I’m back! I returned from my awesome vacation on Saturday and now I am ready to get back in the swing of things. First, here is my review of ABC’s awesome new comedy:
BETTER OFF TED
What ABC’s says: “Better Off Ted” is a new office comedy about successful good guy Ted who runs Research and Development at the morally questionable Veridian Dynamics. No achievement is too far-fetched and no invention too unorthodox for Veridian. Need cow-less meat grown in a test tube? Done. Need pumpkins that also double as weapons of mass destruction? No problem. Ted’s a single dad to a seven-year-old girl and he loves his job, but he’s starting to take a closer look at the company’s extremely dubious practices. Do you manufacture the best teeth whitener ever if it could also kill off all of the planet’s fish? Probably not, but… Ted’s also fighting an attraction to co-worker Linda, who enjoys small acts of rebellion against Veridian (she’s secretly stealing and hoarding all the company’s creamer packets). But he holds back about his true feelings. He’s already had his self imposed “one office affair” with berboss Veronica. Incredibly beautiful (if seemingly devoid of conscience and emotion-free), Veronica lets nothing get in her way when it comes to serving Veridian’s needs.
Fun Facts: I have seen the first 2 episodes, and they get funnier and funnier. The 1st episode was shot as a presentation which is not a full pilot. So, I am excited to see the full version.
The Plot in My Words: Verdian Dynamics is the company that is only out for itself. Looking to find the most money possible, and doing whatever it takes, which often means leaving its customers and employees in the dust. Ted (Jay Harrington) is one of the biggest people in the Research and Devlopement team. He tries to keep his morals in tact but it is often hard to do, especially with a boss like Veronica (Portia De Rossi). Who is a tough female executive that cares a whole lot about VD. Ted is friends with Linda (Andrea Anders) who is the office rebel who loves to screw over Verdian. She hates the fact that the company gets everything they wants but also is just doing the job until her secret children book is over. The show focuses on two developers Lem and Phil (Malcolm Barrett and Jonhathan Slavin), who are a duo that loves to fight there amazing minds. They are the stars of the company which often leads to trouble.
The Good…: Everything is great about this comedy. It is the most original comedy to come to television in years. The original premise is just a hot bed for great story ideas in just the first and second episodes. The whole cast is so solid and are all at there best roles in years. Jay and Andrea have great chemistry as Ted and Linda, while Portia is just fabolous as Veronica, who has this dry pan humor that is awesome. However the real scene stealer is Isabella Acres who plays Ted’s daughter Rose. She is the sweetest thing, especially in the second episode where she goes to work with her dad.
The show breaks the fourth wall, that means Ted’s character talks directly to the audience or the camera. It so works in the show and gives the show even more funny. Also, what makes the show hilarious in the first place is the plot. The hilarious opitions the producers have is endless. The first episode has like 3 inventions or stories that are all equally funny.
The Bad…: Nothing what so ever!
Overall: Please, Please watch this show. It is so original and quirky it is the kind of show that will get lost in the shuffle. If you watch Lost, tune in a half hour early of Better off Ted, and you won’t get disappointed.