Fox (Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. ET)
Saturday-morning cartoons are like the card table at Thanksgiving dinner, reserved for the kids so the adults can be by themselves. The Tick changes all that. This is hysterical entertainment for grown-ups. Based on a popular comic book, The Tick uses the sardonic wit of a show like The Simpsons to tell tales of a thick-as-a-brick superhero and his equally dopey hero pals, such as American Maid and Sewer Urchin. Kids can appreciate the action, but it takes an adult to catch the grown-up gags, such as the Dennis Hopper-like supervillain, the Evil Midnight Bomber That Bombs at Midnight.