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Better Off Ted

2 Seasons

Season 1
4.7 out of 5 stars (975) IMDb 8.2/10

A successful but ethical man works at a morally questionable corporation.

Starring:
Jay Harrington, Portia de Rossi

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Season 1

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1. Pilot

"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.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: March 18, 2009
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2. Heroes

Veronica tries to shirk responsibility for freezing Phil, while Ted has other ideas.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 20 minutes Release date: March 25, 2009
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3. Through Rose Colored Hazmat Suits

When his nanny calls in sick, Ted reluctantly takes Rose to work.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: April 1, 2009
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4. Racial Sensitivity

Veridian's new light sensor system inadvertently touches off a racial controversy.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: April 8, 2009
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5. Win Some, Dose Some

Phil and Lem accidentally dose Linda with an experimental drug.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: April 14, 2009
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6. Goodbye, Mr Chips

The gang resorts to desperate measures to get Ted his job back when he is deleted from Veridian's computer system.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: April 22, 2009
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7. Get Happy

Ted and Veronica try fixing things when a survey reveals Veridian employees are miserable.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: April 29, 2009
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8. You Are The Boss Of Me

Executives Ted and Veronica try mingling with the worker bees, with mixed results.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: June 23, 2009
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9. Bioshuffle

Tensions mount when Ted, Linda and Veronica end up sharing offices.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: June 30, 2009
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10. Trust And Consequence

Veridian tries to make Linda a scapegoat when the company is sued.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: July 14, 2009
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11. Father, Can You Hair Me

Veronica's rivalry with her dad is out of control, while Ted thinks Veridian may have discovered the one thing that would make his dad happy.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: July 21, 2009
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12. Jabberwocky

Ted is forced to create a fake project for Linda rather than admit the rumor that Veridian is going green is false. When other employees try to sign up for the program, things start to go awry.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 20 minutes Release date: July 27, 2009
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13. Secret and Lives (Season Finale)

A new Veridian invention accidentally reveals Veronica's "secret" life.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: August 4, 2009
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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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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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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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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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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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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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