Better Off Ted, was a pretty funny sitcom, satirical in nature. The series is an ongoing dialogue from Ted Crisps experience as he works at the fictional, soulless conglomerate of Veridian Dynamics. The show is cancelled due to low viewership, and I guess this is due to lack of popular appeal. I was however turned onto it by a friend after lamenting the lack of new episodes of The Big Bang Theory and having been bored of watching Third Planet from the Sun reruns.
I decided to give the show a chance, and wasn’t disappointed. So although not strictly scifi in genre, I allow the series to drift into my blogging, the gadgets ARE scifi after all
My two favourite characters have had to be the Mad Scientists, Dr. Philip “Phil” Myman and Dr. Lem Hewitt who are the geniuses behind Veridians weird and wonderful gadgets.
The other part of the show I really find amusing is the “Evil Company” branding that has been applied to Veridian. It constantly makes dumb decision which leads to a lot of confusion and mayhem. Its ads and Demotivational posters are an excellent touch to the show. In fact, most of the funny touches remind me of the carricature of the “evil company” cliche, and Better Off Ted does a brilliant job of parodying the existence of such organisations. (Dilbert Anyone?)
Some of their Inventions:
It’s a shame that the show was cancelled, I found it worth the watch and had plenty of giggles. Victor Fresco, the show’s creator, was asked why he thought the show didn’t catch on. He responded, “I think not enough people knew about it. It wasn’t like we had a lot of people watch it and they didn’t come back to it. If anything, I think we were building slowly, but to me the way TV works is you spend a lot of money advertising and promoting, or you have to let a show stay someplace for a long period of time and an audience slowly comes to it. And I don’t think we got either of that”.
And I think that was the issue – the lack of marketing kills yet another great show…
Veridian Dynamics Adverts