spewed back out having different properties to when it entered the black hole?

  • Guardian Kevin
    Guardian Kevin

    I came from matpat

  • life isnt worth living for
    life isnt worth living for

    Neil: Talking in big brain My brain: WHAT'S HAPPENING

  • dark days
    dark days

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="229">3:49</a> degrasse be high asf lol

  • life isnt worth living for
    life isnt worth living for

    bruh I just got a add he was ing

  • Tony Lemons
    Tony Lemons

    Congrats on 1m neil

  • niduoe stre
    niduoe stre

    He said “beelzeboson be gone” 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • Dagan mcsweeney
    Dagan mcsweeney

    I watched cause I wanted to make a portal to a universe where I have a girlfriend

  • Sanji And Syndicate Vlogs
    Sanji And Syndicate Vlogs

    What if rick made up concentrated dark matter for the simple fact it can’t be concentrated sending idiots on a wild goose chase

  • Dennis Albert
    Dennis Albert

    The vial of antimatter in dan brown angel and demon could be from alchemy

    • niduoe stre
      niduoe stre

      I could really do without Chuck on the program. Hard to focus on what the conversation is actually about with the constant nonsensical interjections.

  • exto cy
    exto cy

    1.1 when i manage to get here after film theory