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Better Off Ted: Season 1 (2009)

Jay Harrington , Portia de Rossi  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (385 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jay Harrington, Portia de Rossi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: December 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 299 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (385 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0025KVKBQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,620 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Better Off Ted: Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

Disc 1: 125 Minutes
Family Guy Vol 7 TV Spot
Bones S4 TV Spot
What is Mental? Promo
Through Rose-Colored HAZMAT Suit
Racial Sensitivity
Win Some, Dose Some
Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Disc 2: 138 Minutes
Get Happy
You Are the Boss of Me
Secret and Lives
Trust and Consequences
Father Can You Hair Me

Editorial Reviews

Sneaky, madcap, and completely addictive, Better Off Ted is a delicious lampoon of the corporate culture that puts profits over anything resembling human decency. Ted Crisp (Jay Harrington) is the breezy, confident manager of the research and development department of Veridian Dynamics--a massive multinational corporation that does everything, from growing cowless meat to weaponizing pumpkins. Crisp has already had an affair with his blissfully heartless boss, Veronica (Portia de Rossi, from the cult favorite sitcom Arrested Development), which inhibits him from having an affair with the smart, lovely, somewhat neurotic new product tester Linda (Andrea Anders, Joey), lest he be seen as a guy who sleeps around the office. He has to look after his top two research scientists, Lem and Phil (Malcolm Barrett and Jonathan Slavin), who are brilliant but socially hapless, and his precocious young daughter Rose (Isabella Acres), whose mother abandoned them to save countries in Africa. From this web of relationships are woven absurd stories about cryogenically freezing employees, motion sensors that don't detect dark skin, Medieval Fight Club, hair growth formula, and phosphorescent squirrels. Better Off Ted is that rare sitcom with a genuinely distinctive sense of humor, one that may take a few moments to catch--but once you've gotten in sync, the show is gut-bustingly funny. De Rossi has the most flamboyant role and gets to be deliriously merciless, but the whole cast is impeccable. The show was created by Victor Fresco, who previously conceived the brief-lived but much-loved Andy Richter Controls the Universe. The only flaw of The Complete First Season is the lack of any extras--a show with this much wit and imagination deserves some bonus features. --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

A satirical office comedy centered around a morally conscious man, Ted, who works for a Research & Development department at a morally lax corporation.
  • Audio: English: 5.1 Dolby Surround / Spanish: Dolby Surround
  • Language: Dubbed: English & Spanish / Subtitled: English, French & Spanish
  • Theatrical Aspect Ratio: Widescreen: 1.78:1

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, original, smart and biting July 21, 2009
By Shevi
Veridian Dynamics is a large corporatation that invents, tests and markets everything from deadly pumpkins to beef that tastes like despair. Ted works there as a manager. He's a good and sane man in a heartless--and often insane--corporate environment. The comedy in this series comes from seeing just how insane work at Veridian can be and the hoops Ted jumps through to keep the insanity in check.

Each episode begins with a commercial for Veridian Dynamics, parodies of commercials put out by real world corporations. These commercials are so biting--and funny--one wonders who would dare advertise on a show like this. Portia De Rodsi steals the show as Ted's boss, Veronica, who embodies all that is beautiful, perfect, devious and heartless at Veridian. Veronica is the kind of woman who likes having Ted's young daughter around, because her presense makes it easier for Veronica to fire people.

