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The Tick is an American sitcom that aired on Fox from September 25, 2001 to May 14, 2002. The series had a total of 24 episodes.

Plot

Over a year and a half after its development, The Tick was finally picked up by the network for an 8:30 p.m. prime time slot on Thursday nights. Due to budget constraints, additional episodes were shot with several-month gaps between filming. Fox had initially wanted to premiere the series in early 2001 as a midseason replacement but opted to air it in prime time both due to its ratings success and the network's fear that a strike might delay the fall season. Cast, crew, and journalists expressed early concern over the high-stakes slot, with Fox's Sunday night comedy schedule looking more favorable. Nevertheless, Fox Television Entertainment Group president Sandy Grushow assured that promoting The Tick during the 2001 World Series would work and that "Baseball is a terrific promotional platform for a show like The Tick." Grushow also noted that if the series were to perform well, the network would have until December 2001 to order new episodes, though they would not likely be ready until late spring or summer at the earliest. While Fox has been criticized for its lack of investment in the series, N2Toys produced a line of action figures based on it. The live action Tick ultimately failed to recapture the success of its animated predecessor; however, its popularity was strong enough that the series would be released on DVD in 2003. The series led to Christopher McCulloch, who wrote for the Tick comic book, animated series, and sitcom, meeting Patrick Warburton during filming; shortly after, he cast Warburton as the voice of Brock Samson.

Cast

  • Patrick Warburton as The Tick
  • David Burke as Arthur
  • Liz Vassey as Captain Liberty
  • Nestor Carbonell as Batmanuel

Series Overview

Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates)
Season premiere Season finale
1 24 September 25, 2001 May 14, 2002

Season 1: (2001/2002)

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Title Directed by Written by
1 1 "Episode 1.01" Mark Cendrowski Chuck Lorre
2 2 "Episode 1.02" Mark Cendrowski Chuck Lorre
3 3 "Episode 1.03" Mark Cendrowski Chuck Lorre
4 4 "Episode 1.04" Mark Cendrowski Chuck Lorre
5 5 "Episode 1.05" Mark Cendrowski Chuck Lorre
6 6 "Episode 1.06" Mark Cendrowski Chuck Lorre
7 7 "Episode 1.07" Mark Cendrowski Chuck Lorre
8 8 "Episode 1.08" Mark Cendrowski Chuck Lorre
9 9 "Episode 1.09" Mark Cendrowski Chuck Lorre
10 10 "Episode 1.10" Mark Cendrowski Chuck Lorre
11 11 "Episode 1.11" Mark Cendrowski Chuck Lorre
12 12 "Episode 1.12" Mark Cendrowski Chuck Lorre
13 13 "Episode 1.13" Mark Cendrowski Chuck Lorre
14 14 "Episode 1.14" Mark Cendrowski Chuck Lorre
15 15 "Episode 1.15" Mark Cendrowski Chuck Lorre
16 16 "Episode 1.16" Mark Cendrowski Chuck Lorre
17 17 "Episode 1.17" Mark Cendrowski Chuck Lorre
18 18 "Episode 1.18" Mark Cendrowski Chuck Lorre
19 19 "Episode 1.19" Mark Cendrowski Chuck Lorre
20 20 "Episode 1.20" Mark Cendrowski Chuck Lorre
21 21 "Episode 1.21" Mark Cendrowski Chuck Lorre
22 22 "Episode 1.22" Mark Cendrowski Chuck Lorre
23 23 "Episode 1.23" Mark Cendrowski Chuck Lorre
24 24 "Episode 1.24" Mark Cendrowski Chuck Lorre
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