Ben Edlund

Biography: In 1988, Ben Edlund launched the comic book that would introduce him to many comic and cartoon fans across the nation. It was the tale of a 300 lb., 7ft tall big, blue arachnid named "The Tick." It was a character that Ben created a few years before in high school. The original series, drawn and written by Ben and published by New England Comics, only lasted 12 issues, but became quite popular in the underground comic world. The creation of a 13th issue is something Ben still hasn't decided against, but he has become a busy man since.

In 1994, Ben worked with the Fox network to bring The Tick (and Arthur) to the small screen in an animated series. The show was a pretty faithful interpretation of the quirky heroic characters introduced in the comic book. It became an underground hit with a cult following. The show lasted for 3 seasons but eventually succumbed to being marketed as a kids show. The humor was often targeted to an older audience and trying to cater the show to
In 1988, Ben Edlund launched the comic book that would introduce him to many comic and cartoon fans across the nation. It was the tale of a 300 lb., 7ft tall big, blue arachnid named "The Tick." It was a character that Ben created a few years before in high school. The original series, drawn and written by Ben and published by New England Comics, only lasted 12 issues, but became quite popular in the underground comic world. The creation of a 13th issue is something Ben still hasn't decided against, but he has become a busy man since.

In 1994, Ben worked with the Fox network to bring The Tick (and Arthur) to the small screen in an animated series. The show was a pretty faithful interpretation of the quirky heroic characters introduced in the comic book. It became an underground hit with a cult following. The show lasted for 3 seasons but eventually succumbed to being marketed as a kids show. The humor was often targeted to an older audience and trying to cater the show to children just stifled its creativity. Fox wanted something to sell happy meals and figures. The Tick did just that, for a time, but shows would come along that Fox saw as better suited to a child audience. Comedy Central picked up syndication rights to the show and aired it for a while. There it picked up some more fans and its popularity continued to grow.

In 2000, Ben began working on the Tick's 3rd incarnation, a live action television show. With the support of Barry Sonnenfeld (Director of Addam's Family, Men in Black), and the talent of Patrick Warburton (best known as Putty from Seinfeld) as the embodiment of big blue justice, the show had much promise. After a delay of almost a year after the acceptance of the pilot, The Tick finally aired. However, a difficult timeslot, (against NBC's Must See TV and CBS's Survivor), preemption by Baseball, as well as little promotion by the Fox Network, and other reasons I won't get into here (though I could !) would have the show end after only 8 episodes. It was the second time Fox had mismanaged one of Ben's creations.

In fall of 2002, Ben was working as a producer and writer on the Joss Whedon created show Firefly. He and Joss had worked together before on the screenplay for Titan A.E. Firefly was an innovative, character-driven space western. Unfortunately, Firefly was canceled after only an 11 episode run, including the pilot. The only episode penned by Ben that aired was Jaynestown. And yes, Firefly was also on the Fox Network, but we've blamed them enough today.
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Ben Edlund's Scores

Average career score: 65
Highest Metascore: 75 Angel: Season 1
Lowest Metascore: 59 Supernatural: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
5 tv reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
64 Revolution: Season 1 Sep 17, 2012 Writer 5.8
64 Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Season 1 Sep 26, 2008 Writer 8.3
tbd Supernatural: Season 2 Sep 28, 2006 Writer 8.5
tbd The Venture Brothers: Season 2 Jun 25, 2006 Writer 8.6
59 Supernatural: Season 1 Sep 13, 2005 Writer / Director / Executive Producer 9.0
tbd The Inside: Season 1 Jun 8, 2005 Writer 8.0
tbd Point Pleasant: Season 1 Jan 19, 2005 Writer tbd
tbd The Venture Brothers: Season 1 Aug 7, 2004 Writer 8.9
tbd Angel: Season 5 Oct 1, 2003 Writer / Director 8.7
tbd Angel: Season 4 Oct 6, 2002 Writer 7.9
63 Firefly: Season 1 Sep 20, 2002 Writer 9.2
75 Angel: Season 1 Oct 5, 1999 Producer 8.7
tbd The Tick (1994): Season 3 Sep 14, 1996 Writer tbd
tbd The Tick (1994): Season 2 Sep 9, 1995 Writer tbd
tbd The Tick (1994): Season 1 Sep 10, 1994 Writer tbd