Last year, Amazon introduced a new version of the cult favorite comic character The Tick, starring Peter Serafinowicz as a big, blue costumed doofus who also happens to be a superhero. This new Tick debuted as part of Amazon’s regular Pilot Season program, which introduces new potential original series and lets the public vote and comment on which ones catch their interest. The Amazon audience obviously liked the cut of The Tick’s jib, because he’s returning this summer for a full season, with a premiere date slotted for August 25. Spoon!
In The Tick, Griffin Newman plays Arthur Everest, a meek accountant whose life is utterly disrupted after his meeting with The Tick (Serafinowicz), a loud, nigh invulnerable, not terribly bright crusader for justice. Soon Arthur is strapped into a costume and swept up into a world of colorful heroes and villains, an honest-to-gosh sidekick whether he likes it or not. But it’s a path that becomes personal when Arthur realizes an old villain, long thought dead, is still very much alive…and in need of some two-fisted justice.
The Tick was created by Ben Edlund way back in 1986. From those humble beginnings in a black-and-white indie comic series, The Tick has gone on to star in one cartoon, a short-lived Fox sitcom, video games, and even a pog or two. Both previous TV versions of The Tick were delightful, so it’s great to see the character getting yet another turn at bat, this time in the brave new world of streaming.
Amazon’s The Tick also stars Yara Martinez, Jackie Earle Haley, Valorie Curry, and Brendan Hines. The show is executive produced by Ben Edlund, Barry Josephson, and Barry Sonnenfeld. Edlund himself writes the show, and Wally Pfister (Transcendence) directs. You can stream the Tick pilot right now on Amazon Prime. After that, crime-fighting will have to wait until August 25.