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Better Off Ted was a sitcom produced in the U.S. by 20th Century Fox and ABC Studios that was cancelled by the ABC network before the end of its second season. The show revolved around the character of Ted Crisp, played by Jay Harrington and his quest to stay morally correct as he worked for a large faceless corporation with questionable attitudes to its employees and customers.

The show was created by veteran television writer and executive Victor Fresco; the shows created by Fresco have regularly gained cult status despite low viewing figures, such as the sitcom Andy Richter Controls The Universe. Despite being a critical success in the U.S. Better Off Ted failed to build on low viewing figures through its two season run on the ABC network.

Better Off Ted highlighted the difficulty in trying to raise a family and keep a high moral standard when a parent is employed by a morally questionable corporation. Ted Crisp works for the Research and Development department of Veridian Dynamics, a company that meddles in politics and tests its new products on its own employees. The titular character of Ted struggles to balance his employment with his role as a single parent to daughter Rose. Ted's character is further challenged by his relationship with his department head Veronica, played by Portia de Rossi and his relationship with love interest Linda Zworling.

Some of the most entertaining and funniest moments in the show came through Ted's interactions with scientists in his research department. Dr. Phil Myman and Dr. Lem Hewitt, played by Jonathan Slavin and Malcolm Barrett respectively; both scientists avoid conflicts at all cost and follow the instructions of Veridian without question. In total 26 episodes of Better Off Ted were produced during the two seasons of the sitcom.

Following the cancellation of Better Off Ted the main characters in the cast were reunited in a music video for a song performed by Malcolm Barrett. Performing under the pseudonym Verbal the five main cast members performed in the video for Revenge Of The Nerds.

2 Seasons, 26 Episodes - Canceled
March 18, 2009
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Better Off Ted Full Episode Guide

  • Download this never-before-seen episode now! Ted learns how to navigate the "kid mafia" after Rose is invited to a play date with Chet's daughter and Veronica is forced to find her own way into the club. Lem and Phil believe they've taken their friendship with Linda to the next level after they agree to lend her $2500 but are taken aback when they discover she's throwing a party and they didn't make the guest list.

  • Download this never-before-seen episode now! Ted is put in charge of a new employee rewards system where the company doles out tickets exchangeable for prizes. Trouble ensues when he is scrutinized for unfairly favoring Linda because he has a crush on her. Lem and Phil seek respect at work and develop a mafia-like ticket counterfeiting system. Veronica is visited by a "ghost of Christmas future" in the form of a board member who devoted his life to the company but is being forced out.

  • Ted uses his influence to have a Veridian supply company hire his brother as a salesman, but things don't go as planned. Meanwhile, a charity for girls gives Veronica an award.

  • Ted is able to communicate with a beautiful German executive who doesn't speak English using Veridian's new translation device, but the fact that the voice the device uses is Phil's puts a damper on the mood for Ted.

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