In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an accountant with mental health issues and zero powers comes to suspect his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead. As he struggles to uncover the conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero. They launch into an adventure brimming with crazed archvillains, blood-soaked vigilantes, and superhuman freakery.
In a world where superheroes and villains are very real, unassuming office temp Arthur becomes obsessed with a sinister conspiracy he believes has taken over his City. Everyone thinks he's crazy, except his mysterious new ally, The Tick, a bizarre blue superhero who might just be a figment of Arthur's imagination...
Tick and Arthur have a run-in with local villainess Miss Lint and her gang, who will stop at nothing to get back the mysterious supersuit that Tick took from them and gave to Arthur. Dot, Arthur’s paramedic sister, moonlights for an unsavory business.
Arthur takes a break from hunting the Terror and tries to get back to his safe, normal, and unheroic life as an accountant unaware he’s being stalked by the menacing vigilante Overkill. Tick confesses to an existential crisis.
From creator Ben Edlund comes the hero you’ve been waiting for. In a world where heroes and villains have existed for decades, a mild-mannered accountant named Arthur has his life turned upside down when he runs into a mysterious blue superhero, The Tick, who insists that Arthur become the brains to his brawn in a crime-fighting duo. Will Arthur resist the call of Destiny or join the fight?
Go behind the scenes of the new Amazon series, The Tick, as creator Ben Edlund (Supernatural, Gotham) discusses the evolution of this iconic character from beloved comic book to TV. Joining Ben is the cast and crew, including stars Peter Serafinowicz and Griffin Newman, who dive into the specifics of this world and its unique characters, explaining why The Tick is the hero series for our time.
The Tick Season 1 returns with more action-packed episodes! Evil is on the march, and The City is right in its way. Something terrible is going to happen, and Destiny needs her champions now more than ever. The Tick and Arthur round up the gang in a crash collision course between justice and villainy.
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It is almost impossible to write about this pilot without mentioning the FOX animated and short-lived (but very far ahead of its time) live-action series. When I heard Amazon was bringing "Tick" back, I didn't get my hopes up. Superheroes are everywhere now, in both dramas and comedies on pretty much every network. While this superhero comedy was always destined to do better on the internet, surely "Tick" could not bring anything new to the table? While the story wasn't anything unique to the superhero genre of today, the casting, production value, and snappy script upend expectations. Peter Serafinowicz is a master of accents and had the perfect cadence for Tick. The more bleak, yet comical tone of the pilot really worked for me. I am guessing this was designed for a post-DC CW superhero show world. I am glad they didn't make Tick completely absent-minded as he was in the previous series and the humor felt natural instead of self-conscious and artificial, as it did before. The characters also felt more real than they have in previous incarnations. I could go on, but I don't feel I have to. I already have the feeling that this version will last much longer than it ever would've on FOX or broadcast in general.
One request to Amazon: Please consider making a feature film version eventually after a few seasons b/c...well, why not?
6 episodes in as I was watching The Tick I felt a sense of uneasiness and dread and pretty much felt awful...because there are only 6 episodes available of this amazing show. If there were hundreds of episodes I'd be binge watching them all. It's such a shame we only have 6 so far but of course all shows have to start somewhere.
What a fun ride this is. If something this interesting and generally joyful to watch doesn't continue, I will lose what little faith I have left in humanity. I like super hero shows normally but this is more than that. It's genuinely one of the most entertaining shows that is available to watch right now.
Watching this is pure enjoyment on a different level than most shows. I know I'm going to have a happy engrossed 25 minutes where I tune out from the normal everyday issues in real life while watching this.
Although I like the original Tick suit from the Pilot, I guess there were issues with it and they needed one they could put on and take off faster and easier. It's weird seeing it change, but at least Arthur mentions it as well. The Tick is oblivious as ever.
To The Tick: Here's hoping you stay with us for a long time to come, chum!
I practically grew up on the animated television series of THE TICK, but was, unfortunately, not able to watch the Patrick Warburton live-action series on a regular basis. Thankfully, Warbuton is at least producing this series, with THE TICK creator, Ben Edlund, on board as well.
This pilot episode is only 30 minutes, and jeez is it ever a breezy, enjoyable half-hour of viewing. We're introduced to Arthur, whose father was killed by a super-villain twenty years ago. Arthur believes this villain, The Terror, is still operating underground running the city's crime syndicates. While spying on them, Arthur meets a new superhero - The Tick, a giant, blue, nigh-invulnerable, overly dramatic, monologuing crimefighter of the night!
Peter Serafinowicz inhabits the blue, antennae-quivering bodysuit of the titular, and clownish, superhero, hitting all the right notes pitch-perfect. As Arthur, Griffin Newman bring some much-needed normalcy to the equation, along with plenty of sympathy for the neurotic and traumatized The Terror conspiracy theorist. We get a real sense of Arthur's desperation to right the wrongs of his past, even though he very well may be clinging onto the sharp edges of false hope, while his EMT sister worries he's gone off his meds. Since this is only the pilot, we don't get a lot in the way of Arthur and Tick's superhero dynamic, but what we do see is very well done and brought an easy smile to my face. Serafinowicz clearly has plenty of fun chewing up the scenery and being so bombastic, and Newman is a natural as the confused straight-man foil of the duo. These actors seem to inhabit their roles so effortlessly it feels like they've both lived as these characters for much longer than the production duration of this one episode.
Taken as a whole, THE TICK has been perfectly re-situated in the modern-day landscape of superheros. There's a definite influence of Marvel's cinematic work, and the post-Batman Begins era of these types of productions. While it's at times dark, it is also very funny, sometimes bleakly and challengingly so. That it's respectful to its source material should be a given with the talent on board here and the creatives at the helm. Obviously Ben Edlund knows this world and its characters well, so you can trust that you're in safe hands.
This pilot episode ends with the intention of becoming a full-fledged series, and with the cliffhanger ending we get I expect plenty of SPOOON!-screaming fans to demand more episodes. I'm right there with them. I want to see this show get greenlit by Amazon and hope we get plenty more seasons ahead of us. Amazon, I encourage you to embrace your destiny and give THE TICK a series pick-up!
Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2017
The dimwitted comedy of the Tick (the character, not the show) is spot on. It's clever and much of what I liked about the cartoon.
Like so many made-to-binge shows, the single long arc that just keeps going and going gets old and ultimately is very slow moving. Nobody knows how to write a 30-minute show anymore. The 6 episodes out right now could have been boiled down to an hour and a half of fast paced and much better viewing.
Lastly, I could do without the R-rated language. I know... isn't it freeing to use the F word. Aren't we a rebellious little Amazon original. Fine, you used it. Move on to more imaginative writing. Don't devolve into Deadpool. Firefly is some of the best writing ever, and they were funny and creative and menacing and all that without using foul language. It's the mark of a lack of imagination.
Finally, I have a reason to actually want to use my Amazon Prime streaming video. Amazon Prime Video needs more stuff like this if it truly wants to compete with Netflix. I've always loved the Tick. The cartoon was fun. The original live action show was cut short. I want this to succeed.