Have you gotten bit by Amazon Prime’s The Tick? If not, you should.

In this world where superheroes have been real for decades, all bets are off – and the second half of season one is even better than the first. The Tick successfully manages to pull off its satirical objective, but even more, it’s a hilarious and welcome comedic escape from everything else on television. Put your brain on a shelf and laugh as you binge-watch this unprecedented series.

Granted, this show didn’t work the first time around with FOX in 2011, starring Patrick Warburton, but this time the producer and the show’s creator told ScreenPicks that Amazon is much more supportive of their vision and they believe that is what is making all the difference.

The Tick is unlike any other superhero. He befriends Arthur, who is plagued with mental illness and challenges him to look inside himself to become the superhero that he is meant to be, ya know, because The Tick says he is. As a team, they work together to help people in need in a world where superheroes are the norm.

At a recent press day, we got to speak The Tick himself, Peter Serafinowicz, along with co-star Griffin Newman (Arthur), creator Ben Edlund and executive producer Barry Josephson
about the hit Amazon show and the all the fun of making such a good time of a series and here is what we learned.

On what it’s like playing The Tick:

Peter Serafinowicz: It’s comfortable. (laughs). It’s fun to have played The Tick, yeah.

On how the show is such a great distraction from everything going on the world. It’s really like just put your brain on a shelf for 30 minutes or however long you are watching.

Griffin Newman: That’s a wonderful compliment.

Serafinowicz: It’s like if you want to just come back down to earth and escape. But also, I would say, in our show, people react in a more believable way that people have been acting in real life these past couple of years. I have sort of thought of these last couple of years that all the celestial writers have all been on strike and, like, the interns are writing the storylines. It’s just awful. Like, people should feel embarrassed coming up with these plots. They’re not even like rookie mistakes. Like, really?

Griffin: And good and evil are clear-cut things and good can triumph over evil on this show. While we were filming, I was often very stressed out about the world. And I am just stressed out in general from the moment I wake up in the morning, but when the news is so confusing that’s like multiplied ten-fold. I get a great relief being able to do scenes with The Tick. I find it a great pleasure to work with Peter, but when we are in character and being able to interact with someone who is that pure and positive and is just about trying to do the right thing and help people with no ulterior motives or strategy about the greater gain for himself. I was just like, “Gah, I wish I had conversations like this more often.” After we wrapped, I called Peter up and said, “talk to me like The Tick again.” It’s a refreshing character.

On playing a man with mental issues and how many people in society can relate to that Arthur:

Newman: Absolutely. Not to get too crazy off topic and political here, but the last week more so, I am more and more stunned by the courage of those survivors of the Parkland high school shooting in Florida. They are a group of people who went through something that is impossible to process and they have so many excuses to just take a break and recuperate. But instead, they are standing up to effect change. That’s what I find interesting.

People who don’t necessarily have a lot of power, and aren’t necessarily the ones who really want to effect change. But they realize they have a responsibility because they can. And that is who Arthur is. He doesn’t think he capable of anything and he has written off all his skills, and he should not be putting himself in these situations. But he is a guy born out of tragedy with a lot of excuses to just settle for a lesser life, but he is aware of stuff that other people don’t know, which give him the unique responsibility to help people in a way that others can’t. And having The Tick on his side, who is also trying to help others, it’s weird playing him because I don’t think I could be that brave because I am very happy to just sit on my couch and tweet angrily about stuff.

Serafinowicz: It’s like in this day and age we are so connected and all the suffering of people is right in front of our face on Twitter and it’s like we still don’t care.

Griffin: This is the loftiest conversation in the world, but I think it’s all connected to the show. It’s tapping into something we want to believe is possible: for to stand up for what is right. I mean, look at these kids in Parkland. They weren’t coached and you see how beautifully they speak and it’s because they are speaking honestly.

Serafinowicz: And the people who are calling that one shooting survivor a ‘crisis actor’—how dare they? How is that normal in any society?

