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The Tick is an American streaming television series created for Amazon Prime Video by Ben Edlund, based on his comic book character of the same name. Its pilot premiered on August 18, 2016. A "half-season", through to the sixth episode, was released on August 25, 2017, and another six episodes were released on February 23, 2018. On January 17, 2018, Amazon ordered a second season of ten episodes, which premiered on April 5, 2019. Edlund revealed on Twitter that Amazon Video has declined to renew the series for a third season. On June 14, Edlund said that he was unable to find a "new home" for the Tick, ending the series with two seasons.

The Tick
Genre
Created byBen Edlund
Based onThe Tick
by Ben Edlund
Starring
ComposerChris Bacon
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes22(list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Producers
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time22–28 minutes
Production companies
DistributorAmazon Studios
Release
Original networkAmazon Prime Video
Original releaseAugust 18, 2016 (2016-08-18)
April 5, 2019 (2019-04-05)

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The Tick is a nigh invulnerable superhero in a blue tick suit who arrives in the city to help combat crime and uncover the mysterious figure behind the city's underworld. He befriends a nervous and mild-mannered young man named Arthur who becomes his sidekick. They come to realize that an apparently long-dead supervillain called "The Terror" may still be pulling the strings in the city's underworld.

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SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
1121August 18, 2016 (2016-08-18)
5August 25, 2017 (2017-08-25)
6February 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)
210April 5, 2019 (2019-04-05)

Season 1 (2016–18)

