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Better Off Ted: Season 1 (2009)




Critic Consensus: Bouyed by strong acting and a sharp, funny script, Better Off Ted is a fresh, clever satire, even if it may not appeal to a particularly broad audience.


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Jay Harrington stars in this office comedy as single-dad Ted, who leads research and development at Veridian Dynamics, a conglomerate that will do whatever is necessary to make a profit, whether it's creating cow-less meat to pumpkins that double as WMDs. It's a job that Ted's increasingly unsure about, especially when lab assistant Phil (Jonathan Slavin) is earmarked in the pilot episode to be frozen as part of a cryogenics experiment. At the same time, Ted does his best to fend off his attraction to co-worker Linda (Andrea Anders), who's already working against the interests of Veridian by stealing the company's creamer packets, given that his last office romance—with boss Veronica (Portia de Rossi)—didn't go so well. Among the highlights from Season 1: Ted's young daughter (Isabella Acres) surprisingly bonds with Veronica; Linda is accidentally dosed with an experimental drug that has unexpected side effects; Veronica attempts to boost morale after a survey shows that the staff is miserable; and Linda is made the scapegoat when the company is sued over a perfume that attracts hornets.


Critic Reviews for Better Off Ted: Season 1

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (14)

I'd attribute its core mediocrity to the sense of risk aversion at the forefront of big-media minds as they all face the prospect of working in little media.

March 18, 2009 | Full Review…
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It's a breath of fresh air in the present stale environment for TV comedy, as well as an accidentally timely show.

March 18, 2009 | Full Review…

The new ABC show is significantly better than its corny title promises.

March 18, 2009 | Full Review…

A funny, fast-paced and rather refreshing new sitcom that looks at contemporary office life in much the same way as the comic strip Dilbert.

March 18, 2009 | Full Review…

Certainly the most promising of recent sitcoms, Ted approaches the world of big pharmaceuticals with spot-on satire but peoples it with likeable characters for a combo that's as timely as it is entertaining.

October 9, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a a very simple-feeling show, giving out good laughs thanks to a solid cast and tight writing.

June 14, 2018 | Full Review…

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