This week, my binge-watching recommendation begins with a mea culpa. I remember watching the first episode of Better Off Ted on ABC, which Wikipedia tells me came aired on March 18, 2009, which is a nice reminder that we’re all slowly dying. I enjoyed it, but I wasn’t over the moon about it. The next week, I forgot to watch it. Bear in mind, this was 2009. Everything wasn’t available to stream all the time. So when I missed, it that was that. Maybe I could have found it online somewhere potentially, but I took it as a sign I wasn’t that into Better Off Ted, and didn’t watch anymore episodes.
Several years later, I saw it on Netflix (it’s on Hulu now, all you streamers out there). I decided to give it a shot, needing something to watch. I immediately recognized the error of my ways. Better Off Ted is a delightfully silly and fun show, and you should definitely consider giving it a watch.
Much in the vein of creator Victor Fresco’s other sitcom Andy Richter Controls the Universe (which I did watch in its entirety) this show is extremely ridiculous. Also, it breaks the fourth wall, which was the one thing I remember having a little bit of an issue with. Well, that and I felt they spent too much time in the pilot on Ted’s relationship with his precocious tween daughter. It’s kind of like how I got real bummed at the end of the Mad Men pilot when I found out Don had a family. Everything going on at the Draper home was such a snooze, I gave up on the show during the first season. That’s right. Fight me.