As a friend once described, this show is basically "The Office" if it were written by Mel Brooks. It disturbing accurate portrayal of the corporate culture in the world may have contributed to its untimely demise.
One of the producers claimed that the reason it was cancelled is because the network desired higher ratings with little to no advertising. Also, the show was a "hit" with the wrong crowd;people who tend to be critical thinkers and are notoriously hard to sell to, meaning the little interest from advertisers.
Now it is considered a "cult classic" that will never come together again as all of the people associated with the show have moved on to other projects. Buy this now (I have it on DVD) and enjoy a fleeting wisp of glory that was "Better off Ted".
This show came as a recommendation from Amazon because I'd just bought Arrested Development on DVD. There are actually TWO connections between these two shows: smart comedy and Portia Del Rossi. Anyway, after having read all of the glowing reviews and watching a snippet of it on YouTube, I knew that it would be right up my alley. The gamble paid off. I bought both seasons on DVD from Amazon and I absolutely love the series. Very witty, rapid-fire dialog and a nicely assembled cast. The only drawback is that this show started as a midseason replacement so there are only half the number of episodes.
I absolutely LOVE this show and I am sad that they only did 2 seasons. I found the humor hilarious and the actors perfectly cast. I now own it and periodically go back when I need some stress. I have heard that humor is the most intelligent way to relieve stress and I can tell you that for me it is great therapy that doesn't involve chemical substances or making a doctor visit. Yeah it's not permanent but it sure is fun!
I have worked in large corporations, manufacturing, advertising, etc. and this satire rings true and really amuses me. Highly recommend
If you have ever worked for a big corporation or even corporate america for that matter you will appreciate the satire. The irony and comedic style is amusing. You have to have a sense of humor to begin with to appreciate this series. As season 1 picked up and there was some actual drama and bit of a story line it got even better. I think Portia de Rossi (Veronica Palmer) is so hot and I love the iciness she brings as a boss. I had to Google her because I had no idea who she was but now i'm in love even though she loves woman. Anyway... as a side note. When I watched the pilot episode for the first time and the Veridian Dynamics commercial (fake company people)came on I was not paying attention well enough and I thought it was a real commercial so I thought hmmmm this looks like a pretty cool company a little weird but cool. So I wrote Veridian Dynamics on a napkin and figured I research them online after the show and maybe toss them my resume for a engineering position hahahaha. I'm not kidding. I am looking forward to some good laughs in season 2 but disappointed it wasn't picked up for a third. I have been watching it free with Amazon prime but would have paid the money for the whole season.
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.
This series manages to introduce funny situations and funny responses from a whacky group of characters. There have been a number of books, films, etc., that parodied corporate America, but this t.v. series is not trite or stale. Rather, it is continually surprising and delightful. Of the many characters it is difficult to name a favorite -- Ted and Linda being the "straight men" for some of the more outrageous ones. Veronica (played by Portia de Rossi from "Arrested Development") is certainly a contender as the heartless and ambitious department head. Lem & Phil the nerdy research & development lab technicians always leave me wanting more. Also very entertaining are the brief and ever-presumptuous advertisements for Veridian Dynamics. Amid all the laughs many of the plot lines raise serious issues about integrity vs. profit motives; but clever writing allows the show to remain funny and thought-provoking.
I love Better Off Ted. I just recently started rewatching it because my boyfriend had never seen it and I thought he'd enjoy it. We like to have a few shows we watch together when we want to wind down from a long day and don't really want to talk just be in each others company.
Both he and I agree the best part of this show is the companies commercials we always end up laughing when they come on. But the show overall is just very funny we spend alot of time laughing when watching it. The type of humor is very arrested development like.
I Would Recommend it to anyone who wants to be able to relax without thinking much and just get a good laugh.
I really enjoyed this show when it was originally broadcast, and I find that I like it just as much as I rewatch it on Prime. The show parodies impersonal mega corporations. There is a lot of spot on dead pan and absurdist humor. Portia deRossi, Jay Harrington, and Andrea Anders do an excellent job with the rest of the cast. If you find that you enjoy this show, you may also like the British show the IT Crowd.