I decided to start doing Friday Flashbacks in case you missed some earlier posts the first time around. You're busy; I understand.
What: Better Off Ted is equal parts sarcastic, surreal, silly, sly, and satirical. You probably judged it by its terrible, terrible title and you didn't watch it and then ABC canceled it and it's all your fault.
This is what you abandoned: Ted Crisp, a single father, is the popular head of a R & D department at the corporate composite Veridian Dynamics. His boss, Veronica, is an adamant supporter of the company line. His love interest, Linda, is not. And then there are Lem and Phil. I dare you not to love Lem and Phil.
Comparable to: The show is often compared to Andy Richter Controls the Universe, another short-lived series from the same creator.
Representative quote: "We can't leave work in the middle of the day. We're not Somali pirates."
You might not like it if: You have a deep-seated prejudice against shows that include a character breaking the fourth wall.
How to get it: You could get it through various temporary means, but it would be best to buy it, as the only way to catch all of the good lines is to watch each episode several times.
[Originally posted 6/19/11.]
Update: Better Off Ted is currently available to watch instantly on Netflix.