I keep meaning to mention my love for the ABC sitcom called Better Off Ted, but I keep forgetting to do so. Back in February I wrote an entry about it before it first aired in which I opined that it looked like it might be pretty funny. Yeah, that was an understatement.
The first episode had me rolling on the floor and it became a must-watch show. They had their season finale after only seven episodes, but it turns out they still had 6 episodes which hadn’t aired yet. Now word comes that ABC will begin showing those episodes starting June 23rd:
Alphabet still had six episodes of “Ted” left from its midseason run earlier this year; those segs will now air Tuesdays at 9 p.m. starting June 23, behind new reality competish “The Superstars.”
The Victor Fresco-produced laffer, from 20th Century Fox TV, then returns in midseason, where it will be paired with “Scrubs.” Alphabet ordered 13 more episodes of “Ted” for next season.
If you’ve not seen the show already then I highly recommend making a point to do so. For those of you not familiar with the premise here’s the official synopsis: “Better Off Ted” is a satirical office comedy featuring a successful but morally conscious man, Ted, who runs an R&D department at a morally questionable corporation. It’s a simple premise and it’s funny as hell. Ted Crisp, played wonderfully by Jay Harrington, breaks the fourth wall repeatedly throughout the course of an episode as he guides us through the trials of being a successful R&D manager for a soulless megacorp while still being a nice guy. His boss Veronica Palmer (Portia de Rossi) is a ruthless, amoral, and apparently emotionless career woman who seems willing to do anything to get ahead. Rose Crisp, Ted’s daughter, is his conscious made manifest. Lem and Phil are two geniuses that work for Ted and whom are a riot by themselves. Lastly Linda Zwordling (Andrea Anders) is a tester who works with Ted and is his romantic interest though said romance is frustrated by Ted’s “One Office Affair Rule” which he’s already used having an affair with his boss.
Part of what makes the show so enjoyable is the fact that the characters aren’t just cliched stereotypes. Ted isn’t perfect though he is probably the most moral of all the characters in the show. In a couple of episodes—such as episode 6 titled “Goodbye, Mr. Chips”— Veronica takes some actions that are contradictory to her amoral and selfish nature. Lem and Phil can be pretty stupid considering how smart they are. In fact, about the only character that doesn’t show some depth is Rose, Ted’s daughter, but that’s partially because she gets so little screen time and she functions as Ted’s conscious. It doesn’t hurt that the show relentlessly skewers working for a Big Corporation with employees being subject to constant annoyances such as moving the toilet paper dispensers in bathroom stalls to just out of reach so employees won’t use as much to (in a particularly brave and amusing episode titled Racial Sensitivity) installing automatic sensors that react to light bouncing off your skin which results in lights refusing to turn on and doors refusing to open for black employees.
If you missed the first seven episodes it appears you can watch them online for free on the official website (click the big Catch Up On Recent Episodes button on the right), but I haven’t tried it myself. I’ve included a clip of the first 10 minutes of the first episode on YouTube that ABC put out after the jump. It’s just enough of a taste to get you hooked so you’ll watch when the show returns on the 23rd. Which, of course, I highly recommend you do.