Notwithstanding the constantly growing catalog of available content on Netflix Instant, I know there are a lot of people out there who feel like they can’t find anything to watch. With this periodic series – Netflix Gems – I aim to introduce you to movies, tv shows and documentaries you may not know are hiding in there. While Netflix is still lagging behind where I think it should be on new releases and current seasons of television, there’s a whole bunch of awesome there as well, so let's talk about it right here.
Going through Arrested Development withdrawal? I have your solution: two 13-episode seasons of Better Off Ted, ABC's bizarre workplace comedy (2009-2010) that so did not belong on this network, but I'm glad we were given even this abbreviated run.
Jay Harrington (ladies: eye candy!) is Ted, single dad and head of research & development at "evil" corporate conglomerate Veridian Dynamics, who has to tow the moral line between his executive boss Veronica (Portia de Rossi) (ladies: gorgeous work wardrobe candy!), his 2 head scientists Lem and Phil (Malcolm Barrett and Jonathan Slavin) and his will-they-won't-they romantic interest Linda (Andrea Anders).
A fairly run-of-the-mill premise that is anything but. If you want absurdist, surrealist, joke-piling comedy ala Arrested, make your way through this show.
Did you laugh at this? No? Well, watch the show anyway. You will :)