At last, The Tick is here! Last August, Amazon included The Tick as part of its pilot season (its randomly occurring pilot season, I should note), where Amazon Prime members can vote on which pilots they like or don’t, determining which get made into series. Some things get greenlighted regardless, like Jill Soloway‘s I Love Dick, which didn’t get a great viewer response to its pilot, but given Amazon’s relationship with Soloway through Transparent went ahead anyway. But The Tick received a great deal of love, and deservedly so.
The Tick is a tricky thing to convert to live-action, but Peter Serafinowicz is absolutely perfect (and hilarious) in the role in the crime-fighting duo, as is Griffin Newman as the beleaguered accountant Arthur Everest, who becomes the brains to his brawn. The Tick has always had a tongue-in-cheek tone approach to superheroes, which isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But if you are looking for a more irreverent and knowingly silly take on the superhero genre, The Tick is a refreshing change of pace.
Check out the first trailer below, which promises “an epic tale!”
The Tick‘s first season will be released in two parts, with the first six episodes becoming available on Amazon starting August 25th, while the second batch will land in 2018.
Below is the official synopsis for the series:
In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an underdog accountant with zero powers comes to realize his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead. As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero. The pilot for The Tick starred Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy), Griffin Newman (Vinyl), Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Valorie Curry (House of Lies), Yara Martinez (Jane the Virgin) and Brendan Hines (Scorpion). The Tick is executive produced by Ben Edlund (Supernatural), Barry Josephson (Bones) and Barry Sonnenfeld (A Series of Unfortunate Events), directed by Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight), and written by Edlund. The Tick is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television.