Better Off Ted

Better Off Ted

For Veridian Technologies, no idea is too out of reach. From suicidal turkeys to edible steel, they can do it all. As the head of the research and development department, Ted Crisp (Jay Harrington) loves every day on the job. He loves his boss, Veronica (Portia de Rossi); loves working with colleagues Lem (Malcolm Barrett), Phil (Jonathan Slavin) and Linda (Andrea Anders); and loves turning the impossible into the plausible. But with his job come hazy ethical boundaries. As Ted always says: "Work's not a question of right or wrong. It's only about success or failure." Luckily for Ted, he has his daughter Rose (Isabella Acres) to keep him in line, but it's not easy being a single dad and taking ideas one could only dream of and making them a reality.

(l to r: Andrea Anders, Jay Harrington, Portia de Rossi, Jonathan Slavin, Malcolm Barrett)

Episode Info

Prev: 2x11 -- Mess of a Salesman (Jan/26/2010)

Ted makes the mistake of landing his lackadaisical brother Billy a job with Veridian's lab supply company. While Billy convinces Leb and Phil to buy lab equipment they don't need, Veronica unexpectedly embraces a charity program for girls.

Jay HarringtonJay Harrington
As Ted Crisp
Portia de RossiPortia de Rossi
As Veronica Palmer
Portia de RossiPortia de Rossi
As Veronica Palmer
Andrea AndersAndrea Anders
As Linda Zwordling
Andrea AndersAndrea Anders
As Linda Zwordling
Jonathan SlavinJonathan Slavin
As Phil Mymen
Jonathan SlavinJonathan Slavin
As Phil Mymen
Malcolm BarrettMalcolm Barrett
As Lem Hewitt
Malcolm BarrettMalcolm Barrett
As Lem Hewitt
Isabella AcresIsabella Acres
As Rose Crisp



Reviews: 1
The best comedy that people aren't watchingRating: 4 likes, 0 dislikes

Much like the doomed and also extremely well done Sports Night, Better Off Ted is a hysterical comedy with a top notch cast. The interaction between Ted and his co-stars is fantastic, his nonchalance with Veronica over the fate of innocents, his empathy with Linda, his ability to get past the jargon of Phil and Lem, all classic. The story lines are funny, the fake commercials a riot and the "anti-dilbert" vibe is refreshing. While each character is indeed a caricature of a typical corporate employee, Better Off Ted makes those caricatures come to life in ways not often seen in prime time comedy. I hope this series get renewed for 10 years. I love Better off Ted. Read more

Review posted on Monday, February 1st 2010 at 7:46 am

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2x13: Swag the Dog recap: Veronica comes to Ted to inform him that upper management wants to increase employee productivity to impress the visiting board of directors. Upper management has decided to give out tickets for hard work, in return for worthless prizes, and Ted has been chosen to run the program for their department... read more.

2x12: It's My Party and I'll Lie If I Want To recap: Ted figures that it's okay to lie once in a while. He then meets with his team, who present Veronica with their newest invention: a lie detector. Veronica tests the device and proves that she can will herself to believe anything. Chet comes in and reminds Ted that he and Rose have a miniature gold appointment with Chet and his daughter Olivia. Chet warns that he plans to beat Ted... read more.

2x11: Mess of a Salesman recap: Ted comes into work and asks Linda how her date the previous night went, and she admits that it could have been better. Veronica arrives to tell them that she's getting an award. The Veridian Charitable Foundation is honoring her with an award for being outstanding. Ted warns that she's going to have to raise money for the Foundation and wants Linda to do it for her. Veronica admits that she has no idea who the money is going to. Ted's big brother Billy comes in and slaps him in the groin. Ted lures Billy in with a plea for help and then returns the favor with a sack attack... read more.

2x9: The Long and Winding High Road recap: Ted is trying to deal with Pete Gilroy, the head of the other Veridian development team. Pete takes the low road whenever he can, stealing other employees' food while Ted tries to return extra food from the vending machine. Pete can't result insulting Ted, who feels bad when he responds... read more.

2x8: The Impertence of Communicationizing recap: Ted decides to try communicating with one of his underlings, Debbie, on the new MRE project that they're working on. She is shy and is unable to say anything to him. When verbal communication fails, there's memos... but the company puts out a memo saying that employees must now use offensive language instead of not use offensive language. Ted warns Veronica and Linda that things will descend into chaos once everyone starts following the newest company memo. As Ted leaves to talk to HR, Veronica starts to feel a strange itchy sensation. Linda finally realizes that she's feeling guilt, an emotion Veronica is unfamiliar with. Veronica explains that when she was promoted, she was up against Walter Palmer, and she won. However, the memo referred to "him" getting the promotion instead of "her," and Veronica wonders if she got the promotion meant for Walter. Linda suggests that her boss talk to the man... read more.
Recurring Guests

Terry Rhoads as Chet (13 eps)
Maz Jobrani as Dr. Bamba (11 eps)
Bill Stevenson as Lab Worker #1 (10 eps)
Rizwan Manji as Male Office Worker (10 eps)
Carla Jimenez as Lab Worker #2 (8 eps)
Merrin Dungey as Sheila (7 eps)
Stefan Marks as Brett (6 eps)
Chip Chinery as Ryan (4 eps)
Patricia Belcher as Janet (4 eps)
Vivian Bang as Debbie (4 eps)

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Network: ABC ( USA)
Type: Scripted
Genres: Comedy
Status: Canceled
Airs: Tuesdays at 09:30 pm
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: March 18, 2009
Ended: January 26, 2010
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