A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The Tick is determined that superheroes should rely on themselves, not weapons or gimmicks, and he believes powerfully in himself and his far-more-dubious sidekick. But strength and shows of force do rule the day.
Positive Role Models
The Tick and other characters demonstrate courage and teamwork.
Violence & Scariness
This is an action cartoon, albeit a semi-spoof. There are many explosions and crashes, and one character frequently fires guns, although never at anyone or with successful results. It's usually pretty clear that no one was hurt.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Side characters may indulge in some mild innuendo.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Tick is a silly (in a good way) spoof that mocks villains, superheroes, and everything else it runs across. For example: Superwoman and man (in copyright-friendly disguise) argue over her girliness and his fear of commitment, and bad guys admit that they just wanted to make a lot of money so they wouldn't have to work. Most young kids won't get the satirical humor aimed at older audiences, but they can still enjoy the action and the ample physical comedy.
Is It Any Good?
It's the quirky, offbeat humor that makes this show such a pleasure (and something of a cult favorite) for teens and adults. It's fun viewing for early grade-schoolers and up. Kids younger than that won't get the large majority of the jokes in The Tick and may find the action frightening -- although in the end everyone walks, parachutes, or swims away unhurt.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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