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11"Pilot"Wally PfisterBen EdlundAugust 18, 2016 (2016-08-18)
In a world where superheroes and supervillains are real, unassuming office temp Arthur is traumatized by the supervillain The Terror, having watched his actions lead to the death of his father when he was a young boy. While authorities and the superhero Superian believe The Terror has died, Arthur tracks evidence of a conspiracy theory that he is still alive. He tracks The Terror to crime boss Ramses IV and the Pyramid Gang, and witnesses Miss Lint, a villain with electrical powers and the former right-hand of the Terror, as well as Ramses's henchmen, obtain a strange package. While spying on them, Arthur is discovered by the Tick, who takes a keen interest in his sense for justice, but events lead to Arthur being arrested. His sister Dot comes to free him, asking him to take his medication and stop tracking this conspiracy theory. The next morning, Arthur finds the Tick in his bed, having stolen the package (destroying the facility in the process), which is revealed to be a superhero-like suit which the Tick wants Arthur to wear. Arthur orders the Tick to leave, and then tries on the suit for himself, just as he is attacked by Miss Lint and the henchmen.
22"Where's My Mind"Wally PfisterBen EdlundAugust 25, 2017 (2017-08-25)
The Tick arrives, throws Arthur out his window to save him, and easily defeats Miss Lint's gang, in the process causing Miss Lint to lose her grounding. Arthur, who survived being shot at and thrown from the building due to the suit, flees and tries to hide but is later found by the Tick. Arthur starts to wonder if the Tick is just a figment of his imagination, but Dot then shows up, as Arthur had not returned her calls, and assures Arthur she can see the Tick, whom she had heard about when stitching up some of Ramses's men caught in the explosion caused by the Tick. She warns Arthur to stay away from the Tick, and that he has work the next day. Miss Lint reports her failure to regain the suit to Ramses, who threatens her to recover the suit or be killed. That night, Arthur, still wearing the suit, finds himself trailed by some of Ramses's henchmen, just as Overkill arrives and brutally murders them all.
33"Secret / Identity"Romeo TironeDavid FuryAugust 25, 2017 (2017-08-25)
Overkill threatens Arthur, as he also wants the suit, but the cops arrive, and he runs off, leaving Arthur alone. Arthur feigns being a superhero to clear himself of the crime and returns to his apartment just as Miss Lint arrives. She knocks him out and takes the suit, but also sees one of Arthur's newspaper clippings related to The Terror and takes it too. Arthur wakes up and is nearly late for work, unaware that Overkill is tracking him. When the Tick tries to tell him to skip his job, Arthur learns the Tick only has memories since when they met. He convinces the Tick to seek out the identity of Overkill as he works. While at his job, Arthur is attacked by Overkill but the Tick comes to his rescue. The two fight and Overkill manages to throw the Tick out the window.
44"Party Crashers"Sheree FolksonJoe Piarulli and Luan ThomasAugust 25, 2017 (2017-08-25)
The Tick crashes to the ground but is unharmed. Overkill learns Arthur no longer has the super suit, but takes his file on The Terror, impressed with the quality of Arthur's research. Dot reminds Arthur that today is his step-father's birthday party, and he reluctantly attends. The Tick crashes the party. Miss Lint learns that the suit imprinted on Arthur, making him the only one who can use it. She arrives at the party and forces Arthur to put on the suit. He does so, and the two scuffle, which ends with Arthur flying out the window.
55"Fear of Flying"Lev L. SpiroSusan Hurwitz ArnesonAugust 25, 2017 (2017-08-25)
The automatic controls of the suit causes Arthur to start flying uncontrollably across the city. Arthur manages to call Dot and has her and the Tick help him as he finds a way to gain control of the suit and lands. Just as the Tick and Dot arrive, Overkill also appears, demanding Arthur turn over the suit, but the Tick steps in to defend him. Ramses and the Pyramid gang, who had been tracking the suit, appear, and a firefight breaks out, but the Tick and Overkill easily defeat the men. Overkill takes an unconscious Ramses into his possession. Arthur, Dot, the Tick, and Overkill agree to work together to discover the secret behind the suit, and learn that it was created to fight an alien – specifically, Superian, the first superhero. When they learn Ramses wants it, they deduce that Arthur was correct that Ramses is working for a very-much alive The Terror, who appears in Miss Lint's apartment.
66"Rising"Romeo TironeJose MolinaAugust 25, 2017 (2017-08-25)
While Overkill wants to kill Ramses after they succeed in locating the Terror's lair, Arthur insists they drop him off at AEGIS, the agency that oversees superheroes and supervillains, but find that the office had been shut down years prior. He and the Tick are attacked by the Pyramid Gang in an attempt to rescue Ramses. While Arthur and the Tick are uninjured, the attack sends a bus over the edge of a bridge. The Tick and Arthur successfully rescue all the passengers in front of numerous eyewitnesses, making them heroes to the city. Meanwhile, The Terror explains to Lint how he needed to fake his death to encourage Miss Lint to take action herself. Inspired by his words, she goes and kills Ramses. That evening, as the Tick and Arthur celebrate their new celebrity, Arthur is kidnapped by an unseen assailant. While the Tick discovers Arthur missing, Arthur awakens in a dark room, where he is approached by the Terror.
77"Tale from the Crypt"Thor FreudenthalDavid FuryFebruary 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)
The Tick searches for Arthur, as does Dot. Dot arrives at Arthur's apartment, where she finds Overkill. The Tick arrives, and the three launch a plan to rescue Arthur from the Terror's lair. In the Terror's lair, Arthur finds that his cell is adjacent to the cell of Dr. Karamazov, the man who designed Arthur's suit. Ms. Lint provides Arthur with his suit and a means to escape. This, however, is a set-up by Lint and the Terror. Arthur rescues Karamazov, who has been shrunk and is only half Arthur's size. The two escape, but Karamazov punches Arthur in the groin and flees. Tick and Overkill storm the Terror's lair, but he and Lint escape and bomb the lair.
88"After Midnight"Kate DennisMark GanekFebruary 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)
With the Terror's location now unknown, Arthur decides to go on the move with the Tick to avoid danger, enlisting Tinfoil Kevin, the homeless man who lives outside Arthur's apartment, to watch the apartment. Arthur and Tick want to inform Superian of the Terror's plot to kill him, while Dot begins to practice shooting a gun given to her by Overkill, and Lint takes control of the Pyramid Gang. Arthur and Tick go to a book signing event of Midnight, a talking dog and former member of the Flag Five, a superhero group that Arthur idolized and the Terror killed, in order to give Superian their message. Arthur deduces that Overkill is a former member of the Flag Five, who survived the Terror's onslaught. Overkill confronts Midnight, but Midnight refuses to believe that the Terror is alive, and the two scuffle. Meanwhile, a strange car follows Arthur.
99"My Dinner with Android"Kate DennisStory by : Christopher McCulloch & Jose Molina
Teleplay by : Ben Edlund & Susan Hurwitz Arneson
February 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)
The Terror takes control of Brown Tingle Cola, a soda company he founded, using its office as his new headquarters. Arthur and the Tick are approached by two diplomats (a woman and a robot called Bakkup) from Karamazov's home country, who are searching for Karamazov, as the Terror left a tip to the embassy that Karamazov has defected from the country. Dot bonds with Overkill, who teaches her to shoot. Arthur and Tick search for Karamazov, as he is their only link to the weapon to kill Superian. They find him, but his body has shrunk further but has a normal sized head. The female diplomat chases Arthur, exploding the baby stroller which she believes contains Karamazov, but following her departure, the stroller is revealed to contain a frozen turkey given to Arthur by Kevin. Meanwhile, the Terror sets his plan in motion, revealing that the VLM, a man as tall as a skyscraper which has been monitored by the military and Superian, is a crucial part of this plan, with the VLM revealed to be the man who found the Terror's teeth when Superian 'killed' him. Arthur and Tick take Karamazov to Kevin's 'office' in an old robot head to nurse him back to health. Arthur and Tick return to Arthur's apartment to find a delirious Superian, who faints.
1010"Risky Bismuth"Rosemary RodriguezSusan Hurwitz ArnesonFebruary 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)
Karamazov, now in a robot suit fashioned by Kevin, tells Arthur and Tick his story. He discovered a supply of "big bismuth" in the mountains of his own country, which he used to create a growth ray. He tested it, with Superian in attendance, but it malfunctioned and shrunk Karamazov. Karamazov's government seized his weapons to fight Superian, but the Terror seized the weapons from them. Karamazov reveals that his weapons cache and his supply of big bismuth was destroyed by the Tick (as seen in the pilot). Karamazov further reveals that big bismuth is responsible for Superian's sickness and the growth of the VLM and that the Terror plans to use the big bismuth inside of the VLM to kill Superian. Meanwhile, Dot gets word of a Pyramid Gang mission, and she and Overkill go to stop it. Overkill challenges Lint, who subdues him with gas. Dot shuts off the power to the building, but Lint uses her electrical powers to restore power, which sends out a ray, hitting the VLM, causing him to move towards the city. Karamazov reveals this is the beginning of the last part of the Terror's plan.
1111"The Beginning of the End"Romeo TironeJose MolinaFebruary 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)
As the VLM approaches the city, Karamazov clarifies to Arthur that the Terror's plan is to use the big bismuth in the VLM as an explosion, which will kill Superian, as big bismuth is his weakness. He reveals to Arthur that his suit functions as the 'detonator.' Karamazov alters the catalyzer, disabling Terror's remote detonation. Karamazov also alters the catalyzer so that the detonation will shrink the VLM to normal size, but tells the group that there is only a 20% chance of success. Lint confronts Overkill, and their conversation reveals a past relationship between the two, also revealing that Lint used Overkill to allow the Terror to kill the Flag Five. They share a moment, with Lint offering to help Overkill, revealing the Terror's location to him. However, Overkill declines, not trusting her. Dot activates the sprinkler system and rescues Overkill. Arthur and Tick arrive at the military blockade, where they share a heart-to-heart before preparing to stop the VLM.
1212"The End of the Beginning (Or the Start of the Dawn of the Age of Superheroes)"Thor FreudenthalBen Edlund & David FuryFebruary 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)
Arthur prepares to activate the catalyzer, but is stunned by the sudden appearance of Superian. The catalyzer works, shrinking the VLM, with Superian surviving. His plan foiled, the Terror decides to attack the Flag Five memorial ceremony, which Arthur's mom and step-father are attending. Arthur and the Tick intercept the Terror at the memorial. Tick attacks Terror's ship while Arthur dispatches his goons. The Tick tears through the hull, leading the Terror to attempt to abandon ship, but Lint takes the escape pod before he can. The ship crashlands, and Arthur confronts the Terror. The Terror prepares to kill Arthur, but Superian arrives, subduing the Terror with his frost breath power. Arthur and Dot reunite with their family, while Superian is hailed by the public for stopping the Terror. Overkill laments that he was not the one to stop the Terror, but Dot tells him that he will likely escape; Overkill thanks Dot for making him feel better. Arthur and Tick converse with Midnight, who tells the two to tread carefully in the public eye, and that "Big Brother is watching", but leaves before Arthur can learn what Midnight means. As Arthur and Tick walk away, an AEGIS drone is seen behind the pair, before it flies up and regroups with several others.

