‘The Tick’ is an American web television series based on cartoonist Ben Edlund’s comic book character of the same name. The pilot episode premiered on August 18, 2016, and the show has been made for Amazon Video. Josephson Entertainment, Amazon Studios, and Sony Pictures Television are the production companies backing the show, while Peter Serafinowicz and Patrick Warburton act as producers. Ben Edlund himself is on board as an executive producer along with David Fury, Barry Josephson, Wally Pfister, and Barry Sonnenfeld.
‘The Tick’ focuses on a stronger narrative, realism, humor, and high-octane action sequences. All of these combined has garnered positive reviews from the critics and audiences. The critics appreciated the series for its likable characters and the heart and humor of the show. There are indeed very few superhero comedies out there and ‘The Tick’ is a welcome addition that leaves the audience in splits.
For those unaware, the 2016 series is a reboot of the 2001 sitcom of the same name that aired on Fox. It marked the first attempt at a live action reproduction of the comic on-screen. Viewers should familiarize themselves with the history of The Tick in comics, to get a better idea of the show as well. ‘The Tick’ was created by Edlund when he was only 18 years old. In 1986, the character was merely intended to be the newsletter mascot of the New England Comics chain of comic book stores in Boston. However, once it was created the character began to gain popularity and spun off to an independent comic book series in 1988. Soon enough Fox picked it up for an animated TV series in 1994, not to be confused with the live-action series which aired in 2001. The 1994 series had a great run and IGN lists this character, who is a spoof of American superheroes, on number 57 of their list of the Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time.
The Tick Cast: Who is in it?
The main cast of ‘The Tick’ includes Peter Serafinowicz as The Tick, who is the protagonist and hero of the show. Griffin Newman appears as Arthur Everest, The Tick’s sidekick, along with Valorie Curry as Dot Everest, Brendan Hines as Superian, Yara Martinez as Miss Lint or Janet, Scott Speiser as Overkill or Esteban, and Jackie Earle Haley as The Terror. The main cast is bolstered by the presence of strong supporting actors who make the show rich and interesting.
The Tick Plot: What is it about?
‘The Tick’ is set in a world where superheroes have been real for decades. A mild-mannered accountant, Arthur, falls in league with the strange blue superhero who goes by the name The Tick. The premise of the show is that this character is invulnerable and tries to stop crime in the city while attempting to oust the cover of a shadowy criminal who seems to pull all the strings in the underworld. In a surprising twist, it would appear that The Terror, a villain long thought to be dead, is smack dab in the middle of all the shady dealings.