Season 3 of Ben Edlund’s The Tick, a superhero show, ended about a year ago. But why? In 1986, cartoonist Ben Edlund created The Tick, a monster superhero newsletter. The serial was so successful that it was adapted into a comic book in 1988. There were two previous adaptations of the show prior to its 2016 debut: an animated series in 1994 and a live-action film in 2001. The Tick, a television adaptation of the comic book franchise, premiered on Amazon in 2016.
The show centers on a blue tick-suited superhero who is almost indestructible and battles crime. He can’t recall his life before becoming a superhero or the many other identities he’s assumed. He’s supposedly legally crazy and a fugitive from a mental institution, according to the original comic series. This was not addressed in the episode. The Tick’s style, which is a satire of superhero shows, was very well received by viewers. Where does Season 3 of The Tick stand after two seasons? Read on for the whole scoop!
The Tick Season 3 Renewal Status
The first season of The Tick aired in three parts, beginning with the pilot on August 18, 2016 and continuing with a “half-season” of five episodes on August 25, 2017 and the remaining six episodes on February 23, 2018. A second season was commissioned by Amazon and debuted on April 5, 2019. Six weeks later, Amazon made the decision to pull the plug on the show.
No explanation was ever given, although I imagine it had something to do with ratings. Amazon Video, like many other streaming platforms, does not make ratings public; nonetheless, the show’s generally favorable reaction suggests that low viewership was the primary factor in the decision to discontinue The Tick.
The Tick Season 3 Release Date
The Tick has been officially canceled by Amazon. The Tick’s second season will be the last. Amazon has not announced any intentions for a second season, but anything is possible. Season three has not been scheduled as of October 2023.
The Tick Season 3: Why was it canceled?
Amazon has not said why they decided to discontinue the program, although it presumably has something to do with low ratings. Amazon, like other streaming services, doesn’t disclose its ratings to the public, but given the positive response The Tick received, it’s safe to assume that it did well. When compared to the first season, the second season received an astounding 100% rotten tomatoes. Every review I read praised the show’s likeability, authenticity, wit, and plenty of exciting moments.
The show had acquired a strong fan following, but it wasn’t substantial enough for Amazon to order a second season. A show would be cancelled if viewership numbers fell short of expectations. Overall, critics praised the program for offering a new perspective on the superhero genre, especially in comparison to the more serious approach used by Marvel and DC.
The Tick Story
The Tick, a superhero who wears a blue tick costume and is almost indestructible, has arrived in town to help fight crime and identify the shadowy individual behind it. He partners up with a shy and mild-mannered young guy called Arthur. They eventually figure out that a supervillain known as “The Terror” who has been presumed dead for quite some time may still be active in the city’s criminal underground.
The Tick Cast
- Peter Serafinowicz as The Tick
- Griffin Newman as Arthur Everest
- Valorie Curry as Dot Everest
- Brendan Hines as Superian
- Yara Martinez as Miss Lint/Janet/Joan of Arc
- Scott Speiser as Overkill/Straight Shooter/Esteban
- Jackie Earle Haley as The Terror
- Michael Cerveris as Ramses IV
- Bryan Greenberg as Derek
- Alan Tudyk as the voice of Dangerboat
- Townsend Coleman as the voice of Midnight/Onward
- Kyle Catlett as young Arthur Everest
- Kahlil Ashanti as Goat
- Devin Ratray as Tinfoil Kevin
- Ryan Woodle as Clifford Richter/the Very Large Man
- Joshua Schubart as Frank
- Paul Moon as Khufu
- John Pirkis as Dr. Karamazov
- Richie Moriarty as Thomas Everest
- Francois Chau as Walter/John Wu
- Patricia Kalember as Joan Everest
- Juliet Pritner as Gen. Julie McGinnis
- Dawn McGee as Hannity
- John Hodgman as Dr. Agent Hobbes / The Duke
- Marc Kudisch as Agent Tyrannosauras Rathbone
The Tick Season 3 Plot
In the second season, the heroes have defeated the villains, but with one superhero comes a legion of villains. To combat this, a new organization has emerged to provide employment for superheroes, and our heroes are eager to accept these positions.
Season 3’s plot, if it were created, would have delved into Tick’s backstory, but Ben Edlund’s absence made that impossible. In the meanwhile, we’ll keep you updated on whether or not we can expect to see the pair return.
The Tick Season 3 Trailer
Since we can’t be sure whether we’ll get to watch the season 3 teaser again, let’s recreate the joy we had the first time around by reading the comics that inspired the show. A preview of Season 2 is provided below.
The Tick Age Rating
According to its TV-MA rating, The Tick is intended for an adult audience and may not be appropriate for anyone under the age of 17. The following may be included in this program: strong language, sexual content, or graphic violence.