Season 2 (2019)

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131"Lesson One: Think Quick!"Romeo TironeBen EdlundApril 5, 2019 (2019-04-05)
With the Terror caught and the city freed of his grip, Arthur attempts to return to his job and limit hero activities. When his company explains that he can't be both a hero and an accountant at Fishladder and Sons, he quits his job to hero full-time. Dot flips out in a coffee shop, causing a scene, and Overkill tells her she's just processing the experiences of the previous season. Meanwhile, Tick and Arthur battle bank robbers from New England called the Donnelly Brothers and Lobstercules which attracts the attention of famous A.E.G.I.S agent Tyrannosauras Rathbone, and Walter and Joan commiserate over their children not coming to the dinner they'd arranged.
142"A.E.G.I.S and You"Romeo TironeDan Hernandez & Benji SamitApril 5, 2019 (2019-04-05)
With The City's local A.E.G.I.S. branch reopened, Tick and Arthur take a tour and then take a hero test. Arthur is asked to keep tabs on the Tick, whose lack of past and memory are concerns to A.E.G.I.S., and is granted a hero license. Overkill, alerted by Dangerboat of the observation drones moving in to cover the city is about to leave, but after explaining his past as a rogue from A.E.G.I.S. after the rest of his team was killed to Dot, decides to remain. Ms. Lint, regrouping after the fall of the Terror, meets with Edgelord to re-equip herself to control the city. Superian, meanwhile, is struggling with a drop in his approval ratings and criticism after the events surrounding the VLM.
153"Hot Beige!"Linda MendozaKit BossApril 5, 2019 (2019-04-05)
Tick and Arthur follow the Donnelly Brothers into The City's gambling underworld. Meanwhile, Overkill hears a rumor that his old enemy The Duke is still alive.
164"Blood and Cake"Linda MendozaSusan Hurwitz ArnesonApril 5, 2019 (2019-04-05)
A strange bit of information sends Dangerboat into lockdown
175"Magic is Real"Carol BankerMark GanekApril 5, 2019 (2019-04-05)
Tick and Arthur follow the Donnelly Brothers into the sewers with the help of some new superhero allies. Though Arthur is left to face Lobstercules on his own.
186"Categorically Speaking"Carol BankerAdam Starks & Francesca GailesApril 5, 2019 (2019-04-05)
With Lobstercules in the custody of A.E.G.I.S., Tick and Arthur must save her before A.E.G.I.S. can experiment on her.
197"Lei-Lo, Ho!"Wendey StanzlerKit BossApril 5, 2019 (2019-04-05)
With the aid of Tinfoil Kevin, Tick and Arthur must rescue Lobstercules' children from the Donnelly Brothers.
208"Joan!"Wendey StanzlerJohanna StokesApril 5, 2019 (2019-04-05)
With the aid of Joan and Tinfoil Kevin, Tick and Arthur must take care of Lobstercules' children and keep them safe from A.E.G.I.S.
219"In the Woods"Kate DennisSusan Hurwitz ArnesonApril 5, 2019 (2019-04-05)
2210"Choose Love!"Romeo TironeBen EdlundApril 5, 2019 (2019-04-05)

