History Series / BetterOffTed

11th Feb '16 8:18:05 PM Willbyr
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[[caption-width-right:350:Left to right: [[TheHeart Linda]], [[TheProtagonist Ted]], [[IceQueen Veronica]], [[CloudCuckoolander Phil]], and [[BlackAndNerdy Lem]].]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Left to right: [[CloudCuckoolander Phil]], [[TheHeart Linda]], [[TheProtagonist Ted]], [[IceQueen Veronica]], [[CloudCuckoolander Phil]], and [[BlackAndNerdy Lem]].]]



Ted Crisp (Jay Harrington) is the head of Research and Development for Veridian Dynamics, a company that manufactures anything and everything that could make them a profit (weaponizing pumpkins and cryogenically freezing employees is just the tip of the iceberg - no pun intended). His boss is Veronica Palmer (Portia de Rossi), a terrifyingly go-getter executive always looking to cut costs and seem intimidating so that employees do not feel encouraged to talk to her. Although Ted and Veronica had a brief affair, neither seems to be holding a torch for the other in the first season, though in the second season their friendship deepens. On the other end of Verdian Dynamics' employee list is Linda Zwordling (Andrea Anders), a sweet, if off-beat member of Ted's team, who often provides the voice of humanity when the team gets carried away with science.

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Ted Crisp (Jay Harrington) is the head of Research and Development for Veridian Dynamics, a company that manufactures anything and everything that could make them a profit (weaponizing pumpkins and cryogenically freezing employees is just the tip of the iceberg - no pun intended). His boss is Veronica Palmer (Portia de Rossi), a terrifyingly go-getter executive always looking to cut costs and seem intimidating so that employees do not feel encouraged to talk to her. Although Ted and Veronica had a brief affair, neither seems to be holding a torch for the other in the first season, though in the second season their friendship deepens. On the other end of Verdian Dynamics' employee list is Linda Zwordling (Andrea Anders), a sweet, if off-beat off-beat, member of Ted's team, team who often provides the voice of humanity when the team gets carried away with science.



Better Off Ted is a 30 minute WorkCom with a twist (besides the insane and hilarious inventions that are produced by Veridian Dynamics that occasionally turn the series into stealth sci-fi); Ted often uses the camera as a confessional, breaking the fourth wall and offering commentary on the strange events constantly unfolding around him. Unlike in ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'', Ted is the only one who speaks to the camera and does it while going about his business (as opposed to The Office which takes the form of a documentary). Most (but not all) episodes also feature a faux commercial from Veridian Dynamics reflecting the theme of the episode. For example: "Man and Machines. Best Friends Forever ([[CrushKillDestroy We Hope]])."

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Better ''Better Off Ted Ted'' is a 30 minute WorkCom with a twist (besides the insane and hilarious inventions that are produced by Veridian Dynamics that occasionally turn the series into stealth sci-fi); Ted often uses the camera as a confessional, breaking the fourth wall and offering commentary on the strange events constantly unfolding around him. Unlike in ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'', Ted is the only one who speaks to the camera and does it while going about his business (as opposed to The Office ''The Office'' which takes the form of a documentary). Most (but not all) episodes also feature a faux commercial from Veridian Dynamics reflecting the theme of the episode. For example: "Man and Machines. Best Friends Forever ([[CrushKillDestroy We Hope]])."


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5th Feb '16 12:41:04 AM rafi
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* TheCastShowoff: Portia de Rossi's real-life singing skills are spotlighted for laughs when a recording of Veronica performing "Never Gonna Give You Up" is played in an elevator, and later in a more straightforward manner when she duets with Ted on "I Got You Babe". Malcolm Barrett, who is also a rapper, gets one of his songs played in an episode, too.



* FakeAmerican: Portia de Rossi is actually Australian. Like [[Series/{{House}} a certain actually-British doctor]] most people never figure this out (it should be noted that in interviews de Rossi uses an American accent as well). Though you can still hear it in the "y" when she says "anything".



* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Between terrible promotion and shifting time slots it's not too surprising they decided to get the trifecta and pre-empt its final two episodes.
** Possible further screwing action by the decision not to release Season 2 on DVD.
** In ABC's defence it should be noted that the network did announce plans to air the final two episode in June 2010, contingent on that year's NBA Finals not needing a 7th game. The inconsiderate basketball players went overtime, however, and the broadcast was cancelled and not rescheduled.
** A number of critics have noted that [[EpunymousTitle the show's title was meaningless]] and didn't help the show gain awareness; the network could have had the title changed, but chose not to.
5th Dec '15 3:39:19 AM mutations2000
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*** At the beginning of said eulogy, Veronica mistakenly calls the deceased [[Film/StarshipTroopers Carl Jenkins]].
14th Aug '15 9:55:08 AM Octoya
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-->'''Veronica:''' A ''roof garden?'' Will you two just bang, already?

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-->'''Veronica:''' A ''roof garden?'' Will For God's sake Ted, why don't you two just bang, ''do'' her already?
28th Jun '15 8:55:34 PM nombretomado
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* ShoutOut: "Where's the [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined frakking]] aspirin?"

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* ShoutOut: "Where's the [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 frakking]] aspirin?"
25th Jun '15 7:03:16 AM TheUsualSuspect
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* ImmediateSelfContradiction: A man in the sex addict group tries to explain why he's innocent.
-->'''Keith''': I'm innocent, too. I just tripped and grabbed some chick's boobs to keep from falling. Plus, she wanted it.
21st Jun '15 4:26:35 AM TheUsualSuspect
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* NoodleImplements: Several are mentioned, usually in relation to something Phil and Lem shouldn't have done.

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* NoodleImplements: Several are mentioned, usually in relation to something Phil and Lem shouldn't have done.
** When Ted wants to sabotage a product to convince the company that long hours are bad for productivity, Lindas plan involves a fire hose, ten pies, a ramp and a motor cycle.
20th Jun '15 11:23:17 PM TheUsualSuspect
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** When Veronica is yelling at a receptionist to get Phil his medical records, Phil tells Lem, "This must be how a baby lion feels, when its mum yells at a receptionist to get its medical records".
20th Jun '15 5:26:03 PM TheUsualSuspect
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* FreudianSlip: In the first episode of season two, Linda keeps saying "a-lonely" instead of "alone" and then insisting she's fine.
20th Jun '15 8:10:28 AM TheUsualSuspect
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* BlatantLies: Veronica frequently uses these to achieve her means.

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* BlatantLies: Veronica frequently uses these to achieve her means. She once told an employee that she couldn't hear him because she was going through a tunnel. They were both standing next to each other in an office when she said this.
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