The Seinfeld of superhero TV

The Tick was a superhero show about nothing — and it was glorious

Yada Yada Yada, The Tick is back.
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Before the annoying over-saturation of superheroes that's been choking the life out of American culture, there was The Tick (2001). An endearingly gregarious send-up of muscle-bound men and women in capes and tights, the live-action show jettisons extravagant combat in favor of wry innuendos and dialogue laced with all kinds of witty-silly wordplay. It is, 15 years later, the show we desperately need in 2016.

These days, you can't go online without being slapped in the face with ads and blog posts about superheroes. You can't walk into Times Square without seeing superhero billboards blot out the sun. They're ubiquitous, a pandemic rash. This year, we've been bludgeoned with at least five major franchise superhero movies: Captain America: Civil War; Batman v Superman; Suicide Squad; Deadpool; and X-Men: Apocalypse. On the small screen, there's Jessica Jones and its spin-off Luke Cage, as well as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which makes one long for the campy fun of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

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