In March 2016, it was announced that Amazon Video had ordered a pilot for a The Tick reboot with Peter Serafinowicz starring as The Tick along with Griffin Newman as Arthur. Co-starring in the pilot would be Valorie Curry as Arthur's sister Dot and Brendan Hines as Superian. In April 2016, Jackie Earle Haley was cast as The Terror. In September 2016, Amazon Prime picked up the show for a full season of 12 episodes. Amazon ordered a second season of 10 episodes, which premiered on April 5, 2019. Amazon cancelled the series after two seasons. Creator Ben Edlund intended to shop the series around to other streaming services, but eventually announced he could not find a new home for the show before the contracts for the actors expired, thus officially ending the series.

The pilot of The Tick premiered on Amazon Prime Video on August 18, 2016. The first six episodes of the first season were released on August 25, 2017 with the remaining six episodes being released on February 23, 2018. The entire second season was released on April 5, 2019.

Critical response

Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 90% approval rating with an average rating of 7.4/10 based on 63 critic reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Likeable characters add realism and heart to the tongue-in-cheek humor and high-octane action that fuels The Tick." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 72 out of 100, based on reviews from 23 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".

Rick Austin of Fortress of Solitude gave the show a score of 4/5 and felt that the show had managed to fix several of the flaws he saw in the pilot episode. He concluded, "With so few good superhero comedies out there, this is exactly the show the world needs."

It has been suggested that the reason for the shows cancellation was that despite positive critical and audience reception, the show failed to draw sufficient viewership from the general audience to be sufficiently profitable. The show wasn't picked by another network "despite a substantial fan and crew campaign".

Accolades

In 2018 the series was nominated for a Saturn Award in the category "Best New Media Superhero Series".

Also in 2018, the show received an Emmy nomination for its Main Title music composed by Chris Bacon.

