‘The Tick’ premiere date: Amazon’s superhero spoof debuts this summer

“Fear not, citizens. He’s on his way!” Amazon has announced the premiere date for the first season of its new superhero parody “The Tick.” It gets started on the streaming service this summer, on August 25. To echo the title character, “Neat!” Watch the date announcement above.

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Peter Serafinowicz stars as the title character, who is sworn to protect The City from evil fiends with the help of his sidekick Arthur (Griffin Newman), who has no superpowers but flies with the aid of a moth suit. The pilot episode premiered on Amazon on August 19, 2016, after which it was picked up for a complete first season. But “The Tick” has had many other incarnations over the years.

The character was created by cartoonist Ben Edlund in 1986 and featured in an indie comic book series. That was followed by a Daytime Emmy nominated FOX animated series that ran from 1994 to 1997 and earned the character a cult following. FOX followed that with a prime time, live-action comedy series in 2001, with Patrick Warburton starring in the lead role, but despite praise from critics and a devoted fan base it struggled in the ratings and lasted only nine episodes.

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Before donning the arachnid suit, Serafinowicz was featured in another superhero comedy, the 2013 Marvel blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy.” He also voiced Darth Maul in “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” and earned a BAFTA nomination in 2009 for his sketch comedy series “The Peter Serafinowicz Show.”

This new version of “The Tick” was created and written by Edlund. The pilot was directed by executive producer Wally Pfister, best known as a cinematographer for Christopher Nolan‘s films, including “Inception” for which Pfister won an Oscar. Have you already watched the “Tick” pilot on Amazon? Are you looking forward to more? Comment below, and discuss this and more with your fellow TV fans in our forums.

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