Could Better Off Ted Save The Science Fiction Comedy Genre?

Move over floppy-haired faux nerds: ABC's new series, Better Off Ted, is bringing the real comedic heat, pairing the reliably funny Portia de Rossi with robot mice. Definitely a step in the right direction.



The comedy follows the comings and goings of the employees of Veridian Technologies and all the fantastic experiments they run on one another. After watching the trailer, it looks quite promising. Portia de Rossi is always hilarious, and overall the pace, jokes and banter seem quite clever (that could just be the editing though). Ted feels like a show that is about 75% smart humor, which is a rare bird on network TV. And we need more stories about private corporations that build pumpkin weapons and misuse their employees. Now if you'll excuse me I have to go change the interns' feeding tube.

Here's the "official" synopsis:

Better Off Ted is a satirical office comedy featuring a successful but morally conscious man, Ted, who runs a research and development department at a morally questionable corporation, Veridian Technologies. No achievement is too far fetched and no invention too unorthodox for Veridian. Need a suicidal turkey? Done. Need a metal that is hard as steel but bounces - and is edible? Done and done. Ted loves his seemingly perfect job; he loves his superhuman boss, Veronica, and colleagues Lem, Phil and Linda, but he's starting to take a closer look at the company's extremely questionable practices... especially when they try to cryogenically freeze one of Ted's scientists for testing purposes.