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The Tick 2016 TV series Article Talk Language Watch Edit The Tick is an American streaming television series created for Amazon Prime Video by Ben Edlund based on his comic book character of the same name Its pilot premiered on August 18 2016 A half season through to the sixth episode was released on August 25 2017 and another six episodes were released on February 23 2018 On January 17 2018 Amazon ordered a second season of ten episodes which premiered on April 5 2019 2 Edlund revealed on Twitter that Amazon Video has declined to renew the series for a third season 3 On June 14 Edlund said that he was unable to find a new home for the Tick ending the series with two seasons 4 The TickGenreAction adventure Comedy Science fiction SuperheroCreated byBen EdlundBased onThe Tick by Ben EdlundStarringPeter Serafinowicz Griffin Newman Valorie Curry Brendan Hines Yara Martinez Scott Speiser Jackie Earle HaleyComposerChris BaconCountry of originUnited StatesOriginal languageEnglishNo of seasons2No of episodes22 list of episodes ProductionExecutive producersBen Edlund David Fury Barry Josephson Wally Pfister Barry Sonnenfeld Susan Hurwitz Arneson 1 ProducersPeter Serafinowicz Patrick WarburtonCamera setupSingle cameraRunning time22 28 minutesProduction companiesJosephson Entertainment Amazon Studios Sony Pictures TelevisionDistributorAmazon StudiosReleaseOriginal networkAmazon Prime VideoOriginal releaseAugust 18 2016 2016 08 18 April 5 2019 2019 04 05 Contents 1 Premise 2 Cast 2 1 Main 2 2 Recurring 3 Episodes 3 1 Season 1 2016 18 3 2 Season 2 2019 4 Production 5 Release 6 Reception 6 1 Critical response 6 2 Accolades 7 References 8 External linksPremise EditThe Tick is a nigh invulnerable superhero in a blue tick suit who arrives in the city to help combat crime and uncover the mysterious figure behind the city s underworld He befriends a nervous and mild mannered young man named Arthur who becomes his sidekick They come to realize that an apparently long dead supervillain called The Terror may still be pulling the strings in the city s underworld Cast EditSee also List of The Tick characters Main Edit Peter Serafinowicz as The Tick Griffin Newman as Arthur Everest Valorie Curry as Dot Everest Brendan Hines as Superian Yara Martinez as Miss Lint Janet Joan of Arc Scott Speiser as Overkill Straight Shooter Esteban Jackie Earle Haley as The Terror Season 1 Recurring Edit Michael Cerveris as Ramses IV Bryan Greenberg as Derek Alan Tudyk as the voice of Dangerboat Townsend Coleman as the voice of Midnight Onward 5 Kyle Catlett as young Arthur Everest Kahlil Ashanti as Goat Devin Ratray as Tinfoil Kevin Ryan Woodle as Clifford Richter the Very Large Man V L M Joshua Schubart as Frank Paul Moon as Khufu John Pirkis as Dr Karamazov Richie Moriarty as Thomas Everest Arthur and Dot s father Francois Chau as Walter John Wu Arthur and Dot s stepfather and an undercover AEGIS agent Patricia Kalember as Joan Everest Arthur and Dot s mother Juliet Pritner as Gen Julie McGinnis Dawn McGee as Hannity John Hodgman as Dr Agent Hobbes The Duke Marc Kudisch as Agent Tyrannosauras Rathbone Cle Bennett as Sage Adam Henry Garcia as Bronze Star Julian Cihi as Edgelord Steven Ogg as Flexon Niko Nedyalkov as Lobstercules in suit performer Liz Vassey as the voice of Lobstercules Jayne Houdyshell as Black Market BobEpisodes EditSeasonEpisodesOriginally released1121August 18 2016 2016 08 18 5August 25 2017 2017 08 25 6February 23 2018 2018 02 23 210April 5 2019 2019 04 05 Season 1 2016 18 Edit No overallNo in seasonTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date11 Pilot Wally PfisterBen EdlundAugust 18 2016 2016 08 18 In a world where superheroes and supervillains are real unassuming office temp Arthur is traumatized by the supervillain The Terror having watched his actions lead to the death of his father when he was a young boy While authorities and the superhero Superian believe The Terror has died Arthur tracks evidence of a conspiracy theory that he is still alive He tracks The Terror to crime boss Ramses IV and the Pyramid Gang and witnesses Miss Lint a villain with electrical powers and the former right hand of the Terror as well as Ramses s henchmen obtain a strange package While spying on them Arthur is discovered by the Tick who takes a keen interest in his sense for justice but events lead to Arthur being arrested His sister Dot comes to free him asking him to take his medication and stop tracking this conspiracy theory The next morning Arthur finds the Tick in his bed having stolen the package destroying the facility in the process which is revealed to be a superhero like suit which the Tick wants Arthur to wear Arthur orders the Tick to leave and then tries on the suit for himself just as he is attacked by Miss Lint and the henchmen 22 Where s My Mind Wally PfisterBen EdlundAugust 25 2017 2017 08 25 The Tick arrives throws Arthur out his window to save him and easily defeats Miss Lint s gang in the process causing Miss Lint to lose her grounding Arthur who survived being shot at and thrown from the building due to the suit flees and tries to hide but is later found by the Tick Arthur starts to wonder if the Tick is just a figment of his imagination but Dot then shows up as Arthur had not returned her calls and assures Arthur she can see the Tick whom she had heard about when stitching up some of Ramses s men caught in the explosion caused by the Tick She warns Arthur to stay away from the Tick and that he has work the next day Miss Lint reports her failure to regain the suit to Ramses who threatens her to recover the suit or be killed That night Arthur still wearing the suit finds himself trailed by some of Ramses s henchmen just as Overkill arrives and brutally murders them all 33 Secret Identity Romeo TironeDavid FuryAugust 25 2017 2017 08 25 Overkill threatens Arthur as he also wants the suit but the cops arrive and he runs off leaving Arthur