Better Off Ted: Season 1 (2009)

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Better Off Ted

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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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Critic Ratings: 24

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User Ratings: 46

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Air date: Mar 18, 2009

A research-and-development head (Jay Harrington) must coax a scientist to become a human guinea pig in a cryogenic experiment in the opener of this sitcom following an employee of an ethically challenged company. Portia de Rossi and Andrea Anders also star.

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Air date: Mar 25, 2009

Ted tries to get Phil to sign a waiver to protect Veridian from possible litigation after Phil suffers some aftereffects from the cryogenic experiment; Phil and Lem try to create beef without meat in the lab.

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Air date: Apr 1, 2009

Ted brings his daughter, Rose, to work, where the little girl surprisingly bonds with Veronica; Phil and Lem reexamine their working relationship; Linda's ex-boyfriend resurfaces.

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Air date: Apr 8, 2009

Ted discovers a glitch in the company's state-of-the-art sensor system, prompting Veronica and other execs to try half-witted solutions instead of replacing the system.

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Air date: Apr 15, 2009

Linda is accidentally dosed with an experimental drug that gives her bursts of energy and unexpected side effects. Elsewhere, Ted and Veronica try to outdo each other while helping Rose with a school fund-raiser.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2009

Ted inadvertently deletes himself from Veridian's system when he tries to fix his employee ID, and, as the lab falls into chaos, his peers try to remedy the situation.

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Air date: May 5, 2009

Veronica works on improving morale at the company and reinventing herself as someone more likable after a survey reveals that the staff is miserable. Meanwhile, Ted tries to win over an older demographic. Merrin Dungey.

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Air date: Jun 23, 2009

When Ted feels like socializing, he visits Lem and Phil's medieval fight club in Veridian's basement, where his presence makes the attendees uncomfortable. Elsewhere, Linda reaches out to Veronica. The King: Benjamin King.

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Air date: Jun 30, 2009

A toxic-ooze mishap forces Linda to temporarily move into Ted's office; Lem finds the courage to ask Lucy (Joy Osmanski) out for a date. Dr. Bhamba: Maz Jobrani.

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Air date: Jul 14, 2009

Linda becomes a scapegoat when Veridian is sued over a perfume that caused hornets to attack women. Elsewhere, the depositions for the case affect Phil's friendship with Lem. Dr. Bhamba: Maz Jobrani.

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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.

Mar 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.

Mar 18, 2009 | Full Review…

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

Mar 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.

Mar 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.

Oct 9, 2018 | Full Review…

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

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Better Off Ted is a sharp parody of corporate culture driven by a fantastic performance from Portia de Rossi.

Aug 24, 2017 | Full Review…

Better Off Ted has a decent concept - sort of a Dilbert for a new age or an Office with a twist - but the execution ranges from so-so to bad.

Mar 18, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Better Off Ted doesn't having a compelling hook, but what it does have is a surprising quantity of droll, deadpan and playfully laughs.

Mar 17, 2009 | Full Review…

Don't worry, we're still giving it another week and we think you should too.

Mar 19, 2009 | Full Review…

Better Off Ted is probably the most enjoyable new comedy to hit the air this season.

Mar 17, 2009 | Full Review…

Although the title leaves a lot to be desired, Better Off Ted is a clever satire with a lot going for it.

Mar 18, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Better Off Ted: Season 1

  • Apr 18, 2020
    Actually little known, but very funny series.
  • Sep 30, 2017
    We watched a portion of episode 1, Pilot, and watched all of the most highly rated episode, Racial Sensitivity (#4). We didn't find the attempts at humor funny, even though we love satire as a genre.
  • Nov 03, 2016
    I've watched this series on Netflix maybe 6 times now. The 1st season was funny, with a lot of promise, but the humor didn't always hit home. The 2nd season, OTOH, still makes me laugh out loud repeatedly, so much so that my cats look at me like, "WTF?!" I'm still sad Better Off Ted was cancelled. Jay Harrington & Portia de Rossi made comedic music together, helped ably by Andrea Anders, Malcolm Barrett & the wonderful Jonathan Slavin. I've seen not a single show as clever and funny as this one; and it was all done in a totally self-deprecatory way that didn't wound, but just pointed out human foibles. Very enjoyable!
  • Jan 11, 2016
    Classic. Cancelled way too soon.
  • Oct 06, 2014
    Fantastically hilarious. It speaks to anyone who works for or with any large corporation. The humor ranges from obvious to gloriously subtle. It is a neatly intelligent show with a refreshing sense of humor. Anyone who has ever played Portal will likely adore this show. One of my first impressions of it was if they had taken the character Glados and had made a television series based off of her. The black humor is nicely subtle and the characters are well developed and well played Simply brilliant and I can not say enough good things about this show. Well worth the watch!

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