Late in the first episode, Arthur tells Tick that he will not "get into bread" with him. This may be a reference to an animated episode where Arthur and the Tick face up to The Bread Master, who encases them in a massive loaf of bread.
The Tick has maintained a cult following ever since hitting comic book stores in 1988. Patrick Warburton, who played the character in 2001, stated that fans had frequently bombarded him with questions regarding when the character would make his return.
The first episode premiered on Amazon.com's Prime subscription streaming service on August 19, 2016. It was part of the first Comedy Pilot Season, an extension of the popular and ongoing "choose your own programming" experiment known as Pilot Season. The three half-hour comedies included I Love Dick (2016), The Tick (2017) and Jean-Claude Van Johnson: Pilot (2016). Subscribers vote on which of the three series will be picked up based on just the first episode/pilots.
In regards to Ben Edlund's vision of the show, visual effects supervisor Terry Windell described this version of The Tick as one that is "having fun" with superheroes as opposed to "making fun" of them.
Ben Edlund was initially reluctant to bring the character back to TV. A meeting with producer Barry Josephson, however, made him reconsider after bringing up the rise of streaming media and the culture's embrace of superhero movies.
Wally Pfister, the Oscar winning cinematographer, was chosen to direct the series pilot. Pfister was a frequent collaborator with director Christopher Nolan, having worked on The Dark Knight trilogy, before making the jump to directing.
Jackie Earle Haley's makeup as The Terror took 2 and a half hours to apply. He stated that the process gave him "a Freddy flashback" as Haley played Freddy Krueger in the 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street.
To prevent The Tick from becoming too one-dimensional, the writers decided to incorporate elements of his mysterious and unknown backstory into his character in addition to burgeoning partnership between him and Arthur.
This is the third television adaptation of the comic book. The Tick was first adapted into an animated series which ran from 1994-1997. The second was a live action series starring Patrick Warburton as the title character which ran for one season in 2001.
When asked if Patrick Warburton was upset about reprising his role as The Tick, producer Barry Josephson stated that Warburton held no ill feelings and was quoted saying "If we get to the finish line and I'm not starring- that's okay."
Casting director Felicia Fasano suggested British actor/comedian Peter Serafinowicz to play the title character, stating his experience as a stand-up performer and comedic actor in films such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Shaun of the Dead.
Jackie Earle Haley, who plays The Terror, has made a career playing villainous or deeply troubled characters. Such roles include Rorschach in 2009's Watchmen, Freddy Krueger in the 2010 reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street, and a recently paroled sex offender in 2006's Little Children (for which he received an Oscar nomination).
Ms. Lint is often referred to by her first name, Janet, usually by the Terror. In "The Tick" (2001), Captain Liberty is also referred to by her first name, Janet, on numerous occasions, usually by her former lover, Batmanuel.