In the mid-90's, Ben Edlund's superhero spoof, The Tick, had been successfully adapted into an animated series for Fox. The cartoon lasted three seasons, and even landed for a while on Comedy Central, but hasn't been seen since.
In 2001, The Tick returned, this time as a live-action sitcom, produced by Columbia-Tri-Star (now Sony Pictures Television), with filmmaker Barry Sonnenfeld ("Men in Black", "Wild, Wild West") attached, and starring Patrick Warburton (ex-Seinfeld) in the title role.
However, according to remarks attributed to Warburton in a later interview, Fox barely promoted the show because they didn't "own" it. Slotted opposite Survivor on CBS, among others, doomed The Tick, which lasted just 9 episodes. At last check, Hulu has the series on their roster. Meantime, scope out the open:
Due to copyright issues, American Maid & Die Fledermaus were replaced by Captain Liberty and Batmanuel, respectively. Despite the short run, The Tick, like the book, became a cult favorite.
After the series, Patrick Warburton landed a hit series with Rules of Engagement, and currently is doing commercials for National Car Rental. According to rumors printed in People in 2014, Sony was considering bringing back The Tick, but it doesn't appear likely.
No rating. Never saw the show.