alone Arthur feigns being a superhero to clear himself of the crime and returns to his apartment just as Miss Lint arrives She knocks him out and takes the suit but also sees one of Arthur s newspaper clippings related to The Terror and takes it too Arthur wakes up and is nearly late for work unaware that Overkill is tracking him When the Tick tries to tell him to skip his job Arthur learns the Tick only has memories since when they met He convinces the Tick to seek out the identity of Overkill as he works While at his job Arthur is attacked by Overkill but the Tick comes to his rescue The two fight and Overkill manages to throw the Tick out the window 44 Party Crashers Sheree FolksonJoe Piarulli and Luan ThomasAugust 25 2017 2017 08 25 The Tick crashes to the ground but is unharmed Overkill learns Arthur no longer has the super suit but takes his file on The Terror impressed with the quality of Arthur s research Dot reminds Arthur that today is his step father s birthday party and he reluctantly attends The Tick crashes the party Miss Lint learns that the suit imprinted on Arthur making him the only one who can use it She arrives at the party and forces Arthur to put on the suit He does so and the two scuffle which ends with Arthur flying out the window 55 Fear of Flying Lev L SpiroSusan Hurwitz ArnesonAugust 25 2017 2017 08 25 The automatic controls of the suit causes Arthur to start flying uncontrollably across the city Arthur manages to call Dot and has her and the Tick help him as he finds a way to gain control of the suit and lands Just as the Tick and Dot arrive Overkill also appears demanding Arthur turn over the suit but the Tick steps in to defend him Ramses and the Pyramid gang who had been tracking the suit appear and a firefight breaks out but the Tick and Overkill easily defeat the men Overkill takes an unconscious Ramses into his possession Arthur Dot the Tick and Overkill agree to work together to discover the secret behind the suit and learn that it was created to fight an alien specifically Superian the first superhero When they learn Ramses wants it they deduce that Arthur was correct that Ramses is working for a very much alive The Terror who appears in Miss Lint s apartment 66 Rising Romeo TironeJose MolinaAugust 25 2017 2017 08 25 While Overkill wants to kill Ramses after they succeed in locating the Terror s lair Arthur insists they drop him off at AEGIS the agency that oversees superheroes and supervillains but find that the office had been shut down years prior He and the Tick are attacked by the Pyramid Gang in an attempt to rescue Ramses While Arthur and the Tick are uninjured the attack sends a bus over the edge of a bridge The Tick and Arthur successfully rescue all the passengers in front of numerous eyewitnesses making them heroes to the city Meanwhile The Terror explains to Lint how he needed to fake his death to encourage Miss Lint to take action herself Inspired by his words she goes and kills Ramses That evening as the Tick and Arthur celebrate their new celebrity Arthur is kidnapped by an unseen assailant While the Tick discovers Arthur missing Arthur awakens in a dark room where he is approached by the Terror 77 Tale from the Crypt Thor FreudenthalDavid FuryFebruary 23 2018 2018 02 23 The Tick searches for Arthur as does Dot Dot arrives at Arthur s apartment where she finds Overkill The Tick arrives and the three launch a plan to rescue Arthur from the Terror s lair In the Terror s lair Arthur finds that his cell is adjacent to the cell of Dr Karamazov the man who designed Arthur s suit Ms Lint provides Arthur with his suit and a means to escape This however is a set up by Lint and the Terror Arthur rescues Karamazov who has been shrunk and is only half Arthur s size The two escape but Karamazov punches Arthur in the groin and flees Tick and Overkill storm the Terror s lair but he and Lint escape and bomb the lair 88 After Midnight Kate DennisMark GanekFebruary 23 2018 2018 02 23 With the Terror s location now unknown Arthur decides to go on the move with the Tick to avoid danger enlisting Tinfoil Kevin the homeless man who lives outside Arthur s apartment to watch the apartment Arthur and Tick want to inform Superian of the Terror s plot to kill him while Dot begins to practice shooting a gun given to her by Overkill and Lint takes control of the Pyramid Gang Arthur and Tick go to a book signing event of Midnight a talking dog and former member of the Flag Five a superhero group that Arthur idolized and the Terror killed in order to give Superian their message Arthur deduces that Overkill is a former member of the Flag Five who survived the Terror s onslaught Overkill confronts Midnight but Midnight refuses to believe that the Terror is alive and the two scuffle Meanwhile a strange car follows Arthur 99 My Dinner with Android Kate DennisStory by Christopher McCulloch amp Jose Molina Teleplay by Ben Edlund amp Susan Hurwitz ArnesonFebruary 23 2018 2018 02 23 The Terror takes control of Brown Tingle Cola a soda company he founded using its office as his new headquarters Arthur and the Tick are approached by two diplomats a woman and a robot called Bakkup from Karamazov s home country who are searching for Karamazov as the Terror left a tip to the embassy that Karamazov has defected from the country Dot bonds with Overkill who teaches her to shoot Arthur and Tick search for Karamazov as he is their only link to the weapon to kill Superian They find him but his body has shrunk further but has a normal sized head The female diplomat chases Arthur exploding the baby stroller which she believes contains Karamazov but following her departure the stroller is revealed to contain a frozen turkey given to Arthur by Kevin Meanwhile the Terror sets his plan in motion revealing that the VLM a man as tall as a skyscraper which has been monitored by the military and Superian is a crucial part of this plan with the VLM revealed to be the man who found the