Critic's Notebook: The Joyful Absurdity of 'The Tick' and 'What We Do in the Shadows'

Amazon's comedy series The Tick abounds in moments of unfettered, and maybe even unearned, joy. It's a laugh just to look at The Tick (Peter Serafinowicz), with his enormous blue costume and moving antennae. Those moments underline how the series, which just kicked off its second season, doesn't have to be laugh-out-loud funny all the time to be rewarding.

This same sense of delightful ridiculousness is on offer in FX's What We Do in the Shadows, which recently started its first season. The vampire comedy (based on the 2014 movie of the same name by Jemaine Clement ...
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