We’re living in a golden age of live action superhero television shows. From The Flash and Supergirl on traditional TV networks to Daredevil and Jessica Jones on Netflix, superheroes are taking over the small screen in growing numbers. And in this gilded age of great entertainment it is easy to forget that the success of today’s TV shows has been built on the ruins of some not too successful superhero TV shows and TV movies of the past. Yes, the 1970s live action Incredible Hulk starring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno was great. But there was also a live action Spider-Man TV show in the 1970s that was … well, less than great. Here are 10 of the worst live action superhero TV shows of all time.
10. The Tick (2001)
Yikes! What were they thinking? The Tick started out as an underground comic book sensation, and was followed by a well-received animated television show that has garnered a cult following over the years. Why network executives at Fox thought The Tick would work as a live action, prime time television show is beyond us. Perhaps they thought the irreverent tone of The Tick fit with their network’s sensibilities?
Whatever the reason, Fox put this stinker of a series into production back in 2001 starring actor Patrick Warburton (Puddy from Seinfeld) as The Tick. Fox even scheduled The Tick on Thursday’s at 8:30 p.m. and heavily promoted the show during the 2001 World Series. Alas, critics savaged the show and called it an “embarrassment,” while viewers took a pass. The Tick lasted only nine episodes and quickly disappeared, proving that some comic books just don’t translate well to live action (although that hasn’t stopped Amazon from reviving it earlier this year).