Terror s teeth when Superian killed him Arthur and Tick take Karamazov to Kevin s office in an old robot head to nurse him back to health Arthur and Tick return to Arthur s apartment to find a delirious Superian who faints 1010 Risky Bismuth Rosemary RodriguezSusan Hurwitz ArnesonFebruary 23 2018 2018 02 23 Karamazov now in a robot suit fashioned by Kevin tells Arthur and Tick his story He discovered a supply of big bismuth in the mountains of his own country which he used to create a growth ray He tested it with Superian in attendance but it malfunctioned and shrunk Karamazov Karamazov s government seized his weapons to fight Superian but the Terror seized the weapons from them Karamazov reveals that his weapons cache and his supply of big bismuth was destroyed by the Tick as seen in the pilot Karamazov further reveals that big bismuth is responsible for Superian s sickness and the growth of the VLM and that the Terror plans to use the big bismuth inside of the VLM to kill Superian Meanwhile Dot gets word of a Pyramid Gang mission and she and Overkill go to stop it Overkill challenges Lint who subdues him with gas Dot shuts off the power to the building but Lint uses her electrical powers to restore power which sends out a ray hitting the VLM causing him to move towards the city Karamazov reveals this is the beginning of the last part of the Terror s plan 1111 The Beginning of the End Romeo TironeJose MolinaFebruary 23 2018 2018 02 23 As the VLM approaches the city Karamazov clarifies to Arthur that the Terror s plan is to use the big bismuth in the VLM as an explosion which will kill Superian as big bismuth is his weakness He reveals to Arthur that his suit functions as the detonator Karamazov alters the catalyzer disabling Terror s remote detonation Karamazov also alters the catalyzer so that the detonation will shrink the VLM to normal size but tells the group that there is only a 20 chance of success Lint confronts Overkill and their conversation reveals a past relationship between the two also revealing that Lint used Overkill to allow the Terror to kill the Flag Five They share a moment with Lint offering to help Overkill revealing the Terror s location to him However Overkill declines not trusting her Dot activates the sprinkler system and rescues Overkill Arthur and Tick arrive at the military blockade where they share a heart to heart before preparing to stop the VLM 1212 The End of the Beginning Or the Start of the Dawn of the Age of Superheroes Thor FreudenthalBen Edlund amp David FuryFebruary 23 2018 2018 02 23 Arthur prepares to activate the catalyzer but is stunned by the sudden appearance of Superian The catalyzer works shrinking the VLM with Superian surviving His plan foiled the Terror decides to attack the Flag Five memorial ceremony which Arthur s mom and step father are attending Arthur and the Tick intercept the Terror at the memorial Tick attacks Terror s ship while Arthur dispatches his goons The Tick tears through the hull leading the Terror to attempt to abandon ship but Lint takes the escape pod before he can The ship crashlands and Arthur confronts the Terror The Terror prepares to kill Arthur but Superian arrives subduing the Terror with his frost breath power Arthur and Dot reunite with their family while Superian is hailed by the public for stopping the Terror Overkill laments that he was not the one to stop the Terror but Dot tells him that he will likely escape Overkill thanks Dot for making him feel better Arthur and Tick converse with Midnight who tells the two to tread carefully in the public eye and that Big Brother is watching but leaves before Arthur can learn what Midnight means As Arthur and Tick walk away an AEGIS drone is seen behind the pair before it flies up and regroups with several others Season 2 2019 Edit No overallNo in seasonTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date131 Lesson One Think Quick Romeo TironeBen EdlundApril 5 2019 2019 04 05 With the Terror caught and the city freed of his grip Arthur attempts to return to his job and limit hero activities When his company explains that he can t be both a hero and an accountant at Fishladder and Sons he quits his job to hero full time Dot flips out in a coffee shop causing a scene and Overkill tells her she s just processing the experiences of the previous season Meanwhile Tick and Arthur battle bank robbers from New England called the Donnelly Brothers and Lobstercules which attracts the attention of famous A E G I S agent Tyrannosauras Rathbone and Walter and Joan commiserate over their children not coming to the dinner they d arranged 142 A E G I S and You Romeo TironeDan Hernandez amp Benji SamitApril 5 2019 2019 04 05 With The City s local A E G I S branch reopened Tick and Arthur take a tour and then take a hero test Arthur is asked to keep tabs on the Tick whose lack of past and memory are concerns to A E G I S and is granted a hero license Overkill alerted by Dangerboat of the observation drones moving in to cover the city is about to leave but after explaining his past as a rogue from A E G I S after the rest of his team was killed to Dot decides to remain Ms Lint regrouping after the fall of the Terror meets with Edgelord to re equip herself to control the city Superian meanwhile is struggling with a drop in his approval ratings and criticism after the events surrounding the VLM 153 Hot Beige Linda MendozaKit BossApril 5 2019 2019 04 05 Tick and Arthur follow the Donnelly Brothers into The City s gambling underworld Meanwhile Overkill hears a rumor that his old enemy The Duke is still alive 164 Blood and Cake Linda MendozaSusan Hurwitz ArnesonApril 5 2019 2019 04 05 A strange bit of information sends Dangerboat into lockdown175 Magic is Real Carol BankerMark GanekApril 5 2019 2019 04 05 Tick and Arthur follow the Donnelly Brothers into the sewers with the help of some new superhero allies Though Arthur is left to face Lobstercules on his own 186 Categorically