Parents' Guide to

The Tick

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Retread of superhero series has violence, language, laughs.

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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 18+


Enjoyed first episode. Episode two start hurling f words and slashing people up. Sick of all the subscription service “originals” that think they need graphic sex violence and language to get you to watch. I remember the Tick fondly as funny and witty and less reliant on garbage to get people hooked. Done with it.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 17+

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10):
Kids say (5):

Part campy, part dramatic, this reboot of the comic book superhero story is a bit more serious than the 1994 animated take or the 2001 live-action series. While earlier adaptations generally substituted constant gags for meaty storytelling, this Tick has a different rhythm. Whenever the Tick is on-screen, expect his trademark tortured-syntax gags -- as he explains to Arthur, answering destiny's call can be appealing: "It's good. It's warm. It's like the inside of bread." But when the Tick is away, creeping over rooftops and using his powers to stop bad guys and protect the innocent (or, as sometimes happens, vice versa), Arthur's story takes a turn toward more serious matters.

After all, Arthur has a complicated history with the evil Pyramid Gang and head supervillain The Terror. It was at The Terror's command that a spaceship plummeted to the streets of The City, crushing Arthur's father. And though everyone in The City thinks that The Terror was defeated by square-jawed hero Superian (Brendan Hines), Arthur knows better. He sees the signs of evildoing; he's not crazy like people say. Soon the Tick comes calling, with a sidekick costume in Arthur's size. In a world where superheroes are larger than life, and villains have plans to bring about the destruction of millions, Arthur is just an average guy who's trying hard. And in this reboot, despite Arthur's thick glasses and mild manner, the hero's arc is his, while the Tick is mostly comic relief. That, plus this series' lighthearted tone, makes this show more suitable for whole-family watching than most modern, dark superhero takes.

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