“Better Off Ted” Gets a Summer Extension

By Jimmy Rogers (@me)
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

Better Off Ted Logo

One of the oddities of the television world is the “midseason series,” so called because it airs a little out of sync with most of the primetime eye candy.  Such shows are a kind of wild card because they can fill in gaps and allow more eccentric shows a shot at a major audience.  A geeky show in this category got an extension of life and I was glad to see it happen.

veridianBetter Off Ted follows the life of research manager, Ted Crisp,  in a bizarre R&D firm called Veridian Dynamics.  It should be noted that every episode begins with a fake ad for Veridian that is reminiscent of Aperture Science from Portal (think evil corporation).  Anyway, Ted’s team consists of Linda, head of testing and love interest, and a couple of zany scientists, Phil and Lem.  Ted’s boss is the emotionless Veronica, with whom he once had an affair.

While the show is definitely not a top shelf comedy, several of my geeky friends have developed a bit of an attraction to the show, largely because of the two hapless scientists.  Their attempts to create the impossible (rocket packs, artificial meat, suspended animation) not only mirror projects in real life, but they usually succeed where “real” scientists have been stumped.

ABC has decided to extend the show, which went on hiatus in May, for another 6 episodes this summer.  The first episode will air on June 23rd of this year.

By the way, for those interested, I was researching for this article when I came across a great compilation of teasers/spoilers relating to the upcoming Summer and Fall seasons.  They’re really not very spoilery in the traditional sense, but I think they’ll whet your appetite for new shows.

What do you think of Better Off Ted?  Do you plan to begin/keep watching this summer?

[Via io9] [Ted Logo from IMDB]

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6 Responses to “Better Off Ted” Gets a Summer Extension

  1. Good news for me :)

    I like this show, its 20 minutes, so its very convenient to watch while making dinner or doing anything else. And I like their humor. And Ted is cute.

  2. Good news for me :)
    I like this show, its 20 minutes, so its very convenient to watch while making dinner or doing anything else. And I like their humor. And Ted is cute.

  3. Yay!

    I love this show! The whole family sits down and laughs away at it. It pokes fun at big corporations, is geeky, sexy and hilarious.

    Come on ABC, keep this one around!

  4. Yay!
    I love this show! The whole family sits down and laughs away at it. It pokes fun at big corporations, is geeky, sexy and hilarious.
    Come on ABC, keep this one around!

  5. BOT is one of my favourite new shows, it's so smart and funny. I love all the fake ads for the company in each show, they're so cheesy and obviously evil in disguise.

  6. BOT is one of my favourite new shows, it’s so smart and funny. I love all the fake ads for the company in each show, they’re so cheesy and obviously evil in disguise.

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