The Tick Has Been Cancelled (Again)

by Erik Amaya


It seems it will always be The Tick‘s fate to join us for a brief time before disappearing into the space between television shows.

Sadly, creator Ben Edlund announced Thursday morning that the Amazon version of his comic book is kaput. As he notes in the tweet below, he and his compatriots will try to find a new home for the series, which stars Peter Serafinowicz as The Tick and Griffin Newman as his put-upon partner Arthur. The series marked the characters’ third go as TV stars following a beloved children’s animated series in the 1990s and a short-lived live action series on Fox in 2001.

The signs have been there for awhile. Newman took to Twitter last fall to call out the streaming service for dropping the series from its New York Comic Con promotion plans. The company changed course and included them in their roster of events. Additionally, the program was one of the last series to be produced under a previous regime’s “Pilot Season” concept. Though it was quite successful in garnering viewership at the time, it would be almost a year before the program returned for a 7-episode half season. The remaining first season episodes debuted last year while production of the second season continued apace. Strangely, Amazon held the series until April of this year, putting some promotion behind it, but nothing like the roll-out already underway for Good Omens, due out at the end of the month.

It is possible, just as in Hollywood, the program’s association with an oustered executive board meant it was never going to last under the watch of a new management team more interested in getting its own program off the ground. Additionally, the coming of that Lord of the Rings television show means there will not be enough money in the coffers for shows like The Tick to continue or prosper.

Hopefully, Edlund and his partners can find a new home for the series elsewhere. Serafinowicz and Newman proved to be the best pairing and the deepening of The Tick’s world made it a really compelling show. Also, we want more Dangerboat.

In the meantime, you can still watch the two season of The Tick on Amazon Prime.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at and Rotten Tomatoes. A former staff writer at CBR and Bleeding Cool, and a contributing writer at Fanbase Press and Monkeys Fighting Robots. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.

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