|As a relatively standard sitcom, the first season of Ted doesn't have a lot of surprises. Most of the episodes are self-contained. There's no epic story arcs or continuing plotlines.|
There are a few character arcs. Ted and Linda and their unresolved sexual tension continues throughout the season, and is more or less settled in the final episode of the season. The Ted/Veronica sexual tension is also explored a little but pretty much set aside.
What little character introduction is set up and moved on. We learn Ted is an overly protective father with a wife who left him and his daughter. Linda is kind of naive. Veronica is mostly tough and ruthless. Phil has an unseen wife who seems to hate him. And Lem is his best buddy.
Of the episodes overall, "Racial Sensitivity" is the best one, and arguably one of the funniest half-hour sitcom episodes ever. It perfectly skewers company groupthink and political correctness. There aren't any "bad" episodes, but the best ones are those that focus on the corporate mentality ("Racial Sensitivity," "Get Happy," "Bioshuffle," "Jabberwocky") or are just inspired lunacy (an insane Linda in "Win Some, Dose Some"). Not quite as good are the "personal" episodes, like "Father, Can You Hair Me?" where we see Ted and Veronica work through their personal issues.
Overall, though, there's always something to hold your interest.