Better Off Ted

2009 TV-PG 2 seasons

Better Off Ted

2009 TV-PG 2 seasons
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As head of research and development at soulless conglomerate Veridian Dynamics, conflicted single father Ted attempts to balance his personal code of ethics with each of his immoral assignments, like freezing co-workers or weaponizing pumpkins.
Jay Harrington, Portia de Rossi, Andrea Anders, Jonathan Slavin, Malcolm Barrett, Isabella Acres
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2

Summary of Season 1 (2009) - 2 discs

With the motto "Money Before People," Veridian Technologies' truth-twisting, unscrupulous business tactics frame this office culture satire. At the center is the firm's ethical research and development chief, Ted Crisp.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this workplace dramedy is more or less a "black comedy," meaning it's presented with deadpan seriousness -- but isn't meant to be taken seriously. Most kids probably won't get the joke, but older teens who tune in may appreciate the satire. The language is pretty tame for primetime, but there are a few words (like "bitchy" and "scrotum") that might be too much for tweens. There's also some sexual innuendo and casual references to office affairs, although the show goes out of its way to keep things suggestive rather than graphic.

Sexual Content

Fairly frequent innuendo and references to sex, though not too much action is shown. A central plot line revolves around whether or not Ted, a single father, will have an interoffice affair with Linda, a single new hire. But Ted makes a reference that he already "used up" his interoffice affair, pointing out that "you only get one." It's revealed through flashback that he, in fact, already slept with his superior, Veronica, although no skin or sensitive body parts are shown -- they only appear slightly tousled.


Some cartoonish physical violence pops up, usually in the form of unethical experiments gone awry. For example: A man is cryogenically frozen, kids are shown playing with unnamed chemicals, and company commercials include footage of missiles exploding.


Mild, mostly rare, usage of terms like "bitchy," "shut up," "douche," "scrotum," and "moron."

Social Behavior

Ted's boss throws morality out the window in the name of profits and success, and so does Ted ... until he's faced with a sticky ethical dilemma involving a co-worker. Now he's trying to do his job with a clearer sense of right and wrong.


Veridian Dynamics is all about products and consumerism, but none of what they produce is actually real.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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