The show never lets you get too comfortable, and that's a good thing. It is brilliant, hysterically funny and original, so much so that it's a wonder it hasn't been taken off the air . . . yet. On TV or DVD, catch it while you can.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cancelled before its time October 6, 2011
By Ibhuk
This is a perfect example of a show cancelled before it should have been. The writers were incredible and the actors played their characters to comedic genius. It was slightly cheesy at points, but I'm pretty show that's the point. The entire show is so over-the-top you can't help laughing, especially the Veridian Dynamics commercials.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest show I wasn't watching... July 12, 2009
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What a great ensemble cast, snappy writing, and pure fun... I didn't even know this show existed until Hulu brought it to my attention... First show I've felt like buying...
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars loved the show but the DVD is meh June 10, 2010
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This is really a two-part review. The first is for the show itself.
There is something wrong with the taste of the TV-viewing public if BETTER OFF TED cannot survive in prime time. It's a funny show and deserved better. Portia deRossi-- who knew she was so funny?! The woman is hysterical and needs a show of her own. Jay Harrington, as the titular Ted, was a perfect straight man for the bizarre shenanigans and outright evil of Veridian, the fictional corp for which he slaved, and he also deserves a second life on TV.
I could go on and on, but this is supposed to be about the DVD as well.
The DVD is a disappointment. Honestly, rating ONLY the DVD, I would give it one star. It seems the company had no interest in spending a nickel beyond the absolute minimum, reusing a publicity photo for the art and adding ZERO bonus material. Really-- zero. No commentary, no behind the scenes, no liner notes, not even a commercial or trailer from ABC. Like I said, disappointing. It's the most bare-bones DVD I have ever bought--even direct-to-DVD movies have more than this. It makes the show itself--which is great--seem cheap, sad and forgotten.
If you want to see the show, and I mean REALLY want to see it, buy the DVD but know what you're getting. Just the episodes, nothing (NOTHING!) else.
Consider this a case study in how a show is written off with an obligatory DVD.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
In 2009, executive producer Victor Fresco (consulting producer of "My Name is Earl" and executive producer of "Andy Richter Saves the Universe") unveiled his single-camera sitcom "Better Off Ted" in Spring 2009 on ABC.

The series revolves around a company, Veridian Dynamics which creates various products in the world (for home and for military) and focuses on the Research and Development department headed by Ted Crisp. Each episode, we see various products/ideas being developed by the scientists. From experiments which include freezing one of their employees, pumpkins that can be used for warfare, goo that ignites on contact with paper to bunnies used as weapons, Veridian Dynamics is a company that will develop anything that their clients ask for. These products are implemented under the direction of Ted's emotionless boss Veronica and the research and development is overseen by Ted and then later tested courtesy of the Testing Department headed by Linda.

What makes the series so entertaining is the fact that Veronica is a no-nonsense, emotionless boss who only cares about making money for the company. Ted, although the R&D director sides with his boss and the company but yet morally, his perspective is kept in check by his young daughter Rose. Meanwhile, there is sexual tension between Ted and Linda, while the lab scientists provide the comic relief by developing the craziest experiments that typically has some interesting side effects.

The series is shot mostly during at work inside the building of Veridian Dynamics but the hijinks that happens during each day at work is quite fun, hilarious and just outright crazy.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now I Get It March 15, 2012
I noticed that this show had more than 20 reviews and every single review gave it 5 stars. Now, that just doesn't happen. It seems as though there is always some disgruntled person(s) that just doesn't "get" something. I'm pretty sure there are many people who never give a "5", just on principal - nothing's perfect.

Well, now I get it. This show DOES deserve 5 stars! Smart, funny and very entertaining. One of the best TV shows ever. How could this have been cancelled?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I like it.
Published 4 days ago by William McKelder
5.0 out of 5 stars So funny, but you have to have the right sense ...
So funny, but you have to have the right sense of humor to really enjoy this series. If you have had a crazy work environment, you will totally get it.
Published 5 days ago by Chantel Nicolay
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Much better than "The Office."
Published 10 days ago by Thomas Nichols
5.0 out of 5 stars this is the stuff the cartoon strip Dilbert is made from
An off beat show that Dilbert would be proud of. Happy to have found this gem wish there was more!
Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 14 days ago by Elizabeth Player
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show!
This show is brilliant. Witty writing, clever story lines, and characters with over-the-top but identifiable flaws. I weep every time I watch it because it was cancelled too soon.
Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars This series is great! The personalities of the characters mesh...
This series is great! The personalities of the characters mesh together quite well, and they make lots of jokes about big corporations that anyone in an office environment would... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Darknessmiko
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
This is a great show and I wish there were more than two seasons to watch.
Published 17 days ago by Hexusnexus
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved the show and was upset when they cancelled it. That was a big mistake.
Published 18 days ago by auntdonna
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great series cancelled WAY TOO SOON. PLEASE hurry up and publish Season 2!!!!
Published 20 days ago by LOB
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