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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 18, 2009
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 49 Ratings

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  • Summary: Ted (Jay Harrington) continues to try and thwart Veridian Dynamics from harming people with its newest ideas to change the world for the "better."
  • Genre(s): Comedy
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
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  1. 100
    It's hilarious and even funnier this year than last.
  2. It means there's finally something good (and funny) on Tuesday nights.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    91
    The first two episodes contain strong subplots about staff downsizing and rolled-back pensions, indicators that Ted is doing a better job of folding real-life resonances into its silliness.
  4. It's even funnier than I remember.
  5. The droll office comedy Better Off Ted could have quickly turned into a one-joke bore. Instead, it sails into its second season tonight as one of the best sitcoms on television.
  6. Not only is it funnier than its lead-in, it’s improved on its impressive (and sadly truncated) first season on ABC.
  7. The show remains a chilly affair, which will probably limit its acceptance but for viewers who appreciate satire, particularly of a modern workplace, it's difficult to imagine a show on the subject that's funnier than Ted.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Dec 29, 2011
    10
    This show cuts clean with a razor sharp dark and satirical humor that's like a diamond bladed scalpel being used to slit someone's throat a humor most Americans don't find funny but, this show has done just that for Americans made this dark humor so funny that it makes you feel like it's impaling you with a shiv. Expand
  2. DavidL
    Dec 20, 2009
    10
    A hilarious and extremely creative show! The workplace setting and zany humor is similar to 30 Rock, while the connectivity of the story arcs and dialogue brings back flashes of Arrested Development. Fans of either of those two shows should definitely watch! Expand
  3. emmkatygogogirl
    Jan 5, 2010
    10
    Brilliant satire with likeable characters. And portia. The 'red lab coat' episode was priceless.
  4. TRR
    Dec 10, 2009
    9
    Feels a lot like Arrested Development Another hilarious show that met its fate before its time!
  5. SteveS
    Jan 20, 2010
    9
    One of two comedies that I not only routinely TiVo, but also feel confident that any friend I bring over will enjoy watching. This is high quality comedy all around. Expand
  6. wxwax
    Dec 11, 2009
    9
    First season mercilessly skewered the corporate mentality. Second season, first episode may be a sign that the show will now focus more on its characters. The writing is sharp, the gags quick. Portia DeRossi's oddball corporate shark is unique. Plus, she's hot. Jonathan Slavin is excellent as the geeky, neurotic research scientist with a heart of gold. It's a very funny show, bright and fresh. It's the only sitcom I make a point of recording. Expand
  7. Feb 27, 2011
    8
    Much better than the first season, still a brilliant set of jokes, fast paced, and definitely a shame it was cancelled. The drawback still comes down to character development though, theres not alot that changes in the office in the two years, except a kiss you wait two seasons for. Expand

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