Speaking Carol BankerAdam Starks amp Francesca GailesApril 5 2019 2019 04 05 With Lobstercules in the custody of A E G I S Tick and Arthur must save her before A E G I S can experiment on her 197 Lei Lo Ho Wendey StanzlerKit BossApril 5 2019 2019 04 05 With the aid of Tinfoil Kevin Tick and Arthur must rescue Lobstercules children from the Donnelly Brothers 208 Joan Wendey StanzlerJohanna StokesApril 5 2019 2019 04 05 With the aid of Joan and Tinfoil Kevin Tick and Arthur must take care of Lobstercules children and keep them safe from A E G I S 219 In the Woods Kate DennisSusan Hurwitz ArnesonApril 5 2019 2019 04 05 2210 Choose Love Romeo TironeBen EdlundApril 5 2019 2019 04 05 Production EditIn March 2016 it was announced that Amazon Video had ordered a pilot for a The Tick reboot with Peter Serafinowicz starring as The Tick along with Griffin Newman as Arthur Co starring in the pilot would be Valorie Curry as Arthur s sister Dot and Brendan Hines as Superian In April 2016 Jackie Earle Haley was cast as The Terror 6 In September 2016 Amazon Prime picked up the show for a full season of 12 episodes 7 Amazon ordered a second season of 10 episodes which premiered on April 5 2019 2 Amazon cancelled the series after two seasons Creator Ben Edlund intended to shop the series around to other streaming services 8 but eventually announced he could not find a new home for the show before the contracts for the actors expired thus officially ending the series 9 Release EditThe pilot of The Tick premiered on Amazon Prime Video on August 18 2016 The first six episodes of the first season were released on August 25 2017 10 with the remaining six episodes being released on February 23 2018 11 The entire second season was released on April 5 2019 12 Reception EditCritical response Edit Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 90 approval rating with an average rating of 7 4 10 based on 63 critic reviews The website s critical consensus reads Likeable characters add realism and heart to the tongue in cheek humor and high octane action that fuels The Tick 13 Metacritic which uses a weighted average assigned a score of 72 out of 100 based on reviews from 23 critics indicating generally favorable reviews 14 Rick Austin of Fortress of Solitude gave the show a score of 4 5 and felt that the show had managed to fix several of the flaws he saw in the pilot episode He concluded With so few good superhero comedies out there this is exactly the show the world needs 15 It has been suggested that the reason for the shows cancellation was that despite positive critical and audience reception the show failed to draw sufficient viewership from the general audience to be sufficiently profitable 16 17 The show wasn t picked by another network despite a substantial fan and crew campaign 18 17 Accolades Edit In 2018 the series was nominated for a Saturn Award in the category Best New Media Superhero Series 19 Also in 2018 the show received an Emmy nomination for its Main Title music composed by Chris Bacon 20 References Edit Andreeva Nellie June 29 2019 Preacher Co EP Susan Hurwitz Arneson Signs With Verve As WGA ATA Impasse Continues Deadline Retrieved October 22 2021 Arneson is a co executive producer and served in the same capacity on Amazon s The Tick a b Li Shirley February 27 2019 The Tick Season 2 trailer and release date revealed Entertainment Weekly Retrieved March 4 2019 Petski Denise May 16 2019 The Tick Canceled By Amazon After Two Seasons Deadline Hollywood Retrieved May 16 2019 Collis Clark June 14 2019 The Tick creator fails to find new home for canceled superhero show Entertainment Weekly Retrieved June 26 2019 Narcisse Evan August 28 2017 The New Tick TV Show Has a Sneaky Tribute To the Character s Classic Cartoon Series io9 Gizmodo Retrieved January 15 2018 Andreeva Nellie April 14 2016 Jackie Earle Haley To Co Star In The Tick Amazon Pilot Joins The Dark Tower Film Deadline Hollywood Osborn Alex September 27 2016 Amazon Orders The Tick and Jean Claude Van Johnson to Series IGN Archived from the original on August 26 2017 Retrieved October 11 2016 Petski Denise May 16 2019 The Tick Canceled By Amazon After Two Seasons Deadline Retrieved May 17 2019 Destiny demands that we now seek a new home for this series Fuster Jeremy June 15 2019 The Tick Really Is Dead Creator Confirms No New Network Stepped Up After Amazon Cancellation Retrieved June 26 2019 After much door knocking we have found no new home for the Tick series in this current market Pedersen Erik May 26 2017 Summer Premiere Dates For New amp Returning Series 2017 Edition Deadline Hollywood Retrieved June 12 2017 Patten Dominic October 6 2017 Amazon s The Tick Set To Return In February NY Comic Con Deadline Hollywood Retrieved October 7 2017 The Tick Listings The Futon Critic Retrieved March 17 2019 The Tick Season 1 Rotten Tomatoes August 30 2017 Retrieved January 6 2019 The Tick 2017 Season 1 Reviews Metacritic August 30 2017 Retrieved August 30 2017 Amazon s The Tick Season 1 Review I Love This Show Fortress of Solitude August 28 2017 Retrieved December 21 2017 The Tick Cancelled At Amazon After Two Seasons ScreenRant May 17 2019 Retrieved April 29 2021 a b Agrawal Apoorva July 6 2020 The Tick Season 3 Will Amazon Prime Renew The Show All The Possibilities TechRadar247 Retrieved April 29 2021 Squires Bethy June 15 2019 The Tick Officially Doesn t Find New Home After Extensive Fan Campaign Vulture Retrieved April 29 2021 McNary Dave March 15 2018 Black Panther Walking Dead Rule Saturn Awards Nominations Variety Archived from the original on March 16 2018 Retrieved March 15 2018 Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music 2018 Emmy Awards Retrieved March 4 2022 External links EditOfficial website The Tick at IMDb Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title The Tick 2016 TV series amp oldid 1093313617, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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