On their favorite superheroes and where they draw their inspiration for the roles:

Newman: I have always liked Spider-Man. All the other superheroes think he’s a loser, he’s a kid, when it goes to school he gets picked on, he’s yelled at my boss and even New Yorkers. And it would be so easy for him to just throw the costume and live his life for himself. But he feels so compelled to do the right thing. There’s that line in Captain America: Civil War when Iron Man asks him why he made this costume he said something to the effect when you have the power to stop something bad from happening and you don’t do something, it’s your fault. And that’s what this show is kind of about: using your special power to help others. The Tick and Arthur are broken people. They can barely function on their own. But together they figure out how to do something and it’s their obligation to do that.

Serafinowicz: When I was a kid, Superman was Christopher Reeves and I think that sort of embodies what I think about the show. It’s like that original simply superhero story with good vs. evil and very little complications. I like the idea that someone can just want to be purely good. And Superman is just a good guy. And with that superhero story out of fashion, if good and evil even exist anymore, that somebody can be purely good. When you hear talking about their values and “making America great again” and it’s really just coding words for racism. But there are old-fashioned values like morality and ethics that seem to have been lost. It seems like kindness is old fashioned. But this show has a lot of face to face people being kind to each other and I that’s what I really like about it.

Newman: I think human decency goes out the window because its pegged to corny and that’s the thing that bums me out. It’s easy to play the drug addict, complicated anti-hero but someone like Superman, it sounds simple. But it is very hard to convey truthfully. And I think that Peter has done that very well. It’s people helping people. Not just a superhero fighting a huge robot or trying to stop the apocalypse and I think that’s what it’s all about.

On what is different about Amazon’s version of The Tick compared to FOX’s and why the show will last this time:

Ben Edlund: There are a variety of differences. One is that we are in a whole different relationship with the zeitgeist of superheroes is night and day. It’s just utter saturation so that just creates a level of education in the audience as far as getting ready and prepared for jokes about superheroes. We are in the perfect place for that. The way that television works now, you’ve got lots of money backing weirdness in a way that wasn’t happening before. Idiosyncratic voices are more than ever part of what fuels specific demand for properties and networks like Amazon, who actually want to hear what creators have to say and wanting to put their money behind that. It’s a combination of factors that were able to make something as weird and as expensive as this, something that is designed to be costly and odd. And those two things are not necessarily the most intuitive business models. So it took all those factors present for this to happen.

Barry Josephson: Last time we don’t feel we were in an exploding Marvel DC universe. Now we have movies that we all really enjoy, the genre is enormous, the audience has grown worldwide and we’re the comedy answer. So I feel very comfortable producing the show now because of the tools we have to make it and the fact that there is an audience out there that has grown exponentially over the years. Now is the perfect time to make a comedy. I think we’ve found an audience that really likes the show.

On how the character of Arthur speaks to mental illness:

Josephson: I think mental illness was a big part for Ben from the pilot on. Is this little boy imagining this or is this little boy experiencing this?

On if it was an option to have The Tick be just one big delusion in Arthur’s mind:

Edlund: I wanted to play with that because it just happening increasingly. The main character with a faulty grasp on reality has become the norm even in superhero movies and that means something too to me. We are all doubting our sanity to a degree. We all feel overstimulated by an absurd universe and all feel- well, I don’t want to speak for everyone, but I feel this way and it feels like it has a universality to it- but that “oh yeah, I was supposed to do something.” “Oh, right, I was chosen or something.” Or “wasn’t I supposed to do a thing?” Arthur wakes up in that and he has the chance to get on the bus of purpose before it’s too late, which I think we all do.

On if they are planning on turning The Tick into a movie:

Edlund: Truthfully not yet. Just want to focus on season two. But we kind of look at these things as movies. So yeah, we’re working on the next movie.

On what they want audiences to take away from The Tick:

Edlund: Happiness. A little warmth. If you look at our superhero expressions now, they are very angst-ridden and trying not to make the world a worst place. Most superhero shows don’t get to have a lot of fun. And it’s fun to cultivate warmth between these two guys that make people happy.

Josephson: For me, I relate to Arthur as a character. His whole life he wanted to be believed in and supported and understood. But then he gets on a good track and I think there’s something in that feels good an earned and unpredictable. And The Tick is eager for discovery in upcoming episodes.

The Tick returns with new episodes February 23 on Amazon Prime.