1 9 9 4 – 1 9 9 6 (USA)
36 x 30 minute episodes
The Tick was a 400-pound, 7-foot-tall superhero in blue tights looking for a city to defend. He gatecrashed a superhero convention in Reno, Nevada, and pleaded for employment, which resulted in his going to a metropolis known simply as “The City.”
There he met Arthur, a meek and podgy ex-accountant wearing a pale purple moth outfit with an eye mask. Sensing Arthur’s desire for adventure, the Tick deemed him his official sidekick, and together they fought such outlandish opponents as the Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs At Midnight, The Terror, Uncle Creamy (a living ice cream cone voiced by Bobcat Goldthwait), and Chairface Chippendale (who lived up to his name).
Despite his super-strength and good intentions, The Tick is a little too moronic and cheery for his own good and relies on Arthur to be the brains of the team.
The Tick and Arthur were aided occasionally by American Maid (a parody of Wonder Woman voiced by Kay Lenz), Die Fledermaus (a Batman caricature voiced by Cam Clarke), Sewer Urchin (voiced by Jess Harnell with Rain Man mannerisms), and several other characters who united to fight evil.
This campy sendup of the superhero genre won a cult following and helped Fox reign as number one in Saturday morning children’s programming in the mid-1990s.
Ben Edlund created the character in 1993 and also co-wrote several episodes of the series. A live-action series starring Patrick Warburton aired in 2001 on FOX.
Mickey Dolenz (1)
Rob Paulsen (2)