Based on the popular comic book character created by Ben Edlund, this animated series follows the ever-unraveling adventures of the Tick, a blue-antennaed superhero whose loyal sidekick, Arthur, is also an accountant.
Muscle-bound lummox The Tick and his noodly sidekick Arthur protect The City from a variety of improbable supervillains, including El Seed, The Brainchild, and The Ottoman Empress
Familiar Faces (Superheroes):
Defender of the City
Superpowers: Super strength, Nigh invulnerable, IQ of about 75
Quote: Not in the face!
American Maid (Wonder Woman parody)
World’s Most Patriotic Domestic
Superpowers: Martial arts, can throw her shoes with deadly accuracy
Quote: I’ve got to hand it to you, Tick. You’ve really dropped the ball on this one.
Die Fledermaus (Batman parody)
Quote: Who dares intrude upon my night domain?
Sewer Urchin (Aquaman/Rain Man parody)
Defender of the Underplex
Superpowers: Noxious secretions, can survive in the toxic sewers
Quote: Very poisonous, don’t touch me.
Big Shot (Punisher Parody)
Superpower: Guns, rage
Quote: Let’s put our anger in the happy box.
The Human Bullet
Living projectile/suburban dad
Superpowers: Like the name says
Quote: Fire me, boy!
Familiar Faces (Villains):
Leader of The City’s underworld, kind of sensitive about the chair face thing.
Notable caper: Carved his name on the moon in the second episode (and it stayed there for the entire series)
Creator of things man was not mean to bake
Notable caper: Expelled from culinary school for violating the bakers’ code, once baked a muffin that stole the dean’s car
The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight!
Notable caper: Not so much a supervillain but still a fan favorite
Bad is good, baby! Down with government!
Notable caper: Once punched out Teddy Roosevelt
Couch-Sharing Capability: The Next Generation
I’ve enjoyed introducing my daughter to this fine cartoon from my college days. It was an underrated show, inspired by a comic book and which later spawned a live-action show.
Level of Inebriation: And so, may Evil beware and may Good dress warmly and eat plenty of fresh vegetables.
I somehow don’t think The Tick would approve of alcohol consumption.
Use of Your Streaming Subscription: Annoy the Spouse
My wife claims to be a fan, but only in small doses. And she’s grown tired of my daughter and me constantly quoting the Midnight Bomber.
Two of three seasons are available on Netflix, and a couple of episodes are missing. Hello? Why is there a big bite taken out of the moon? Are we just supposed to accept that?
Arthur: You can’t fight crime with a macaroni duck!
Tick: I’ll be the judge of that!