Vange introduced me to this show on ABC, Better off Ted, airing Tuesday nights with new episodes throughout the summer. We usually have the same taste in television (except for a disagreement over a little show called 30 Rock*) so no surprise here that it’s quickly become one of my favorite shows. The show is about Ted Crisp, head of research and development at Veridian Dynamics, a corrupt mega corporation that makes a wide array of mysterious and mostly unethical products. BoT also follows the many antics of Ted’s subordinates: Phil and Lem, genius scientist best friends and Linda, Head of Testing and someone whom Ted finds himself attracted to. And his uber boss Veronica, whose cold and clinical personality often clashes with Ted’s moral and conscientious nature. Think of it as Arrested Development mixed with Scrubs, with a little Pushing Daisies thrown in for good measure. And my friends, that is a winning combo.
Portia de Rossi is brilliant. I find myself laughing at her delivery of lines the most. The show does not try to be politically correct at all; I mean, there was a whole episode about motion sensors not detecting the African American employees of Veridian Dynamics. Comedy ensues.
The more I watch it, the more I like that Ted’s love interest isn’t super gorgeous. She’s normal! She’s funny! She’s bendy!
The Phil and Lem dynamic is hilarious.
The only thing I don’t like is Ted’s precocious little daughter. I hate when children are mature beyond their years. It’s creepy.
*She loves it, I do not. But that’s another article for another time.
Veridian also has some incredibly awesome commercials; I put a couple of my faves after the jump.